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Thursday, May 01, 2014

Music Minus One became an institution after WWII in a different America.  In this Fishko files WNYC’s Sara Fishko explored MMO’s product ---music minus the solo instrument (“your cello here…”)—during its half-century celebration.  

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Morning Edition

Minya Oh: 'I Was Never Gonna Not Want To Listen To This'

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Then an intern, Oh gave Illmatic the highest rating in The Source magazine, marking it a classic. Today she's Miss Info and she talks about her review and making LL Cool J cry.

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The Thistle & Shamrock: Len Graham

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fiona Ritchie meets the legendary singer and song collector from Northern Ireland to chat about the connections between Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia, with plenty of time for a song or three.

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Coming Soon To Colorado: Wolfgang And Weed

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The days of covertly toking before hearing Mozart are coming to an end in Denver. The Colorado Symphony has a new Classically Cannabis series, which is exactly what it says it is.

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The Julian Lage Trio On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Hear the prodigiously gifted jazz guitarist perform songs with his bassist and percussionist, recorded live on stage in Morgantown, W.Va.

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Fresh Air

At 90, 'Fiddler' Lyricist Tells His Story

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Any successful lyricist has to be part playwright and has to be able to put himself into the minds and the hearts and the souls of the characters," Sheldon Harnick tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Soundcheck

Beer On Your Shoes? Grime On Your Headphones? Get Your Music Cleaning Questions Answered

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Got beer on your shoes after that last concert? Wondering if it's time to part ways with some of your CDs from high school -- or finally find some proper storage? Need to get grime off of your earbuds? Music fans, it's time to do some spring cleaning. We get help from cleaning expert (and realist) Jolie Kerr. 

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Boy And Bear On World Cafe

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The folk-rock band, a chart-topper at home in Australia, plays a handful of songs in the studio.

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How Japan Came To Love Jazz

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

With this year's International Jazz Day concert taking place in Osaka, an East Asian historian (a musician himself) describes how the music came across the Pacific — and how it took off after that.

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A Jazz Journey Around The World

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

On International Jazz Day, Alt Latino's Felix Contreras talks about musicians abroad who are heating up the U.S. jazz scene.

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Hear Four Musicians Talk About What Moves Them

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Sharon Jones, Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, Meshell Ndegeocello and Hurray For The Riff Raff's Alynda Lee Segarra shared struggles and successes in a joint interview at the EMP Pop Conference in Seattle.

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra At Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Conductor Robert Spano leads the orchestra and chorus in Benjamin Britten's War Requiem, music written for the 1962 rededication of the cathedral in Coventry, England, destroyed in a 1940 air raid.

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Dub Thompson, 'No Time'

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Dub Thompson is a new band made up of 19-year-olds Evan Laffer and Matt Pulos that leans to the psychedelic side of pop. They call this video, for the song "No Time," a "sexy game of cosmic Twister."

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Latitudes: International Music You Must Hear

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

From a carnival hit about infrastructure to a North African legend with a pop kingmaker at his side, these five essential global tracks are joyful, energetic and the perfect soundtrack to spring.

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Soundcheck

Spring Cleaning For The Music Set; Here Comes The Night; Moon Taxi Plays Live

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

In this episode: Have you ever pondered how to clean a record player? How to de-grossify your headphones? How to launder and preserve your favorite threadbare cotton t-shirt from 1984? Well, so have we... so we asked Jolie Kerr -- the author of the blog Ask A Clean Person and the book My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag... And Other Things You Can't Ask Martha -- to answer some of our most pressing music-related cleaning questions.

Then: Before he died of a heart attack at age 38, songwriter and producer Bert Berns gave us timeless R&B songs like “Twist and Shout,” “Piece of My Heart” and “I Want Candy.” He also played a key role at Atlantic Records and released early hits by Van Morrison and Neil Diamond on his own label, Bang. Now, Berns’ story is finally being told in a new book by Joel Selvin, Here Comes The Night, which takes its name from one of Berns' songs.

And: The young Nashville five-piece Moon Taxi melds progressive rock structures with jam-band-like breakouts and soaring melodies. Hear the band play songs from its 2013 record, Mountains Beaches Cities, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Scottish master fiddler and longtime cello accompanist play Subculture. Download "On The Wings Of A Skorrie."

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Mixtapes

Jacob Cooper on Songs, Cycles & Lieder

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Electroacoustic composer Jacob Cooper is a featured artist in our upcoming Best of 2014 in New Music event.  Hear his Mixtape Wednesday at 3 pm.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Aviv Competition Winners

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Tonight, after Carnegie Hall Live, hear performances by violinist Daniel Aizenshtadt, hornist Gal Raviv and pianist Tomer Gvirtzman, all of which were award-winners at the Tel-Aviv Competition.

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Around Broadway

Talking Tony Nominations

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood suggests some likely winners, considers who got snubbed and takes note of the Broadway season as reflected in the nominees list.

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New Sounds

New Releases, April 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's that time of the month again for the new releases show on New Sounds. John Schaefer carefully separates the wheat from the chaff for this show.  He'll sort through the stacks of new CDs, the Soundcloud files, and other digital submissions which have come across his desk and into his inbox over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. He'll skim off the cream. He'll pick the lentils from the ashes. You get it.

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