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TV Musicals, Mumford & Sons, And Cate Le Bon In The Studio

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Tuesday, October 02, 2012

English folk-rockers Mumford & Sons got six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for 'Babel.' English folk-rockers Mumford & Sons got six Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for 'Babel.' (courtesy of the artist)

Tonight on Soundcheck, we consider the recently announced MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grants, where musicians, writers, scientists, neurosurgeons and even string bow makers are awarded $500,000, no strings attached. Among the winners this year are mandolinist Chris Thile and writer Junot Diaz. But it got us thinking, "What would you do with the money if you won?"

Billboard editor and regular contributor Joe Levy weighs in on that question -- and discusses the success of folk rockers Mumford & Sons, whose new release is expected to top the charts this week. 

Then, Faith Salie on television shows that do special "musical" episodes. What are the best ones?

And Cate Le Bon and her band drop by the studio to perform songs from her album and EP, CYRK and CYRK II, and sample a little cider.


Cate Le Bon


Joe Levy and Faith Salie

MacArthur Genius Grants And Mumford & Sons Make A Splash

Billboard editor Joe Levy joins us to share what he would do with a $500,000 MacArthur "Genius" Award. And, he tells us more about the folky, foot-stompy, chart-topping British band M...

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When TV (Unexpectedly) Bursts Into Song

In the era of Glee and Smash, musical TV shows are seemingly all over the airwaves. But when shows that are usually dialogue-filled -- like Psych or Grey's Anatomy -- break format and go "musical" for just one episode, the results can be mixed. Soundcheck bullpen contributor, Faith Salie, and Eric Deggans, media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, join us to talk about when shows turn in their scripts for sheet music.

What are your favorite shows that have done a "musical" episode? Which shows could use one to shake things up? Tell us in the comments section.


Ciders And Songs With Cate Le Bon

Cate Le Bon and her band stop by the studio to perform songs from the singer-songwriter's two albums CYRK and CYRK II. Then Le Bon joins host John Schaefer for a little Cider Talk.


Mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile

If I Had A Half-Million Dollars...

The MacArthur Fellowships, or "Genius Awards," offer recognition -- and a pile of cash. If you were to win, what would you do with the money? 

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Gig Alert: Django Django

British psychedelic band Django Django plays The Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night. Download the track "Life's a Beach."


Check Ahead: Meshell Ndegeocello, "Pour Une Âme Souveraine"

Listen to an exclusive full-album stream of the upcoming album from the Grammy-nominated bassist and vocalist through October 9, 2012.