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Introducing New Music To Your Parents; Vanished Venues: Area; The Devil Makes Three

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Dolph Lundgren & Grace Jones in the entrance hallway during the 'Confinement' theme. Dolph Lundgren & Grace Jones in Area's entrance hallway during the "Confinement" theme. (Courtesy Abrams Books)

In this episode: Comedian Rob Delaney joins Soundcheck to kick off a three-day look at the risks and rewards of introducing your parents to new music, particularly over the holidays.

Then, Vanished Venues, Soundcheck's occasional series on now-defunct New York nightclubs, looks at Area, the downtown venue known for theme nights, unusual invitations and, of course, celebrities from 1983-1987.

And, the fiendishly talented band The Devil Makes Three brings its infernal blend of bluegrass sound, punk attitude, and groovy improvising to our studio for a return performance.

Parents And New Music

Comedian and Twitter monster Rob Delaney weighs in on the pitfalls that occur when you try to introduce your parents to new music.

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Vanished Venues: Area

For Soundcheck's occasional series Vanished Venues, host John Schaefer looks back at Area, an innovative club that opened 30 years ago and was the place to be and be seen during its brief heyday.

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The Devil Makes Three: Charming Punked-Up Bluegrass

Hear The Devil Makes Three perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Rock Me Amadeus: A Mozart Guide From A To Z

All November, WNYC's classical music sister station is celebrating Mozart Month. Soundcheck host John Schaefer shares this handy A-Z guide to the prolific icon.

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Download This: SOHN

The producer and electronic musician SOHN performs at Glasslands Monday. Download "Lessons."


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Sam Rogers

I am 32 and when I was in my early teens I realized even though my mother knew little about music she knew what she liked. And so I stumbled upon the Pogues, Springsteen and Billy Bragg. Still three of my all time favorites. She was always looking for new music so one Christmas I made her a cassette mix, an art I was fluent in. Based on some of the bands she listened to, like the aforementioned and not others, like the Indigo Girls. She said she liked it. And that was that then a month later we are in the car together and she is playing a song by Rancid of their 'Life Won't Wait,' album. She had my mix on. We started to talk and she professed that she really liked this "Mike Ness fellow." i put a song off hos first solo album on the mix. She is a Social Distortion fan, despite knowing nothing about them other than their name, to this day.

Nov. 25 2013 09:22 PM
Laura from Brooklyn, NY

Our daughter introduced my husband and me to traditional Georgian (as in Republic of Georgia) music when she was 16. We now sing it together with an NYC-based choir. We don’t understand the words, but it’s soooo much fun. When my dad, 80, heard us for the first time he professed to love it. Mind you he is very hard of hearing. I think he’s just delighted to see us on stage together!

Nov. 25 2013 09:12 PM
Heather from St. Augustine, FL

My mother is in her late 40s and my father is in his late 50s, and they are always looking for new music. They dance at night clubs at least once a week, so they see contemporary music and dances as the means to stay young, both psychologically and in the sense of staying in shape.

Nov. 25 2013 09:08 PM

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