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Watch Coachella 2014 Streaming Live

Friday, April 11, 2014

Jason Bentley, host of KCRW's Metropolis, hosts the live webcast of the Coachella Festival from Indio, Calif.

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WQXR Blog

Classical Music's Awards Season Heats Up

Friday, April 11, 2014

This Monday, the Pulitzer Prize in music will be handed out, the most high-profile – and debated – composition award around. It arrives in the midst of a busy awards season.

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All Things Considered

Jesse Winchester, Musician And Muse To Icons, Dies At 69

Friday, April 11, 2014

Singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester made a name for himself in the '70s and counted among his fans Emmylou Harris and Elvis Costello. Winchester has died at 69 after a battle with cancer.

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WNYC News

Happy National 8-Track Day!

Friday, April 11, 2014

WNYC

Who knew there was a day to celebrate eight-track tapes?

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Courtney Barnett On World Cafe

Friday, April 11, 2014

The Australian singer-songwriter performs songs from her album The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas. A highlight is "Avant Gardener," Barnett's honest and humorous song about anaphylactic shock.

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Marie Marcus On Piano Jazz

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cape Cod's "First Lady of Jazz" performs a medley of tunes by Fats Waller, her stride-piano mentor, in this session from 1983.

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Soundcheck

Liv Warfield: An Edgy And Soulful Voice

Friday, April 11, 2014

Hear singer and guitarist Liv Warfield play songs from her Prince-produced album, The Unexpected, in the Soundcheck studio.

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NPR Music Nominated For Three Webby Awards

Friday, April 11, 2014

A couple of videos we're particularly proud of — a Tiny Desk Concert with OK Go and a Field Recording with Gregory Porter — are up for Webbys this year.

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Dee Dee Bridgewater On 'Song Travels'

Friday, April 11, 2014

The singer performs two of Billie Holiday's signature songs, "Loverman" and "God Bless the Child," and discusses the haunting experience of portraying Holiday onstage.

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Question Of The Week: The Last Song You'll Ever Hear?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Given the choice, what's the last song you'd like to hear before shuffling off this mortal coil?

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Singer-Songwriter Jesse Winchester Dies

Friday, April 11, 2014

Revered by other musicians, Winchester began recording in 1970. He had a hit of his own with "Say What." Artists such as Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello covered his songs. He was 69.

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Kaiser Chiefs On World Cafe

Friday, April 11, 2014

The British band returns from a three-year hiatus with a new album named after a Tony Blair quote.

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5 Points Where Poetry Meets Jazz

Friday, April 11, 2014

Structured and free, sonic and rhythmic, poems and jazz music seem like natural partners. For National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, here are some notable collisions between the two.

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First Listen: 'The Space Project'

Friday, April 11, 2014

On a new compilation, an all-star cast makes songs out of sounds recorded from space. Participants include Spiritualized, Youth Lagoon, Beach House, The Antlers and more.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Soundcheck's Gigstock with Conor Oberst, James Vincent McMorrow

Friday, April 11, 2014

Soundcheck closed its two-day mini music fest with another sold-out show April 10 featuring two outstanding singer-songwriters: Conor Oberst and James Vincent McMorrow.

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Rob Gullatte: 'I Just Can't Seem To Get These Raps Out My Head'

Friday, April 11, 2014

"I got a job. I like my job, it's cool. But I'm sitting there writing raps," says the Houstonian. "I go out to the club and I'm like, 'Damn, I got this verse in my head.'"

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Drum Fill Friday: Bride Of Drum Fill

Friday, April 11, 2014

Can you identify a song when it's stripped down to a just few seconds of isolated drum pounding?

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New Sounds

Women of Classic Greek Drama in Music

Friday, April 11, 2014

Listen to Greek composer and vocalist Eleni Karaindrou's musical score for a modern adaptation of the ancient Greek tragedy of Medea on this New Sounds. Hear this musical portrait, and two other tragic female portraits of both Eurydice - in music by Toby Twining, and of Electra - in music from the ensemble Relache. Plus, more Medea music from Gavin Bryars and others.   

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Hassan Hakmoun

Friday, April 11, 2014

Moroccan sintir player mixes new and ancient sounds at Joe's Pub on Saturday night. Download "Balili (My Father)."

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Studio 360

How Crazy Is It to Spend Millions for an Old Violin?

Friday, April 11, 2014

More than 350 years ago, Antonio Stradivari created the best string instruments ever made — or at least, that’s the popular myth reinforced by stratospheric auction prices. But a study out this week found that violinists can’t really tell the difference between the million-dollar violins and new instruments ...

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