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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 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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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 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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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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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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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Avery Fisher Career Grant Program Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Tonight at 9 pm, this 40th anniversary concert included 2014's recipients: violist Dimitri Murath, pianist Charlie Albright and the Calder String Quartet.

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Soundcheck

The Hold Steady Rocks Out Live; The Jesus Lizard's New Book

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

In this episode: The Hold Steady became an indie rock favorite because of the slice-of-life storytelling of lead singer/speaker Craig Finn and a kick-ass band. Now they've doubled down on the electric guitars for their first new album in four years, Teeth Dreams. Hear the band perform songs from the record live in the Soundcheck studio.

Then: David Yow, the indestructible frontman of Chicago alternative-rock band The Jesus Lizard, talks about the group’s (NSFW!) new coffee table book. As with all of the Jesus Lizard albums, this one has a title that’s a four-letter word: Book.

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Soundcheck

Watch: The Hold Steady, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Watch the beloved Brooklyn rock band play songs from its first album in four years, Teeth Dreams, live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Radiolab

Straight Outta Chevy Chase

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

From boom bap to EDM, we look at the line between hip-hop and not, and meet a defender of the genre that makes you question... who's in and who's out.

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Gary Nicholson On Mountain Stage

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Nicholson may not be a household name, but he's one of Nashville's most prolific and respected songwriters. Here, he performs with guitarist Colin Linden and the Mountain Stage Band.

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Angel Olsen On World Cafe

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The singer's voice can be intense, even chilling, in ways that blend perfectly with her band. Olsen visits the World Cafe studios to perform songs from her new album, Burn Your Fire for No Witness.

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All Things Considered

On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

More than 260 acoustic guitars are set to be sold via auction at Guernsey's this week, but the prices have thrown collectors and dealers for a loop.

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All Things Considered

Dance Music Legend Frankie Knuckles Dies At 59

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The iconic DJ is credited with helping popularize the style of mixes and remixes known as house music. The cause of death is still unknown, but he suffered from diabetes.

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