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Levon Helm, Legendary Drummer-Singer Of The Band, Dies

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Helm was perhaps best known for his singing on songs like "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek."

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'Men at Work' Musician Greg Ham Found Dead

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said. Watch videos of Ham playing with Men at Work.

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Dick Clark, 'Bandstand' Host, Dies At 82

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

For more than 50 years, "the world's oldest teenager" was one of pop culture's most familiar figures.

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The Toure-Raichel Collective, 'Azawad,' Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In a German airport, an Israeli pianist and a Malian guitarist crossed paths, changing both of their musical destinies. Idan Raichel, the pianist, had already been a huge fan of Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist, so it did not take him long to suggest playing together. The resulting album is called The Tel Aviv Sessions. Watch a video of the Toure-Raichel Collective performing "Azawad."

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Trampled By Turtles, 'Alone,' Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The dedication in the liner notes of Trampled By Turtles' new album reads: "Dedicated to the ones we lost, and the ones we gained." The album does have a slightly quieter feel, as captured in the song "Alone." Watch Trampled By Turtles perform "Alone."

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Levon Helm, Drummer For The Band, Is In The Final Stages Of Cancer

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

His family made the announcement on Helm's website. His distinctive vocals can be heard on classics such as "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

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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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