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Alex Timbers On 'Rocky,' 'Here Lies Love' And 'Up Here'; Jessica Lea Mayfield Plays Live

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Andy Karl in 'Rocky' (Matthew Murphy)

In this episode: Alex Timbers, director of Rocky: The Musical, discusses the challenges of bringing a beloved sports movie to the stage -- plus, we hear about his other projects, like David Byrne's disco musical Here Lies Love and his upcoming project with Oscar-winning Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

Then: On her latest album, Make My Head Sing, Jessica Lea Mayfield eschews her established country-flavored songs and unleashes a sharp-edged and noisy grunge sound. Hear the Ohio native perform her new songs in the Soundcheck studio.

And: For its latest “extra credit” challenge, Studio 360 wants you to record a version of W.C. Handy’s 100-year-old song “Yellow Dog Blues.” Producer David Krasnow talks about “the father of the blues,” his influential song, and how you can participate in “The 1914 Blues Challenge.”

Guests:

David Krasnow, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Alex Timbers

Alex Timbers Says Theater 'Feels Irrelevant'

The renowned theater director talks about his work on Rocky The Musical as well as his upcoming projects, including Up Here -- a musical written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, of Book of Mormon and Frozen fame.

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Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks: Enigmatic And Elastic As Ever

Wig Out at Jagbags is the Jicks' first album recorded since the Pavement reunion a few years back. Hear the group perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Download This: The Tablets, 'Swallow The Rival'

The poppy, new-wave-y combo plays at BRIC Arts tonight. Download a track from their forthcoming EP.

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