Bohemian Rhapsody went from unintelligible to just plain weird.
Musician and poet Gil Scott-Heron, dubbed "the godfather of rap," died Friday in New York. How are you marking his death? Post your memories of Gil Scott-Heron, his music and his legacy.
John Schaefer disagrees, politely, with his guest.
Today at 7 pm, Q2 brings you a live video webcast from The Greene Space. Meredith Monk, a pioneer in extended vocal techniques and interdisciplinary performance, performs with her Vocal Ensemble and the Todd Reynolds Quartet.
Meredith Monk celebrates the release of her new album, Songs of Ascension, with a live concert. Join New Sounds’ John Schaefer for performance and conversation with Meredith Monk and Vocal Ensemble, along with the Todd Reynolds Quartet.
Remembering an exotic venue before it vanished
John Schaefer on whistling: less really is more.
John Schaefer wonders whether comebacks are about the music or the marketing.
Homeboy Sandman brought his lively, witty brand of rap into our Soundcheck studio last month. Now he’s sent us something brand new. It’s lo-fi, it’s catchy, it’s probably totally illegal (“the beat has got a sample and i can't pay for it!”) - and it has an ulterior motive. “I Knew” is a song followed by a series of shout-outs, and if you stick with it, there’s a hilarious moment when Homeboy aims a line at ?uestlove (of the Roots, the band for the Jimmy Fallon late night TV show) to the effect that if ?uest puts him on the Fallon show, they “won’t do this whole part” – they’ll fade it out by then. Talk about breaking down the fourth wall!
John Schaefer knows where you can find TONS of names for your band!
The Mountain Goats’ songs have been inspired by indie rock’s most inventive storyteller John Darnielle. Suzanne Vega wrote an original play called “Carson McCullers Talks About Love.” Hear them perform their songs live in The Greene Space.
On Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m., Q2 and New Sounds Live team up to bring you our final live audio Webcast from the inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival hosted by WNYC's John Schaefer. Housed at Merkin Concert Hall, this evening's performance features the innovative quartet So Percussion premiering a work by composer and drummer Bobby Previte.
What is it about the F-word that makes it so troublesome?
This week, Q2 launches the 13-week Spring 2011 season of our flagship show, Cued Up, with the first encore presentation of one of the more mesmerizing evenings in our recent live Webcast history.