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Devon Sproule: Tuneful, Tender, and Nimble

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Devon Sproule's singing is honest and moving, playful and powerful. Her songs are distinctive, personal, and highly melodic. David Garland welcomes her to the WNYC Studio.

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Live In-Studio: Dom La Nena

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Singer-songwriter Dominique Pinto goes by Dom La Nena, or “Dom the Little Girl.” She makes music that matches her pseudonym: delicate acoustic songs that could almost be lullabies.

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Great In-Studio Performances 2014, Pt. 1

Sunday, December 28, 2014

David Garland presents highlights from SOA sessions that took place in 2014, including Patti Smith, Cibo Matto, Devon Sproule, The GOASTT, Susanna, Will Stratton, Jen Shyu, and others.

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Will Stratton: Surviving and Singing

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Songwriter Will Stratton recently underwent difficult but successful chemotherapy and surgery. Stratton joins David Garland, with new songs to sing and a survivor's story to tell.

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Boots, Before and After Beyoncé

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Boots moves on from the mega music mystery of 2013 when he was credited on Beyoncé’s self-titled album alongside super-producers like Timbaland, Pharrell, and Frank Ocean. 

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The Sensational Voice of Scandinavian Singer Susanna

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hushed but full of emotion, Norwegian singer, composer, and pianist Susanna performs in the WNYC Studio with Helge Sten, electric guitar, and Fredrik Wallumrød, drums and vocals.

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Sideshow Podcast: Boots, Before and After Beyoncé

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Boots moves on from the mega music mystery of 2013 when he was credited on Beyoncé’s self-titled album alongside super-producers like Timbaland, Pharrell, and Frank Ocean. 
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Cantar alla Viola Revives a Sound Not Heard Since the Renaissance

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Voice and viola da gamba duo Cantar alla Viola joins David Garland in the WNYC studio to perform and talk about music of the Renaissance, plus their unique take on Brazilian Bossa Nova.

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Vashti Bunyan's Disarmingly Lovely "Heartleap"

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Vashti Bunyan has released "Heartleap," her third album since 1970. Hear her talk with David Garland, plus highlights from the new album and performances recorded for Spinning On Air.

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Cibo Matto Returns With Hotel Valentine

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Yuka C. Honda and Miho Hatori have resumed making music as Cibo Matto, and Hotel Valentine, is their best album yet. Hear them perform it live in the Spinning On Air studio.

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Why Live Music Won't Be Live For Long

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Is your favorite band really playing live when you go see them? Not so much. This isn't about Milli Vanilli. It's about something artists love called backing tracks.

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The Eastern-Influenced Irish Blues of Guitarist Cian Nugent

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Irish guitar virtuoso Cian Nugent says his music has "Irish intentions" even though it isn't traditional Celtic music. 

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Tom Brosseau's Songs of Wonder, Wondering, and Modern Devices

Sunday, August 10, 2014

The North Dakota singer-songwriter tackles such topics as being stuck on a roof, ambivalence about new beginnings, and our contemporary tendency to cradle our devices rather than our loved ones.

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Karen Mantler's Lean Songs for Lean Times

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Karen Mantler has felt the economic downturn. In fact, her new album is called "Business is Bad." But for Karen, less has always been more. Her jazzy songs are lean, witty, and keenly observed, without an once of fat, or an extra note. She brings her new trio, with Doug Wieselman and Kato Hideki, to the WNYC Studio, joining David Garland for performances and conversation.

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The Subtly Experimental Indie R&B of Bernice

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Bernice is a band from Toronto, the project of imaginative songwriter and acrobatic singer Robin Dann. Dann says of the band, "We play indie R&B - songs that breathe, sometimes dance, and have plenty of soul and body feel." David Garland welcomes Bernice to the WNYC Studio for performance and conversation.

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Viking Moses Plays Short Stories in Song

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Viking Moses is the musical project of songwriter Brendon Massei, and the band visits the WNYC Studio to perform and talk about their songs. With a personal take on the styles of rock and country, Massei's songs can be like short stories. Massei is a wanderer who has been on tour nearly nonstop since his first visit to Spinning On Air ten years ago. He has just returned from performances in mainland China, and talks about his experiences there with host David Garland.

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21st Century Psychedelia from Sean Lennon and The GOASTT

Sunday, May 04, 2014

The GOASTT (or more formally The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) perform and talk about their new music in the WNYC Studio. Fronted by Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, the band has expanded and received an infusion of electricity. The wild spirit of the 1960s is heard in their music, continuing that decade's melding of rock songs with experimental and psychedelic influences--a melding originally led in part by Sean's parents John Lennon and Yoko Ono. David Garland welcomes the group to the studio as they sing and play ornate, rowdy, tuneful songs from their new album "Midnight Sun."

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Will Coachella's Cameos Ruin Music Festivals?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The sheer number of headline-worthy surprises at this year's Coachella music festival sets an ugly precedent.

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The Darkly Ecstatic Music of M. Lamar

Sunday, January 19, 2014

M. Lamar combines the ecstatic mood of spirituals with the dark intensity of downtown punk theater, creating songs that address issues of his African-American heritage, American history, and today's social and gender politics. David Garland welcomes M. Lamar to the WNYC Studio to perform, and to talk about his piece Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche, and the many topics that inform and inspire his music.

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Arcade Fire, In Concert

Monday, October 28, 2013

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The band performs highlights from its new album, Reflektor, live from Capitol Studios in Los Angeles.

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