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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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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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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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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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The Jonathan Channel

The Sound of Surprise: Jonathan Schwartz on Jazz

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Jonathan Schwartz has devoted his life to music. Over fifty years in the music industry, a musician and a disk jockey, has deepened his relationship to music - especially jazz. 

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A Guitarist Starts Anew, Except For This Old Song

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Matthew Stevens has mostly moved on from his shelved debut recording — but one tune remains in rotation. He explains how Tony Williams and a certain pop hit influenced his unconventional "Emergence."

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Lunice: 'I Ain't Doing What That Guy Did'

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

While in Austin, Texas, the producer and DJ sat down in a sunny backyard and spoke on his performance style, learning from the greats and reading autobiographies.

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Community

FLASHBACK| Jazz pianist Chuchito Valdés performs live in The Greene Space

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

In October 2010, Valdés joined us in The Greene Space for The Soul of Cuba, a celebration of Cuban culture through music, readings, food, wine and conversation. Watch his lively performance here.

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Community

FLASHBACK| Jazz pianist Chuchito Valdés performs live in The Greene Space

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

In October 2010, Valdés joined us in The Greene Space for The Soul of Cuba, a celebration of Cuban culture through music, readings, food, wine and conversation. Watch his lively performance here.

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New Mix: Jack White, Ray LaMontagne, Lyla Foy, More!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Our hosts share a brand new track from Jack White called "High Ball Stepper," music from First Aid Kit, Ray LaMontage, more!

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