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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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Barbra Streisand to Perform First Brooklyn Show

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Barbra Streisand is going back to her roots. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning diva was born and raised in Brooklyn, but has never performed publicly there. That will change on October 11 when she will give a concert at the new Barclays Center arena, which is still under construction.

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Jimmy Cliff to Open 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Concert Series

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will open this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series on June 5. Get the whole lineup here, which also includes Ghostface Killah, Angélique Kidjo, Mission of Burma, Yo La Tengo and Lyle Lovett.

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On 'Mad Men,' Beatles Tune Misses The Mark

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

This week's episode prominently featured a rarely licensed (and expensive) Beatles tune that underlined Don Draper's disconnection from the rapidly changing youth culture of the '60s. It was beautifully integrated into the show, but turned Don into a man we don't know.

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Beastie Boys Founder Adam 'MCA' Yauch Dead at 47

Friday, May 04, 2012

The 47-year-old rapper born in Brooklyn, who fans knew as MCA, died on Friday after a battle with cancer. Watch vintage Beasties' music videos here.

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Mick Jagger Gets First Hosting Gig at 'SNL' Finale

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Mick Jagger will test his comic chops later this month as host of the "Saturday Night Live" season finale.

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People Get Ready, 'Uncanny,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, May 03, 2012

People Get Ready is part of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a three-day music festival that kicks off on Thursday in Brooklyn. Combining dance with infectious pop music, the band is feast for the eyes and ears. Watch People Get Ready perform "Uncanny" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Morrison, Dylan Among Medal of Freedom Recipients

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the first female secretary of state, a former astronaut and a musical pioneer are among this year's recipients of the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

President Barack Obama will award the medals at the White House later this spring.

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NY Rock DJ Pete Fornatale Dies at 66

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pete Fornatale, 66, died on Thursday after suffering a brain hemorrhage earlier this month. He was one of those DJs who came along at a time when the popular culture was throbbing with change and the music both drove it and reflected it back.

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Fans Head to Woodstock Barn to Say Goodbye to Levon Helm

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hundreds of friends and fans of Levon Helm, who died last week of cancer, are traveling to his Woodstock home and barn where he held his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts to say goodbye to the influential singer and drummer for The Band.

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