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Nas On 'Illmatic's 20th Anniversary; Radiolab Looks At Hip Hop, Race And Tastemakers

Monday, April 14, 2014

In this episode: You can call him an entrepreneur, a mogul and an actor. But Nasir Jones -- the hugely successful and influential rap emcee Nas -- is best known as one of the greatest musical voices to emerge from New York City. In a conversation with Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Nas reflects on his 1994 debut album Illmatic -- which now being reissued to commemorate its 20th anniversary -- and a documentary film.

Then: Soundcheck presents a new Radiolab podcast segment called “Straight Outta Chevy Chase,” about Peter Rosenberg of the New York hip hop station Hot 97. Raised in suburban Maryland, Rosenberg hustled his way into an on-air position at the country’s most powerful tastemaker in rap, R&B and more. Now, he’s something of an arbiter of authenticity in the genre, so-called “real hip hop.”

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Gig Alert: Tongues In Trees

Monday, April 14, 2014

Indie dream pop meets Indian bhangra, tonight at Nublu. Download "Meri Bhavana."

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First Listen: Death, 'Death III'

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Detroit band spent a chunk of the '70s making vital music that went mostly unheard for decades. Death III helps paint a picture of a group that deserves its new-found place in rock history.

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First Listen: 'Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina'

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The singer-songwriter was widely beloved by musicians; anyone who's ever tried to channel the blues would know how pure his were. Here, some of the artists he inspired tackle 27 of his songs.

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First Listen: Kelis, 'Food'

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The new album from R&B's resident provocateur is the embodiment of what she has always contended as an artist: that she can't be molded to fit inside one genre.

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All Things Considered

The Cross-Cultural Travels Of A Singing Doctor

Sunday, April 13, 2014

When she's not touring the world with her band or playing impromptu sets on public transit, Rupa Marya is an internist at a San Francisco hospital.

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On The Media

TLDR #21 - There Is No Such Thing As Silence

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Continuing our expose into the very hush-hush world of Silence, we look at an app that promises to deliver you four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence. PJ talks to Larry Larson, who helped design the 4'33" app.

 

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WAMU's Bandwidth Presents: Sylvan Esso

Sunday, April 13, 2014

The dance-pop side project of Mountain Man's Amelia Meath and Megafaun's Nick Sanborn visits with Bandwidth, the music arm of Washington, D.C.'s WAMU. Watch Sylvan Esso perform "Coffee" live.

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Throw-Back Harmonies Blend The Secret Sisters

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Growing up in a church without access to musical instruments, Laura and Lydia Rogers learned the power of vocal harmony. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with the duo called The Secret Sisters.

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We're Still In Love With Al Green

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Jason King picks 10 Al Green classics to celebrate the soul singer's birthday

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Spinning on Air

Poetry & Jazz

Sunday, April 13, 2014

There was a particular renaissance back in the 1950s and '60s, bringing together poetry and jazz. Some of those vintage experiments surely laid the groundwork for the poetry slams and rap of today. David Garland presents some classic poetry and jazz recordings, including the voices of Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes, along with music by Charles Mingus, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims, Allyn Ferguson, and others.

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live at WFC, Mostly

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sample some of the new works premiered at our New Sounds Live concert series featuring the Brooklyn Phil (before the collapse) and their music director, Alan Pierson, along with the final concert of the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival for this program.  We’ll hear the premiere of Bryce Dessner’s "St. Carolyn by the Sea," written for the American Composers Orchestra and two electric guitar soloists (Bryce & his brother, Aaron), from the World Financial Center in October 2011.

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Pipedreams

Pipedreams Live at the University of Kansas

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pipedreams this week was recorded live at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and features performances by and comments from students of Michael Bauer and James Higdon, featuring the Helmuth Wolff pipe organ in Bales Recital Hall.

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All Things Considered

Ted Leo And Aimee Mann On Ego, Humor And The Uncanny Valley

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Alternative rock legends in their own right, the pair say their collaboration as The Both began with a shared obsession: a statue in Milwaukee that looks just a little too real.

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Bob Boilen's Weekly Rainbows

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The albums, videos and musical moments that stopped the All Songs Considered host in his tracks this week. This week: the future of concert visuals and the last song you'll ever hear.

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Borderland Music: Songs From The U.S.-Mexico Frontera

Saturday, April 12, 2014

NPR took a 2,428-mile trip along the border between Mexico and the U.S. Alt.Latino highlights some of the music heard along the way.

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Tom Brosseau: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The unabashedly earnest and sentimental folksinger stops by the NPR Music offices for an intimate glimpse of three sweet songs from his new album, Grass Punks.

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A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

Saturday, April 12, 2014

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled high with ambition, self-reflection and fear. Conductor Marin Alsop shares her approach to Mahler's multilayered music.

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Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Spring is in the Air with Radio Deluxe

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Every week, join world-renowned jazz musicians, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey in their deluxe Manhattan living room for two hours of conversation and exceptional music.

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Specials

A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The springtime Jewish holiday of Passover is about liberation from slavery in ancient Egypt. In this one-hour special from WQXR, violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel. The program draws its shape from the Passover seder and, like that ancient family ritual, the music gets progressively giddier as the show moves along.

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