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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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2011 Year in Review: The Year's Best Gig Alerts

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Each weekday in 2011, as part of our Gig Alerts series, WNYC's Culture Desk offered up free MP3s from artists playing in the NYC area. Here are our favorite Gig Alerts of the year, along with free downloads from the bands performing -- from Cat Power to Architecture in Helsinki to Melvin Van Peebles.

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2011 Year in Review: Best of Soundcheck Live (The Video Edition)

Monday, December 26, 2011

From pop sensations like Foster the People to world music powerhouses like Tinariwen, WNYC's Soundcheck studios have seen some hot live acts in 2011. But there is no need to go paging through YouTube armed with Boolean search terms. We have assembled our Top 10 (make that Top 12!) Soundcheck music videos from the past year, just for you.

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Chelsea Record Collector Creates Eclectic Christmas Mixtape

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

If you’re one of those people who say, “Bah, Humbug!” when you hear yet another version of “Silent Night” on the store muzak systems, give a listen to the eclectic holiday mixtape that Chelsea resident Bill Adler has been doing for close to 30 years.

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Rapper Common Pays Visit to South Bronx School

Monday, December 19, 2011

Chicago rapper Common stopped by Eagle Academy for Young Men in the South Bronx on Monday morning to talk to the school's 500-plus students about how they could achieve their dreams. He also performed two raps. The rapper said he wanted to visit Eagle after hearing about the school while serving on an education reform panel at Lincoln Center last year.

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Matisyahu, Clean-Shaven for the First Time in 10 Years

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Jewish rapper Matisyahu shocked fans this week by shaving off his trademark beard. The White Plains artist joined John Schaefer on WNYC's Soundcheck Wednesday to talk about his recent transformation. Watch video of the interview here.

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Live on Soundcheck: The Barr Brothers

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Barr Brothers do interesting things with drums, a harp, a harmonium and more to produce a textured, ethereal sound. Watch the group play "Beggar in the Morning" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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