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Metropolis: 3/29/14

Monday, March 31, 2014

This week's two-hour show features new music from Brian Eno and Rac, plus great remixes by Girl Talk, Ewan Pearson, Breach and many more.

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Hill Harper Moves To 'Fire And Desire'

Monday, March 31, 2014

Hill Harper is known for his TV roles in CSI: New York and Covert Affairs. He's also author of the advice book Letters to an Incarcerated Brother. Harper shares the songs that strike a chord with him.

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First Listen: Todd Terje, 'It's Album Time'

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Norwegian DJ and songwriter, known for his singles, crafts a cohesive album that builds to near-perfection. Even the pessimists can find escape in his nostalgic, hopeful music.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Place of Radio in Musical Education

Monday, March 31, 2014

From the April, 1941 WQXR Program Guide:

Mr. Hutcheson is President of the Juilliard School of Music in New York. In addition to being a great pianist and teacher, he is the author of numerous books on music, including the recently published "A Musical Guide to Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung."

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First Listen: Ratking, 'So It Goes'

Monday, March 31, 2014

The trio's debut album may be the most "New York" hip-hop project released in years.

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Chamber Music Society

Mendelssohn and Dvořák, Music for Strings

Monday, March 31, 2014

Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features a Mendelssohn quintet and a Dvořák terzetto.

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Exploring Music

Portraits of African-American Artists, Part I

Monday, March 31, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin explores African-American music and the way it has reverberated through the Western classical tradition.

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Pipedreams

Conventional Wisdom: A Chicago Collection

Monday, March 31, 2014

Pipedreams this week features unique recital performances from the 2006 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Chicago.

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New York Now

On-Demand Audio: Mirah and Susie Ibarra

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 1, inventive singer-songwriter Mirah and composer-percussionist Susie Ibarra shared the stage at the 2014 Ecstatic Music festival for reworkings of each other's music.

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New Sounds

New Releases, March 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the month - the showcasing of new releases! On this New Sounds program, listen to the pick of the piles, the cream of the crop. John Schaefer carefully sorts through the stacks and boatloads of new CDs & downloads which have come across his desk over the past month to present some of the finest new releases. Listen to music from trumpeter Ambrose Akimusire, along with a preview of the forthcoming record from Kronos Quartet.  There's also music from Bora Yoon, and a collaboration between guitarist Joel Harrison and sarodist Anupam Shobhakar. And much more.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Ovlov

Monday, March 31, 2014

Connecticut-based power-rockers play at Cake Shop. Download "Where's My Dini?"

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Q2 Music Album of the Week

Kronos Quartet Distills 40 Years of Exploration into a 'Thousand Thoughts'

Monday, March 31, 2014

Kronos Quartet's new 40th anniversary compilation, "A Thousand Thoughts," takes a well-earned victory lap by bringing together a generous helping of their globe-trotting musical excursions.

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Soundcheck

Matt And Tom Berninger Are 'Mistaken For Strangers'; Forgotify's Zero-Play-Count Playlist; Shearwater Plays Live

Monday, March 31, 2014

In this episode: Lead singer of The National Matt Berninger and his brother Tom talk about Tom’s new film Mistaken for Strangers. It started as a documentary about the band, but became a funny, unsparing look at living in the shadow of a rock-star brother.

Then: The indie-rock band Shearwater built its reputation on a series of albums with a naturalist or environmentalist bent -- and on the distinctive voice of its lead songwriter (and ornithologist) Jonathan Meiburg. He talks about Shearwater’s recent covers project, reveals the title of the band's upcoming album, and performs live in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Forgotify is a new gizmo that finds all the songs that have never been played on the music-streaming service Spotify. PopMatters columnist Ben Rubenstein samples a few of the four million tracks with zero plays.

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Soundcheck

Shearwater: Grandiose And Operatic Pop

Monday, March 31, 2014

On its latest album, Fellow Travelers, Shearwater turns to reinterpreting other musicians' songs, enlivening songs from Sharon Van Etten, Xiu Xiu and even Coldplay with operatic grandiosity. Hear the indie rock band perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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First Listen: Valentina Lisitsa, 'Chasing Pianos'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The pianist, the composer, his tunes and her talent. On her new album Chasing Pianos, pianist Valentina Lisitsa plays the propulsive, evocative music of Michael Nyman's film scores.

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First Listen: Teebs, 'E S T A R A'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The electronic artist seems to yearn for New Age music, or at least remnants of it, on his new album. In the process, he steers toward luxurious sadness and wistful contemplation.

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First Listen: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

The singer's new album navigates an imagined future world of sad clones and shattered identities. It creates a sonic alternate universe through which many elements float.

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First Listen: Protomartyr, 'Under Color Of Official Right'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

You won't find silver linings on the Detroit post-punk band's new album — only overcast ennui. Poignancy and shame rule the day, and it's a brilliant thing to behold.

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Soundcheck

Check Ahead: EMA, 'The Future's Void'

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Hear The Future's Void, the ambitious new album from songwriter and producer EMA, in its entirety.

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Music Madness: A Final Four Puzzler

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Kentucky, Wisconsin, Florida and Connecticut are great at basketball, but they also have ties to some of our favorite musicians. How many can you name?

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