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Song Travels Presents Jimmy Webb

Thursday, April 03, 2014

One of the most prominent songwriters of his era, Jimmy Webb has written for artists including Glen Campbell, Linda Ronstadt, and the Fifth Dimension. He has earned multiple Grammys, membership in the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Songwriters. In this session Webb presents some of his most memorable songs including “Galveston” and “MacArthur Park.”

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Kelela

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Electro-R&B song stylist brings her downtempo groove to Rough Trade NYC Thursday night. Download "The High."

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Soundcheck

What Made You Put Down That Instrument?; Dum Dum Girls Performs Live

Thursday, April 03, 2014

In this episode: Running through April 7, the WQXR Instrument Drive is collecting and repairing your 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?”

And: Fronted by Dee Dee Penny, Dum Dum Girls has earned acclaim for its dirtied-up blend of 1960's pop and ‘80s polish. Hear the band perform songs from its new album, Too True, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

David Yow On The Jesus Lizard's New Book

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Former Jesus Lizard frontman David Yow talks about the group's new photo and essay-filled coffee table book -- simply titled Book. He also looks back about how the legendary '90s alternative rock band formed, why tight pants are better than loose ones when you're planning to light them on fire and what's behind his next project -- an illustrated book of cat puns. 

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Sam Baker On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Baker's story is one that few others have experienced. After surviving a life-changing tragedy, the singer-songwriter relearned to play guitar and refined his quiet, powerful performance style.

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All Things Considered

KCRW Presents: Jessy Lanza

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Watch the Canadian artist perform a one-woman show on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic. Lanza's electronic music combines airy vocals and finely crafted beats with a thick dance-floor sound.

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Soundcheck

Roy Nathanson: The Idiosyncratic Saxophonist Gets 'Complicated'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Hear the jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader perform with his band in the Soundcheck studio.

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All Things Considered

Tinariwen On World Cafe

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Grammy-winning band from Northern Mali performs two sparse songs from its new album, Emmaar.

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Matthew Stevens Group: Live At Berklee

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Whether executing the new visions of his peers or fielding calls from veterans, few young jazz guitarists are as highly tipped. Matthew Stevens leads a band in songs from his forthcoming debut album.

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Recommended Dose: The Best Dance Tracks Of March

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Bruising basslines, staccato synths and rave-worthy rhythms: It's our five favorite electronic dance tracks of the last month.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Favorite Sleep Songs

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

During our two-hour special on sleep, we played a bunch of our favorite songs about snoozing. Here they are — got any other favorites we should add to the list?

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Operavore

Singer to Watch: Layla Claire

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Canadian soprano Layla Claire is fast developing a reputation as a Mozart interpreter. We caught up with Claire to discuss Canada, Mozart and her opinion on live broadcasts.

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Fresh Air

Jon Langford Sings Our Impulse To Destroy

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Mekons and Waco Brothers veteran often places his left-wing politics front and center in his music and his art. Here Be Monsters has a way of mixing pretty melodies with harsh criticisms.

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Q

Childish Gambino: New Album, New Outlook

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

WNYC

Donald Glover knows how to work the Internet to his advantage. His participation in online sketch comedy caught the attention of Tina Fey and led to a writing gig on "30 Rock." From there, "Community" boosted him into the spotlight and assisted in building his personality to a digital audience. And his free mixtapes under the alter-ego Childish Gambino turned him into an international music star. But the path hasn't always been so simple; over the past 10 years, Glover has made it a goal to just stop caring so much about what other people think.

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Where Love Lives: Frankie Knuckles And The Dance Floor

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The pioneering house DJ Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday at 59, made deep, complex music that packed dance floors for nearly four decades.

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New Sounds

Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

From the New Sounds Live Concert Series, listen to portions of the Bang on a Can People’s Commissioning Fund Concert 2014 – a partnership with the Ecstatic Music Festival, recorded live at Merkin Hall this past March.  Hear Bang on a Can co-founders Julia Wolfe's “Lick” and David Lang's Schubert-inspired “Death Speaks” with guest vocalist Shara Worden. There’s also music by one of the three PCF-commissioned composers, the Brooklyn-based electroacoustic composer Daniel Wohl.  

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Mixtapes

Man Forever on the Perfection of Vision, from James Tenney to Funkadelic

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Man Forever is the musical project of drummer-composer John Colpitts (aka Kid Millions). Best known as the drummer for Brooklyn-based psych-rock outfit Oneida, he performed last Saturday with ambient artist William Basinsky at the Ecstatic Music Festival.

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Around Broadway

Les Miserables Returns to Broadway

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

After two Broadway runs, countless school and community theater productions and the Oscar-winning 2012 movie, what, exactly, is new in this production? New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood reports.

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New York Now

Listen: Man Forever and William Basinski

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

March 29, the Kid Millions-helmed percussion ensemble Man Forever joined electronic artist William Basinski onstage for the final evening of the Ecstatic Music Festival 2014.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Regina Carter

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Catch jazz violinist and MacArthur Genius during her residency at Birdland. Download "Trampin'."

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