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Fiddler On The Roof; Thomas Dolby; Meat Puppets Live In Concert

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Meat Puppets (Jaime Butler)

In this episode: Columbia University journalism professor Alisa Solomon joins us to talk about her book, Wonder Of Wonders: A Cultural History Of Fiddler On The Roof.

Plus: Thomas Dolby, the offbeat genius behind the ‘80s new wave hit “She Blinded Me With Science,” tells the story of his recent invasion of an off-limits lighthouse island.

And: The influential alt-rock band Meat Puppets recently played a Soundcheck-presented show at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg (which we previewed) as part of the CBGB Festival. Hear excerpts from the group's performance.

Guests:

Thomas Dolby, Meat Puppets and Alisa Solomon

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A Cultural History Of 'Fiddler On The Roof'

Alisa Solomon, Columbia University journalism professor and author of the new book Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler On The Roof, speaks with Soundcheck host John Schaefer.

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A scene from Nico Muhly's 'Two Boys'

Nico Muhly's Opera 'Two Boys' Premieres At The Met

For one night, at least, the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center might have been the hippest venue in New York, thanks to last night's American premiere of Two Boys, the opera by the gifted young composer Nico Muhly. Soundcheck host John Schaefer was there and has this review.

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Nicky Egan.

Song Premiere: Nicky Egan, 'Train Trials'

When Philly-born, Brooklyn-based soul singer Nicky Egan went to make her latest recording, she went with a decidedly old-school approach to unveiling new music, with an Internet-spin: The 45 Homestead Project is set of three digital 45’s put on her Web site out over three months this summer. Hear "Train Trials," a brand new previously unreleased bonus track from the project.

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Download This: Diego Garcia

The singer-songwriter Diego Garcia performs at Highline Ballroom Tuesday. Download "Start With The End."

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