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Reuben Butchart "Nameless and Awake"

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Composer, singer, and pianist Reuben Butchart brings his song cycle "Nameless and Awake" to the WNYC Studio. Setting poems by John William Carroll, Butchart's music combines a soulful contemporary singing style with intricate, detailed arrangements. David Garland talks with Butchart about the songs and how the music came together at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center.

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On-Demand Video: Bach's Goldberg Variations with Simone Dinnerstein

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bach's Goldberg Variations are among his most beloved works in the classical canon, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein has put her own distinctive spin on them.

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Missy Higgins: A Bit of the Ol' Razzle Dazzle

Monday, January 07, 2013

Australian singer-songwriter Missy Higgins’ music first appeared in the U.S. on TV dramas like Grey’s Anatomy and Friday Night Lights. Then, as she told us, "I got a bit burnt out." For several years she stayed away from the music biz, attending college, spending time with family and friends, and traveling. 

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The Genre-Spanning Genius of Chilly Gonzales

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Chilly Gonzales joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform his piano music, and for a lively conversation about the ideas behind it.

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David Yazbek In Studio

Thursday, November 29, 2012

David Yazbek wears a lot of hats. Today, the New York stage musical composer and singer-songwriter joins us with his band to play live and talk about his deep love for the band XTC.

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Pinback's Stolen Glory

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

When Pinback bassist Zach Smith's custom-made instrument was stolen during a gig in San Diego, the band's drummer snapped into action. They recount the chase that ensued. Plus, watch the indie rock band perform "Proceed To Memory" in the Soundcheck studio.

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Reuben Butchart "Nameless and Awake"

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Composer, singer, and pianist Reuben Butchart brings his song cycle "Nameless and Awake" to the WNYC Studio. Setting poems by John William Carroll, Butchart's music combines a soulful contemporary singing style with intricate, detailed arrangements. David Garland talks with Butchart about the songs and how the music came together at Robert Wilson's Watermill Center.

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Chilly Gonzales

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Chilly Gonzales joins David Garland in the WNYC Studio to perform his piano music, and for a lively conversation about the ideas behind it.

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Sigur Rós, Live at Celebrate Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

The Icelandic band Sigur Rós - complete with wind, brass and string players - brought their soaring eerie melodies and crashing waves of sound to Celebrate Brooklyn's Prospect Park concert series on Tuesday night. Stream the entire show, which was recorded by WNYC in conjunction with NPR Music, and check out photos below.

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Laura Marling 3

Sunday, July 29, 2012

British songwriter Laura Marling returns for her third visit to Spinning On Air. Her first visit was in 2008 when she was just 17 and already an insightful, original songwriter. Now she performs songs from her third album "A Creature I Don't Know" and talks about the album's themes and narratives with host David Garland. Laura sings powerfully about beasts, muses, rage, and joy, and even performs a brand new, still untitled song.

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Yonder Mountain String Band

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

They've been called progressive bluegrass, jamgrass, rockgrass - even "ragegrass." Whatever they are, the Colorado-based Yonder Mountain String Band stops by our studio to perform live. 

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Jean Grae: In Studio

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

After releasing a free mixtape called “Cookies or Comas” last year, New York City rapper Jean Grae ups the culinary ante with her forthcoming album, “Cake or Death.” She joins us in the studio for a live preview of her latest rhymes.

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Dana Buoy's Summer Bodies

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Dana Buoy visits the WNYC Studio to perform his new songs and explain to host/producer David Garland how a trip to a remote lagoon in Thailand, time spent on the coast of Mexico, and falling in love have colored and shaped his music.

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Plastic Spoon

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Plastic Spoon plays songs about money. This newly-formed New York group features great, creative musicians who've played with everybody, pushed musical boundaries, and are now experimenting with being a somewhat normal rock band. Host David Garland welcomes Plastic Spoon to the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their music. Lend an ear--but only one ear, because Plastic Spoon demands that their music be heard in mono!

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Enrico Rava: In Studio

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Although he isn’t a household name in the U.S., trumpeter Enrico Rava is one of Italy’s best known jazz artists. His latest album is called Tribe, and includes several pieces that the 72-year-old has recorded before. But this time, they’ve been played by a quintet comprised of several up-and-coming Italian musicians who are new to Rava’s group. They join us to play live.

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The Cranberries: In Studio

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Irish pop band The Cranberries scored hits in the ‘90s with “Zombie” and “Linger.” As they reunite for a U.S. tour and an upcoming album called "Roses," they join us to play live in our studio.

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Mark David Ashworth

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Words and music do an elegant dance of meaning and dreaming in the music of San Francisco-based songwriter Mark David Ashworth. He explores themes of the natural world, ancient colonization, and personal insight. Host David Garland welcomes Ashworth to the WNYC Studio to talk about his music, and to perform with guitarist Taylor Jacobs and vocalist Crystal Fulbright.

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Slow Club

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Slow Club is a band that takes its listeners from quiet intimacy to boisterous fun. Slow Club hails from Sheffield, England, and is essentially Charles Watson and Rebecca Taylor, two friends who write and play catchy songs together, now joined also by bass and drums. David Garland welcomes Slow Club to the WNYC Studio to perform songs from their new album, "Paradise." 

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David Thomas Broughton

Sunday, November 06, 2011

British songwriter/improvisor David Thomas Broughton constructs suites of songs out a combination of purpose and accident, tonality and sound, absurdity and sincerity, coherence and incoherence. He sings these surprisingly tuneful pieces in an unlikely, plummy baritone, whisking listeners along to the peculiar opportunities of the moment. Host David Garland invites Broughton into the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about his music.

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The Case for Live Music

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Concert-going can be work - but worth it.

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