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Frightened Rabbit: Rock With A Scottish Brogue

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

With his big, weary voice, Scott Hutchison has a remarkable gift for tugging at heartstrings. Watch him and his band perform a stripped-down acoustic version of "The Woodpile," a single from Frightened Rabbit's new album, Pedestrian Verses.

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Chick Corea And SFJAZZ Collective: Live At SFJAZZ

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Corea's "Spain" has an epic quality to it, as it draws from Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and joyous flamenco hoedowns to weave an extended narrative. At the opening night of the SFJAZZ Center, he guest solos in a new arrangement of the piece with a house band made up of all-stars.

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Back In The Studio, Neko Case Recovers 'That Fire'

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Morning Edition checks in with the singer-songwriter as she finishes the follow-up to 2009's Middle Cyclone, due out later this year.

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Misunderstanding Lyrics Is Just More Fun

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Greil Marcus once pointed out that lyrics are something that are felt before they’re understood. But Billboard editor Joe Levy reflects on why misunderstanding lyrics is sometimes more fun. 

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Virtuosic Works for Winds and Piano

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

For this New Sounds, sample virtuoso works for piano and/or saxophone, including music from a set of duets by saxophonist Charles Lloyd and pianist Jason Moran. Composed by Lloyd and dedicated to his great-great-grandmother, who was taken from her home in south Mississippi at age 10 and sold to a slave-owner in Tennessee, the suite of pieces is something of a meditation about her life - the loss of her family, loneliness, dreams, sorrow, and songs to her newborn children.  It's eloquent, thorny, and heartfelt.

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Local Natives: California Psych-Rock In The Studio

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The band's sophomore album, Hummingbird,showcases the group's nuances while keeping in tact the catchiness of their first record. 

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Musical Mondegreens: The Best Thing You’ve Misheard; Local Natives In The Studio

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

As soon as you put words to music, there’s a good chance someone is going to misunderstand them. Misheard lyrics, or mondegreens, are funny -- but they also tell us something about how we listen. We queue up some classic misheard lyrics. Plus Local Natives perform in the studio.

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Gig Alert: Torben Waldorff

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Danish electric guitarist Torben Waldorff  plays Bar Next Door Tuesday night. Download "Circle and Up."

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Share Your Favorite Misheard Lyrics

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

If you have a favorite misheard lyric -- or mondegreen -- Soundcheck wants to know!

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Nataly Dawn Isn't All Rainbows And Sugar Cookies

Monday, April 01, 2013

Hear the singer-songwriter perform songs from her solo album, 'How I Knew Her', in the Soundcheck studio.

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This Is What A Contractual Disagreement Sounds Like

Monday, April 01, 2013

It's a simple fact: recording contracts sometimes go sour. And when artists are held to those contracts against their will -- sometimes you end up with some... interesting... results. We take a look at how musicians have dealt with their contractual disagreements – from Marvin Gaye to Lou Reed.

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Update: Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s? Judge Says No.*

Monday, April 01, 2013

ReDigi wants to be the digital version of a used record store. A judge in New York says what they are doing is copyright infringement.

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Robert Earl Keen On Mountain Stage

Monday, April 01, 2013

The enduring roots-folk singer-songwriter plays songs from his latest album, Ready for Confetti. Keen appears here alongside the same road band he's used for decades, and plays a cover of Todd Snider's "Play a Train Song."

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Bajofondo, Live In Concert: SXSW 2013

Monday, April 01, 2013

With eight accomplished musicians from Argentina and Uruguay, and a sound rooted in tango traditions, Bajofondo lays out a visual and aural feast. Watch the band perform "Duro y Parejo" to a huge crowd at Auditorium Shores, then listen to Bajofondo's complete set from SXSW.

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Finding Musical Moments In Sports

Monday, April 01, 2013

Singer-songwriter Erin McKeown reflects on the intersecting worlds of music and sports fandom.

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Lochlannach Phil Lockout Jump-Started By Kickstarter

Monday, April 01, 2013

A beloved regional orchestra in Minnesota ends months of labor difficulty by replacing union musicians with unpaid community members. Hear the result — you won't believe it.

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Marching To 'Easter Monday On The White House Lawn'

Monday, April 01, 2013

One of John Philip Sousa's happiest marches depicts the day each year when kids rule in Washington.

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Singing The Praises Of Pre-Dawn Walks

Monday, April 01, 2013

Winter Morning Walks, an album featuring jazz composer Maria Schneider and soprano Dawn Upshaw, revolves around meditations on nature and beauty by former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. All three artists have had battles with cancer — when, Schneider says, "everything in life becomes heightened."

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Contractually Obligated Creativity; Nataly Dawn Shows Her Dark Side; Musical Hoaxes

Monday, April 01, 2013

In this episode:  

• When Bang Records held singer Van Morrison to his contract and forced him to produce another album for the label – they ended up with songs like “Ring Worm” and “Want a Danish.” We take a look at how artists have dealt with their contractual disagreements – from Marvin Gaye to Lou Reed.

• Plus, singer-songwriter Nataly Dawn is one half of the perky, wide-eyed, YouTube-famous duo Pomplamoose. She comes in-studio to play a subdued set of songs off of her solo debut, How I Knew Her.

• And: APRIL FOOLS’! We revisit a discussion about musical hoaxes and trickery from John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. (Seriously. That part is not a joke.)

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Gig Alert: Caitlin Rose

Monday, April 01, 2013

Nashville singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose performs at Mercury Lounge on Monday night. Download "Waitin'"

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