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SONiC Conclusion from the American Composers Orchestra

Monday, October 17, 2011

On Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 pm, the concluding night of the American Composers Orchestra's SONiC Festival, the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center played palatial host to the world premiere of composer-performer Bryce Dessner's double guitar concerto, St. Carolyn by the Sea. Featuring Bryce Dessner on guitar along with his twin brother Aaron Dessner, the SONiC-commissioned piece was led by American Composer Orchestra conductor George Manahan and hosted by John Schaefer from WNYC's New Sounds Live. 

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Live on Soundcheck: Colin Stetson

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Montreal bass saxophonist Colin Stetson has played sideman to Arcade Fire, David Byrne, Tom Waits and many others. Watch Stetson perform his song "Judges" during a recent stop at WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Live on Soundcheck: Les Chauds Lapins

Friday, March 25, 2011

Check out the live performance by the French swing band based in Brooklyn, Les Chauds Lapins. Using the instruments of traditional American music and an art rock sensibility, these lusty bunnies played the song "Le Fils de la Femme Poisson" (The Son of the Fish Woman) live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Live on Soundcheck: Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Monday, March 07, 2011

irish fiddler Martin Hayes and guitarist Dennis Cahill recently stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck studios to play "The Custom House." Watch a video here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Old 97's

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Texas-born country rockers the Old 97's recently released their eighth studio album The Grand Theatre, Volume One. The Old 97's joined WNYC Host John Schaefer to talk about working with singer songwriter Steve Earle. Plus, check out our video of the group performing "The State of Texas" at WNYC.

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Live on Soundcheck: Theophilus London

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

He’s worked with über-producer Mark Ronson, Brit pop superstar Damon Albarn and Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio. Not bad for a guy who hasn’t released an album yet. The Brooklyn rapper and singer Theophilus London II  recently performed live in WNYC's studios. Check out the video of Theophilus London's epic "Flying Overseas (BrooklynRemix)" here.

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Why Lower Voices Are Better

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Every parent eventually faces the question, “Why is the sky blue?” from their kids. I heard it this past weekend from my 14-year old daughter.

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When Artists’ Estates Get in the Way

Thursday, March 25, 2010

When an artist dies, no one wants their art to do with them. That’s why estates – whether family-based or not –oversee what happens to a writer’s books or plays, a musician’s songs and recordings, an artist’s sketches and studies, etc.

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The Message, Again.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I remember an old SNL skit from the early 80s. It’s a men's room, and you see a row of stalls with feet beneath each door. The feet begin tapping as someone begins singing "Under The Boardwalk."

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Too Much Music, Too Little Time

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Is there too much music out there?  How do you deal with it? Tell Soundcheck

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Music In Motion

Monday, March 15, 2010

I don’t always have my iPod on when I’m on the subways, but I do find it difficult to be in the car for any length of time without it. The radio will suffice for a short ride, but for anything over 20 or 30 minutes, I really want to have that control over what I’m listening to.

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Music At Work

Friday, March 12, 2010

WNYC is not a typical workplace – employees have always been encouraged to listen to the radio while at work.  Well, they’ve been encouraged to listen to one radio station in particular… but the point is, working for a media company means having media around you all day.

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The Covers Album

Monday, March 08, 2010

When word came that the new Peter Gabriel album would be a collection of covers, that made news throughout the music world.  From Bowie to Arcade Fire, the set list is full of surprises.  The fact that there would be no rock band in the usual sense, but rather an orchestra backing up his vocals, almost became an afterthought. 

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All of the Good Ones are Taken

Friday, February 19, 2010

So apparently it’s become almost impossible to find a name for your new band, given all the other new bands out there.

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Hey, Lord Satan, Supper’s Ready

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Annick Giroux’s book, “Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook,” does not have a recipe for Angel’s Food Cake.  Are you surprised?  Annick asked members of lots of her favorite headbanging, ear-pinning metal bands to contribute recipes, and the results will surprise you.  

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Flying the Unfriendly Skies

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Traveling with a double bass in pre-9/11 days was possible, but it wasn’t fun.  Usually you’d have to buy a seat for your instrument.

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The New Christmas Contenders

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Soundcheck's John Schaefer wants to know: What’s the must-have or the must-to-avoid of this year’s holiday releases?

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A Decade of Rock, Whatever That Is

Friday, December 18, 2009

The #1 rock song of the decade, according to Billboard, was “How You Remind Me” by Nickelback.  As Charlie Brown might say, “blech.”

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The Best Classical Music of the Decade

Thursday, December 17, 2009

For me, in classical music, this was the decade of Osvaldo Golijov.  The Argentine-born composer started the decade on a high note, with an extraordinarily colorful, multi-cultural setting of the St Mark Passion, and ended the decade wuth a world premiere based on the sounds of the radio.

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Quizzing Sheryl Crow

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Having Sheryl Crow on the program today means a chance to ask a few questions of the 9-time Grammy winner.  Which is good, because I’ve had one for her from the first time I heard the first line of the first song on her first record.

 

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