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The Civil Wars Cover Elliott Smith

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The band may be on hiatus, but there's a new digital EP of The Civil Wars covering four songs, including Elliott Smith's "Between the Bars."

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Popular Japanese Composer Confesses Musical Fraud

Thursday, February 06, 2014

In the run-up to the Sochi Olympics, a sudden revelation: A very popular Japanese composer, Mamoru Samuragochi, announced that he doesn't write his music. And that's not all. His ghostwriter says that Samuragochi isn't deaf, either.

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Black, Latino And Proud: Black History Month With Alt.Latino

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The show kicks off its Black History Month coverage with the creators of the LatiNegr@s Project, which is dedicated to documenting the stories and perspectives of Black Latinos.

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The Takeaway

Exploring The Underground Music of Russia

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Opening Ceremony to the Sochi Olympics will feature an array of national anthems and the Olympics theme song.  But for Russians, and Russian Americans, the music of Sochi and of the nation goes far beyond the slopes and podiums. John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck, shares some Russian tunes to enjoy during the Olympics.

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Eightball, MJG And Memphis Rap 20 Years On

Thursday, February 06, 2014

From the birthplace of Stax and Sun Records, and the site of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, the pair of rapper-producers snatched soul music and put it to work for a new generation.

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Song Travels

Song Travels presents Allen Toussaint

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Pianist, singer, composer, and producer Allen Toussaint defines the sound of New Orleans. He penned early R&B hits including “Mother-in-law,” “Working in a Coalmine,” and “A Certain Girl.” He also produced Funk legends The Meters and has worked with artists from The Band to Elvis Costello. This week Toussaint and Feinstein discuss the vital role of New Orleans in American music. 

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New Sounds

New Sounds Live: The Hilliard Ensemble Farewell Tour

Thursday, February 06, 2014

From the New Sounds Live concert series, recorded live at the Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, listen to the all-male band of British a cappella singers, The Hilliard Ensemble.  Founded in 1974 and named after the British miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard, this group has cut a distinct path in the fields of both old and new music. This concert was also a stop on their farewell tour, as the group will be disbanding in 2014, after 40 years together, performing music that spans the past millennium.

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The Takeaway

Tennessee: The Innovation State? | Rep. Keating: Russia Walled Off | What Music Will You Hear at the Olympics?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Rep. Keating: Russia Walled Off | Tennessee Proposes Free Community College and Vocational Schools | Where is the Fastest Internet in the US? | Is the Tobacco Lobby Losing Its Grip? | An Inside Look at the History of Sochi | What Music Will You Hear at the Olympics?

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Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Stoneberry

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia. Tonight, the rock band Stoneberry takes the stage in Moscow. 

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World of Opera

Gluck's Alceste, The Anti- 'Opera Seria'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

World of Opera takes us to the Palais Garnier in Paris for Christoph Gluck's Alceste. Soprano Sophie Koch sings the title role in a production featuring the Musciens du Louvre, led by Marc Minkowski.

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How to Get Your Mind Around Pussy Riot

Thursday, February 06, 2014

First of all, they're not a band, they're an art collective. Masha Gessen, author of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion Of Pussy Riot, talks about the group's creation, agitation, incarceration and newfound freedom.

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Beethoven, Shostakovich and Gershwin

Thursday, February 06, 2014

New York Philharmonic Music Director Alan Gilbert leads the orchestra in Beethoven’s Fidelio Overture and Symphony No. 1, as well as Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 — with Lisa Batiashvili as soloist — and Gershwin’s An American in Paris.

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The Brothers Balliett

The Beatles Interventions

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Leonard Bernstein wrote that the songs of the Beatles could easily stand next to those of Schumann and Schubert. The Brothers Balliett spend an hour with new-music Beatles homages.

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Soundcheck

Jason Isbell Confronts His Past Struggles On 'Southeastern'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Southeastern was one of the best received Americana records of 2013, landing on many a "best of" list. Hear the former member of Drive-By Truckers and his wife Amanda Shires play songs from that album live.

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How To Get Your Mind Around Pussy Riot; Jason Isbell Plays Live; David Fricke On Guitar Hero Mike Bloomfield

Thursday, February 06, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck continues with a look at the political Russian performance art collective Pussy Riot: While the members of Pussy Riot were serving their sentence in a labor camp, journalist Masha Gessen painstakingly researched the social and political conditions that led a group of otherwise “ordinary” young women to stage a protest that galvanized Russian society. Gessen talks about Pussy Riot and the book Words Will Break Cement.

Then, Jason Isbell -- a former member of Drive-By Truckers -- landed on many best of 2013 lists with Southeastern, an album filled with emotion, regret and one super-bad night in a Super 8. Isbell has since gotten sober -- and married the singer and fiddler Amanda Shires. The duo perform in the studio.

And: Mike Bloomfield is rock's greatest forgotten guitar hero, says Rolling Stone's senior editor David Fricke. Fricke reflects on Bloomfield's lasting legacy, as documented in a new box set.

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Hear The Sounds Of Russia's Soviet-Era Counterculture

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Samizdat is the name given to an underground, DIY counterculture that was a huge part of life in the old Soviet Union. There's an exhibit of Samizdat artifacts consisting of pamphlets, books, cheap cassettes and more collected at George Washington University's Gelman Library. The exhibit's curator, Mark Yoffe, explains the movement.

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Tony Joe White On World Cafe

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Over the years, White's songs have been covered by Elvis Presley, Brook Benton, Tina Turner and Dusty Springfield. Now, the father of swamp-rock has a new album called Hoodoo.

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Metropolis: 2/1/14

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

This week's two-hour mix includes a new song from rising dance vocalist Banks, a Maps remix of Moby's "Almost Home," the Mary J. Blige edition of Disclosure's "F for You" (of course) and much, much more.

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R&B Star Miguel Gives Props To Kendrick Lamar

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

R&B sensation Miguel is out with a new single "Simplethings." For Tell Me More's "In Your Ear" series, he shares the music that drives him.

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First Watch: Deleted Scenes, 'Stutter'

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Watch the video for "Stutter," by Deleted Scenes, and squirm in your seat as Dustin Diamond navigates a thorny Hollywood landscape.

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