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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata pulls “The Sound of Music” into the 21st century. Their mashup album, called “The Hills Are Alive” imagines what might happen if the singing von Trapp family shared a stage with The Jackson Five...Led Zeppelin...and The Klezmatics. They perform live. Plus: music writer Maura Johnston explains what's in store for American Idol's 24 semi-finalists tonight.


Maura Johnston and Peter Kiesewalter

American Idols Gear Up

American Idol's tenth season has been underway for a few weeks, but tonight the auditions have been whittled down to 24 semi-finalists. Viewers are waiting to see how the singers fare -- and they also have their eyes on this season's new judges. Popdust writer Maura Johnston joins us to explain how this new season is shaping up. Plus, she shares her early favorites.

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In Studio: Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata

To say that composer and musician Peter Kiesewalter is a fan of the film version of “The Sound of Music” might be the understatement of the year. The "Edelweiss" enthusiast joins us to talk about hoarding film posters, copies of the soundtrack, sheet music and even an eight-track tape. And, he brings in his Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata to play songs from the new album, "The Hills Are Alive," a reinterpretation of songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

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Playlist: American Idol + Brooklyn Rundfunk Orkestrata

Click through to see today's Soundcheck playlist!

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Superhuman Happiness

Gig Alert: Superhuman Happiness

Superhuman Happiness is a genre-bending indie rock band led by Stuart Bogie, the sax wizard beyond the fiery Antibalas horns. Tuesday night, they play Le Poisson Rouge. Download the band's "GMYL" here.


Composer and guitarist Giancarlo Vulcano

Gig Alert: Giancarlo Vulcano

Gutiarist and composer Giancarlo Vulcano plays noir-influenced cinematic music from his new album, My Funny Valentine. Download his "On The Case" here.