Features : Archive for Music

Garfunkel Defends His Art

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Though he went on to a string of Top 40 solo hits, Art Garfunkel is still best known as half of a legendary duo. With the release of a new retrospective, which covers his work from Simon & Garfunkel's heyday through the present, Garfunkel says he's looking for some long-overdue credit.


Remembering Chris Lighty, Hip-Hop Leader And My Friend

Friday, August 31, 2012

As a teenager he carried records for DJs. As a professional, he carried water for an industry and for a culture.

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Van Cliburn Diagnosed With Bone Cancer

Monday, August 27, 2012

The iconic American classical pianist who first rocketed to fame at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 1958 has announced his advanced illness.


You Are What You Hear: What Your Favorite Music Says About You

Thursday, August 09, 2012

More than ever, music matters to us. But why do we like what we like? "Six Songs of Me," a new project launched by a British publication, may ultimately provide some answers.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On Learning From Ruben Blades

Thursday, August 02, 2012

The Tony-winning lyricist and composer says "El Padre Antonio y Su Monaguillo Andres," a song by Blades, helped him understand the interplay of music and lyrics. Miranda says he didn't notice how dark Blades' song was at first, but eventually figured out what a powerful trick he'd pulled off.


Jonah Lehrer Resigns From 'New Yorker,' Admitting He Made Up Quotes In Book

Monday, July 30, 2012

His publisher is halting shipments of the prolific science writer's latest book Imagine.

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A Know-It-All's Guide To Olympic Music

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Don't be caught empty-headed when talk turns to the music of the London Games.


For Jazz Musicians Looking For Mentors, Things Ain't What They Used To Be

Monday, July 23, 2012

A New York Times article explains how apprentice musicians still find masters — just in new ways.


Mariah Carey Is Joining 'American Idol' As A Judge

Monday, July 23, 2012

Mariah Carey has been announced as the newest American Idol judge, in the wake of the departures of Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez.

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Twist, But Don't Shout: McCartney & Springsteen Have Plug Pulled In London

Monday, July 16, 2012

At a show Saturday night in Hyde Park, the Boss welcomed the Beatle on stage. But when they went past the local curfew, organizers pulled the plug before the singers could say good night. There's video.


Ownership of Dylan's Historic Guitar in Dispute

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Where's Bob Dylan's guitar? The veteran singer and PBS are in a dispute over the whereabouts of an electric guitar that Dylan plugged in at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965.


Soho Nightclub to Reopen After Celeb Brawl

Monday, July 09, 2012

A nightclub that was shuttered after a bottle-tossing fracas sent glass flying amid famous faces has gotten back its liquor license and plans to reopen Tuesday -- with plastic cups.


Founder of Hard-Core Punk Band Charged in Assault in NYC

Sunday, July 08, 2012

Authorities say two people were stabbed and one was also bitten before a show at the New York City music venue Webster Hall.


Lauryn Hill Pleads Guilty in NJ to Tax Charges

Friday, June 29, 2012

Eight-time Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill pleaded guilty Friday to not paying federal taxes on more than $1.5 million earned over three years.


Amy Winehouse Wanted to Settle Down, Have Kids

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The father of late songstress Amy Winehouse told WNYC his daughter was planning to have children with her boyfriend before her life was tragically cut short last year.


Artist Depicts New York City Legends on East Village Scaffolding

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Artist Tom Sanford's colorful 4-foot tall mural, called “Saints of the Lower East Side,” depicts Joey Ramone, Charlie “Bird” Parker, Ellen Stewart, Martin Wong, Miguel Piñero, Arthur Fellig and Allen Ginsberg.

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Mapping out New York City's Best Underground Music

Monday, June 25, 2012

Back in May, WNYC asked listeners to help us map out the city's best underground music by snapping shots and sending in video clips of favorite subway performances. And you delivered. We've made a map from the submissions, which include a classical-rock violinist playing in the West 4th Street-Washington Square station, a group of opera singers in Times Square and a trio covering Stevie Wonder on the Upper East Side.


Music Mogul Donates Audio Interviews to US Library

Monday, June 18, 2012

A retired music executive will donate more than 200 audio interviews with popular singers including Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Paul McCartney and others to the Library of Congress, officials announced Monday.


NYPD Probes Report of Gunshots in Chris Brown Brawl

Friday, June 15, 2012

New York City police are investigating whether shots were fired inside a nightclub during a bottle-throwing brawl involving singer Chris Brown and Drake's entourage.


New Arts Space to Open in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Brooklyn Academy of Music unveiled its new performing arts space on Thursday. The 40,000 square-foot Richard B. Fisher Building, or BAM Fisher, sits in the footprint of the old Salvation Army building at 321 Ashland Place in Fort Greene. The space, which has its official opening on Sept. 5, will be devoted to showing the work of emerging and established artists.

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