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Author Amy Tan; Writers Club: Women In Music; Bela Fleck And Brooklyn Rider

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Amy Tan's latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, is out now. Amy Tan's latest novel, The Valley of Amazement, is out now. (Rick Smolanagainst/Against All Odds Productions)

In this episode: Best-selling author Amy Tan talks about her first book in eight years, The Valley of Amazement, tells us what playing in a band with Stephen King is like, and, she plays a few favorite songs for Soundcheck's Pick Three series.

Then, this week's Writers Club: Women In Music series continues with NPR Music's Ann Powers and RookieMag music editor Jessica Hopper, who share their favorite books about women in music.

And, the borders between musical styles come crashing down as the globetrotting banjo player Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider play a live set in the Soundcheck studio.


Bela Fleck's, Jessica Hopper, Ann Powers, Brooklyn Rider and Amy Tan

Writers Club: Women In Music: Critic's Picks

NPR Music's Ann Powers, and Jessica Hopper, music editor for RookieMag and author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, share some favorite books about or by women in music.


Béla Fleck And Brooklyn Rider: An Adventurous Collaboration

Hear banjo master Bela Fleck and the adventurous string quartet Brooklyn Rider perform songs from their new collaborative album in the Soundcheck studio.


Eagulls' debut album is out on March 4, 2014 on Partisan Records.

Eagulls Announces Debut Album, Shares A Blistering New Song

Hear "Tough Luck," a blistering new song from punk band Eagulls' just-announced forthcoming 2014 album.


The electronic musician and producer Teen Daze plays in an 18th century barn in Upstate New York.

Watch: Barnburners: Teen Daze

Watch Vancouver-based electronic musician and producer Teen Daze play a set of spacious synth-driven songs in a rural barn in Upstate New York in this second installment of the music documentary series Barnburners.


Download This: Active Child

The electronic artist Active Child performs Wednesday at Bowery Ballroom. Download "Subtle."


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