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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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The Nunziata Twins and the American Songbook

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


WNYC's Richard Hake sat down with 26-year-old twin brothers Will and Anthony Nunziata and director Richard Jay Alexander to talk about the next generation of American songbook interpreters.

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Dream Interpretation: Vijay Iyer and Mike Ladd Tell War Stories

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Your dreams can be part of a new song-cycle, devoted to stories about war. Contribute here.

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DJ/ rupture Predicts Next Big Music Scene

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

One hint: it's not Brooklyn or Berlin. Watch the video.

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Sound Postcards: A Groovy Kind of Love

Monday, February 08, 2010

Mat Schulz, founder of the Unsound art and music festival, discovered what it was like to be a music nut under the thumb of communism. View a slideshow of the postcards here.

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Cult Figure Gets Down and Dirty in New Book

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

"Genteel" is not a word generally associated with the artistic output of Andre Williams, a 1950s hero for the gutter-minded.

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Best Classical Music You're Not Listening To

Monday, February 01, 2010

The Music Dircetor of The American Symphony Orchestra helps us explore classical music beyond Beethoven and Bach.

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Bob Mould, Not Your Average Career Counselor

Monday, February 01, 2010

The guitar Bob Mould discusses his influence on a new generation of musicians.  And bemoans the fact that he's become a Granddaddy of Punk.  Watch the video.

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Fishko File Extra: Pianist Garrick Ohlsson’s Breakthrough

Thursday, January 28, 2010

It’s the bicentennial year of composer Frederic Chopin, who was born 200 years ago in March of 1810.  This year marks a related anniversary for pianist Garrick Ohlsson, who won the gold medal at the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw, Poland back in 1970.

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Enter WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs Talent Competition

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Are you the next Lady Gaga? WNYC plans to host the Battle of the Boroughs, a new talent competition. Find out how to enter.

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Julian Casablancas: New Strokes Songs Ready To Go

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Strokes put New York City (and shaggy hair) back on the rock-n-roll map nearly 10 years ago. Now, frontman Julian Casablancas is striking out on his own.

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Hot Licks for a Cold Season

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Fiddler extraordinaire Mark O'Connor pulled together two great jazz/blues players -- virtuoso bassist John Patitucci and baby-faced guitarist Julian Lage -- for a three-night run at the Blue Note last week. The trio made their radio debut on WNYC's Soundcheck.

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Holiday Weekend Roundup, Dec. 25-27

Friday, December 25, 2009

Friday, Dec. 25
11:30am-4pm // Upper East Side

The Jewish Museum hosts A Family Celebration, a day-long event featuring a Klezmer concert, tours and kid-friendly activities.

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The Best Stories of the Year, courtesy of Studio 360.

Friday, December 25, 2009

A studio visit with composer Marvin Hamlisch.  A retirement home for former entertainers. A debate about race in the theater. Those were some of the top stories from Kurt Andersen, and Studio 360, this year.

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The Worst of the Worst

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Year-end lists are not just about remembering the best. Where there's the good, there's always the bad. Here are some "worst of the worst" lists that remind us of what we loved to hate in 2009.

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