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M.I.A. On 'Matangi;' Music That Makes You Sweat; Yonder Mountain String Band

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Monday, November 04, 2013

M.I.A. in the Soundcheck studio. M.I.A. in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Rapper M.I.A. is no stranger to controversy: she once performed at the Grammys while nine months pregnant; she raised her middle finger at the Super Bowl; and she threatened to leak her latest album after arguments with the record label. M.I.A. discusses her long-delayed, eagerly-anticipated album Matangi.

Then, a new study shows that making music while working out can be beneficial. 

And, Colorado-based bluegrass band Yonder Mountain String Band performs in the Soundcheck studio.

Guests:

M.I.A. Maya Arulpragasam and Yonder Mountain String Band

M.I.A.: The Dynamic And Divisive Rapper Returns With 'Matangi'

The inventive and provocative rapper M.I.A. the inspiration and struggles behind her long-delayed new album, Matangi.

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Can Making Music Boost Your Workout?

Can making music while exercising boost your workout? New York Times "Phys Ed" columnist Gretchen Reynolds talks about the fascinating findings of a new study.

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Watch: Yonder Mountain String Band, In The Studio

Watch Yonder Mountain String Band perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Philip Perkins' 1985 experimental recording Drive Time is being reissued on Nov. 12.

Song Premiere: Philip Perkins, 'At Home And Away'

Hear "At Home And Away," a track from Philip Perkins' just re-issued 1985 album Drive Time.

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Gig Alert: Albert Hammond, Jr.

The musician and Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond, Jr. performs at Webster Hall Monday. Download "Rude Customer."

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