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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.