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Tiny Resistors: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Thursday, March 21, 2013

When he gets to lead the band, the bicoastal bassist Todd Sickafoose writes lushly textured, slowly developing music for a unique instrumental ensemble. Swamped in horns and violin and twin guitars and rock rhythms, Sickafoose and Tiny Resistors lift the lid on some unreleased tunes.

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Rosetta Trio: Live From 92Y Tribeca

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Apart from his globetrotting with the Vijay Iyer Trio and others, bassist Stephan Crump is also a composer, both for film and for his own bands. His Rosetta Trio, with two guitars, strives for quieter sophistication. Here, he presents his late-afternoon back-porch ditties for interlocking strings.

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Gig Alert: Alt-J Concert Stream

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tonight’s Gig Alert is a concert you can stream in your own home. Last week team Soundcheck was hard at work in Austin, Texas for the South by Southwest Festival. Among the goodies we brought back is an entire concert from the Mercury prize-winning British band Alt-J.

To hear the band’s full set from South By Southwest, listen above. And, watch some video from the concert, below.

 

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New Sounds Live: Bang on a Can PCF Concert 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

From the New Sounds Live concert series, listen to some of the newly commissioned works from the Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert, recorded last week at Merkin Hall, as part of the Ecstatic Music Festival.  Hear multimedia composer Anna Clyne's "A Wonderful Day," incorporating the spoken and sung words of Chicago street musician Wooly from Mississippi.  Plus, Dan Deacon's "Sago An Ya Rev," a textural morphing transcription of a NASA Voyager featuring audience participation (and you all at home) via the smart phone Dan Deacon App. In preparation for tonight's New Sounds, you can download the Dan Deacon App (for iPhone or Android) and play along with his piece as you listen! 

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'Nashville' Places Music Center Screen

Thursday, March 21, 2013

It’s more than just a compelling storyline that draws an audience to Nashville; what really seems to have made an impression is the series’ music.

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Callie Khouri's 'Nashville'; Ryan Keberle and Catharsis; Ex Cops at SXSW

Thursday, March 21, 2013

In this episode: Callie Khouri, the creator and executive producer of the TV drama Nashville, joins us to talk about the real-life country music that shapes much of her acclaimed show. And, we ask her about the rumors of a Nashville tour.  

Plus: The young New York trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle has played with Wynton Marsalis, Alicia Keys, and Sufjan Stevens -- just to name a few. His latest album is called Music Is Emotion, and he and his band, Catharsis, stop by our studio to perform some of it live.

And: Two SXSW follow-ups. We hear about a pair of mind-reading headphones that made an appearance at the festival's trade show down in Texas, last week (not kidding). And, we hear a performance by the Brooklyn indie-pop band Ex Cops -- recorded in a funky Austin bookstore.

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      Buke And Gase: A Broader Sonic Range

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      Buke and Gase, the duo comprised of Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez, takes its name from the group’s two primary instruments: The buke, a six-string, guitar-like instrument built on a former baritone ukulele body; and the gase, a guitar-bass hybrid. The band brings its explosive live performance to our studio for two songs and an interview.

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      Carrie Rodriguez On Mountain Stage

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      The singer-songwriter and fiddler plays songs from her newest album, Give Me All You Got, at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. Rodriguez is backed by the Mountain Stage band and her friend Lucas Jacobs on lap steel, acoustic and electric guitars.

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      Song Premiere: Paperhaus, 'Helicopters'

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      Listen to a brand new cut from Paperhaus' new EP Lo Hi Lo. "Helicopters" provides soaring, dreamy pop with a psychedelic punch.

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      Kacey Musgraves: A Millennial Musician Reframes Country

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      On her major-label debut, the 24-year-old singer-songwriter explores themes steeped in tradition, yet views them through the lens of youth culture.

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      Marches Madness: Hurray For Taxes!

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      A tiny tax hike between the World Wars started a musical revolution. Hear a community band from Wisconsin play the Iowa Band Law March, which celebrates municipal support of music.

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      The Lions On World Cafe

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      The diverse reggae supergroup plays a few explosive songs from its new album, This Generation, and discusses how an old grocery truck became the centerpiece of its sound.

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      Electronic Edition: James Blake And Brian Eno, DJ Koze, Bonobo, More

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      This week, All Songs Considered goes electronic. Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are joined by Sami Yenigun and Otis Hart, who bring us new cuts from DJ Koze, Julio Bashmore, Joker, Kyle Hall and more.

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      Tupac Encouraged The Arab Spring

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      Rap and hip-hop were both a driving force, and a coping mechanism, for people in the Middle East and North Africa during the Arab Spring. In particular, the music of Tupac Shakur resonates with Arabs, long after the U.S. rapper's own death. But why? Michel Martin looks for an answer, along with Khaled M, a Libyan-American rapper.

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      KCRW Presents: Jake Bugg

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      The 19-year-old British boy wonder brings his international hit "Lightning Bolt" to the KCRW studios for a performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic.

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      Barry Altschul: The Jazz Drummer Makes A Comeback

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      On his new album, The 3dom Factor, Altschul is great at mixing opposites: abstract melodic concepts with parade beats, open improvising and percolating swing. The album is the sort of comeback that reminds you how much good music the artist made the first time around.

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      Tough Critics On Godspeed You! Black Emperor

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      Pitchfork called Godspeed You Black Emperor's 2012 song "We Drift Like Worried Fire" a "summary of everything that made this band great." But our Tough Critics think this song would sound really great if it just had some Taylor Swift vocals on top. We took their challenge – and decided to find out what that sounded like.

       

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      Is It Legal To Sell Your Old MP3s?

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      A new Supreme Court ruling may provide a boost to a company that wants to be like a used record store for MP3s.

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      Dynamic Duos: Debbie Harry & Chris Stein Of Blondie; Buke And Gase; The Bryants

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      In this episode: You know the saying good things come in threes?  Well some great things come in twos.  

      First: we catch up with one of rock's most enduring duos: Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, co-founders of the New York new wave band Blondie. They bring in a brand new song for us to hear.

      Plus: Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez -- who invent their own instruments and perform as a duo under the name Buke And Gase -- play live in the studio.

      And: we hear the story of the husband and wife team of Felice and Boudleaux Bryant -- Nashville’s first full-time, non-performing songwriters, Felice and Bouldeaux Bryant, who penned such hits as “Wake Up Little Susie” and “Love Hurts.”

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      Pick the Piece that Puts a Spring in Your Step

      Wednesday, March 20, 2013

      For this week's Showdown, we offered up three spring-inspired pieces from Stravinsky, Schumann and Beethoven. You voted and we played the winner today at noon.

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