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Drones

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Hear music made with drones on this New Sounds program, including music by lute player Jozef van Wissem in collaboration with Jim Jarmusch and new ambient music from Brian Eno.  There's also music from a recent release simply called "Drones" by New York composer Nico Muhly.  Muhly's collection of pieces contains sets of drones, one set each featuring violin, viola & piano, and is mostly acoustic.  Then, listen to part a slow-build ambient suspension of a dance score for the company Chunky Move by Australians Oren Ambarchi and Robin Fox, revolving around guitar, electronic drones, and percussion.

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Soundcheck

That Was A Hit?!? Herman's Hermits Edition

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Chart analyst Chris Molanphy explains how Herman's Hermits -- a band more popular in America than their native England -- scored two "number ones" during a truly competitive year for pop.

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Soundcheck

Why Kurt Cobain Still Matters

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Twenty years since the death of Kurt Cobain, the lead singer for influential '90s rock band Nirvana, his legacy is still being debated and analyzed. Cobain biographer and author of the recent appreciation Here We Are Now: The Lasting Impact of Kurt Cobain Charles R. Cross joins host John Schaefer to talk about why Kurt Cobain still matters. 

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All Things Considered

Album Review: 'Libation'

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Years since two filmmakers discovered a group of musicians in a Guinea refugee camp, that group — Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars — continues to make new music.

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Paul Cebar On World Cafe

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Hear the Milwaukee roots-rock veteran perform his new material from the World Cafe Live stage.

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The Jonathan Channel

Jonathan Schwartz Favorite Saxophone Players

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Every week during jazz appreciation month, Jonathan Schwartz will share with us his favorite musicians from a jazz quartet. This week we'll be featuring saxophone players. 

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Mollie O'Brien And Rich Moore On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Making her 18th appearance on the show, O'Brien is described by host Larry Groce as one of the most talented singers ever to grace its stage. Here, she performs with husband and guitarist Rich Moore.

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First Watch: Sweet Apple, 'Boys In Her Fanclub'

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Sweet Apple exists in an alternate universe where power-pop worships at the altar of Thin Lizzy instead of Big Star. Co-directed by John Petkovic and Jeff Feuerzeig, the band takes over the Rose Bowl.

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New Mix: Mirah, Fennesz, Brody Dalle, Chet Faker, More

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

This week, our hosts share an essential mix filled with song premieres. Hear new music from Mirah's first solo album in five years, Brody Dalle, The Fresh & Onlys, Chet Faker, and more!

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Fiddle In A Pickle: Jonathan Carney's Concertmaster Quiz

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

What is a concertmaster? The orchestra's lead violinist who plays all those tricky solos. Test your knowledge of fiddling against Jonathan Carney, concertmaster of the Baltimore Symphony.

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Viking's Choice: Swear To The Oath, Faithful Servant

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

When you name your band after a Mercyful Fate song, you'd better damn well live up to it. Thankfully, The Oath's "Silk Road" sounds something like Heart raised on a healthy dose of King Diamond.

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A Rational Conversation: A European's View On Coachella And U.S. Festivals

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

One of the founders of Barcelona's Primavera Sound on booking adventurously, lazy promoters and what he wishes sponsorship looked like.

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Morning Edition

Broadway Director Kenny Leon Opens Theater Doors To New Audiences

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Leon says he likes to attract diverse audiences, so different cultures rub together in the crowd. This spring, he's directing a revival of A Raisin in the Sun and a new musical inspired by Tupac.

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Soundcheck

Remembering Kurt Cobain; That Was A Hit?!? Herman's Hermits; Regina Carter Plays Live

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

In this episode: Twenty years ago today, Kurt Cobain -- the lead singer for influential ‘90s rock band Nirvana -- was found dead in his home from a self-inflicted gunshot. He was 27. Seattle music writer Charles R. Cross, who has authored several books about Kurt Cobain, reflects on the lasting impact of the young artist.

Then: Charts guru Chris Molanphy explains how two songs by Herman's Hermits hit No. 1 in 1965 -- “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am,” as part of Soundcheck's series That Was A Hit?!?

And: Hear jazz violinist Regina Carter reach back to her roots with her band as they perform songs from her latest album, Southern Comfort, in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Ecstatic Music Festival 2014: Timo Andres Work Songs

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to music from the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded live last month at Merkin Hall. Hear selections from “Work Songs” by Timo Andres for three voices, two guitars, keyboard, accordion, and piano.  Timo challenged himself to write vocal music and the resulting Work Songs are striking.  The texts revolve around labor; balancing songs about feelings of discouragement and exhaustion with songs meant to provide comfort to workers.

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Soundcheck

Gigstock Alert: James Vincent McMorrow

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Irish singer-songwriter plays Gigstock at The Greene Space on Thursday.

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All Things Considered

Play It Again And Again, Sam

Monday, April 07, 2014

We're all seduced by repetition, music research suggests — 90 percent of the music we listen to, we've heard before. Beyond music, this bias toward familiarity holds up in every culture. What gives?

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Soundcheck

Peter Gabriel: Four Decades Of Music Without Frontiers

Monday, April 07, 2014

Peter Gabriel will be inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this week on the strength of his solo work. Pop music critic for The New York Times Jon Pareles walks host John Schaefer through a particularly fertile period of Gabriel's work, from the artist's mid-1970's departure from his band to his eclectic 1986 masterpiece, So.   

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World Cafe Next: Horse Thief

Monday, April 07, 2014

Hear and download two songs from the psychedelic folk-rock band's debut album, Fear in Bliss.

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Wayne Henderson, Jazz Crusaders Co-Founder, Dies

Monday, April 07, 2014

The trombonist and three fellow musicians from Houston started one of jazz's most popular groups in the 1960s. As the times changed, so did their music — and their success magnified further.

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