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Gig Alert: The Jay Vons

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stewards of classic Stax sounds play tonight at Rough Trade. "Listen to Night (Was Stealing From The Sun)."

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The Year Aaliyah Made a Comeback

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's like the icy cool R&B songstress who ruled the '90s is back - in the form of four new R&B artists who gave us familiar chills.
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The Ways 1976 Rocked America; Curtis Harding Exercises 'Soul Power' In Studio; James Fearnley's Years With The Pogues

Thursday, August 28, 2014

David Browne details how the counter-culture became the culture in '76; soul man Curtis Harding steps into the spotlight; an accordionist talks about playing with a Celtic punk band. 

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John Németh: Channeling Vintage Memphis R&B

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Singer and harmonica player John Németh makes vintage-sounding soul and blues tunes with help from his veteran band The Bo-Keys. Hear Németh and Bo-Keys front-man, Scott Bomar, discuss their new record, Memphis Greaseand the old music that inspired it. 

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Spinning on Air

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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That Wasn't A Hit?!?: The Isley Brothers, 'Shout!'

Friday, June 13, 2014

In this edition of "That Was A Hit?!?" we look back at a hit...that wasn't.  Although we may now think of The Isley Brothers' "Shout!" as a classic, it was never formally considered a hit. Writer Chris Molanphy tells John Schaefer why.

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What Will Your Summer Jams Be?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Writer Rich Juzwiak asked his readers on Gawker: What will your summer jams be? He joins host John Schaefer to talk about the songs that will be everywhere in summer 2014.

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The Takeaway

Bert Berns: An Unsung Hero of Early Rock and R&B

Friday, April 25, 2014

A new book by longtime music critic Joel Selvin reveals a long-hidden story from the early years of rock and roll: that of Bert Berns, the man behind hits like "Brown Eyed Girl," "Under the Boardwalk," and "Take Another Little Piece of my Heart."

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Gig Alert: Kelela

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Electro-R&B song stylist brings her downtempo groove to Rough Trade NYC Thursday night. Download "The High."

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Ashanti Raises Indie Flag For 'Braveheart'

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

In the early 2000s, singer Ashanti was a hitmaker for the troubled rap and R&B label Murder Inc. Now, the slinky voiced Long Island native has formed her own label to release her first album in more than five years. 

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Check Ahead: Barrence Whitfield And The Savages, 'Dig Thy Savage Soul'

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

"We’re pretty much still the same band that rips the brain cells and throats of human beings every time we play." - Barrence Whitfield on his upcoming album. 

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Gig Alert: Quadron

Monday, June 04, 2012

Danish electro-soul outfit Quadron performs at Cameo Gallery on Monday night. Download the duo's song "Horse."

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WNYC's Picks for the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon

Monday, October 17, 2011

From Tuesday through Sunday, more than 1,350 bands, DJs and comedians will perform at the annual CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival. Check out WNYC's trippy color-coded map to see our CMJ picks — from En Vogue to Mike Birbiglia to Dum Dum Girls — for each night of the festival.

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Studio 360

Finding Darondo

Friday, May 16, 2008

Justin Torres is a record nut, the kind who combs through stacks of dusty LPs looking for obscure gems. Torres told Chris Roose that he became obsessed with finding an R&B crooner named Daron "Darondo" Pulliam. Darondo wasn't just a forgotten singer ...

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