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Tupac Shakur At Coachella: Part Of A Long History Of Singing With Ghosts

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

A digital recreation of Tupac Shakur caused a stir at the Coachella Festival years after the rapper's death. But David Wagner says it's not a new idea to sing with those who are already gone.

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Amy Ray, 'The Rock Is My Foundation,' Live on Soundcheck

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Amy Ray is well-known for being half of the Indigo Girls, but she also has an amazing solo career and a new solo album, Lung of Love. Watch her perform "The Rock Is My Foundation" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Monday, April 16, 2012

The list of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners is out. Among this year's winners were the late Manning Marable for his book on Malcolm X, Brooklyn poet Tracy Smith and Kevin Puts for his "Silent Night" opera. For the first time in 35 years, there was no winner in the fiction category. See the full list of this year's winners here.

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Jack White Releases Solo Album with Streaming Concert Directed by Oldman

Monday, April 16, 2012

Jack White will release his first solo album on April 27 at Webster Hall. The concert will be streamed live online and will be directed by Gary Oldman. Watch the trailer for the concert here.

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Dar Williams, 'Crystal Creek,' Live on Soundcheck

Friday, April 13, 2012

"My dad and mom were really into reading us all sorts of mythologies," Dar Williams told Soundcheck's John Schaefer, which might explain why her new album, In the Time of Gods, sets Greek myths in modern times. Watch Williams sing "Crystal Creek," an adaptation of the myth of Artemis and the great hunter Actaeon.

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Stephane Wrembel, 'Tsunami,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Watch Stephane Wrembel play "Tsunami" live in WNYC's Soundcheck studios. He composed the song after watching pictures of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami.

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Kraftwerk at MoMA: The Hardest Ticket in Town to Get

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk began an eight-night residency at the Museum of Modern Art on Tuesday night.

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Trial for Rapper in '93 NY Shooting Opens

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A murder trial has started for Rapper G. Dep in a 1993 shooting in New York City.

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Girl In A Coma, 'Knocking On Your Door,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Girl In A Coma is a punky, rocky all-girl band from San Antonio that dedicated its first song to two Chihuahuas back in Texas. Watch the band perform "Knocking On Your Door" live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Bowerbirds, 'Overcome With Light,' Live on Soundcheck

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Beth Tacular and Phil Moore, of Bowerbirds, are an on-again, off-again (and now on-again) couple and the drama of that almost broke up the band. Tacular says, "By the time we got together, we had a renewed excitement about things and more appreciation for eachother and patience for each other." Watch Bowerbirds performing "Overcome With Light," live on Soundcheck.

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Alexis Cuadrado, 'La Aurora,' Live on Soundcheck

Monday, April 02, 2012

Watch this video to see Alexis Cuadrado and his band perform "La Aurora" from the jazz song cycle, A Lorca Soundscape, live on Soundcheck.

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12 Ways to Commemorate the Titanic Centennial

Monday, April 02, 2012

There are a number of happenings in the Tri-State area that mark the Titanic centennial. Among our favorites: meals recreating White Star Line menus, plays based on ship survivor testimonials and artifact exhibitions. Here's a shortlist of goings-on.

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First Aid Kit, 'The Lion's Roar,' Live on Soundcheck

Friday, March 30, 2012

The sisters who make up the Swedish band First Aid Kit have been singing together all their lives. Watch a video of the group performing the title track off the album The Lion's Roar, live on Soundcheck.

Bluegrass Legend and Banjo Player Earl Scruggs, 88, Dies

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Earl Scruggs is a huge figure in the American music pantheon. That he helped create modern country music, that he influenced generations of musicians with his three-finger pick and roll style of playing the banjo, that he brought the songs of Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn into the country-bluegrass fold is only part of what he was able to create. Watch videos of Scruggs performing here.

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Ethan Lipton, 'Three Tear Plan,' Live on Soundcheck

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Musician and playwright Ethan Lipton used the loss of his "day job" as the basis for a new piece of musical theater called "No Place To Go."

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Gregory Porter, 'On My Way To Harlem,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gregory Porter says he got into songwriting because his mother was a minister. "Melodies, lyrics, thoughts come to me in the most average of places ... when I'm birdwatching, which I like to do," he said on Soundcheck. Watch a video of Porter singing "On My Way To Harlem."

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The Wedding Present, Back A Bit ... Stop,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Wedding Present has released a new album, Valentina, and is in the U.S. touring it as well as performing the 1991 record Seamonsters all the way through. Watch a video of the group performing "Back A Bit ... Stop" live on Soundcheck.

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Roc-A-Fella Founder Pleads Guilty in NY Drug Case

Thursday, March 15, 2012

One of Roc-A-Fella Records founders, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of conspiring to distribute marijuana. See the indictment here.

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'Two Way Monologue,' Sondre Lerche, Live on Soundcheck

Monday, March 12, 2012

Even though singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche is from Norway, his most recent album, called Sondre Lerche, was written in New York. But the song he picked to play in WNYC's Soundcheck studios -- "Two Way Monologue" -- is from 2004. Watch a video of the performance here.

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WATCH | Music Videos for the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

Monday, March 12, 2012

A campaign season would not be complete without music. Watch official campaign and fan videos made in support of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates here.

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