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Creative New Year’s Resolutions: Raising Eyebrows

Thursday, March 05, 2015

One of our listeners has resolved to return to her first passion — reggae. She’s finding it more challenging than she expected.

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The Takeaway

Happy Birthday, Bob Marley

Friday, February 06, 2015

What would the world have been without Bob Marley? Known internationally as a symbol of freedom his music transcends both space and time. Today he would've turned 70. 

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Studio 360

New Year’s Resolution: A DJ Gets Back on the Mic

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Maria Thornton quit reggae, started a family, and moved to Ohio. But this year, she’s ready to get back into the game.

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Soundcheck

The Year's Biggest Authors on Their Favorite Music

Thursday, January 01, 2015

B.J. Novak, David Mitchell, Emma Straub, Marlon James and other authors responsible for 2014's best books hand-pick their favorite songs.

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Soundcheck

12 Days Of Soundcheck: Matisyahu

Friday, December 12, 2014

The singer embraces his many contradictions and comes out a winner in 2014; download a live version of "Broken Car."

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Soundcheck

Novelist Marlon James Picks A Soundtrack For 'A Brief History Of Seven Killings'

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Novelist Marlon James talks about his new book 'A Brief History Of Seven Killings' and plays a few songs that would serve as the soundtrack for the book's characters.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Lee "Scratch" Perry

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The legendary reggae and dub producer exhibits his visual art in Bushwick tonight. Listen to "Blackboard Re-Vision."

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: “Rude” by Magic! Is the Worst Best Song of the Summer

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

“Rude” by Magic! is America's #1 song — it's also America's most hated song. Critic Jia Tolentino explains the fine line between good, credible pop and the incredibly bad stuff.
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Soundcheck

Michael Franti Gave Up Weed For Yoga

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Spearhead founder and frontman Michael Franti discusses the intersection of his two passions: music and yoga. Plus, he and a New York City yoga instructor discuss whether music belongs in the yoga classroom, how musicians can benefit from yoga practice, and how yoga can help musicians combat everything from performance anxiety to drug addiction. 

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Matisyahu's Spiritual And Musical Evolution; That Was A Hit?!? On Telstar; The Death Of The Movie Musical

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In this episode: Matisyahu, the self-proclaimed "Hasidic reggae superstar," found success and earned countless fans of both classic reggae and the Jewish community. Matisyahu reflects on the changes in his life, the evolution in his spirituality and music, plus he and his band performs songs from his latest album, Akeda, in the Soundcheck studio.

 

 

Then: Charts analyst Chris Molanphy shares the unusual and dark story of an instrumental hit from 1962, The Tornados' "Telstar," as part of Soundcheck's series, That Was A Hit?!?

And: In a six-month period in the 1960s, three movie musicals premiered: Mary Poppins, My Fair Lady, and The Sound Of Music. Each would sweep across American movie theaters, Billboard charts, and awards shows. They effectively killed the movie musical, according to the recent book, Roadshow: The Fall Of Film Musicals In The 1960's.

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Soundcheck

Watch: Matisyahu, Live On Soundcheck

Monday, June 02, 2014

The self-proclaimed "Hasidic reggae superstar" found success and earned countless fans of both classic reggae and the spiritual community. Watch him perform songs from his latest album, Akeda, in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: The Wailers

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Bob Marley's reggae ambassadors play at Brooklyn Bowl. Listen to "Jamming."

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: The Skatalites

Friday, May 02, 2014

Godfathers of Jamaican ska play at Brooklyn Bowl tomorrow night. Start your Friday dancing with "Man In The Street."

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Matisyahu

Friday, April 25, 2014

In the mid-2000s, Matisyahu perfected a chart-topping blend of reggae and Hasidic Judaism. His shows were packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked hippies. Matisyahu, formerly Matthew Miller, explains how he discovered the power of reggae as a high school dropout ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Reaching Young Muslims with Music

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Hisham Aidi, lecturer at the School of International and Public Affairs and the Institute of African Affairs at Columbia University and the author of Rebel Music: Race, Empire, and the New Muslim Youth Culture talks about the use of music -- jazz, hip hop, reggae Gnawa -- to reach young Muslims from post- WWII to today.

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Soundcheck

Pandora Thinks It Knows Who You'll Vote For

Monday, February 24, 2014

Data scientists at music streaming site Pandora think they can tell what your political preferences are, given your musical tastes and your zip code. And they're willing to sell that information to political campaigns that are seeking to target their spending in the run-up to 2014 mid-term elections.

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Soundcheck

Snoop Doggy Doc

Monday, March 18, 2013

The new documentary Reincarnated aims to explain why rapper Snoop Dogg reinvented himself as the non-rapping reggae artist Snoop Lion. The transformation was about more than just a name change, according to Esquire contributor Jaime Lowe. As it turns out, Snoop is doing some old-fashioned soul-searching because, as Lowe writes, "hip-hop doesn’t have a grow-old plan."

The film is Snoop Dogg’s Eat, Pray, Love moment, Lowe tells Soundcheck, referring to the 2006 bestseller about one woman’s soul searching travels following a divorce. Hear more of Lowe's take on Reincarnated, which premiered at the recent South by Southwest festival and opened in New York this past Friday.

Watch Snoop Lion's new video for "Here Comes the King" (featuring Angela Hunte) from the album Reincarnated, due April 23.

 

 

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Soundcheck

What's Going On Under There?

Friday, July 06, 2012

In this new series, Soundcheck stops headphone-wearing strangers on the street and gets between their ears. This week, we talk with O’Neil – a hip hop and soca-loving deliveryman who introduces us to his latest downloads and R-rated playlists.

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‘Marley’ Sings Redemption Song

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

For years, big-name directors have struggled to make a movie about one of the most complex figures in music. Now, a sprawling documentary about the late reggae legend Bob Marley is set for release this Friday ... yes, "4/20." We hear about the film from Kevin Macdonald (who directed “The Last King of Scotland”) and Ziggy Marley, Bob’s eldest son.

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Features

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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