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John Schaefer Talks to Patti Smith about New 'Banga' Album

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Patti Smith’s latest album, Banga, is her first since winning the 2010 National Book Award for her acclaimed memoir, Just Kids. Now, reaching out to a far larger potential audience than any she’s had before, the original High Priestess of Punk returns with an album that’s full of poetic invention, allusions to explorers and journeys both literal and metaphysical, and a surprising amount of pop culture references.

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Singer Lauryn Hill Faces Federal Tax Charges in NJ

Friday, June 08, 2012

Eight-time Grammy winner Lauryn Hill has been charged with failing to file income tax returns for several years with the Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. attorney's office in New Jersey announced Thursday.

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There's No Such Thing As A Sold Out Concert (Even For Justin Bieber)

Monday, June 04, 2012

Or: Why Justin Bieber didn't really sell 40,000 tickets in 30 seconds.

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25 Musical Acts Win Spots to Play Underground

Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Latin-ska-reggae fusion band, a female mariachi group and a wind quintet were among the 25 new musical acts selected to be part of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Music Under New York program.

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Folk Musician Doc Watson Dies in NC Hospital at 89

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Doc Watson, the Grammy-award winning folk musician whose lightning-fast style of flatpicking influenced guitarists around the world for more than a half-century, died Tuesday at a hospital in Winston-Salem, according to a hospital spokeswoman and his manager. He was 89.

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A Rapper Ravaged By An Online Firestorm

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Two degrees from Stanford aren't your usual recipe for hip-hop credibility, but Korean rapper Tablo found success at the top of the charts. That was, until a single rumor set websites ablaze with pop-culture paranoia and conspiracy.

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Your New 'American Idol' Is (Surprise!) A Laid-Back Dude With An Acoustic Guitar

Thursday, May 24, 2012

American Idol crowned another guy last night who's an awful lot like the guys they've been crowning for the last four seasons.

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NY Black Radio-Pioneer Hal Jackson Dies

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

New York radio pioneer Harold Jackson, the first African-American voice on network radio, has died.

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Dave Gahan Talks 'The Light The Dead See,' on Soundcheck

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode hooked up with Soulsavers, a British music and production duo, for a musical project, the result of which is the album The Light The Dead See. Watch an excerpt of John Schaefer’s interview with Dave Gahan.

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Library of Congress Taps 25 Sounds for Registry

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

From rare audio interviews of former slaves to recordings by Donna Summer and the Grateful Dead, 25 sounds that shaped the American cultural landscape are being inducted into the National Recording Registry.

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Map | Discovering the City's Best Underground Music

Monday, May 21, 2012

Help us discover the city's best underground music by snapping a shot or sending us a video clip of your favorite subway performance.

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Bee Gee Robin Gibb Dies Of Cancer At 62

Monday, May 21, 2012

Robin and his brothers Barry and Maurice Gibb racked up dozens of hit songs in their five decade career. Gibb died after a long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery, his spokesperson confirmed via a statement.

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Chicha Libre 'La Plata,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, May 17, 2012

If Chicha Libre does not get you up and dancing, the members of the band will feel as if they have failed. Watch as they perform "La Plata,"  a song they hope will get you up and moving .

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Donna Summer, The Queen Of Disco, Dies At 63

Thursday, May 17, 2012

In years following Vietnam, people wanted to dance and Donna Summer provided a soundtrack.

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Would-Be Subway Musicians Audition for the Right to be Legit

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Each act had five minutes to convince the judges it merited the right to legitimately perform in the subway system under an MTA-approved banner. Help us discover the city's best underground music by snapping a shot or sending us a video clip of your favorite subway performance.

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Historian David McCullough, Composer Steve Reich to be Honored at Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Writer and historian David McCullough and contemporary music composer Steve Reich will receive the academy's most significant prizes — gold medals for distinguished achievements in biography and music — during the star- and literati-studded annual American Academy of Arts and Letters luncheon in Manhattan on Wednesday.

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Ólöf Arnalds, 'Call It What You Want,' Live on Soundcheck

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ólöf Arnalds sings in Icelandic and in English. But how does she decide which language to use for which song? Why, the songs tell her, of course! Watch Arnalds perform "Call It What You Want," live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Stax Bassist Duck Dunn Remembered In Memphis

Monday, May 14, 2012

As one fourth of Booker T. and the MGs, Dunn helped lay the foundation of Memphis soul.

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Discovering the City’s Best Undergound Music

Saturday, May 12, 2012

On Wednesday, musicians will play their best songs in front of a panel of judges in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall in the hopes of being selected to be part of the MTA's Music Under New York program. Help us discover the city's best underground music by snapping a shot or sending us a video clip of your favorite subway performance.

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Rufus Wainwright, 'Candles,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Watch Rufus Wainwright perform "Candles," which he wrote on the occasion of the death of his mother, Kate McGarrigle. The song was recorded with Wainwright's band, but here he sings a cappella.

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