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American Idol Scoop; Ira Berkow Picks Three; Leon Botstein On Stravinsky; French Horn Rebellion

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

French Horn Rebellion performs in the Soundcheck studio. French Horn Rebellion performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Season 12 of American Idol wraps up this week, and writer Jethro Nededog recently reported that the show will have all new judges next year. He talks about why Idol is making the change and how it can reverse the show's ratings slump.

Plus: Pulitzer Prize-winning sportswriter Ira Berkow just published Summers at Shea: Tom Seaver Loses His Overcoat and Other Mets Stories. He joins us with a few of his favorite songs -- and some sports lore.

And: American Symphony Orchestra music director Leon Botstein explains why 1913 was the right time for Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

Also: Unofficial candidates for “best band name in recent memory” French Horn Rebellion bring their strobe lights, glowing jackets, and irresistible dance beats to the studio. (Oh, and yes, French horns are involved.)


    Ira Berkow, Leon Botstein, French Horn Rebellion and Jethro Nededog

    As Season 12 Ends, Big Changes Coming For 'American Idol'

    According to The Wrap’s Jethro Nededog, all four American Idol judges will be replaced next year in an effort to boost ratings for the show. Nededog goes in depth with Soundcheck host...


    Ira Berkow: Music And Sports Are Both Just Rhythm And Harmony

    The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ira Berkow, whose new book is titled, Summers At Shea: Tom Seaver Loses His Overcat and Other Mets Stories, talks about sports and tells the stories ...


    Leon Botstein: 'Rite Of Spring' A Quantum Leap Forward

    Soundcheck enlists Leon Botstein, music director of the American Symphony Orchestra and president of Bard College, to explain how Rite of Spring took classical music into the modern world.


    French Horn Rebellion: When Classical Hits The Club

    Watch the Brooklyn-based electropop band play "This Moment" in the Soundcheck studio.


    Hospital Ships' latest album 'Destruction in Yr Soul' is out on June 18 on Graveface Records.

    Video Premiere: Hospital Ships, 'Servants'

    Watch a bizarre new music video from the Lawrence, Ks.-based indie rock band Hospital Ships.


    Check Ahead: Radiation City, 'Animals In The Median'

    On the enchanting new album from the Portland dream-pop band Radiation City.


    Gig Alert: The Hush Sound

    Jangle-pop band The Hush Sound plays Webster Hall on Tuesday night. Download "Scavengers."