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Tiny Desk Concerts
9:58 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Patrick Watson: Tiny Desk Concert

Michael Katzif NPR

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 12:31 pm

Patrick Watson has a lovely, flexible voice and a gift for wringing evocative sounds out of everything from vintage keyboards to bicycle chains, but his real gift lies in his ability to maximize beauty at all times; to guide every noise in such a way that it coheres into something dramatic and graceful. When the Polaris Prize winner performs, he seems almost hypnotized by the sounds around him, yet every second and every unlikely component seems plotted to maximize its impact.

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Music
9:08 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Back To The Future: Six Songs That Travel In Time

Alex Anwandter's "Como Puedes Vivir Contigo Mismo" pays homage to the film Paris Is Burning.
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Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:23 pm

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Song Of The Day
6:03 am
Thu May 31, 2012

In Trance 95: The Old New Wave

In Trance.
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Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 1:47 pm

A recently reconstituted Greek duo active from the late '80s to the mid-'90s, In Trance 95 specializes in a self-explanatorily named electronic subgenre called "minimal wave." Now that bare-bones synth-pop has drifted closer to the mainstream — as reflected by the Stones Throw label's well-received Minimal Wave Tapes compilations — the duo ended its nearly 15-year hiatus in 2010.

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Music News
2:28 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Requiem For A Cabaret: The Oak Room Closes

The entrance to the Algonquin Hotel on West 44th Street in New York City.
Peter Kramer Getty Images

Originally published on Thu May 31, 2012 4:21 am

New York's historic Algonquin Hotel has been famous for a lot of things: the roundtable where some of the greatest American wits, from George S. Kaufman to Dorothy Parker, held forth in the 1920s and '30s; generations of cats — named either Hamlet or Matilda — who haunt the lobby; and, since 1980, the Oak Room, one of New York's most loved cabaret spaces.

When Marriott purchased the hotel and closed it for renovations early this year, they announced that the Oak Room would not be reopening — instead, it will be a lounge for preferred customers.

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The Thistle and Shamrock
6:23 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Thistle And Shamrock: Underneath The Stars

Nightnoise
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As the days grow longer our music looks to the Northern and Western skies for inspiration and draws meaning, guidance and solace from the sun, moon and stars.

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