Locked out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra perform in a free event in a gym in Minneapolis.
October 4, 2012 With the slowing economy, professional orchestras and musicians are bargaining fiercely over wages and benefits. Two orchestras have locked out their musicians while others have agreed to play and negotiate.
Catherine Goldwyn, founder of Sound Art.
Courtesy of Sound Art
August 31, 2012 Sound Art is a mobile music program that teaches children how to play instruments and create music.
August 15, 2012 YouTube is the most popular way for teenagers to listen to music. But CDs aren't dead yet.
The Songza app lets music lovers build playlists for almost any mood or situation, from "Unwinding After a Long Day" to "Cooking" or "Eating Dinner."
August 13, 2012 Wedding DJ Mary Nisi tries out Songza, an app that offers users ready-made playlists for almost any mood or situation. Nisi has one word of warning: Once you log in, she says, you may never put your phone down again.
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Horn players in the Camarillo Community Band.
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August 7, 2012 A group of some 60 volunteer musicians who play marches, jazz and show tunes have been giving free concerts for 27 years.
Young Buck, in happier times.
May 1, 2012 On today's show, we bring you three Planet Money radio stories.
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April 19, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the hidden world of immigrant smuggling, and ten modern classics that are most harmful to aspiring writers. In the second hour, former addict Bill Clegg talks about his struggles through recovery and his book, Ninety Days, and blues singer Guy Davis.
April 18, 2012 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, guest political junkie Matt Bai recaps the week in politics, and news from the Summit of the Americas. In the second hour, 'The Byrds' frontman Roger McGuinn performs, and the future of 'Google Glasses.'
A cyclist uses a fader to manipulate music, on Cogoo's Turntable Rider kit that blends DJ and BMX culture.
April 11, 2012 With sensors that translate the motions of a bike — turning the handlebars, spinning the wheels, etc. — into customizable sounds, the Turntable Rider "is an epic bicycle accessory which converts a bicycle into a musical instrument," according to Cogoo, the company that created the device.
Jay-Z and Beyonce in 2003 and 2011, aging well.
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December 18, 2011 Kurt Andersen writes in Vanity Fair about the recycling of culture, and specifically, how the 90s, '00s and today look incredibly similar. He's not wrong, says Sarah Handel. But it's also not entirely a bad thing.
Vocalist Mfa-Kera and guitarist Mike Russell performing from their album Talking Africa.
November 14, 2011 This month's music tip looks at vocalist Mfa-Kera and guitarist Mike Russell's latest album release, Talking Africa. The duo will be performing this Friday at Quasimodo.
June 1, 2011 The new book, The Power of Music: Pioneering Discoveries in the New Science of Song, explores many questions including: Do other species enjoy music? The Thai Elephant Orchestra and Snowball the Cockatoo offer proof that they can.
Ever come across this scene while shopping?
April 20, 2011 Aside from fancy eateries and concert venues, clothing stores also provide music from live musicians... Or, at least, Nordstrom does. But some in-store piano players are getting laid off in L.A. Could the reduction in these musicians signify a cultural change?
March 17, 2011 Soul-jazz lost one of its pioneers Tuesday. Melvin Sparks died at his home in Mount Vernon New York. He was one of the originators of the genre, and then again enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s.
With a combination of a violin and trumpet in hand, this street musician shouldn't have a problem competing for customers with others.
January 13, 2011 Buskers are all around -- we see (and hear) them on street corners and underground while waiting for a train. But what does it take for them to draw in a crowd and keep gigs entertaining? A street cellist lays down some rules for street performers.
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