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Gig Alert: Tibaguí

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

This Wednesday, the quartet Tibaguí brings the sounds of the Andes mixed with jazz to Terraza 7 in Elmhurst, Queens. Head over there and grab a hammock or download the track "Algo Más Melódico" here for free.

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Remembering Motown Songwriter and R&B Artist Nick Ashford

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The legendary Motown songwriter Nick Ashford, who wrote "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "I'm Every Woman" and "Solid" with his wife Valerie Simpson, died on Monday after a battle with throat cancer, according to his publicist. He was 70 years old. Watch classic Ashford & Simpson videos here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Imelda May

Monday, August 15, 2011

With her vintage glamour and soulful twang, Imelda May is the newest queen of one of rock and roll’s oldest sounds. Check out a video of her live performance of "Mayhem" in WNYC's Soundcheck studio here.

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London Riots Spread to Sony Warehouse

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

A Sony disc warehouse near Enfield, North London was set on fire before midnight on Monday. The warehouse manages the distribution in the U.K. and Ireland of packaged Sony media on Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs.

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A Homecoming: King of Latin Soul Joe Bataan Returns to Central Park

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

On Wednesday night, Central Park Summerstage presents a free concert of old school Latin boogaloo music with local heroes Johnny Colon and Joe Bataan. For Bataan, who is now 69 years old, the Central Park gig will be a kind of homecoming.

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Queen of Soul to Play Charlie Rangel's Birthday Party

Monday, August 08, 2011

Aretha Franklin, fresh off of her Brooklyn debut this past week, will headline Rangel's 81st birthday fundraising gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday.

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Gig Alert: Bobby Bare, Jr.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Bobby Bare, Jr. wrote songs with Shel Silverstein. Bare, Jr. saluted the poet with a tribute album called Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein. Download the country crooner's "Sad Smile" here.

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Gig Alert: Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra

Friday, August 05, 2011

The Brooklyn crooner Ethan Lipton has a certain lounge-singer charm and a mischievous mustache. Download “Girl from the Renaissance Faire” here.

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Gig Alert: Roy Eaton

Friday, August 05, 2011

Classical concert pianist Roy Eaton first played Carnegie Hall in 1937 at the tender age of 7. Download "Fantasie Impromptu" from The Meditative Chopin here.

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Gig Alert: Bassam Saba and the New York Arabic Orchestra

Friday, August 05, 2011

Arabic musician Bassam Saba is a master of middle-eastern instrumentation and composition. Download "Wonderful Land" here for free.

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Aretha Arrives: The Queen of Soul Sings First Brooklyn Concert

Thursday, August 04, 2011

On Thursday night, Aretha Franklin will perform at Coney Island for free as part of Marty Markowitz's Seaside Summer Concert Series.

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Live on Soundcheck: Billy Bragg

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Since the late 1970s, Billy Bragg has been the folk-punk conscience of the UK. Last month, he wrote a song inspired by the Newscorp phone-hacking scandal. Watch Bragg playing the song, "Never Buy The Sun," in WNYC's Soundcheck studio here.

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I Want My MTV: Music Television Turns 30

Monday, August 01, 2011

MTV was born 30 years ago on August 1, 1981 as a scrappy underground music channel, kicking off the age of the music video with “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles. WNYC asked music, television, and pop-culture critics to weigh in on MTV and its role in shaping the American cultural landscape.

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Gig Alert: Dallas Vietty

Monday, August 01, 2011

Head over to Bryant Park on Monday to hear some free accordion music on your lunch break. Download Dallas Vietty and his swing band playing this Chick Corea composition "Spain" here.

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Gig Alert: David Garland with Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl

Friday, July 29, 2011

David Garland, who is the host of the WNYC show Spinning On Air and the WQXR show Movies on the Radio, has released the exclusive track, “The Long View,” for download, which is on his forthcoming album Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton. He plays on Sunday night at John Zorn’s East Village fringe music outpost The Stone.

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Gig Alert: Doveman

Friday, July 29, 2011

Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) grew up in the Green Mountain State of Vermont playing some instrument or another since age 3. Now the NYC pianist keeps busy performing with the likes of David Byrne, The National and Yoko Ono. Download his track "Hurricane" here

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Gig Alert: The Head and the Heart

Friday, July 29, 2011

Seattle’s Sub Pop Records picked up the band The Head and the Heart after its self-released, eponymous debut album dropped last summer. Download "Lost In My Mind" from the record here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Sufjan Stevens

Monday, July 25, 2011

Sufjan Stevens's latest project, the electro-pop album The Age of Adz, is a self-reflexive record dealing with themes of love and death. (Plus, there's a cosmic thing going on too.) Watch Stevens perform "Futile Devices" and "Pleasure Principle" live in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Gig Alert: Adira Amram

Monday, July 25, 2011

Adira Amram's backing band, dancers, keyboard and sexy subversive lyrics pack an electric pop punch. Download her unironically titled “Electric” right here.

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Gig Alert: The Jay Vons

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Jay Vons is a vintage band down to its core -- the band’s throwback rock 'n’ soul sound could have been pressed onto vinyl half a century ago. Download the band’s debut single “Maybe I Loved You" here.

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