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First Listen: Rosanne Cash, 'The River & The Thread'

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Each song on Cash's new album is rooted in the Southern soil connecting her family's old homestead in Arkansas to its ancestral Virginia homeland, expanding to survey its artistic roots in Alabama and Tennessee. Some narratives are fictional, while others mine family lore.

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Nash, Ronstadt Remember The Everlys' 'Sibling Sound'

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Phil Everly, half of the record-setting sibling duo The Everly Brothers, died on Friday. Legendary musicians Graham Nash and Linda Ronstadt offer remembrances of Phil Everly, and explain why the Everly Brothers had such a profound influence on their music.

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A Debut Album At 81 Years Old

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Leo Welch had played at picnics and parties and sang with a gospel group, but he didn't record an album until he cold-called a Mississippi record label. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with the blues musician about his new release, Sabougla Voices.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

Orthodox Christmas and Other Russian Exports

Sunday, January 05, 2014

For many people, Christmas begins on December 25 and ends 12 days later with the festival of the Three Kings. But on the Russian Orthodox calendar, Christmas is just about to begin on January 7.

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New Sounds

Musical Cross-Pollination

Sunday, January 05, 2014

On this edition of New Sounds, we'll hear from singers who reach across musical traditions, including a new recording of a Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan piece – “Mustt Mustt” - by Indo-Canadian singer Kiran Ahluwalia, featuring the Tuareg musical rebels from Mali, Tinariwen.  Kiran says of the collaboration - "I knew it would be compelling to have a song from the South Asian Islamic tradition performed with Muslims from Mali."  We'll hear the results on this program.

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Spinning on Air

Amplifying Humanity with Thao and The Get Down Stay Down

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Viginia-born Thao Nguyen spent much of her twenties on the road (including a tour with WNYC's Radiolab) performing her energetic music solo and with her band The Get Down Stay Down. These days she's mostly staying put in San Francisco, working not only on her music, but, as she explains here, on being human. "It's been a discovery process," she says in this interview, "humanity means acknowledging what's inside, and acknowledging that you have a duty to show up for people, as they show up for you." David Garland welcomes Thao and The Get Down Stay Down to the WNYC Studio to perform several rollicking songs, and to talk about connections, connecting, activism, century-old color photographs, Rock and Roll, Chicken Tenders, and more.

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Pushing A Tradition Forward, Bandolim In Hand

Saturday, January 04, 2014

A master of the Brazilian version of the mandolin, Hamilton de Holanda is determined to show the world what the instrument can do — and he's found friends in disparate musical worlds who are helping him prove is point.

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Hip-Hop's Aboriginal Connection

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Beat Nation is a traveling art exhibition that mines the similarities between hip-hop and indigenous culture. It's made a big splash in Canada, where indigenous protest movements have recently captured headlines.

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Phil Everly Dies; Transformed Rock 'N' Roll With Brother Don

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The tight harmonies in the Everly Brothers' string of hits in the '50s and '60s were huge influences on others such as Simon & Garfunkel, The Hollies, and The Beach Boys. Among their biggest songs: "Bye Bye Love," "Wake Up Little Susie" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream." Everly was 74. Brother Don is 76.

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Van-Anh Vanessa Vo: Tiny Desk Concert

Saturday, January 04, 2014

As a young girl in Vietnam, Van-Anh Vanessa Vo knew she wanted to be a traditional musician even though it was a world dominated by men. She pestered a master teacher for three years to give her lessons before he finally gave in.

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Colorful Queen of the Night

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Before settling in to listen to the Metropolitan Opera's live broadcast of Mozart's The Magic Flute today at 1 pm, watch an animated score for the Queen of the Night's aria, "Der hölle rache."

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Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli

Standards from Saddle River with Radio Deluxe

Saturday, January 04, 2014

This week, Radio Deluxe is broadcasting from the Pizzarelli enclave in Saddle River, New Jersey. It's great talk and music streaming from the dining room table of the Pizzarelli family. 

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Metropolitan Opera

Mozart's The Magic Flute

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Today at 1 pm, the Met broadcast features Julie Taymor's production of Mozart's The Magic Flute. The English-language production features a cast including Alek Shrader, Heidi Stober, Kathryn Lewek, Nathan Gunn and Eric Owens.

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New Sounds

The Australian-American Connection

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Australia's surprising and flexible new music ensemble, Topology, comprised of saxophone, strings and piano, takes center stage on this New Sounds program.  We'll hear chamber works by American and Australian composers, some in the vein of the perpetual motion machines, all performed by Topology.  Plus, other works by Americans living and working in Australia.

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Movies on the Radio

Soundtrack Trends and Styles in 2013, Part II

Saturday, January 04, 2014

In this second of two parts, David Garland presents music from 2013 science fiction and adventure films such as "Gravity," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "Europa Report," and several others.

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Operavore

Martina Arroyo, Kennedy Center Honoree

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Recent Kennedy Center Honors recipient Martina Arroyo is known for her rich timbre, but, descriptions of the soprano's personality are just as vibrant. Listen to the archived show.

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Classics For Kids

Prokofiev’s Life

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Twentieth century composer Sergei Prokofiev wrote music that reflects his Russian background. Learn more about his life and works this week on Classics for Kids.

Marian McPartland On Piano Jazz, Part One

Friday, January 03, 2014

The tables are turned, as McPartland sits at the guest bench to discuss her life as a performer and as the host of Piano Jazz. She reminisces about moments from the program's early days; then, guest host Elvis Costello sings as McPartland plays "Our Love Is Here to Stay."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Friday, January 03, 2014

Doug McGrath discusses writing the book for “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” on Broadway.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Miwa Gemini

Friday, January 03, 2014

The indie pop artist Miwa Gemini plays Rockwood Music Hall Sunday. Download "Matchbox House Blues."

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