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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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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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