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Dan Wilson On Mountain Stage

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The hit-making songwriter and former Semisonic frontman performs new solo songs and an old favorite.

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KCRW Presents: Mikky Ekko

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The singer wrote "Stay," a chart-topping hit for Rihanna. Here, Ekko performs it in New York City.

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Annie Lennox On World Cafe

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The pop singer's new album finds her covering vintage jazz standards. Hear "Georgia On My Mind" and "Strange Fruit."

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Moby's Post-Apocalyptic Photography; That Was A Hit?!? On Little Stevie Wonder; Twin Peaks Plays Live

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Moby discusses his new photography exhibit. Looking at the unlikely success of Little Stevie Wonder's first No. 1 hit. Adult Jazz performs in the Soundcheck studio.

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Wedding Dress: A Minimal Yet Elegant Pop Side Project

Monday, October 27, 2014

Erin Elders, the guitarist of "math rock" band Maps & Atlases, debuts a new side with his side project Wedding Dress. Hear a brand new cut from the upcoming album.
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Five Women Command The Top Of The Charts; Jonathan Lethem Adapted For Stage; James Plays Live

Monday, October 27, 2014

For the first time ever, female solo artists have held all top five spots on the Hot 100 for more than four weeks in a row -- going on seven weeks at this point.

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Five Female Solo Artists Just Smashed a Billboard Record

Monday, October 27, 2014

For the past seven weeks, the top five spots on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart have been held by female solo artists -- breaking a previous record set in 1999. 

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Wyatt Cenac, Live In Brooklyn; Russell Simmons On Def Jam At 30; Little May Plays Live

Friday, October 24, 2014

Hear Wyatt Cenac perform standup and discuss his new comedy album at BAM. Russell Simmons looks back on 30 years at Def Jam Records. Little May plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Soko

Friday, October 24, 2014

Actress with burgeoning music career joins Foster The People at United Palace tonight. Download "Who Wears The Pants?"

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How To Be Smarter About... DJ Mustard

Thursday, October 23, 2014

From Drake and 2 Chainz to Chris Brown and J-Lo, everyone wants a taste of the hip-hop producer known as DJ Mustard. Soundcheck finds out why.

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Alex Gibney Explores James Brown In 'Mr. Dynamite'; How To Be Smarter About DJ Mustard; The Budos Band Plays Live

Thursday, October 23, 2014

A new documentary film explores the rise of the hardest working man in show business. Learn more about hit-making producer DJ Mustard. The Budos Band plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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James: Ruminating On Life And Death And Pop

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The British band known for its 1993 song "Laid" performs songs from its latest album, La Petite Mort, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Why Has 'Pure Imagination' Been Covered So Many Times?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Pure Imagination" from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory has been reinterpreted hundreds of times by an array of artists -- from Lou Rawls to Fiona Apple to Primus.

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A World Of 'Pure Imagination' Covers; Thurston Moore Plays Live; The Met's 'Death Of Klinghoffer' Ignites Controversy

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Cult alt-rock weirdos Primus are putting out an album of covers and originals inspired by the music of Willy Wonka. Thurston Moore plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Little May: Lovely And Lonely Folk Pop From Sydney

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Australian folk pop trio performs songs from its self-titled EP in the Soundcheck studio.

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CMJ 2014 Is Here! Now Who Should I See?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Right now, hundreds of bands, college radio programmers and DJs, music industry folks, and fans are descending upon New York City for this year's iteration of the CMJ Music Marathon.
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'You Cannot Go Back': Annie Lennox On 'Nostalgia'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The singer and activist tackles jazz standards, including "Strange Fruit" and others, on her new album. Here, she and NPR's Steve Inskeep discuss how she connects with the present through the past.

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Revisiting WKRP In Cincinnati; Twin Peaks Is Back, But What About Its Music?; Streets Of Laredo Plays Live

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The beloved rock radio sitcom has a new box set with most of its original music. The surreal drama Twin Peaks is coming back in 2016. Streets of Laredo plays in the Soundcheck studio.

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Interview: Mark Mothersbaugh On 'Myopia'

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Devo mastermind and acclaimed TV and film composer will open a new exhibition, Myopia at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, Colorado.

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Jessie Ware On Learning To Trust Herself

Monday, October 20, 2014

The pop singer and songwriter sounds more comfortable and assured on her second album, Tough Love. "This life is quite bizarre sometimes," she tells NPR's Audie Cornish.

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