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New Holiday Music; Bassist Ben Allison Plays Live; Playwright Lisa Kron Picks Three

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Bassist Ben Allison performs in the Soundcheck studio. Bassist Ben Allison performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Amy Pearl/WNYC)

In this episode: Thanksgiving is behind us and you know what that means: Christmas music. Everywhere. All the time. Esquire's Sean Manning shares some new holiday releases including some new gems and a few stinkers too.

Then, jazz bassist Ben Allison and his band performs songs from The Stars Look Very Different Today, his sci-fi film-influenced new album with a title that tips its hat to a David Bowie song.

And: Lisa Kron -- who wrote the book and lyrics for the new musical Fun Home, which is playing at the Public Theater through the end of December -- shares a Pick Three playlist of some of her favorite songs.

Guests:

Ben Allison and Lisa Kron

2013 Holiday Album Rundown

Soundcheck surveys this year's crop of holiday albums  -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- so you don't have to.

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Pick Three: Lisa Kron

Lisa Kron, who wrote the book and lyrics for the acclaimed new musical Fun Home, joins us to share her Pick Three playlist.

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Ben Allison: Propelling Jazz Into The Cosmos

Hear jazz bassist and composer Ben Allison perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Download This: Jagwar Ma

The Australian psychedelic dance band Jagwar Ma performs at Bowery Ballroom Tuesday. Download "Come Save Me."

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