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Music’s Moneyball; The Sound Of Museums; Blind Date With Isabel Leonard

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Monday, April 08, 2013

Stan Douglas Hors-champs, 1992, from 'Blues For Smoke' at The Whitney (Image courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery, New York © Stan Douglas)

In This Episode: If you’ve been keeping an eye on the art scene in New York, you may have noticed that there’s a lot of music in the city’s museums. We look at how institutions from The Whitney to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the New Museum are filling their galleries with the sound of music.

Plus: Newfangled baseball statistics like “on-base plus slugging” or “ultimate zone rating” were the subject of the bestselling book and film Moneyball. Now, a number crunching company is putting stats to work in the music biz. We hear about how they might even predict the next big thing.  

And: We take you on a Blind Date with rising mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard.

Music In Museums: The Next Big Thing

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the art scene in New York, you may have noticed that there’s a lot of music in the city’s museums. New York Times culture reporter Robin Pogrebin tells us how institutions like The Whitney, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New Museum are filling their galleries with the sound of music.

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Follow The 'Moneyball': The Rise Of Music Stats

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Blind Date: Isabel Leonard

We’re setting you up on a blind date with a singer who can perform just as convincingly as a man as she can as a woman. But in the opera world -- that's not quite as provocative as it sounds.

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Track Premiere: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society, 'Coney Island'

Listen to an exclusive track stream of "Coney Island" from the ensemble's upcoming album Brooklyn Babylon

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The Flaming Lips are set to release its latest album, The Terror, on April 16.

The Flaming Lips, 'The Terror'

Hear iconoclast psych rock band's latest album in its entirety as part of NPR Music's First Listen series.

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Gig Alert: Allah-Las

California-based psych rock band Allah-Las plays Webster Hall Monday night. Download the track "Catamaran."

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