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Who's Afraid Of Prog Rock?; That Was A Hit?!?; New Releases; Wooden Indian Burial Ground

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Monday, June 03, 2013

Wooden Indian Burial Ground performs in the Soundcheck studio. Wooden Indian Burial Ground performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: A new book called Yes Is The Answer aims to explore why the genre known as “prog rock” is “maligned and misunderstood.” We hear about the intense love that fans have for the genre where rock meets psychedelia meets jazz.

Plus: We hear how an a cappella song originally from singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, “Tom’s Diner,” became an improbable top-10 hit on the Billboard charts in our series “That Was a Hit?!?”

And: Writer Lizzy Goodman shares three of her favorite new releases from Vampire Weekend, Eleanor Friedberger, and Quadron.

Also: We go on a very loud “Blind Date” with Portland based psych-rock band Wooden Indian Burial Ground

Who’s Afraid of Prog Rock? Inside The Maligned, And Much-Loved Genre

A new book called Yes Is The Answer dives inside the much-loved, often-mocked genre of progressive rock. Musicians and critics discuss the passion that fans have for the musical style of bands like Yes, Genesis and King Crimson -- where rock meets psychedelia meets jazz. 

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That Was a Hit?!?: DNA Featuring Suzanne Vega, 'Tom's Diner'

"I wanted to talk about an improbable hit, but not a terrible hit." That's what music writer and chart columnist Chris Molanphy had to say about choosing "Tom's Diner" -- DNA's remix of the a cappella Suzanne Vega song -- for our That Was a Hit?!? series.

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New Releases From Quadron, Eleanor Friedberger And Vampire Weekend

Writer Lizzy Goodman shares three of her favorite new releases: Avalanche from the Danish electronic soul duo Quadron, Personal Record from the singer and songwriter Eleanor Friedberger, and the latest from Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City.

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Gig Alert: Teen Girl Scientist Monthly

The Brooklyn dance-pop group Teen Girl Scientist Monthly plays Mercury Lounge Monday night. Download "Summer Skin"

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Song Premiere: Megadeth, 'Forget To Remember'

On June 4th, long-running metal heroes Megadeth release their fourteenth studio album, Super ColliderHear the atom-smashing song 'Forget To Remember."

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