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The Most Familiar Cadence In Western Music Has A Very Funny Name

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WNYC's David Garland explains how -- and why -- you can hear a pattern called "the Diatonic Phrygian Tetrachord" in everything from 'Greensleeves' to *NSYNC. 

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Gig Alert: Steve Earle

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Troubador in residence with a series of all-request shows at City Winery. Download the exclusive live track "Valentine's Day."

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First Listen: Phantogram, 'Voices'

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The New York duo plays spiky, dense and danceable pop-rock songs with an electronic pulse. Voices is the sound of a band at ease and assured in its moment, as it seizes every scrap of momentum it's created for itself.

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Pick Three: Daniel Levitin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To mark the occasion of his landmark 1000th media interview, author and neuroscientist Dan Levitin drops by Soundcheck to share three of his favorite songs.

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The Jonathan Channel

The Life of Louis Armstrong

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To celebrate Black History Month, we are highlighting the life and career of four significant African American contributors to the American Songbook. Last week, we shined the spotlight on Ella Fitzgerald - this week, we turn our focus to Louis Armstrong. Tune in this Friday at 3 to 4PM ET for an hour of music, focusing on Louis Armstrong. 

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Temples On World Cafe

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The English band's new album, Sun Structures, draws on the past while still sounding fresh.

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Fresh Air

In Session: Frank Wess' 'Magic 201' Offers One Last Lesson

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There's something tender and specific about the ways elders like Frank Wess shaped their notes.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Lenin's Favorite Songs

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Soviet hit parade.

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The Worst Songs Of All Time?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Carrie Brownstein returns to All Songs Considered to chat with hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton and NPR Music's Stephen Thompson about relentless earworms, annoying novelty songs and other songs they think of as quite possibly the worst of all time.

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Nigerian-American Writer Teju Cole Shares His Personal Playlist

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole is as well-known for his creative Twitter feed as he is for his works of fiction like Open City. For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear," series, he shares his music playlist.

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Classical Couples: Sweethearts Sharing The Stage

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

For Valentine's Day, get to know pairs of lovebirds making beautiful music together. "It's always nice to be onstage and get a little alone time — even if there's an orchestra of a hundred and an audience of 2000," says conductor David Robertson, who is married to pianist Orli Shaham.

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Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin Picks Three; Why Movie Musicals Rolled Over And Died; Yuna Plays Live

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In this episode: When Soundcheck wants to talk about the music and the brain, Daniel Levitin has been our go-to guy. So when author and neuroscientist -- whose books include the bestsellers This Is Your Brain On Music and The World In Six Songs -- was approaching his 1000th interview, he marked the occasion sharing a playlist of some of his favorite songs as part of our Pick Three series.

Then: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady mark a high point in the movie musical -- and sounded the death knell for the form at the same time. Roadshow! author Matthew Kennedy explains why.

And: Yuna is a Malaysian singer-songwriter who's gotten attention for her R&B-inflected pop both at home and abroad. Hear her perform a stripped down set in the Soundcheck studio studio and to tell us about why Coldplay is uber-romantic.

 

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Watch: Yuna, Live On Soundcheck

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Yuna is already a major star in her native Malaysia thanks to richly textured songs and a lovely voice. But now with her latest album, Nocturnal, she's rising to international acclaim and reaching audiences in the U.S. Watch the pop singer perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Sam Roberts Band

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

With his fifth album out today, the Montreal indie roots-rocker brings his band to Mercury Lounge. Download album-opener "Shapeshifters" here.

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New Sounds

Orchestral Pop

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

This New Sounds program serves up orchestral pop in various guises, including brand new music from the reclusive Scott Walker, from his forthcoming release "Bish Bosch," where he uses the sounds of samurai swords and falling marbles, among other unsettling things.  There's also music from American singer/songwriter and composer Daniel James, under the name Canon Blue, from his "Rumspringa," with orchestral arrangements contributed by string quartet Amiina (most famously for being Sigur Rós’ string section.)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Hammond Plays the Blues

Monday, February 10, 2014

Blues guitarist/vocalist John Hammond performs live and discusses his new album “Timeless.” He’s one of the pioneering white blues artists, and shares some stories from over 50 years recording music.  

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: John Hammond

Monday, February 10, 2014

Blues musician John Hammond performed live in our studio on February 10, 2014. He let us know what he likes to read, watch, and eat!

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Between Two Worlds (Special Podcast)

Monday, February 10, 2014

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Listen to music between two worlds: works with elements of classical music-be it orchestra, choral, or chamber music- which also embrace elements of pop, rock and electronic music.

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The Takeaway

100 Years of the Harmonica

Monday, February 10, 2014

Today marks 100 years since the birth of the man who forever changed the harmonica. Larry Adler, who died in 2001, spent his life transforming the harmonica from a folksy toy for amateurs into an instrument with a home in concert halls. Harmonica player, Robert Bonfiglio, was a friend of Adler’s and he joins us to mark Larry Adler's 100th birthday.

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Check Ahead: Art Decade, 'Art Decade'

Monday, February 10, 2014

Art Decade is part of a small boom young bands playing earnest and ambitious orchestral pop full of sweeping strings, big choruses and epic melodic peaks. Hear the Boston band's self-titled sophomore album in its entirety before its release next week.

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