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Friday, September 21, 2012

Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra (Shervin Lainez)

Tonight on Soundcheck, author Michael Chabon talks about the musical world of the record store depicted in his new novel Telegraph Avenue. Then, Amanda Palmer comes into the Soundcheck studio for an energetic performance with her band the Grand Theft Orchestra. All that, plus a new song from singer-songwriter Laura Marling, from NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert series

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Michael Chabon and Amanda Palmer

Michael Chabon's Musical World In 'Telegraph Avenue'

Telegraph Avenue by Michael ChabonPulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon has a knack for telling big, impactful stories through pop culture. Chabon's novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay used the history and tropes of comics; The Final Solution wrapped a tale around the mysteries of Sherlock Holmes.

Now, with his latest effort, Telegraph Avenue, the author delves inside the world of the record shop. Not surprisingly, the book is full of music. Chabon talks all about Telegraph Avenue's soul-jazz soundtrack, and why he loves prog rock.

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Amanda Palmer And The Grand Theft Orchestra, In The Studio

Amanda Palmer gained notoriety and a cult following first as half of the punk-cabaret act The Dresden Doll and later with her 2008 solo record Who Killed Amanda Palmer. The theatrical and energetic singer and pianist gives a captivating performance from the Soundcheck studio.

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Ben Folds Five and Fraggle Rock, together again.

Weekend Music Video Roundup: Robots, Zombies, And Fraggles?

Every week we are treated to music videos -- professional, amateur or fan-made -- from artists with a new single, or a particularly artful glimpse at a new emerging band. Some are incredibly detailed productions, and some are intimate lo-fi efforts. But it’s possible you might’ve missed a few of them, so here’s a few of our favorites from this past week.

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Gig Alert: Rupa & the April Fishes

The eclectic band Rupa and the April Fishes plays at Littlefield on Saturday night. Download the new song "Build."

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