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SXSW 2014: Perfect Pussy, Live In Concert

Thursday, March 20, 2014

"We're Perfect Pussy and we're terrified." Watch the rising Syracuse punk band make their first national splash during our SXSW showcase at Stubb's in Austin, Texas.

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In The First Violins — At Least For One Night

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A "pro-am" outreach experiment at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra gives way to a burst of fun music-making: a one-performance, pop-up orchestra of professionals, students and amateurs of all ages.

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Fresh Air

Sara Evans: Country Power Ballads With A Punch

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Surrounded on the charts by younger men and their big hits about drinking and partying, Sara Evans' hit-single success of Slow Me Down's title song all the more heartening.

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The Takeaway

The Songs, Signs and Sounds of Spring

Thursday, March 20, 2014

For much of the United States, it has been a long, harsh winter. And though today—the first day of spring—may still not quite feel like winter has departed, there are signs that spring is on the way in. Jeff Spurgeon, morning host for classical station WQXR, has his favorite signs of spring as well: All in the form of spring music. He joins us today to discuss some spring-sounding tunes as the Sun crosses the celestial equator for the Vernal Equinox.

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KCRW Presents: James Vincent McMorrow

Thursday, March 20, 2014

On a day when Americans and others celebrate Irish heritage, Morning Becomes Eclectic welcomed falsetto-voiced Irishman James Vincent McMorrow to the studio. Watch him perform a new song, "Cavalier."

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Cathie Ryan & The Henry Girls On Mountain Stage

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Today we hear from singers living in Ireland. Ryan was born in Detroit and moved back to her parents' homeland. The Henry Girls are from County Donegal, mixing tradition with folk and bluegrass.

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Morning Edition

From Preacher To Grass Cutter To Earth-Shaking Soul Singer

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Paul Janeway's mother threw away his copy of Nirvana's Nevermind when he was a kid. The leader of St. Paul and the Broken Bones says his strict religious upbringing is key to the musician he became.

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Song Travels

Song Travels presents Rumer

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Rumer (Sarah Joyce) was raised in England and Pakistan, and her sound reveals a deep connection to the ‘70s singer/songwriter era, along with shades of Broadway, ‘30s jazz, and Gospel. Her debut album, Seasons of My Soul, reached #3 on the UK charts and was certified platinum. Rumer joins Feinstein to talk about Judy Garland, Burt Bacharach, and old Hollywood, and performs a set including “I Loves You, Porgy,” “That’s All,” and her own tune, “Come To Me High.” 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Itzhak and Toby Perlman on the Perlman Music Program

Thursday, March 20, 2014

World famous violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby Perlman, talk about the Perlman Music Program, a nonprofit music conservatory they run together for young aspiring orchestral musicians, which is marking its 20th anniversary this year. This August, the Perlmans are also participating in a retreat, Bows & Batons, in Saratoga Springs.

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New Sounds

Remixing the Masters: Music for the Vernal Equinox

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Finally, spring has technically sprung.  For this New Sounds, hear music for the Vernal Equinox, including "spring" selections from Max Richter, who has recomposed Vivaldi's original set of violin concertos, "The Four Seasons," as well as reworkings of Stravinsky's ballet, "The Rite of Spring."  From a brand-new record by The Bad Plus, hear a reduction of Stravinsky's score (now 101 years old), as translated for jazz trio -piano, bass, and drums- by these incredible musicians. There are a few twists to this adaptation; most notably electronic treatments supplied by bassist Dave Anderson to warp pianist Ethan Iverson's riffs in the opening section, and some swing patterns on the ride cymbal, along with other tastefully-chosen audibles on percussion by drummer Dave King that might never have been imagined. 

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Soundcheck

'A Man Called Destruction': The Mercurial Genius Of Alex Chilton

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alex Chilton -- leader of Big Star and eventually triumphant elder statesman of alternative music -- is the subject of a sprawling new biography by Holly George-Warren.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Anita Hill; Itzhak and Toby Perlman on Music Education; Susan Minot's New Novel; Stonehenge

Thursday, March 20, 2014

On today’s show: Anita Hill talks about what happened after she accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Her story is told in Freida Mock's new documentary “Anita: Speaking Truth to Power.” Then, the great violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife Toby discuss their nonprofit music conservatory for young aspiring orchestral musicians. Susan Minot on her new novel, Thirty Girls. And we’ll find out why this sound could provide clues as to why Stonehenge was constructed.

The Brothers Balliett

The Improv Show

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Does contemporary music need to be exquisitely written out with Ferneyhough levels of expressive detail? Do scores need to reflect every nuance, every slight bending of time, every possible elaboration of the melody? Today at 3 pm, the Brothers Balliett consider a group of composers for whom improvisation is essential to the execution of their artistic vision

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World of Opera

Fate Takes Hold in Verdi's Forza del Destino

Thursday, March 20, 2014

This week on World of Opera,  Verdi's La Forza del Destino in a production from the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, featuring Anja Harteros and Jonas Kauffmann.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Vaadat Charigim

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tel Aviv shoegaze trio play Death By Audio in Brooklyn tonight. Download "Haolam Avad Mizman."

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Fishko Files

Whistle While You Work: Ennio Morricone

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A three day mini-film festival, “The Music of Morricone,” begins tonight at BAM.  The superstar film-composer Ennio Morricone is noted for mixing all kinds of sounds into his scores.

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Gig Alerts

Gig Alerts: Vaadat Charigim

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Looking for something to do tonight? Check out today's Gig Alert

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Soundcheck

Big Star's Alex Chilton Revisited; Houndmouth Plays Live; Morrissey Book Club Ends

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A look back at the life of Big Star frontman Alex Chilton; Elizabeth & the Catapult plays in studio; a conversation with Teenage documentary filmmaker Matt Wolf. 

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Soundcheck

Hear: Houndmouth, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Hear Houndmouth perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

All Britten Program

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in an all-Britten program featuring Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, with Principal Horn Philip Myers and tenor Michael Slattery; and Spring Symphony with soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, the New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker.

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