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Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Terem Quartet

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia. Tonight, the Terem Quartet -- a Russian folk music group -- plays in Sochi. 

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

At the Manhattan School of Music and Juilliard

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

This week the Young Artists Showcase makes a return to recent concerts at the Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School. First up i s a performance by pianist Steven Lin, who opened last season with a performance of Liszt as winner of the Gina Bachauer competition. Shortly thereafter, Lin won the 2012 Victor Elmaleh Competition from the Concert Artists Guild.

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Watch: Hospitality, Live On Soundcheck

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Watch the Brooklyn indie pop band Hospitality perform songs from its brand new album, Trouble, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Regina Spektor On Her Russian Music Idol; Russia's Samizdat Movement; Hospitality Plays Live

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck week continues with Regina Spektor, the Moscow-born, the New York-based indie-pop star, who schools us about a personal hero, the late Soviet-era singer Vladimir Vysotsky.

Then, a look at "Samizdat" -- 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.

And, Brooklyn band Hospitality performs songs from it's second record, Trouble, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Pick Three: Gary Shteyngart

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Author Gary Shteyngart shares a playlist inspired by his comic memoir, Little Failure

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Viking's Choice: This Video Is Made Of Wires

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Images blur and repeat in a hypnotic black-and-white display for Solvent's "Burn the Tables," made entirely on video synthesizers.

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The Jonathan Channel

A Day of Light and Shadows

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

In 1979, Jonathan Schwartz wrote an essay recalling his experience of a 1978 Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees playoff game at Fenway Park. This vivid account ran originally in Sports Illustrated and has since been published as a book. 

 

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Watch Jazz Guitarist Nir Felder Play Live At Rockwood

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

With his debut album, Golden Age, jazz guitarist Nir Felder shows why he's been such a go-to sideman and one of the exciting young voices in jazz. Watch him in a new live concert music video for "Lover" filmed live at Rockwood Music Hall.

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Beck On 'Morning Phase': The All Songs Considered Interview

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Prolific even in his down time, Beck has spent the years since 2008's Modern Guilt ensconced in side projects. On the occasion of a new studio release, Beck discusses the value of creative playtime and why great music careers often start with a stumble.

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New Sounds

Music for Cathedrals, Part 1

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Listen to the acoustic and electronic works that make use of cathedral acoustics, or are inspired by the soaring architecture of some of the great old cathedrals on this New Sounds program.  Hear music by Missy Mazzoli, and Victoire from “Cathedral City” – a collection of electroacoustic chamber music works.  There’s music from Jurgen Knieper's original score for the Wim Wenders film, “Wings of Desire,” – the solemn, meditative "Cathedral of Books."  Listen also to music from Briane Keane & Omar Faruk Tekbilek inspired by Hagia Sophia, a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, which turned into an imperial mosque, and is now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exploring New York's Past Through Sound

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Emily Thompson, historian at Princeton University and the author of Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933, talks about her study of sound and her website featuring sounds of New York City in the 1920's.

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Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Feodoq

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia. Today, find out about an experimental jam band from St. Petersburg that dabbles in dub, called Feodoq. 

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Gary Shteyngart Picks Three; Real Estate Unveils New Songs, Live In The Studio

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck continues with Gary Shteyngart who shares a Pick Three playlist of songs with connections to Leningrad, Queens and, of all things, ABBA. Real Estate. He also discusses his comic memoir, Little Failure, which recounts his family’s life in the Soviet Union – and their eventual move to New York in 1979.

Then, a couple more modern day Russian pop music picks from Sasha Kondukov, editor in chief of Rolling Stone's Russia edition.

And, Real Estate returns to the Soundcheck studio with an exclusive debut of new songs from Atlas, the band's forthcoming third album.

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Real Estate Sings Us Some Brand New Songs From 'Atlas'

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Real Estate's summery brand of indie pop draws its crisp the melodies, shimmering guitars, and Martin Courtney's evocative lyrics.

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Russia: Where No Pop Star Is Ever 'Washed Up'

Monday, February 03, 2014

We talk pop culture with the editor-in-chief of GQ magazine's Russian edition, in a conversation that meanders from hipster foodies in Moscow... to the shocking revelation that Russia is where pop stars go when their careers have died. 

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Question Of The Week: What Musician Do You Love No Matter What?

Monday, February 03, 2014

Nobody's perfect, but some musicians create a body of work consistent enough to earn undying love. Who gets your free pass?

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KEXP Presents: Lee Ranaldo And The Dust

Monday, February 03, 2014

The Sonic Youth guitarist began recording his 10th album, Last Night on Earth, the week Hurricane Sandy hit. Watch Ranaldo and his band, The Dust, stir up a dissonant sound in "Key/Hole," recorded at the KEXP studios.

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The Jonathan Channel

A Month of Celebration

Monday, February 03, 2014

To celebrate Black History Month, The Jonathan Channel will highlight the life and career of four significant African American contributors to the American Songbook. 

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Pixies: Tiny Desk Concert

Monday, February 03, 2014

This three-song set features a 2014 tune called "Greens and Blues," a song yet to make it onto a Pixies release called "Silver Snail," and 1989's "Monkey Gone to Heaven," which melted hearts and seared minds with a new memory from a time long past.

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First Listen: 'Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997'

Monday, February 03, 2014

It's fitting that this house-music collection comes out so soon after Daft Punk cleaned up at the Grammy Awards; it's a bedrock part of that band's roots.

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