Last night, passersby at Times Square were treated to the sight of close to 200 people standing in the middle of the plaza singing classical choral music. (Soundcheck’s technical director Irene Trudel was one of the sopranos.) Our friends at NPR Music had asked Philip Glass to turn his song "New Rule," originally for soprano solo and instrumental ensemble, into a choral piece. That version had its premiere, right there in Times Square.
But it’s what happened after the Glass premiere that made this event so memorable.
The Brooklyn singer-songwriter Xenia Rubinos brings her funky art-pop to Littlefield on Friday night. Download "Hair Receding" from Rubinos' debut album, Magic Trix.
Before joining Soundcheck, I played in a band called Secret Cities. Actually, I still play in a band called Secret Cities. It’s complicated, since we all live in different towns, but that’s also our normal arrangement, and it’s also not really the point of this post. Piracy is.
The Lebanese jazz trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf performs at Drom on Thursday night. Download his song, "Will Soon Be A Woman."
Today is Make Music New York - when public space becomes performance space. From 10 in the morning to 10 at night, the streets of the city (all five boroughs) will be a stage. Earlier this week, we talked about how you can join in a Philip Glass world premiere in Times Square. There's lots more. You can see the whole schedule here. Tell us what you find!
The Philip Glass Ensemble gives a free retrospective performance at the River To River Festival in Rockefeller Park on Wednesday night. Download the renowned composer's "Dance IX from In The Upper Room."
Every summer has its song. This year, it’s looking like Carly Rae Jepsen’s "Call Me Maybe" is going to rule the airwaves. But while you may not be able to avoid the summer’s pop hit, you'll probably end up with your own, very personal song of the summer. John shares some of his summer song memories, from Jamie T to the Hold Steady. And, we tell more of our stories in today's Soundcheck Blog. What songs remind you of summer?
Canadian indie-rock act Destroyer performs with Sophia Knapp at Le Poisson Rouge on Tuesday night. Download "Chinatown."
The experimental post-rock duo Blues Control plays Other Music on Monday night. Download the band's new single "Iron Pigs."
It’s becoming a summer solstice tradition – a huge series of free musical events across New York city under the name Make Music New York. And this year, to celebrate composer Philip Glass’s 75th birthday, one of the events will be a performance of a brand new choral arrangement of Glass' "The New Rule." That's going to be right smack in the middle of Times Square on Thursday, June 21st -- and you can join in! We talk with conductor Kent Tritle to find out more.
The Israeli-American global pop trio Balkan Beat Box performs at Celebrate Brooklyn! with Chico Trujillo and Nation Beat on Saturday night. Download the group's new tune "Part of the Glory."
We’ve already challenged you to make a summer music resolution (how’s that going, by the way?). Now, we’ve got a slightly less daunting task that we’d like your help with.
In short, we need a jingle.
In 1995, rapper GZA released “Liquid Swords,” a dark, hard-hitting collection of songs now considered a hip-hop masterpiece. The album's stature is as much a function of GZA’s lyrical prowess as it is of the atmospheric beats of producer RZA, GZA’s cousin and Wu-Tang Clan cohort.
However, for tonight’s Northside Festival show at Music Hall of Williamsburg celebrating the seminal album, GZA will ditch the DJ. Instead, Austin, Texas Latin funk ensemble Grupo Fantasma will provide the musical backing for GZA’s twisting rhymes. In doing so, the band won't just have to keep up with GZA – they’ll also have to impersonate the myriad samples that make up RZA’s beats. These samples include some surprising names and sounds you might not associate with hip-hop OR Latin funk. Here are my top five:
Michael Stipe of R.E.M. has put his Canal Street loft on the market for $10.95 million. He's searching for a downtown place better suited to his new passion: sculpting. "I wake up in the morning thinking of sculpture, not lyrics," Stipe tells WSJ. "Lyrics are too hard." Here's what you'll get for your 109,500 benjamins:
The listing by Carter Wilcox and Chris Poore of Corcoran Group, said the co-op at 533 Canal St. has three bedrooms, including a master bedroom with an oversize soaking tub, a study and a home office. Ceiling heights range between 10 feet and 13 feet high.
Though Canal Street often rumbles with trucks heading for the Holland Tunnel, upstairs sounds are muted.