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Gig Alert: Tiny Victories

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Brooklyn electro-pop duo Tiny Victories performs at the Mercury Lounge on Wednesday night. Download the track "Lost Weekend.

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Shake Your @#$%!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

When Spinal Tap sang "Big Bottom," they were tapping (sorry) into a long musical tradition.  Now, you can too. 

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Gig Alert: Via Audio

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Brooklyn indie band Via Audio plays the Knitting Factory on Tuesday night. Download the bittersweet track "Hello."

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Gig Alert: The Very Best

Monday, August 13, 2012

The duo known as "The Very Best" makes electro-pop with an Afro-beat. They play The Gramercy Theatre Monday night. Download the track "Yoshua Alikuti."

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Meet the Schaefer Reaction Simulator

Friday, August 10, 2012

While the host is away, the producers will play. Senior producer Joel Meyer and associate producer Katie Bishop introduce the world to the Soundcheck 5000 - a highly intelligent public radio robot (who can also be found on Twitter: @soundcheck5000). 

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Gig Alert: Aloe Blacc

Friday, August 10, 2012

Rapper turned retro-soul singer Aloe Blacc performs at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Bandshell on Sunday night. Download the track "You Make Me Smile."

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Beck's Sheet Music Album Is So Nineteenth Century

Thursday, August 09, 2012

The shape-shifting musician’s new album is his most unlistenable yet. Literally.

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Gig Alert : Kelli Scarr

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Singer and songwriter Kelli Scarr brings her new country-tinged songs live to (Le) Poisson Rouge on Thursday night. Download the track "Dangling Teeth."

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Hearing Music for the First Time

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

"I can hear music for the first time ever, what should I listen to?" is the headline of a Reddit post that caught my attention today. A Reddit user named deafstoryteller writes, "I was born profoundly deaf and all music sounded like trash through my hearing aids. That is until a couple days ago when I put on a new pair of hearing aids for the first time in years." 

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Rock(abye) Around the Clock

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Everyone pretty much agrees that singing to babies is a good thing. Singing can help strengthen the bond between parent and child; it nurtures brain development; and in fact, women are being taught to sing to their babies while they're still in the womb. Heck, even dogs know that it's important. 

 

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Gig Alert: Heavenly Beat

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Brooklyn indie pop group Heavenly Beat plays live at Public Assembly on Wednesday night. Download the track "Tradition."

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Oldies of the Future

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

It's 2052. And we're programming an oldies station that plays the "turn of the century hits" (that's 21st century). What music from the '90s, '00s and '10s would survive? And what wouldn't? We ask Chris Molanphy - author of the "100 & Single" Billboard charts column in the Village Voice - and Scott Shannon - WPLJ host and creator of the syndicated radio network The True Oldies Channel.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Makes an Album

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Well, all of us saw this coming. "All of us" being myself and the other 30 million people worldwide who've picked up copies of the sado-masochistic beach reads that are the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. (Whatever. I only read the first book, and I also read "The Great Gatsby" this summer, so don't judge.) This morning, EMI Classics announced that the novels have inspired an upcoming album - a literary soundtrack, if you will - comprised of 15 classical works featured in the books. 

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Who Wears Short Shorts?

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Forty years ago, hot pants (as the B-52s later put it) exploded. They were on the runways, in shopping malls -- and on the pop charts too, starting with James Brown. Do you have a hot pants story? We need your help for an upcoming episode of Soundcheck.

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Gig Alert: M. Ward

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Folk troubadour M. Ward plays live at Celebrate Brooklyn @ Prospect Park Bandshell Tuesday night. Download the track "Primitive Girl."

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Check Ahead: Field Report - "Chico the American"

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Wisconsin-based musician Chris Porterfield started out in a band with Justin Vernon, who went on to win Grammys under the name Bon Iver. As Porterfield’s band Field Report gears up to release a debut next month, we have an exclusive stream of the track “Chico the American.”

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Your Nightmare Music Cruise

Monday, August 06, 2012

Finish this sentence: The band I would NOT want to be on a boat with is...

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Beer Talk: Joe Jackson

Monday, August 06, 2012

The English singer-songwriter, composer and pianist Joe Jackson (best known for hits like “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” and “Steppin Out”) recently stopped by to talk about his new album of Duke Ellington songs, called "The Duke." Jackson is also quite the stealth connoisseur when it comes to beer -- and so we invited him to sample a few ales with us in this installment of Beer Talk.

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RIP Jason Noble

Monday, August 06, 2012

You may not recognize his name, but his bands helped change the sound of modern rock.

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Gig Alert: Alt-J

Monday, August 06, 2012

The British band Alt-J brings its idiosyncratic alt-pop to the Mercury Lounge Monday night. Download the new song "Fitzpleasure."

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