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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

When actress Zooey Deschanel teamed up with musician Matt Ward to create She & Him, some dismissed their roots-pop band as a Hollywood vanity project. But their first album sold well for an indie release and drew critical raves. They join us to talk about a follow-up called Volume Two. As they visit New York for two sold-out shows, She & Him join us to play live. Also: Indian tabla master Samir Chatterjee.

She & Him

As the country-pop duo She & Him, actress Zooey Deschanel and musician Matt Ward debuted with an album that sold 176,000 copies -- a big hit in the indie world. The title Volume One suggested more was to come. Today, they return with Volume Two – and a live performance ...

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Soundcheck's Picks of the Week

This week's picks include beatboxing classical flutist, an indie rock take on the civil war, and saxophones from Switzerland. Read our full reviews here.

The Arte Quartet: Different Worlds (Marsyas Records)-- Picked by John Schaefer

Project Trio (self-titled, self-released album) -- Picked by Brian Wise

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Samir Chatterjee

Tabla player Pandit Samir Chatterjee is a walking history book when it comes to Indian music. He joins us to talk about the life and legacy of Ravi Shankar on the occasion of the sitar player's 90th birthday.

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Social Mixer: DJ Moni

Moni is a multimedia artist who has made her biggest mark as DJ, spinning the soul, funk, Latin, Caribbean and hip hop music that shaped her childhood. Stream her playlist.

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Gig Alerts: Tord Gustavsen Ensemble

Acclaimed pianist Tord Gustavsen takes the stage with his quintet at Merkin Concert Hall tonight to play tunes from his new release Restored, Returned. Download the album's stirring title track.

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Peasant

Gig Alerts: Peasant

Folk rocker Damien DeRose, aka Peasant, will be appearing at Glasslands Gallery tonight. Download his charming track "Well Alright."

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Jaime Smith

Gig Alerts: Jaime Smith of The xx

The mixmaster for the English outfit the xx will be DJing at Santos Party House tonight after playing with his band at Webster Hall. Download his masterful remix of the Jack Peñate song "Pull My Heart Away."

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