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Gustavo Santaolalla: A Film Composer Finds His Roots

WBGO

Gustavo Santaolalla is perhaps best known for his film scores in Brokeback Mountain and The Motorcycle Diaries. Now, the Academy Award-winner has gone back to his roots as a musician. In a session from WBGO, Santaolalla talks about his film music and plays a lute-like instrument solo.

Gustavo Santaolalla in Studio on WBGO

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From the Top

Excellence in Ohio: Teens Play the Classics

From New Albany, Ohio, an 18-year-old pianist tackles Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata, a teenage violinist from Boston plays Wieniawski, and an 18-year-old soprano, who is brave enough to admit when her parents are right, sings a song for spring. This program originally aired on May 28, 2008

Excellence in Ohio: Teens Play the Classics

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Neil Halstead: Warm, Inviting And Pastoral

KEXP

Halstead has gone from making warm, fuzzy, distorted noise in Slowdive to dusty Americana in Mojave 3. Now on his own, he plays music with a stunning yet carefree style. Here, he shares his acoustic sound in a session from KEXP.

Neil Halstead in Studio on KEXP 8/21/08

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World Cafe

O'Death: Old-Tyme Punk Rock

XPN

Rustic in instrumentation but punk-rock in spirit, O'Death is an jug-swigging porch band in a raw, dark way. The band has honed its energetic Americana through self-released CDs and frequent touring. Here, O'Death performs new music in a session from WXPN.

O'Death in Studio on World Cafe 10/28/08

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A Place To Bury Strangers: Louder Than The Rest

KEXP

It's hard to believe that the guitar noise of A Place to Bury Strangers comes from just three people. At the Gibson Showroom in New York City, the band ran through a quick sound check and delivered by far the loudest set KEXP recorded during the CMJ Music Festival.

KEXP At CMJ: A Place to Bury Strangers in the Studio 10/25/08

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Cameron Carpenter's Organ Revolution

The artist-in-residence at New York's Middle Collegiate Church is on a mission to transform the way people think about organists and their instruments. On his new CD Revolutionary, he plays a virtual pipe organ that uses computers, amplifiers and speakers to create a big, bold range of sound.

Cameron Carpenter's Organ Revolution

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World Cafe

Jonatha Brooke Sings Woody Guthrie

XPN

In her latest solo album, Jonatha Brooke sets the unreleased lyrics and prose of Woody Guthrie to the sound or her own personal blend of folk, pop and rock. In a session with David Dye, Brooke plays songs from her new album, The Works.

Jonatha Brooke In Studio On World Cafe, 10/24/2008

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Fujiya & Miyagi Unleashes New Work At CMJ

KEXP

In a session recorded by KEXP during the CMJ Music Festival, Fujiya & Miyagi's members play the ambient funk cuts off Lightbulbs. The band closed the set with an unreleased song, "Sick and Tired" — a piano-driven romper that sounds like David Bowie's "Suffragette City" on a heavy krautrock kick.

KEXP At CMJ: Fujiya & Miyagi in the Studio 10/23/08

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Juliana Hatfield: Still Fiercely Independent

WFUV On-Air: Music Discovery Starts Here

Hatfield has worked with Blake Babies, The Lemonheads and the trio that shares her name, and she's been a prominent player in projects such as TV's My So-Called Life and The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Here, she shares new music and her thoughts on publishing in a session from WFUV.

Juliana Hatfield in Studio on WFUV 7/8/08

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Hercules & Love Affair: First Time On-Air

KEXP

It was quite a feat for KEXP to get the whole Hercules & Love Affair crew on the air.

KEXP At CMJ: Hercules and Love Affair in Studio 10/21/08

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