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'At The Mercy Of It All,' A Short Film Inspired By The Body

Friday, April 04, 2014

What happens when you lose your grip on reality? Inspired by I Shall Die Here, The Body's collaborative LP with The Haxan Cloak, director Jason Evans follows a man cut off from society and himself.

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Name That Drum Fill: Revenge Of Drum Fill

Friday, April 04, 2014

You cannot stop the wrath of drum fill. You can only contain it. Match the fill to the song in our weekly puzzler to ... save humanity?

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Morning Edition

Hip Hop Academy: Inside A Beatmaker's Harvard Class

Friday, April 04, 2014

"Nobody from hip hop was supposed to go to Harvard without a degree," says 9th Wonder, a respected producer who's turned out to be a born teacher.

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Watch: Regina Carter, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, April 04, 2014

Known for her mixture of traditional blues, modern jazz and polyrhythmic world music, the genre-traversing violinist and MacArthur Fellow performs works from her latest project in the Soundcheck studio.

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New Sounds

Music for Viola

Friday, April 04, 2014

Besides drummer jokes, there might be almost as many viola jokes tied for the lead in musical humor.  We'll put all that aside for this New Sounds program, where the viola takes center stage, not necessarily as a solo instrument in a concerto or a chamber setting.  Hear new works for viola, some for viola & electronics, and viola d'amore.  From a forthcoming record by new music champion Nadia Sirota, listen to a piece by Missy Mazzoli, "Tooth And Nail."

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Your Roseland Ballroom Memories; John Doe Plays Live

Friday, April 04, 2014

In this episode: Roseland Ballroom is set to close on April 7, after Lady Gaga completes a run of high-profile concerts. Dating back to 1919, the various incarnations of the Roseland have played host to countless stars and myriad eras of New York music. Music writer Ira Robbins and listeners share their memories of a storied nightclub as part of Soundcheck's occasional series, Vanished Venues.

Then: Singer-songwriter and co-founder of the seminal L.A. punk band X, John Doe, is looking back at his 25-year-long solo career with a retrospective. Hear him perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Alexandra Stewart

Friday, April 04, 2014

Indie folk songs with an electronic spine during the Pandora Showcase at Brooklyn Night Bazaar. Download "Soul Like A Ghost."

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Face The Music: Why You Quit Your Instrument

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New York Public Radio's classical station WQXR is currently collecting and repairing old band instruments, then donating them to New York public schools. With the drive in full swing, Soundcheck’s John Schaefer and WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon pause to ask: “Hey, why’d ya stop playing that instrument in the first place?”

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Nickel Creek on Nickelback

Thursday, April 03, 2014

It happens more often than you'd think. So John Schaefer had the bluegrass group listen to some Nickelback tunes and offer their thoughts.

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Dum Dum Girls: A 'Vivid' And Sparkling Sound

Thursday, April 03, 2014

On the arresting and catchy new record, Too True, Dum Dum Girls sands down the band's trademark primitive grit, revealing a new sleeker side to Dee Dee Penny's charismatic vocals. Hear the band perform songs from the album in the Soundcheck studio.

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All Things Considered

The High Voice Of The Low Anthem Breaks Out As Arc Iris

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The eclectic approach of Jocie Adams' former band is amply present in her solo debut. Arc Iris showcases Adams' unique singing voice and supports it with cello, banjo, brass and more.

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The Thistle And Shamrock: Archie Fisher

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Meet the legendary Scottish musician, producer and broadcaster. Today, we'll hear music over the course of his decades-long career in the folk scene connecting Celtic and American song traditions.

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Charlie Faye On Mountain Stage

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Charlie Faye is known for her approach to touring and performing — and in particular a cross-country project she completed in 2010. Here, she makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage.

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Cayucas On World Cafe

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Listen to songs from the California band's debut, Bigfoot, performed live in the studio. The guitar-driven pop-rock album is a far cry from singer Zach Yudin's original looped electronic songs.

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On The Media

#20 - Silence

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Update: Vulfpeck received an email from Spotify asking the band to remove "Sleepify" from Spotify. See our update here.

A band called Vulfpeck has asked fans to stream an entire album of silence on Spotify while they sleep, so the band can use the royalties to tour without charging for their shows. So far, the scheme has worked. We talk to Vulfpeck's Jack Stratton about hustling as a musician on the internet.

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The Good Listener: What Makes An Anthem?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Is the nature of an anthem that it should span multiple generations or define them?

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Viking's Choice: Behold, Noneuclid's Confounding Thrash Alchemy

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The Bavarian metal band conjures 2001: A Space Odyssey, mud-clod caveman riffs and an aggro South of Heaven grunt in an eight-minute song called "The Black Plague of the Soul."

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Fishko Files

Remembering Harris Goldsmith

Thursday, April 03, 2014

We’ve learned that music critic and pianist Harris Goldsmith died earlier this month in a Manhattan hospital. He was 78.

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Soundcheck

Sharon Van Etten Seeks Her Fortune In 'Taking Chances' Video

Thursday, April 03, 2014

The music video for Sharon Van Etten's song "Taking Chances," from her upcoming album, Are We There, finds Van Etten reading Tarot cards and getting her palm read, while nodding to a classic French film.

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How Do You Sweep The Ivy League? Practice — The Viola. (Really.)

Thursday, April 03, 2014

He has all kinds of other things going for him, but star student Kwasi Enin wrote in his college essay that music is the core of his happiness. Maybe that's why all eight Ivy League schools want him.

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