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Elizabeth And The Catapult: Sophisticated And Whimsical Chamber Pop

Friday, February 14, 2014

Since Elizabeth and the Catapult's 2010 album, The Other Side Of Zero, frontwoman Elizabeth Ziman stepped away from it all: She took up the guitar, busked in the subways, played drums with Kishi Bashi, and wrote music for films. But now, Ziman has reunited with her old bandmates for a new record, Like It Never Happened. Hear the band play its new songs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Federico Aubele

Friday, February 14, 2014

Argentine styles fuse tonight at Joe's Pub this Valentine's night. Download the track 'Laberinto del Ayer.'

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Studio 360

St. Vincent’s Art Pop & Meditating on Middlemarch

Friday, February 14, 2014

The powerhouse guitarist Annie Clark, also known as St. Vincent, calls her music a cross between pop and “lunatic fringe.” She tells Kurt Andersen how David Byrne and metal heroes Pantera inspired her new album. The author Rebecca Mead makes the case for George Eliot's Middlemarch as the greatest novel ...

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Soundcheck

The 12 Most Romantic Songs Ever... Maybe

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Soundcheck challenged listeners to make a case for The Most Romantic Song Ever. Soundcheck host John Schaefer wades through the results and presents a crowd-sourced playlist.
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St. Paul And The Broken Bones On World Cafe

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Birmingham, Ala., soul band is led by Paul Janeway, who grew up singing gospel, and was even groomed to be a preacher. But the soul music he loved kept calling. For years, it didn't entirely click, until he got in the studio with bassist Jesse Phillips.

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Soundcheck

From Russia With Soundcheck: A Guide To Siberian Punk

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Record collector, music producer, and authority on Soviet punk rock Bryan Swirsky joins host John Schaefer for another look at Russian culture and music during the winter Olympic games.

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Sex, Drugs And Wandering Batons: Classical Musicians (Finally) Get Some Screen Time

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A new TV pilot (Mozart in the Jungle) and released film (Grand Piano) attempt to pull the curtain back on the inner and outer lives of classical musicians. But maybe the most important achievement in both cases is to show that these players actually have lives offstage.

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Top 5 @ 105

Angela Meade's Top 5 Bel Canto Operas

Thursday, February 13, 2014

WQXR
Soprano Angela Meade has been noted for the ease with which she conquers coloratura vocal flourishes and trills. In this video, she reveals her five favorite bel canto arias.

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KCRW Presents: Future Islands

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Watch the synth-powered Baltimore rock band perform "Seasons (Waiting on You)" for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic earlier this month, with the aid of new drummer Mike Lowry.

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Kenny Barron And Dave Holland On JazzSet

Thursday, February 13, 2014

JazzSet celebrates the 70th birthday of NEA Jazz Master Kenny Barron with new duets featuring bassist Dave Holland at the Kennedy Center's Family Theater. Plus, hear a solo Barron set from the Caramoor Jazz Festival.

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Cradle Of Black Pride: Haiti, Dominican Republic And The Music In Between

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Alt.Latino continues its Black History Month coverage by exploring the nations' complicated history.

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Operavore

Valentine's Week Highlights on Operavore

Thursday, February 13, 2014

WQXR

To celebrate Valentines Day, this week we're showcasing a series of full operas on the Operavore stream.

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Afro Latino Music: Reimagining Songs Rooted In The Slave Trade

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Afro Latino music is on the rise in Latin America. The music has roots in the slave trade, but artists are putting a modern spin on old songs. Host Michel Martin hears more from AltLatino's Felix Contreras and Jasmine Garsd.

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Studio 360

Ghetto Brothers: Latin Garage Rock

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In the 1960s, a group of guys in the Bronx were inspired by the Black Panthers and Puerto Rican nationalism to organize. They were called the Ghetto Brothers, and when they weren't playing music, they were operating as a gang under the same name. Benjy Melendez was a teenager ...

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Radiolab

'I Will Fight Gravity For You,' Said Superman To Lois Lane

Thursday, February 13, 2014

He could fly like a speeding bullet, leap tall buildings in a single bound, but that's not what made Superman super. The real source of his power, we learn from five fine dancers, is the love he had for a certain newspaper reporter: A dancer's valentine.

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New Sounds

Musical Delay Tactics

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Hear music made with tape loops, digital loops, and/or digital delay on this New Sounds show, with works from Ingram Marshall & Moby, along with a dreamy guitarscape from Evan Caminiti.  Caminiti, who is also one half of twang flecked drone duo Barn Owl, reins in the twang and ominously increases drone on his most recent effort, “Dreamless Sleep.”

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Soundcheck

That Was A Hit?!?: Disastrous Love Songs Edition

Thursday, February 13, 2014

On the eve of Valentine’s Day, it’s important to pay tribute to the less successful entries in the love-song genre. Mario Correa -- writer and Entertainment Weekly Radio host -- offered up these three “disastrous love songs” for Soundcheck's occasional series That Was a Hit!?!.

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World of Opera

A Perfect Marriage: Le Nozze di Figaro

Thursday, February 13, 2014

This week on World of Opera, host Lisa Simeone presents The Marriage of Figaro from Switzerland's Grand Theatre of Geneva.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Andrey Boreyko Conducts Stravinsky, Mozart and Zemlinsky

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Guest conductor Andrey Boreyko leads the New York Philharmonic in a performance of Stravinsky’s The Song of the Nightingale; Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, with the orchestra's Principal Bassoon Judith LeClair as soloist; and Zemlinsky’s The Mermaid, Fantasy for Orchestra.

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Song Travels

Song Travels Presents Rosanne Cash

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Vocalist and songwriter Rosanne Cash is the daughter of Country music icon Johnny Cash and one of the preeminent artists of her time, with eleven number one Country singles. She is a Grammy winner, and her 2009 album, The List, won the Americana Music Award for Best Album of the Year. On this week’s Song Travels, Cash and her husband and co-writer John Leventhal join Michael Feinstein to perform a set of music from their latest album, The River & the Thread.

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