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Monday, March 08, 2010

Singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel and soprano Renee Fleming are just a few of the stars who are releasing whole albums of cover songs. Today we find out what familiar voices can bring to other people’s familiar songs. Plus, tenor Lawrence Brownlee talks about his upcoming role at the Met Opera, when he will share the stage with soprano Renée Fleming.

The Covers Album Phenomenon

When artists known for writing original songs release an album of covers, the result can be eye-opening … or ear-melting. Today: music critic Chris Richards of The Washington Post joins us for a look at the covers album, including a new bid from Peter Gabriel. Plus, British musician and Gemma ...

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Lawrence Brownlee

It’s been three years since tenor Lawrence Brownlee made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in Rossini’s Barber of Seville. He joins us to talk about his new role there, sharing the stage with soprano Renée Fleming for the upcoming production of Armida.

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The Covers Album

When word came that the new Peter Gabriel album would be a collection of covers, that made news throughout the music world.  From Bowie to Arcade Fire, the set list is full of surprises.  The fact that there would be no rock band in the usual sense, but rather an orchestra backing up his vocals, almost became an afterthought. 

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Lauren Ambrose and the Leisure Class performed at the Bell House in Gowanus on March 5.

Shots You Snapped

Last week, Efterklang performed at Le Poisson Rouge in the Village, Real Estate played a loft party in Bushwick and Javelin brought their electro-pop to NYU's Kimmel Center. Animal Collective dressed up in costumes and played pre-recorded music at the Guggenheim, and actress-turned-singer Lauren Ambrose entertained with her band the Leisure Class at the Bell House in Gowanus.


Gig Alerts: The Morning Benders

These Berkeley-bred indie rockers are celebrating the release of their sophomore album tonight at Cameo Gallery. Download their slouchy track "Promises."


Gig Alerts: Joe Henry

This versatile singer, songwriter and guitarist will play two shows tonight at the Blue Note. Download his bluesy, slouchy track "The Man I Keep Hid."


Gig Alerts: Harvey Milk

Download "Jim's Polish" by these forebearers of modern metal, then check them out at Le Poisson Rouge tonight.