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Thursday, May 06, 2010

The golden age of gospel music is getting fresh attention from critics and historians, thanks to a new set of recordings made in the 1940s through 60s. On today's show: behind the greats of gospel. Plus: the latest on contemporary gospel music.

Also: Local Natives, a band whose sound does not stray far from its roots in sunny Los Angeles, shares its full length debut album, Gorilla Manor.

The Gems of Gospel's Golden Age

How Sweet it Was” is a new DVD/CD set paying homage to the golden age of Christian gospel music.

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The Changing Sound of Modern Gospel Music

Last week, the gospel music industry handed out the 41st annual Dove Awards in Nashville. Critics say that the awards were an indicator of the diversity of music found underneath the Christian/gospel umbrella.

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Local Natives

The group Local Natives is headquartered in the band-rich Silver Lake neighborhood in Los Angeles. They'll perform live.

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Up Died Sound performed at Zebulon.

No Cover: Up Died Sound

Instrumental experimental rock trio Up Died Sound performed at Zebulon, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Stream the whole set here.

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Michael Blake performed at Barbes.

No Cover: Michael Blake

New York jazz-scene stalwart Michael Blake recently performed at Barbes. Stream the entire set right here.

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The Real "Soul" Music

Forget recordings, says John Schaefer. The soul of Gospel music comes out in live performance.

Gig Alerts: Kenny Garrett Band

The highly celebrated, highly versatile saxophonist is currently performing at the Iridium. Download his gorgeous, spiritual track "Intro to Africa."

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Family of the Year

Gig Alerts: Family of the Year

The Americana-infused, Los Angeles-based sextet play Maxwell's tonight. Download their summery track "Chugjug."

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Bear Hands

Gig Alerts: Bear Hands

The homegrown buzz band open for As Tall As Lions tonight at the Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza. Download their new track "Can't Stick Em."

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