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12:10 am
Fri July 4, 2014

On the Next Galactic Travels 2014-07-10

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Ron Boots continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be Tainted Bare Skin on Groove Unlimited Records.

The previous show's playlist is available for your inspection.

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Television
4:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Questlove And The Roots: How A Hip-Hop Band Conquered Late Night

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Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson (center) appears with The Roots members Frank Knuckles (left) and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter during the first episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Lloyd Bishop NBC

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 6:26 pm

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World Cafe
3:23 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Chrissie Hynde On World Cafe

Chrissie Hynde.
Dean Chalkley Courtesy of the artist

Ever since she helped form The Pretenders in the late 1970s, Chrissie Hynde has identified as part of the legendary British band. Recently, though, Hynde set out as a solo artist, releasing the album Stockholm in June.

Hynde tells World Cafe that the album is a product of collaboration; she even traveled to Sweden to work with Bjorn Yttling of Peter Bjorn and John. That pairing led to others, including unlikely appearances by Neil Young and John McEnroe.

Hear a four-song set on today's World Cafe.

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Song Travels
12:31 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Gungor On 'Song Travels'

Gungor.
Courtesy of the artist

Michael and Lisa Gungor started the musical collective Gungor, a band that calls Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens to mind.

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Deceptive Cadence
11:53 am
Thu July 3, 2014

After 36 Years, A Trumpeter Sounds His Last Note In New York

New York Philharmonic principal trumpeter Philip Smith plays at New York's Park Avenue Armory in a performance in June 2012.
Chris Lee Courtesy of the New York Philharmonic

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Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz
11:04 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Les Paul On Piano Jazz

Les Paul.
Amy Sussman Getty Images Entertainment
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A phenomenal guitarist and pioneering audio engineer, Les Paul has been a major influence in 20th Century music, both as a performer and technical innovator. The guitar legend made a rare appearance on Piano Jazz, bringing with him his trio — Lou Paulo on guitar and Paul Nowinski on bass.

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Public Radio Jazz Live
10:36 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Newport Jazz 2011: Avishai Cohen's Triveni With Anat Cohen, Live In Concert

Avishai Cohen performs with his trio, Triveni, on the Harbor Stage during the Newport Jazz Festival.
Erik Jacobs for NPR

What is it with trumpeter Avishai Cohen and triples lately? He recently recorded a pair of albums with his band Triveni, a free-swinging trio which showcases his fervent imagination. He's also one of three Cohen siblings in jazz's top echelon; Avishai invited his big sister Anat, the celebrated clarinet specialist, to join him here.

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The Record
8:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Hits Of Yesterday And Today

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Mike Coppola Getty Images

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 1:48 pm

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Favorite Sessions
8:03 am
Thu July 3, 2014

KCRW Presents: Fink

Fink live at KCRW's studio.
Larry Hirshowitz KCRW

For the past 15 years, Fink has been a solo project for Berlin-based songwriter Fin Greenall. But with his fifth album, Hard Believer, he enlisted the help of longtime friends Guy Whittaker and Tim Thornton to help him develop his new material. In part because each participant has a different musical background, the new songs sound especially varied and dynamic. As Greenall says, "They even taught me how to play live" — as you can see for yourself in this performance of "Looking Too Closely."

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World Cafe
4:29 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Dan Croll On World Cafe

Dan Croll.
Courtesy of the artist

English electro-pop musician Dan Croll released his debut album earlier this year; it's titled Sweet Disarray, an apt name for such a stylistically rich record.

Croll went to school for music at the Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, which was founded by Paul McCartney. Croll was even chosen by his classmates to meet Sir Paul; we'll hear that story and a live set in the studio today.

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