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Watch: MiWi La Lupa, Live On Soundcheck

Friday, January 24, 2014

Watch singer-songwriter MiWi La Lupa perform songs from his brand new album, New Way Home, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Pauline Black, The Queen Of Ska; MiWi La Lupa Plays Live; Salaam Remi's Orchestral R&B

Friday, January 24, 2014

In this episode: Pauline Black, frontwoman for the influential British band The Selecter, discusses growing up multi-racial and adopted -- and talks about the socially conscious music movement known as 2 Tone ska.

Then, MiWi La Lupa, a sideman who's played with David Byrne and Red Baraat turns to songwriting on his latest solo album. Hear him and his band play songs from New Way Home, in the Soundcheck studio.

And, Salaam Remi -- the producer best known for his work with Grammy-winning R&B singer Amy Winehouse -- talks about why he decided to step out of the studio and into the spotlight on his debut solo album, One: In The Chamber.

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Gig Alert! Intricate Folk, Classical Strings, Biting Punk, A Jazz Legend Duo, And Psychedelic Grunge

Friday, January 24, 2014

Don't hide inside all winter. Get out and see a show this week (Jan. 20-24) -- and use our Soundcheck Gig Alert roundup to help make the job easier.

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The Grammys And Dance Music: A Long, Awkward Pas De Deux

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Chris Weingarten, music editor at Rolling Stone, joins us to explain why it's a big deal that Daft Punk -- an electronic music group -- was nominated for two Grammys in the "Big Four" categories this year. Plus, he walks us through the Grammys' long and rather awkward history with dance music -- from the ill-fated 1980 "Best Disco Recording" category, to the nomination of a song from the Space Jam soundtrack for "Best Dance Recording" in 1998, to Skrillex's non-televised acceptances of three awards last year.

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Play Grammys Bingo With Soundcheck!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Whether you're watching to see your favorite artists perform or to mercilessly criticize today's pop stars, we want you to join Soundcheck on Sunday night, Jan. 26 as we play Grammys bingo. Will Clive Davis get a shout-out? Can you spot Lang Lang? Is someone sporting sunglasses on stage? Get five in a row and tweet Bingo!

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Lucius on World Cafe

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A five-piece band from Brooklyn, Lucius is led by two singers, Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, who met at Berklee College of Music in Boston. They crafted their unique vocal sound over the decade they've worked together, and now even dress alike.

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Fewer Songs, More Often! How Top 40 Radio Keeps You Listening

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Radio programmers at Top 40 stations are desperate to keep you tuned in and listening to ads; that’s how they pay the rent. So they’ve done some homework, and they think they might have a way of competing with music streamers like Spotify: Play fewer hit songs, more often.

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Fresh Air

On 'Hard Working Americans,' Songs For The Ordinary Joe

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Todd Snider, Widespread Panic's Dave Schools and Duane Trucks perform in a new band that specializes in covering working-class songs.

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Rather Than Joking About Justin Bieber, Watch This Video

Thursday, January 23, 2014

On a day when the pop star is in the news for being arrested, watch what CBS-TV's Craig Ferguson said about why some celebrities need help, not ridicule. An alcoholic himself, Ferguson made the case that "we shouldn't be attacking the vulnerable people," especially those who are very young.

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The Captain And Tennille Breakup Unleashes The Puns Of Twitter

Thursday, January 23, 2014

For a certain type of person who grew up in 1970's, Wednesday was a difficult day of truth: The Captain & Tenille -- the kitschy pop duo best known for hits like "Muskrat Love" and "Love Will Keep Us Together" -- are getting divorced. Here's what Twitter had to say.

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Hurray For The Riff Raff's New Political Folk

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The New Orleans-based bandleader Alynda Lee Segarra talks about the wide range of political and musical inspirations — from her Puerto Rican background to the Occupy movement and women's rights in India — behind her band's new album, Small Town Heroes.

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Gem Club's Ghosts And 'Roses'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share the sadness and beauty of Gem Club's new album.

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First Watch: The Zolas, 'Ancient Mars'

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The mysterious case of Elisa Lam, who died while traveling alone in Los Angeles, inspires a transfixing new video from a Canadian pop duo.

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New Sounds

African Roots

Thursday, January 23, 2014

For this New Sounds show, listen to the Afrobeat party band Antibalas, formed in 1998 and modeled the outfit after the late great Fela Kuti's Africa 70 band.  The Brooklyn-based music collective recently released a self-titled effort, the first in five years, featuring the track below, “Dirty Money,” on the heels of their run as house band for the Broadway musical, “Fela!”  

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Fishko Files

Revueltas

Thursday, January 23, 2014

One of Mexico's esteemed composers has never lost favor in his own country, but for generations he was unknown everywhere else. Even now, as WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, he's not exactly a household name. (Produced in 2002)

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New York Philharmonic This Week

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos Conducts Beethoven and Strauss

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8 and Richard Strauss’s Ein Heldenleben, featuring New York Philharmonic Concertmaster Glenn Dicterow in the concertmaster solos.

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Song Travels Presents Jitterbug Vipers

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Austin based quartet the Jitterbug Vipers play 1930s-style viper Jazz - the intoxicating underground take on swing classics by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Cab Callaway. The Jitterbug Vipers are vocalist Sarah Sharp, guitarist Slim Richey, bassist Francie Meaux Jeaux, and drummer Masumi Jones. On this Song Travels, the band presents a set sure to make you want to get up and dance…jitterbug or otherwise!

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Dance Music And The Grammys; London Grammar Plays Live; Radio V. Spotify

Thursday, January 23, 2014

In this episode: Daft Punk is no stranger to the Grammys. Since 1998, the French electronic duo has been nominated 13 times, and, five years ago, they won the awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Electronic/Dance Album. But this year, Daft Punk has managed to break into what’s known as the “Big Four” categories -- and has become the first group ever to be nominated for both Best Dance/Electronica Album and Album of the Year. Chris Weingarten, music editor at Rolling Stone explains why this is matters for dance music. 

Then, the moody and lovely British pop group London Grammar performs songs from its new album, If You Wait, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Radio programmers at Top 40 stations are desperate to keep you tuned in and listening to ads -- that’s how they pay the rent. So they’ve done some homework, and they think they might have a way of competing with music streamers like Spotify: Play fewer hit songs, more often.

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Watch: London Grammar, Live On Soundcheck

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Watch the moody and transportive British trio London Grammar perform from its 2013 album, If You Wait, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Why Music Fans Should Care About Net Neutrality

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Since the beginning of the internet, there has been a question of who “owns” cyberspace. In the wake of a recent ruling from the US Court of Appeals against the FCC, the question of whether we all have equal access to the internet is again a hot debate. Interim Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition, Casey Rae, joins John Schaefer to talk about the implications of FCC ruling on music makers, music lovers, and the industry.

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