For almost a decade, legendary Cuban music groups like Los Munequitos de Matanzas and Septeto Nacional were refused visas to perform in the United States—until now.
The art-rock band with an extra long name …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead recently visited WNYC's Soundcheck studios. The group performed music from its seventh album, Tao of the Dead, which includes illustrations by frontman Conrad Keely. Check out a video here.
A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York tells the story of the Apollo theater's 77-year history with memorabilia.
Todd Snider has been criss-crossing the country for over 15 years playing his talking blues-style, self-described hippy music to like-minded people. Says Snider: "It's an easy job, but someone's got to do it."
There's no shortage of edifying, educating and exciting events happening in New York City this February to mark Black History Month. Here are a few recommendations from WNYC's Culture team.
Dress codes in New York nightclubs that may disguise racial discrimination are under scrutiny. The New York City Commission on Human Rights is investigating The Continental, an East Village bar accused of having a racist door policy.
A new report from the National Arts Index reported that the vitalty of the arts in the U.S. has reached a 12-year low. However, NYC arts groups have found signs of hope.
Saxophonist and composer Matt Bauder has been writing and performing jazz from Chicago to New York. Watch a video of Bauder performing live in the Soundcheck studio right here.
Bill Hennessy of Keyboard Express has been moving pianos for 24 years and he says the key to tackling the ivories in New York City is parking and brain power. Check out WNYC's video of Hennessy and his team at work here.
After a rocky couple of years, the Brooklyn Philharmonic is back with a new artistic director: Alan Pierson of the new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound.
Don Kirshner, the Bronx music publisher, producer and television host who saw promise in musicians who spanned decades and genres, passed away on Monday of heart failure at the age of 76 in Boca Raton, Florida.
On Saturday night, the Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra celebrates one of New York City’s best-known 20th century architects, Robert Moses. The orchestra’s season's opener is free, open to the public and will be held at the World Financial Center’s Winter Garden at 7 P.M.
On Sunday, the country's biggest world music festival happened at Webster Hall. Thirteen bands played on three stages to a packed house of fans, festival bookers and performing arts professionals for almost six straight hours. Watch our slideshow here.
GlobalFEST 2011 takes the stage this Sunday, packing 13 of the world's most innovative artists onto three stages. Here are some of WNYC's favorite artists performing.
We asked some of our favorite culture vultures to weigh in on what to expect in the coming year in the arts. Here's what they said.
Spanish guitarist Jairo Zavala is best known in the U.S. as the touring guitarist for Calexico. But in his home country of Spain, Zavala is better know for his solo work where he goes by the name Depedro. Check out a video of his recent performance in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.
When it comes to spectacle, the scale and scope of Broadway is nearly impossible to match. Here are three plays to see before the curtain comes down for the last time just after the New Year.
Two very different adaptations of E.T.A. Hoffman's novelette are being performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this month. Through Sunday, the Mark Morris Dance Group brings its "The Hard Nut" back after an eight-year absence. Then Alexei Ratmansky's "Nutcracker" with the American Ballet Theater takes the stage.
Most people know McMillan for his gubernatorial run, but the founder of the “Rent is 2 DAMN High” Party is riding his Internet stardom to jump-start a long dormant musical career. He takes the stage Thursday night.
You might be surprised to find that the band behind this rich sound, The Hundred In The Hands, is just a duo with a truck-load of equipment. Click here to watch the band perform its song "Commotion" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.