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Bach Alive

Monday, March 24, 2014

Pipedreams presents concert performances of music by the greatest composer for the pipe organ, J.S. Bach, in celebration of his birthday and the beginning of spring.

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Chamber Music Society

Shostakovich Quartets, Part II

Monday, March 24, 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 the Jerusalem Quartet performing two Shostakovich string quartets.

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New Sounds

Where We Live

Monday, March 24, 2014

For this New Sounds, listen to music from the band itsnotyouitsme, where Grey McMurray is the guitar-playing half and Caleb Burhans is the violin-playing half.  Hear them as that duo, and separately with some of their other projects.  One of these is a collaborative work between So Percussion and Grey McMurray called “Where (we) Live.” This series of songs is about each members' personal homes, the artistic home when they join forces, and then a questioning of all these homes by purposefully inviting the unknown to “come on over.”

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Exploring Music

A Call for Scores

Monday, March 24, 2014

Host Bill McGlaughlin spends this week playing music suggested by his radio colleagues across the country.

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Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

A Look at Broadway with Radio Deluxe

Monday, March 24, 2014

Heralded as “a leading member of a new generation of composers" by The New York Times, Tony award winning composer/lyricist Jason Robert Brown, is a master of melody. This week, he stops by The Deluxe Apartment to talk with John and Jessica about his current project, The Bridges of Madison County

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Q2 Music

Slideshow: 40 Years of Kronos Quartet Posters

Monday, March 24, 2014

Like the music itself, Kronos Quartet's artwork has always balanced an edgy, rock band-like aesthetic with touches of pop art and psychedelia alongside their more traditional classical roots. View our slideshow of favorite show posters over the last 40 years.

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Q2 Music

Top 10 Essential Kronos Quartet Recordings

Monday, March 24, 2014

Kronos Quartet has been celebrating its 40th anniversary this season – 40 years of upending and then rebuilding our idea of what a string quartet can be. Here's a rundown of 10 of the quartet's most essential recordings.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Big Lazy

Monday, March 24, 2014

Lauded creators of smoky soundscapes play Barbes tonight. Download "Glitter Gulch."

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Soundcheck

Which Decade Of NYC Music Are You Nostalgic For?; The Strypes, Live; Classical Musicians Like Sex And Drugs, Too!

Monday, March 24, 2014

In this episode: This week on Soundcheck, we're talking about nostalgia and the past 100 years of New York music in collaboration with New York Magazine, which this week presents their annual "yesteryear" issue. Tonight, we kick things off with writers Lane Brown and Jody Rosen -- and hear about the decades in New York City music that a few of our WNYC colleagues are nostalgic for.

Then: Hear the impossibly young and talented Irish rock 'n' roll band The Strypes play live.

And: After the success of its initial star-studded pilot, Amazon recently announced that it’s giving its series Mozart in the Jungle a full season. The show, based on a racy memoir of the same name, promises to be a steamy and fairly unbelievable behind-the-scenes look at the world of classical music, says NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas.

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New York Now

On-Demand Video: Kronos Quartet 40th Birthday Celebration

Monday, March 24, 2014

Watch the archived video webcast of the Kronos Quartet performing key works from their contemporary canon in The Greene Space, recorded live on Monday night.

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Soundcheck

Check Ahead: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Hear Here And Nowhere Else, the new album from the gloriously noisy rock band in its entirety.

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First Listen: Nickel Creek, 'A Dotted Line'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

One-time bluegrass prodigies reunite with an album that plays to each musician's strengths. As always, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins and Chris Thile balance their virtuosity with joyfulness and spunk.

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First Listen: Timber Timbre, 'Hot Dreams'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Atop atmospheric sound beds that often conjure spaghetti Westerns, Taylor Kirk's dusky croon can seem seductive, inviting and, when he prefers, deeply creepy.

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First Listen: Inventions, 'Inventions'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Explosions in the Sky's Mark Smith and Eluvium's Patrick Cooper combine their atmospheric sounds — one stormy and majestic, the other plaintive and evocative.

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First Listen: Saintseneca, 'Dark Arc'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Ohio band likes its acoustic music a bit punkish, with stomping feet as a heartbeat to accompany mind-altering words and music.

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First Listen: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

In contrast to what often grabs attention in electronic dance music, the duo's seventh album is calm, serene, uncluttered and defiantly warm.

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First Listen: Mac DeMarco, 'Salad Days'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The 23-year-old has made a thematically tight, formally slender album full of sun-dappled songs about frittering youth away and being mostly okay with it.

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First Listen: Cloud Nothings, 'Here And Nowhere Else'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Cleveland punk band's third album tightens and brightens its sound in ways that never numb its blistering, careening forcefulness.

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All Things Considered

John Adams' Psychedelic Oratorio Gives Voice To 'The Other Mary'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Adams speaks with NPR's Arun Rath about a large-scale work inspired by the women in Jesus' life.

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Playing Around With A Piano For 'Abandoned City'

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Volker Bertelmann is the master of using household junk to create haunting instrumental pieces. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to him about his new album, Abandoned Cities.

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