Gig Alert: Banda De Los Muertos

Friday, September 18, 2015

Traditional Mexican banda music from genre-hopping ace musicians tonight at Pioneer Works.


Terrance McKnight: Debussy, 'Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun'

Friday, April 18, 2014

Not quite feeling Spring-ish? Listen to Terrance McKnight, WQXR weekday evening host. tell you why the song "Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun" by Claude Debussy - reminds him of Spring.


Naomi Lewin: Mozart, 'Longing for Spring'

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Do you want to know why Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s song “Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling” – Longing for Spring, is WQXR's Naomi Lewin's Spring song reminder? Just have a listen


Anna Sale: The Shermans, 'Finally April'

Monday, April 07, 2014

Find out why "Finally April" by The Shermans reminds WNYC's Anna Sale of Spring.


Leonard Lopate: Clifford Brown, 'Joy Spring'

Friday, April 04, 2014

Do you want to know which song reminds Leonard Lopate, host of WNYC's The Leonard Lopate Show of Spring? Have a listen to Leonard talk about Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring."


Marc Garber: Electric Light Orchestra, 'Mr. Blue Sky'

Friday, April 04, 2014

Spring is in the air so let WNYC's Marc Garber explain to you why "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra is a great Spring reminder.


Amy Eddings: Mike Errico, 'Springtime'

Friday, April 04, 2014

Not quite feeling Spring-ish? Listen to Amy Eddings, local host of “All Things Considered,” tell you why the song "Springtime" by Mike Errico reminds her of Spring.

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Jeff Spurgeon: Ottorino Respighi, 'La Primavera'

Friday, April 04, 2014

Which song reminds WQXR's morning drive host Jeff Spurgeon of Spring? Ottorino Respighi’s composition called Primavera...Take a listen.


Summer Fiction Books Introduction

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Unsure what to read this summer? Listen to the following interviews with authors of fiction.


At 60, 'Challenges Are Opportunities' For John Zorn

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

At 60, New York City composer John Zorn is wiser, sure, but no less prolific, thoughtful and antagonistic than before. He tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that, at his age, "there are no more doubts."


Rolywholyover A Circus

Monday, September 10, 2012

In 1989, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles invited John Cage to create a new artwork based on his life. As a result, Cage composed a four movement composition for museum, Rolywholyover A Circus, which toured from 1993 to 1995. Hundreds of artworks, objects, and pieces of ephemera were subjected to a chance-derived computerized score called ROVER resulting in a kind of living composition which travled to five cities (LA, Houston, Philadelphia, New York and Mito, Japan).


Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Cage's most lasting influence may be in his ideas — about the boundaries between noise and music and the artistic freedom that comes from breaking the rules.

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33 Musicians On What John Cage Communicates

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

We asked musicians from Yoko Ono to Nona Hendryx to Lou Reed what they've taken from the late composer's musical and philosophical ideas.

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Silence And Sound: Five Ways Of Understanding John Cage

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Watch and hear a handful of clips that form an introduction to the master provocateur's work.


Candidate Up By 4.33 Points

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.


The Ring and I: The Passion, The Myth, The Mania

Friday, April 06, 2012

It might seem hyperbole to claim, as many Wagnerites do, that The Ring Cycle is "The Greatest Work of Art Ever." But the grandeur and power of this monumental work have permeated our culture from Star Wars to Bugs Bunny to J.R.R. Tolkien.

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New Sounds Listener Poll 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011


This is the 2011 New Sounds Listener Poll from WNYC, New York Public Radio.

We are just about 86% sure that this is the 26th annual such poll. Then again, it just might be the 27th.  The rules are simple: choose 5 (five) entries, released in 2011 (and preferably aired on New Sounds.)  To have your vote count, choose at least one release, but no more than five. One submission per person, please.


John Schaefer's own highly-opinionated best-of 2011 list airs at 11PM on Jan. 11, 2012.
The Listener Poll closes at 12 noon E.S.T. on 1/12/12.  Listen to the results of the poll at 11PM on Jan. 12, 2012.



Gig Alert: Kermit Ruffins

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kermit Ruffins, trumpeter and modern-day New Orleans music legend, brings his BBQ Swingers to Hiro Ballroom on Thursday evening. Download his bouncy, good-time "Panama" here.


Gig Alert: Melvin Van Peebles with Laxative

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Musician, filmmaker and counter-cultural legend Melvin Van Peebles brings his new band to Zebulon's stage at the tender age of 78. Download "Play It As It Lays," which has never been released, here.

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Gig Alerts: Ava Luna

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The electro-soul outfit perform at Shea Stadium tonight. Download their seductive track "Clips."