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Watch: Perfect Pussy, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, April 07, 2014

Hear the rising Syracuse punk band perform songs from its explosive debut album, Say Yes To Love, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gigstock Alert: Parquet Courts

Monday, April 07, 2014

Brooklyn-by-way-of-Texas punk rockers play Gigstock at The Greene Space on Wednesday, presented by Oh My Rockness.

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New Sounds

Around the Globe in 59 Minutes

Monday, April 07, 2014

This New Sounds program aims to take a tour of music around the world, in 59 minutes or less.  Listen to Bengali, Punjabi, Ethiopian and Senegalese music, along with other sounds.  Punjabi wedding music meets New Orleans Brass bands in the music of Brooklyn-based party band Red Baraat, then Samuel Yirga takes the groove of Ethiopian music as his starting point in a trance-jazz tune.

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First Listen: The Both, 'The Both'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Aimee Mann and Ted Leo find ways to share the spotlight on their charming debut as a duo. Each singer sounds freshened and energized — never diminished — by the collaboration.

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First Listen: The Afghan Whigs, 'Do To The Beast'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The band's first album in 16 years still showcases the voice and vision of a solitary, brilliant man in a constant tug-of-war with evil, as he imagines it.

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First Listen: Jesse Boykins III, 'Love Apparatus'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

On his first new album in more than five years, the Soulquarian-influenced R&B singer retains elements of his past — and connects them dreamily to his future.

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First Listen: Ben Watt, 'Hendra'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

With his first solo album in 31 years, the former member of Everything But The Girl has returned to highly cultured, intimate songcraft.

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First Listen: Slint, 'Spiderland (Remastered)'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The Louisville band's 1991 classic, now the subject of a lavish reissue, deserves reconsideration as a work of haunting beauty and surprising warmth.

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All Things Considered

The Coming Robot Army Just Wants To Rock

Sunday, April 06, 2014

"In the early days of electronic music, people were asking exactly the same question: Is this novelty?" The British artist Squarepusher, whose new EP features mechanical musicians, doesn't think so.

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Born A Slave, Street Performer Was First Black Recording Artist

Sunday, April 06, 2014

In 1890, George Washington Johnson became the first African-American to make commercial records. The Library of Congress is now adding Johnson's "The Laughing Song" to the National Recording Registry.

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Family Musical Legacy Is No Burden For 'Carter Girl'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

"You have to carry on the legacy of Carter Family music," Carlene Carter's mother told her. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with country singer Carlene Carter about that and her new album, Carter Girl.

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Revisionist History: 5 Crucial Frankie Knuckles Remixes

Sunday, April 06, 2014

The godfather of house music remixed far more records than he ever recorded himself. We revisit a handful of our favorite edits by Frankie Knuckles.

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Folk Alley Presents: The Infamous Stringdusters, 'I'll Get Away'

Sunday, April 06, 2014

A mainstay of the contemporary bluegrass circuit, the progressive band performs a lush three-part tune from its sixth studio album, Let It Go.

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Pipedreams

From Harvard Yard

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Pipedreams makes a visit to Harvard's Memorial Church to hear the new gallery organ by C. B. Fisk, the renewed 1930 Skinner organ in Appleton Chapel, and some historic resonances of instruments from the past.

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Spinning on Air

Patti Smith and Tree Laboratory Coming to The Greene Space

Sunday, April 06, 2014

On Wednesday, April 23, Spinning On Air will present a special event in the Greene Space, "Mixing Memory and Desire: An Evening of Music, Poetry, Sound, and Remembrance," with Jesse Paris Smith, Eric Hoegemeyer, and Patti Smith. The event is sold out, but will be broadcast on Spinning On Air April 27. In this program David Garland presents some highlights of past work by Patti Smith and Tree Laboratory, to give some idea of what their Greene Space performance might be like.

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New Sounds

Raiding the Concert Archives

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Since taking the helm as Music Director in 2009, the NY Phil's Alan Gilbert has been doing an annual series of new works called Contact!  To its credit, so far the series has presented over ten world premiere-New York Philharmonic commissions.

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All Things Considered

A Music Of Exile: Haiti During The Duvalier Years

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The sound of the island nation underwent dramatic changes in the 1960s and '70s, taking on aspects of psychedelia and jazz fusion. A trove of lost music from that era is now available.

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The Jonathan Channel

DJ for A Day: Dianne Reeves

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Four-time Grammy award winning vocalist, Dianne Reeves, is clearly no stranger to contemporary jazz. An undeniable talent, Reeves was recently hailed as, "the vocal heir of Sarah Vaughan" by Stephen Holden of The New York Times. Who better than, to help us kick off Jazz Appreciation Month? Saturday afternoon, Dianne Reeves will be in the studio to host an hour of jazz by artists that inspire her. 

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Moshing In The Rain: Alt.Latino Takes Mexico City

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Jasmine Garsd and Felix Contreras rode vans with rock stars and got serenaded by mariachi singers. Join them as they tackle the biggest music festival Latin America has to offer.

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Puerto Rico's Most-Loved And Most-Hated Band

Saturday, April 05, 2014

The bad boys of Puerto Rico have grown up. Step brothers Rene Perez Joglar and Eduardo Cabra of Calle 13 have a new album that takes a more thoughtful route to deliver their message.

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