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Live on WNYC: Vivica Genaux

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Like many Mezzo-sopranos, Vivica Genaux has played her share of male roles. But she says growing up in Fairbanks, Alaska, the bigger challenge was learning how to walk in heels on stage!

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The Ultimate Brooklyn Mixtape

Thursday, August 12, 2010

From the Marcy projects to Flatbush to Coney Island, there's no question that Brooklyn has grown some of the world's finest musical talent. But what's an homage to Brooklyn's best without a mixtape? Here are some of my favorite songs from Brooklynites, born and raised.

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CT Native American Tribe Gets a Piece of Broadway

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A casino resort owned by the Eastern Connecticut Mashantucket Pequot tribe bought a stake in one of Broadway's biggest theaters this week.

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No Instruments Required: The Body Music Festival Returns

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Body Music Festival showcases the capabilities of the human instrument. Take Keith Terry's crash course in body music.

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Fashion Mashups at Retail DJ

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

What does it sound like when an outfit comes together? 

With her site RetailDJ, Wendi Muse lays out a soundtrack to the most mundane of rituals, commanding readers to "get dressed to this."

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Shots You Snapped

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Jovanotti performed at Summerstage in Central Park, Chromeo played a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom, and The National rocked the Prospect Park Bandshell. 

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The Boogie-Down Mixtape

Monday, August 02, 2010

New York City’s northern-most borough isn’t called the Boogie-Down Bronx for nothing. From hip-hop to salsa to funk to doo wop to rock to folk, the borough is packed with musical talent. We had to make some serious calls about which BX-born musicians would make the cut for our “Boogie-Down Mixtape."

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Shots You Snapped

Monday, July 26, 2010

Last week Die Antwoord opened for M.I.A. on Governor's Island, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros played at Webster Hall, and Free Energy played at South Street Seaport.

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Shots You Snapped

Monday, July 19, 2010

This week Matt and Kim, Harlem and others rocked Coney Island's Siren Fest, Small Black and Beach Fossil played the Mercury Lounge and Murder City Devils appeared down at the Wlliamsburg Waterfront.

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African Music Takes the Stage

Friday, July 09, 2010

African bands Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Konono No. 1, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, and Burkina Electric perform throughout the city and ensure that New York's focus on Africa continues beyond the World Cup.

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The Apples in stereo Are Back From the Future

Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Apples in stereo have been turning out impeccable indie pop tunes for nearly 17 years now. The band’s latest album is something a little different: Travellers in Space and Time is a danceable concept album about time travel. When the band stopped by Studio 360 recently, frontman Robert Schneider ...

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No Cover: Anthony Braxton

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tri-Centric Modeling: Past, Present and Future

Legendary experimental jazz musician, composer, and multi-hyphenate Anthony Braxton, was honored last week on his 65th birthday. The two-night celebration, produced by the non-profit Tri-Centric Foundation, featured an array of contemporary jazz music’s leading lights, including John Zorn, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas and Nicole Mitchell. “If it weren’t for Anthony Braxton,” exclaimed a clearly humbled Zorn said from the stage, “we all wouldn’t be standing here.”

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Live on WNYC: Stephan Crump

Friday, June 25, 2010

Memphis-bred bassist and composer Stephan Crump is a rising star on the New York music scene and a member of the Vijay Iyer Trio and other ensembles.

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Reaction: Parker to Lead WQXR

Monday, June 21, 2010

105.9 WQXR-FM, the New York-based classical music public radio station, and sister station to WNYC,  has announced its new leader. And the classical music community is talking about it.

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Celebrating the Solstice--New Yorkers Make and Take in Music

Monday, June 21, 2010

On the longest day of the year, there were over 1,000 performances in every borough and in every genre. From professionals to amateurs, electronic musicians to classical music aficianados, New York's latest and most cacophonous celebration, Make Music New York, filled the streets.

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Go Listen New York

Friday, June 18, 2010

Cabaret at a Queens post office, hip-hop at a barber shop in the Bronx, an aqua-opus on the banks of the East River, and ukuleles en masse at the Union Square Green Market. 

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WNYC's World Cup Culture Guide

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The World Cup isn’t just a soccer tournament – it’s an worldwide cultural happening. Find out about the best World Cup music, videos, art exhibitions, and books, right here.

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Central Park Summerstage: Closer Than You Think

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Free concerts in the summer contain all the elements of complete mayhem, and the Summerstage series in Central Park is no exception.

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Live From WNYC: Vieux Farka Touré

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Vieux Farka Touré performs a new song live on Soundcheck.

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A Pakistani Legend Lives On

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan performed to a sold out house at the Colden Center in Flushing, in mid-April. Khan is the nephew of the late great qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan.

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