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Davy Jones: He Was the Cute One

Thursday, March 01, 2012

WQXR News Host Kerry Nolan pulled her very first diary out of the closet yesterday. On the page for December 30, 1966, she had very carefully written, “TODAY Davy Jones turns 21…” There were little hearts drawn all over the page.

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Mark Morris, Musical Explorer (and Choreographer), Returns to BAM

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Starting Thursday, the Mark Morris Dance Group is dancing for three nights to two fascinating musical works, Beethoven’s “Choral Fantasy” and Virgil Thomson’s “Four Saints in Three Acts,” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Learn more about the performances and listen to classic recordings of the music.


Jenny Scheinman, 'Ali Farka Touche,' Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Jenny Scheinman has put together a quartet with some big hitters. Mischief and Mayhem is made up of Scheinman on the violin, bassist Todd Sickafoose, drummer Jim Black and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline. Watch the quartet play "Ali Farka Touche."

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Lost Sketches by Auschwitz Survivor on View at NYU

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

A new exhibit spotlights the work of a newspaper sketch artist who survived Auschwitz by doing portraits of SS guards. Learn about a daughter’s quest to reassemble her father’s body of work.

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Ben Wendel, 'Chorale,' Live on Soundcheck

Monday, February 20, 2012

Saxophonist Ben Wendel's new album Frame is named for his move to New York and a change to his "frame" of reference. "Chorale" is one of the tracks off the new album. Watch Wendel perform the song in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.


The Cranberries, 'Raining In My Heart,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Cranberries were only 16 and 18 years old when their careers took off. Now they are releasing a new album, Roses. Watch the video for "It's Raining In My Heart," as performed live in the Soundcheck studios.

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Live on Soundcheck: Nick Jonas

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nick Jonas got his break singing in a hair salon in New Jersey, waiting for his mom while she got her hair done.  Now the 19-year-old is playing the lead in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway. Watch this video of Jonas singing "I Believe In You."


The Winners of the Grammy Awards

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Adele swept the Grammy Awards Sunday night, winning 6 awards. She's matched Beyoncé for the most Grammys won in a night by a female act. Other big winners included Foo Fighters and Kanye West.


Watch | Videos from Whitney Houston's Debut Album

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston's self-titled debut album was part of the soundtrack for many girls going to elementary and middle school in America during the 1980s. Watch videos from the 1985 hit album Whitney Houston.


Keeping the Memory of Cuban Legend and Conga Master Arsenio Rodriguez Alive

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Cuban bandleader and musician Arsenio Rodriguez, born 100 years ago, was a heavy man, who wore sharp suits, big round glasses and is often credited as the godfather of salsa music. Yet, there is nary a street commemorating his contributions, nor a marker at his grave in Ferncliff Cemetery.

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Join Our Live Chat of the Grammy Awards

Friday, February 10, 2012

On Sunday, WNYC will host a live chat during the CMS telecast of the Grammy Awards. Join the conversation at 8 P.M. to get an awards play-by-play and nuggets of obscure Grammys trivia from Soundcheck host John Schaefer, Time Out New York Music Writer Sophie Harris and an assortment of other New York Public Radio culture vultures.

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Super Bowl Half-Time Show Debrief: MIA Flipping the Bird, Madonna's Moves, Cee Lo in Sequins

Monday, February 06, 2012

Madonna was cast as the star of Sunday's Super Bowl half-time show. But who really stole the limelight? Nicki Minaj? Cee Lo Green? M.I.A.? Take our survey.

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Live on Soundcheck: Mike Doughty

Monday, February 06, 2012

Mike Doughty founded the group Soul Coughing in the early '90s. Now he's off on a solo career and has a memoir out, "The Book of Drugs," which chronicles his battle with addiction and with the members of his band. Watch Doughty play "Na Na Nothing" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.


Live on Soundcheck: Warsaw Village Band

Thursday, February 02, 2012

The Warsaw Village Band has a few records out with a modern take on Polish folk music. Now the band is going to have an opera set in Poland at the end of World War II to its credit. Watch the Warsaw Village Band and the cast from the opera perform a section from the opera, "A Blessing on the Moon."


'Soul Train' Creator Don Cornelius Dies At 75

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

The host and executive producer of the long-running show died Wednesday morning.


Don Cornelius, 'Soul Train' Creator, Dead Of Gunshot Wound

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Soul Train became one of the longest-running shows on television and it was credited as one of the first to feature black artists prominently.

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Live on Soundcheck: Escort

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Escort is a Brooklyn band with as many as 17 members who make 21st-century disco. Watch Escort play "A Bright New Life," an original tune on the group's new self-titled album, in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.


Brooklyn Mainstay Southpaw to Close Next Month

Friday, January 27, 2012

Scenesters, make room for the strollers. One of Brooklyn's best known music venues, Southpaw, is shutting down at the end of February. A branch of NY Kids Club, which offers classes and an after-school program for children, will take over the 7,500 square foot-bar and club in Park Slope. Would you rather have a music venue or a children's recreation center? Cast your vote here.

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A 'Guitar Zero' Finds It's Not Too Late To Learn Music

Sunday, January 22, 2012

When it comes to learning an instrument, children have the edge in many respects. Using himself as a guinea pig, psychology professor Gary Marcus resolved to find out whether nonmusical adults have any chance of turning things around.