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Soundcheck Smackdown: Gotham vs. Motown

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Monday, October 03, 2011

The ballfield isn’t the only place where New York and Detroit are facing off. Today: The music of the two metropolises go head to head in a city versus city Soundcheck Smackdown. Plus: Singer-songwriter and composer Tori Amos explores traditional melodies and untraditional themes in her classical album debut, a song cycle called Night of Hunters. She performs live in the studio.

Smackdown: New York vs. Detroit

Two cities duke it out on the baseball diamond – and in our studio. In this Soundcheck Smackdown, we pit the music of New York against the music of Detroit. On Motown's team is music journalist, author and Detroit resident Gary Graff; playing for the home team is Rolling Stone senior critic and author Will Hermes.

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In Studio: Tori Amos

Song cycles are nothing new – in the 1800s, they were popularized by the likes of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. But give singer-songwriter and composer Tori Amos a crack at the classical style, and you’re bound to end up with something unique. The art pop icon explains the traditional melodies and nontraditional themes found in her Deutsche Grammophon album debut, a song cycle called Night of Hunters. Plus, she performs live.

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A Detroit-New York musical matchup: Eminem vs. Jay-Z.

Shape the Debate: New York vs. Detroit

The baseball playoffs aren’t the only place where New York and Detroit are facing off this fall. The two music meccas are going head to head in a Soundcheck Smackdown. You can shape the debate! Give us your picks for the best of New York music here.

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A musical playoff

John Schaefer says Detroit is capable of springing an upset.  But where?

The Bangles

Gig Alert: The Bangles

The group that made "Walk Like An Egyptian" a No. 1 hit is back with a new album. Catch The Bangles Monday at the Highline Ballroom and download a new song, "I'll Never Be Through With You," here.

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