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Yeezy Or The Bard: Who's The Best Wordsmith In Hip-Hop?

Monday, May 05, 2014

A data scientist pitted rappers against Shakespeare to see who had the more extensive vocabulary. But he says he isn't trying to make some sweeping statement about the lyrical prowess of hip-hop.

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The Jonathan Channel

This Week in Jazz: Staff Music Selections

Monday, May 05, 2014

The Jonathan Channel brings you great music - no matter where you are. Here are our staff picks for the week of May 4 - May 11.

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Lake Street Dive On Mountain Stage

Monday, May 05, 2014

The band's latest album, Bad Self Portraits, continues Lake Street Dive's journey from what it calls "a weird alt-country jazz group" to a pop-soul juggernaut.

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Unheard Bounty On Mobb Deep's First Album In Eight Years

Monday, May 05, 2014

After an eight year absence, the release of a new Mobb Deep album would be notable enough, but it's the bonus disc of previously unheard sessions for The Infamous that send this package over the top.

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Public Service Broadcasting: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, May 05, 2014

The duo's sample-laden instrumental music is entertainment as education for the head and feet alike. Here, Public Service Broadcasting plays in front of films screened in broad daylight.

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The Greene Space

Vote for Staten Island's Best Band!

Monday, May 05, 2014

Which of these undiscovered musical acts should be crowned Staten Island's best?

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Metropolis: 5/3/14

Monday, May 05, 2014

This week's two-hour mix from KCRW's Jason Bentley includes new music from Jacques Greene, a London Grammar remix by Sasha, and the latest from Factory Floor.

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Fresh Air

tUnE-yArDs: Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing

Monday, May 05, 2014

On Nikki Nack, Merrill Garbus worries over the notion that she's just an accumulation of her influences, and she fights back wonderfully.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Boys in the Bach Room

Monday, May 05, 2014

From the June, 1943 WQXR Program Guide:

Editorial Note: You know that various organizations are doing a great deal to bring music to the boys in the armed forces. But here is what one anonymous private is doing for himself. We at WQXR were amused and pleased when we read it and thought you would enjoy it, too. So through the courtesy of Common Sense magazine in which publication's May issue it appeared, we bring you this down-to-earth appreciation of good music.

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Nickel Creek, 'Destination'

Monday, May 05, 2014

Nickel Creek takes a break from their "indefinite hiatus" to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Watch the band perform a song from their first album in nine years!

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Roomful Of Teeth

Monday, May 05, 2014

Stirring eight-part harmonies from Grammy-winning vocal group at Broadway/Advent tonight. Download "Sarabande."

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Soundcheck

The 'Doolittle' Challenge: Summarize a Pixies Classic in Six Words

Monday, May 05, 2014

Twenty five years ago, the Pixies' album Doolittle began its transformation of underground rock. Plus: We ask you to summarize the album in just six words. 

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Here's The Thing

Fred Armisen and Paula Pell

Monday, May 05, 2014

Hear from two veterans of SNL— a writer and an actor. Paula Pell was singing at a Florida theme park when she got the call from SNL and Fred Armison was drumming in a punk rock band.

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Soundcheck

The ‘Doolittle’ Challenge; How To Launder Your Ancient Concert T-Shirts; The Secret Sisters Plays Live

Monday, May 05, 2014

In this episode: In April 1989, Pixies released its second full-length album, Doolittle, earning raves from critics, but performing poorly on the charts. Now, 25 years later, Soundcheck looks back at the record's influence. Plus, we dare you to take the Doolittle Challenge: Can you sum up the album in six words or less? Leave yours at Soundcheck.org.

Then: Even music fans aren’t immune to the primal urges of spring cleaning. Jolie Kerr, author of the book My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag, And Other Questions You Can’t Ask Martha explains how to carefully launder ancient concert t-shirts, how to wipe down CDs without scratching them, and tells us about her favorite cleaning music.

And: The Secret Sisters -- the country and folk duo of Laura and Lydia Rogers -- just released their T. Bone Burnett-produced sophomore album, Put Your Needle Down. Hear the sisters’ gorgeous harmonies live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Death, Sex & Money

How to Be a Man With Bill Withers

Monday, May 05, 2014

Admit you’re scared. Don’t make excuses. Be interesting. The Grammy-winning songwriter and singer talks candidly about a life lived with intention and the beauty of the perfect rhyme.

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Hammered!

Serious Sets, Series and Sonatas with Lisa Moore

Monday, May 05, 2014

Australian pianist Lisa Moore has performed with a slew of contemporary ensembles around the world, including the London Sinfonietta, Bang on a Can All-Stars and Steve Reich Ensemble. She guest-hosts Hammered! for the month of May. Listen weekdays at 10 am.

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Soundcheck

How To Wash Your Ancient Concert T-Shirts, And Other Helpful Spring Cleaning Tips

Monday, May 05, 2014

Cleaning expert Jolie Kerr tackles more of our musical spring cleaning questions, like how to launder our favorite old concert t-shirts and how to wipe down old CDs without scratching them. Plus, she shares some of her favorite music to clean to.

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Exploring Music

The Proud Tower, Part I

Monday, May 05, 2014

On this edition of Exploring Music, host Bill McGlaughlin looks at the "banquet years" leading up to the First World War.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Sylvan Esso, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, May 05, 2014

Watch electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso perform songs from its self-titled debut album in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

A World of World Music

Monday, May 05, 2014

There’s a world of world music for this New Sounds.  Listen to an electric distorted version of West African trance music from Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara, along with a powerful song of praise that explores the links between India and the Balkans from Sheeli Bringi. There’s also music from Maracatu New York, who are a band steeped in the maracatu band music of northeast Brazil.  Their sound manages to fuse Brazilian rhythms with those of traditional New Orleans Second Line music and the Mardi Gras Indians. 

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