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How To Get Your Mind Around Pussy Riot; Jason Isbell Plays Live; David Fricke On Guitar Hero Mike Bloomfield

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

In this episode: From Russia With Soundcheck continues with a look at the political Russian performance art collective Pussy Riot: While the members of Pussy Riot were serving their sentence in a labor camp, journalist Masha Gessen painstakingly researched the social and political conditions that led a group of otherwise “ordinary” young women to stage a protest that galvanized Russian society. Gessen talks about Pussy Riot and the book Words Will Break Cement.

Then, Jason Isbell -- a former member of Drive-By Truckers -- landed on many best of 2013 lists with Southeastern, an album filled with emotion, regret and one super-bad night in a Super 8. Isbell has since gotten sober -- and married the singer and fiddler Amanda Shires. The duo perform in the studio.

And: Mike Bloomfield is rock's greatest forgotten guitar hero, says Rolling Stone's senior editor David Fricke. Fricke reflects on Bloomfield's lasting legacy, as documented in a new box set.

Guests:

David Fricke, Masha Gessen and Jason Isbell

How to Get Your Mind Around Pussy Riot

First of all, they're not a band, they're an art collective. Masha Gessen, author of Words Will Break Cement: The Passion Of Pussy Riot, talks about the group's creation, agitation, incarceration and newfound freedom.

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Jason Isbell Confronts His Past Struggles On 'Southeastern'

Southeastern was one of the best received Americana records of 2013, landing on many a "best of" list. Hear the former member of Drive-By Truckers and his wife Amanda Shires play songs from that album live.

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Gig Alert (гиг-анонс): Stoneberry

It's "From Russia, With Soundcheck" Week -- and that means that we're "Gig Alerting" bands in, you guessed it, Russia. Tonight, the rock band Stoneberry takes the stage in Moscow. 

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