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James Murphy On Broadway; Nicholson Baker’s Musical Novel; Sarah Jarosz Plays Live

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is currently working on a Broadway musical. Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy is currently working on a Broadway musical. (Courtesy of the artist)

In this episode: Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy discusses his latest project: composing music for the Broadway revival of Harold Pinter's drama "Betrayal."

Plus: Nicholson Baker’s new novel, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a man who is having a hard time writing a new book — so he picks up a guitar instead. Baker discusses the book and the real-life companion album he recorded.

And: Sarah Jarosz is just 22, but she’s already made a mark on the folk and bluegrass scene thanks to her deep bluegrass knowledge and exceptional instrumental skills. The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter from Texas plays live.  


Nicholson Baker, Sarah Jarosz and James Murphy

James Murphy On 'Betrayal,' Producing Arcade Fire, And Despacio

Former frontman of LCD Soundsystem James Murphy talks about his latest projects: A new revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal, and producing Arcade Fire's upcoming album Reflektor.


Nicholson Baker’s Musical New Novel

Novelist Nicholson Baker’s new book, Traveling Sprinkler, is about a fairly well regarded poet named Paul Chowder who is having a hard time writing a new book. So he picks up a guitar instead -- and composes a series of songs. And, it turns out, so did Nicholson Baker. He joins us in the studio to discuss his new book -- and the actual companion album he recorded.


The Head And The Heart's Exuberant 'Shake,' Live On Soundcheck

Seattle indie-pop band  The Head and The Heart debuted in 2009 with a self-titled album that released on its own. Now, on the brink of releasing a followup record, Let's Be Still, the band stopped by the Soundcheck studios to play us some songs from its new album. We'll bring you the entire session in a couple of weeks, but today, hear a preview: a live performance of the song "Shake." 


Download This: The Sharp Things

Chamber pop collective The Sharp Things performs at Galapagos Thursday. Download "Can't Get Started."


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