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Monday, November 29, 2010

Composer John Cage's experiments with noise and silence divided critics and listeners, but a new biography focuses on the facts of his life. Today, guest host Elliott Forrest of WQXR is joined by the book's author to discuss the details of this 20th century icon. Plus: A look at the long-awaited Broadway debut of "Spider-Man." Also: The band Warpaint has roots in sunny Southern California, but plays a distinctly cool brand of indie rock live in the studio.

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Elliott Forrest

Beyond 4'33"

“Begin Again,” a new biography of John Cage, takes a comprehensive look at the experimental artist. Instead of critiquing his music, author Kenneth Silverman recounts the composer’s life, work ethic and personal relationships. Silverman joins guest host Elliott Forrest to talk about this in-depth excavation.

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Spidey's First Night

The new musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” has been nagged by delays, technical problems and cast injuries, but Spidey fans got a chance last night to see the $65 million production in its first preview performance last night. New York Times theatre reporter Patrick Healy joins us to talk about this work in progress.

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In Studio: Warpaint

Warpaint was founded six years ago by a couple of childhood friends in their adopted hometown, Los Angeles. The quartet’s recent full length album “The Fool” is a woozy desert rocker full of lush harmonies -- and a dark undertow. They play live in studio.

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Playlist: Beyond 4'33" + Warpaint

Click through to see the music played on Soundcheck today!

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Gig Alert: The Search and Restore Benefit

Search and Restore, the indespensible jazz concert listings Web site, is having a benefit concert of improvised duets by 21 of the city's young jazz greats. Catch the show at LPR and download a track by Josh Roseman here.

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Gig Alert: Tony Scherr Trio

Longtime sideman Tony Scherr has played with Norah Jones, Jessie Harris, and Bill Frisell, and now he's doing his own thing at the Living Room, every Monday. Catch him tonight and download his "I Could Understand," here.

 

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Matisyahu

Gig Alert: Matisyahu

If you haven’t heard by now, there is quite a popular Hasidic Jewish musician out there blending his religion’s themes with rock ‘n' reggae hip-hop and freestyle beatboxing. Download Matisyahu's live track, "Time of Your Song."

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Twin Shadow live on Soundcheck

Live on Soundcheck: Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow is backed by Brooklyn-bred songwriter George Lewis, Jr., who says the dark, moody sound of his music might come from spending a lot of time alone making music. The band recently stopped by WNYC's studios for a live performance of "Forget" on Soundcheck.

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