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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."

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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Artists React To Mexico's Drug War With Music And Poetry

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Poetry and other art forms have been integral to the "Peace with Justice and Dignity" movement. Poet Javier Sicilia, whose son was murdered by members of a drug cartel, says the poet has a moral responsibility to tell these stories.

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Remembering Etta James, Stunning Singer

Friday, January 20, 2012

The "Matriarch of the Blues" had grit in her voice that could melt like sugar or rub like salt in a wound. The great vocalist, whose turbulent life broke through in her affecting delivery, has died at age 73.

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Keyboardist, Baroque Master Gustav Leonhardt Dies at 83

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Dutch artist was a hugely influential conductor, harpsichordist, organist and one of the grandfathers of today's early music movement.

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The Beach Boys: Deconstructing A Classic

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A new box set offers a fresh look at "Heroes and Villains," a Beach Boys classic worth taking apart and reexamining.

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Are 140-Character Reviews The Future Of Music Criticism?

Friday, January 13, 2012

This week, alternative rock's bible, SPIN magazine, announced that it would eliminate the standard short album review from the magazine. In 2012 the magazine's writers will assess 1,500 albums, each via a single post on Twitter.

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Will The Show Go On At New York City Opera?

Friday, January 13, 2012

The struggling company says it's surviving "one day at a time." But after failed mediation with its unions and a lockout in place, the clock is running out.

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City Transplants Re-Create Music Scene in New Jersey

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Most people’s conception of the New Jersey suburbs doesn’t include an underground music scene a la the East Village in the 1970s. But many New York City transplants who now call New Jersey home are re-creating their night lives in informal, interesting ways.

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Elvis Presley: 'Burning Love,' Revisited

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Viva Elvis' reinvention of a familiar hit is shockingly great, but also fundamentally true to the original.

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Janáček For Voices: The Choral Side Of An Unusual Composer

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A new album by Cappella Amsterdam uncovers rarely heard music by the quirky Czech master.

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Pianist Alexis Weissenberg Dies At 82

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The dynamic pianist escaped the Nazis to build a brilliant career.

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'Holiday': The Godfather Of Hip-Hop's Last Gift

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Gil Scott-Heron's posthumously published memoir, The Last Holiday, is a triumphant and moving account of a life dedicated to art and activism.

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What Makes Newton-John Get 'Physical' At The Gym

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

No, Olivia Newton-John doesn't work out to her own anthem about exercise. That would be weird.

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Documentary on Post-Hardcore Band KARP Has New York Premiere

Thursday, January 05, 2012

A new documentary from Brooklyn filmmaker William E. Badgley tells the story of KARP, a post-hardcore trio from Olympia, Wash. “Kill All Redneck Pricks: A Documentary Film about a Band Called KARP” has its New York premiere in Brooklyn on Friday.

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Beloved Yiddish Singer Adrienne Cooper Mourned by Colleagues

Friday, December 30, 2011

On Sunday, December 25, 2011, the Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper passed away in a Manhattan hospital after battling cancer. She was 65. A memorial for Cooper will be held at the Ansche Chesed synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

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