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Deceptive Cadence
3:26 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Listen To The Atlanta Symphony While It's Locked Out — Again

Robert Spano conducts members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, who are now locked out for the second time in two years after failed contract negotiations.
J.D. Scott Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Alas, it is déjà vu all over again for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. At midnight Saturday, the ASO musicians and management failed to meet the deadline to agree on a new contract after eight months of negotiations. That means the players, while still employees of the orchestra, are effectively locked out of the Woodruff Arts Center (the orchestra's home) and will not receive paychecks until a new agreement can be ratified.

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The Thistle & Shamrock
4:19 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

The Thistle & Shamrock: Combos

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We revel in the joyous sounds of multi-instrumental line-ups this week, shamelessly embracing anarchy in determining "what-goes-with-what."

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Deceptive Cadence
4:04 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Philip Glass And Steve Reich At BAM: Together Again Yet Still Apart

Four Organs by Steve Reich was performed Tuesday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of the 50th anniversary of the Nonesuch label (from left: Philip Glass, Nico Muhly, David Cossin, Timo Andres and Steve Reich).
Stephanie Berger

Throughout this month, the Brooklyn Academy of Music's signature Next Wave Festival is celebrating a record label with which it shares history and purpose: Nonesuch, marking its 50th anniversary this year.

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The Record
9:45 am
Tue September 9, 2014

All Together Now: The Beatles Are (Back) In Mono

The Beatles with George Martin in January 1967 at Abbey Road Studios in London.
Apple Corps Lt Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 5:48 pm

By now, three-fourths of the way through The Beatles' sort-of-official 50th-anniversary year, Fab Four fatigue is understandable.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
3:21 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Justin Townes Earle: Tiny Desk Concert

Justin Townes Earle performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 4:09 pm

We threw a curve ball at Justin Townes Earle. Despite his five albums full of well-loved songs, we asked him to play new material for this Tiny Desk Concert; songs we hadn't yet heard. Earle's new album Single Mothers comes out this week, and here he performs two tracks from that record: "White Gardenias," his nod to Billie Holiday, and "Burning Pictures."

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Tiny Desk Concerts
8:03 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Jessica Lea Mayfield: Tiny Desk Concert

Jessica Lea Mayfield performs a Tiny Desk Concert.

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:27 pm

These days, Jessica Lea Mayfield is all contrasts, starting with the way she sets her wistful voice against her shimmering guitar. It's got a harder edge to it than the rootsier music of her past. Then there's that cotton-candy hair and all the glitter; her guitar glitters, her eyes glitter, her shoes glitter. It's easier to talk about what isn't glittered — and mostly that'd be her lyrics. In the final song from both her album Make My Head Sing...

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The Record
4:28 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Gustavo Cerati, Leader Of Latin Rock's Soda Stereo, Dies At 55

Gustavo Cerati performs in the Dominican Republic in 2007. In 2010, Cerati suffered a stroke while on tour. He was in a coma until his death on Thursday.
Ricardo Hernandez AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri September 5, 2014 7:03 pm

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The Record
8:03 am
Fri September 5, 2014

A Rational Conversation: Nostalgia, DJ Shadow And Afrika Bambaataa

DJ Shadow spinning in Seattle during the Hard Sell tour.
Arian Stevens Courtesy of Magnum PR

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The Record
11:38 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Deal With It, Headbangers — Babymetal Is Here

Babymetal perform during the first day of the 2014 Heavy Montreal festival.
Tim Snow

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 5:47 pm

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Krulwich Wonders...
7:03 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Glenn Gould In Rapture

Gordon Parks The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 9:15 am

What's going on here, I can only guess, but here's what you're about to see: In the video below, the great musician Glenn Gould, supreme interpreter of Bach, is sitting at his living room piano on a low, low chair, his nose close to the keys. He's at his Canadian country house in his bathrobe.

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