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Bug Music; Marnie Stern At Home; Musicians And Their Neighbors; Marques Toliver In The Studio

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Marnie Stern delivers a bare-bones solo performance in her Manhattan apartment. Marnie Stern delivers a bare-bones solo performance in her Manhattan apartment. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: They’re coming… before the 17-year cicadas emerge this spring, we talk with writer, musician, and philosopher David Rothenberg about his book Bug Music, which examines the connection between human music and insect noise.

Plus: Guitarist and songwriter Marnie Stern gives us an inside look into her apartment. And, WNYC reporter Arun Venugopal’s Micropolis series examines musicians who rehearse in their apartments — and the neighbors that live next to them. 

Plus: A profile of this week's Check Ahead artist - the singer and songwriter Joshua James.

Also: The classically trained violinist and songwriter Marques Toliver showcases his compelling hybridized sound, where classical, pop, and R&B meet.

    Guests:

    David Rothenberg, Marnie Stern, Marques Toliver and Arun Venugopal

    Bugs Make 'Ancient, Thrumming, And Rhythmic' Music

    Musician and philosopher David Rothenberg discusses the beauty of insect sounds and shares some recordings of his own compositions — with performers from the insect community — that he made in the field.

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    Joshua James: Rootsy, Idiosyncratic Songs From Willamette Mountain

    This week's Check Ahead comes to us from the the singer and songwriter Joshua James. Soundcheck producer Gretta Cohn spoke with James about the connections between the songs on this new release, and more. Read excerpts from the interview, and hear the EP in full.

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    Marques Toliver: Genre-Bursting Violin, In The Studio

    The violinist and songwriter Marques Toliver makes a compelling hybridized sound, where classical, pop and R&B meet.

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    Marnie Stern performs in her Manhattan apartment.

    Marnie Stern's Living Room A Kaleidoscope Burst Of Color

    Watch the dexterous finger-tapping guitarist Marnie Stern give a glimpse into her colorful New York City apartment and perform an intense, bare-bones rendition of "You Don't Turn Down."

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    Marques Toliver

    Gig Alert: Marques Toliver

    Violinist and songwriter Marques Toliver plays Mercury Lounge Thursday night. Download "Magic Look."

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