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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Music elicits all kinds of emotional responses -- including those that make us cry. Today, grab a tissue, and tune in to hear why some music can draw tears, and why some people seek out music that's mournful. Plus, a live performance from The War on Drugs.

The Music of Miserablists

Music elicits all kinds of emotional responses – including those that call for a tissue. Today, we’ll speak with musicologist David Huron and writer Amanda Stern about why certain types of music can draw tears – and why some people seek out music that makes them mourn.  

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In Studio: The War on Drugs

They may call themselves The War On Drugs, but this Philly band’s blend of rock and Americana can have an intoxicating effect. Taste-making website Pitchfork slapped a “Best New Music” label on their latest album, “Slave Ambient.” The War On Drugs will play some of it live in our studio. 

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Gig Alert: Buraka Som Sistema

Portuguese electronic dance outfit Buraka Som Sistema performs at Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night. Download the group's infectious single "Burakaton" here. 

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