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Bobby McFerrin’s Spiritual Past; Strong Feelings About The National; What The Heck Is Vevo Anyway?

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Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Bobby McFerrin performs in the Soundcheck studio. Bobby McFerrin performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Best known for his solo performances, vocalist and conductor Bobby McFerrin goes back to his roots in jazz ensemble work on his new project called spirityouall, featuring an all-star lineup. He plays live.

Plus: Writer Carl Wilson recently penned a piece for Slate simply titled, “Why I Hate The National.” He joins us to talk about why he feels so strongly about the Brooklyn-based indie rock band, which recently released its sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me.

And: Music fans often stumble upon the name Vevo when they watch their favorite artists’ music videos online — particularly on YouTube. But what exactly is Vevo — and what are they trying to achieve? We talk with writer Peter Kafka, who covers the company for the website, All Things D.


Peter Kafka, Bobby McFerrin and Carl Wilson

Why Carl Wilson Hates The National

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We talk with a tech writer about the company that's betting that we still want to watch music.


Bobby McFerrin: Reinvigorated Spirtuals And Americana

 Hear Bobby McFerrin perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Maxwell's, the internationally renowned rock club in Hoboken, N.J., is closing its doors for good after July 31. Soundcheck's Irene Trudel shares some of her favorite musical and pers...

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