October 9, 2012
Contact:
Emerson Brown, NPR


   

NPR MUSIC AND WNYC's 'SOUNDCHECK' PRESENT SHOWCASE
DURING CMJ MUSIC MARATHON:FLYING LOTUS, DEATH GRIPS,
BUKE AND GASE, AND ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD,
OCTOBER 17 (ET) AT 9PM (ET) AT (LE) POISSON ROUGE

WATCH LIVE AT NPR.ORG/MUSIC AND IN NPR MUSIC APPS

FREE TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW

For the first time, one of the premiere outlets for music discovery comes to one of the most important festivals for breaking bands. NPR Music and WNYC's Soundcheck will present and broadcast a showcase of singular artists during the CMJ Music Marathon, Wednesday, October 17, at 9pm (ET) from (Le) Poisson Rouge. The event will be available to everyone as in a live video stream at NPR.org/music in the NPR Music mobile apps, and archived after the show at both the NPR Music and Soundcheck websites: www.npr.org/event/music/162289032/npr-music-live-from-cmj

Fans planning to be in the New York City for the conference have the opportunity to attend the concert. Free tickets can be reserved now on a first come, first serve basis at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/283021 Until the big night, NPR Music offers festival goers some prep assistance with an online streaming mix curated by college music directors form across the country that features artist scheduled to play.

Continuing a tradition of bringing audiences current favorites and musicians on the rise, the NPR Music and Soundcheck showcase features:

Flying Lotus: In his only performance during CMJ, Los Angeles-based electronic composer Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus, headlines the NPR Music event on the heels of his recently released new album Until the Quiet Comes. Ellison's distinctive collages of hip-hop, dubstep, jazz and blues have garnered both critical and popular acclaim.

Death Grips: The uncompromising noise-rap group plays its first New York City show since releasing a major-label debut back in April. As the band's abrasive, jittery sound has developed an intense following in the interim, witness six months of anticipation unleashed on stage and in the crowd.

Buke and Gase: Having recently released and EP, Function Falls, and also announced a new album, this performance offers an opportunity to hear live renditions of new music from the unpredictable and inventive duo as well as favorites.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad: One-third of the legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest, the DJ, producer and co-host of NPR Music's Microphone Check stream will keep the crowd bumping all night spinning records between band sets.

About Soundcheck:
Soundcheck, hosted by John Schaefer, is WNYC's smartly-curated destination for music fans to discover their ongoing personal soundtrack. The radio show is a regular stop for artists working and performing in New York City, blending intimate conversation, live in-studio performances, and audience interaction, as well as insights from songwriters, critics and tastemakers. Soundcheck.org features a blogger bullpen that includes writers from Pitchfork and Billboard, daily Gig Alerts, free downloads, exclusive performance videos, and an active listener community. Recent guests include Grizzly Bear, Santigold, Karen O, Jakob Dylan, Carrie Brownstein, Ben Folds, Patti Smith, Best Coast, M. Ward, David Byrne and James Murphy, Andrew Bird, Karen O, not to mention the novelists Junot Diaz and Michael Chabon and the basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (really!). Soundcheck airs weeknights at 9pm ET on 93.9 FM and WNYC.org. On October 19, the show will present its annual CMJ showcase at WNYC's performance venue The Greene Space; full details are online at www.thegreenspace.org.

About NPR Music:
NPR Music's "Live In Concert" series offers performances from today's top artists, including recent shows by Tori Amos at (Le) Poisson Rouge in New York City and Grizzly Bear at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. The Emmy Award-winning free, multimedia website at www.npr.org/music offers new features daily and an extensive archive, in collaboration with NPR's newsmagazines, public radio Member stations and the passionate NPR community. The NPR Music iPad App joins the ever-expanding suite of NPR Mobile, allowing anyone with a mobile device to enjoy NPR News, NPR Music and Member station content for free.