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Revisiting The Bee Gees; Getting To Know AlunaGeorge; Kendra Morris In The Studio

Friday, August 02, 2013

In this episode: In his new book, The Bee Gees: The Biography, writer David Meyer looks back at the music and legacy of The Bee Gees. 

Then, a primer on AlunaGeorge -- the duo of George Reid and Aluna Francis who have become darlings of the European music festival circuit without releasing an album. Body Talk, the group's full-length debut was released on July 26. We get a primer from Katherine St. Asaph on just who this group is.

And neo-soul singer Kendra Morris performs in the Soundcheck studio.

Plus, we get a taste of "Mercy" the new single from TV on the Radio, which debuted this week online. The band also released the stems to the song for fans and musicians to remix.

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Bernhoft: Looped Soul, In The Studio

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hear the soul singer Bernhoft perform in the studio.

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Erykah Badu: The Queen Of Neo-Soul Takes On A New Role, Artist-In-Residence

Friday, June 07, 2013

Erykah Badu -- the "Queen of Neo-Soul" -- now has another title: Artist-in-residence with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. This weekend in New York, Badu will join the Brooklyn Phil and conductor Alan Pierson, for two groundbreaking concerts unveiling new orchestral versions of her music.

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James Hunter Six: Vintage Soul, In The Studio

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hear James Hunter perform in the studio.

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Gig Alert: Charles Bradley

Thursday, May 16, 2013

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Charles Bradley, the Screaming Eagle of Soul, plays The Apollo Thursday night. Download "Strictly Reserved For You."

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Alice Russell: Big-Voiced British Soul

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Hear the British soul singer and her band perform live in the Soundcheck studio.

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Gig Alert: Cold Specks

Monday, April 29, 2013

Singer and songwriter Cold Specks plays Pianos Monday Night. Download "Blank Maps."

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Jamie Lidell: Soulful Electronics, In The Studio

Friday, April 19, 2013

English electro musician Jamie Lidell has a new home in Nashville, and he’s already used it to his full advantage; it's where he recorded his latest, self-titled album. Maybe it was the homey vibes that catalyzed the sound of the record, which draws heavily from Lidell’s childhood idol, Prince. Lidell and his band come to the Soundcheck studio for a live performance and interview.

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Shuggie Otis Spreads His 'Wings,' 40 Years Later

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Most listeners know Shuggie Otis from his song, “Strawberry Letter 23,” which went on to be one of the big hits of 1977 in a version by the Brothers Johnson. But Shuggie Otis also released three albums in the early 1970s, including Inspiration Information. Now, that record is being reissued, and with it, Wings of Love, an album of previously unheard song, is being released for the first time.

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Shuggie Otis; The Duke of Bachata; Tribeca Film Festival Preview

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In this episode: Shuggie Otis — singer, guitarist, and son of Johnny Otis — is best known for his song, “Strawberry Letter 23,” which became a slow-funk hit for The Brothers Johnson in 1977. Now, the reclusive musicians’ musician has returned with a new collection of never-before-heard songs called Wings of Love. He joins us to share them.

    Plus: The Dominican Republic’s so-called “Duke of Bachata,” Joan Soriano, joins us to play in our studio.

    And: We get a preview of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival and its music-oriented films. 

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        Lady: Ready And Waiting For Success

        Wednesday, April 10, 2013

        Singers Nicole Wray and Terri Walker started their musical careers literally thousands of miles apart – one, in Virginia, the other, in London. Wray began as an up-and-coming R&B protégé to rapper Missy Elliott; Walker studied opera and received a Mercury Prize nomination for her debut solo album.

        However, after their two separate careers stalled, the two eventually met in New York and teamed up to form Lady – a dually-led band with a classic soul sound that recently released a debut self-titled album. The two join us for a stripped down set -- and an impromptu dance party. 

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        Creed from 'The Office;' Lady Live; When Accents Disappear

        Wednesday, April 10, 2013

        In this episode: As the popular sitcom The Office comes to a close, we talk with actor and musician Creed Bratton, who portrays the delightfully creepy character Creed on the show — and in real life is a former member of the ‘60s band The Grass Roots. 

        Plus: Singers Terri Walker and Nicole Wray front the new classically soulful band Lady. The duo joins us to sing a stripped down set in the studio.

        And: Contributor Faith Salie delves into a puzzling musical mystery: Why accents seem to disappear in song.

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          Gig Alert: Lady

          Thursday, April 04, 2013

          Soul duo Lady plays Joe's Pub Thursday night. Download the song "Get Ready."

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          Community Voices: The Rock Ballerina, Kimberly Nichole

          Wednesday, March 27, 2013

          Known as “The Rock Ballerina,” singer and songwriter, Kimberly Nichole fuses gospel/soul music with grunge/and alternative sound. In this video, Nichole performs “All Your Love I Miss Loving” in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

          Join the conversation by sharing your comments about the interview or by letting us know who you would like us to interview next and why, as we strive to reflect the diverse voices found within the New York City and tri-state area.

           

          New York Public Radio's Community Engagement & Audience Development department presents Community Voices: A series of inspiring and informative interviews, with luminaries in a variety of disciplines, in honor of Black History Month and beyond.

           

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          Cody ChesnuTT: Live In The Greene Space

          Friday, February 15, 2013

          Tune in Friday at 2 p.m. ET to watch Cody ChesnuTT perform live in a special video webcast from the Greene Space at WNYC.

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          Gig Alert: Alice Smith

          Tuesday, February 05, 2013

          Powerfully-voiced pop singer Alice Smith plays Rockwood Music Hall Tuesday night. Download "Cabaret."

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          The Queen of Motown; Aaron Neville’s Doo-Wop Roots; New Music From Trixie Whitley

          Wednesday, January 23, 2013

          In the early 1960s, singer Mary Wells earned the nickname “the Queen of Motown” when she scored multiple hits for the legendary record label -- including her signature song, "My Guy." But there’s a reason that Mary Wells isn’t exactly a household name anymore. Peter Benjaminson, author of the new book Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Life of Motown’s First Superstar, explains.

          Plus, legendary singer Aaron Neville revisits the doo-wop songs of his youth with live renditions of songs from his new collection, My True Story.

          And, we preview singer Trixie Whitley's new album, Fourth Corner. Stream the triumphant debut album from the powerful blues-rock singer in our Check Ahead series.

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          Check Ahead: Trixie Whitley, 'Fourth Corner'

          Tuesday, January 22, 2013

          From its opening notes, Trixie Whitley’s debut record Fourth Corner is a triumph thanks to the singer's powerful, emotional delivery that goes right for the gut. The record is a confident statement of an artist on the verge. Hear the album in its entirety until its release on Jan. 29.

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          Dr. Lonnie Smith: Soul Jazz Legend Still Grooving

          Monday, January 14, 2013

          Hammond B3 organ player Dr. Lonnie Smith has been an integral part of the soul jazz and funk scene since the 1960s. Smith talks about the joys and challenges of playing an instrument that he refers to as the “425 pound beast.”

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          Dr. Lonnie Smith, Conor Maynard In The Studio

          Monday, January 14, 2013

          Soul jazz legend and Hammond B3 organ player Dr. Lonnie Smith talks about the joys and challenges of playing an instrument that he refers to as the “425 pound beast.” Then, young British pop star Conor Maynard performs an acoustic set in the studio.