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New Sounds Home for the musically curious. Serving hand-picked, genre-free music 24/7, from New York Public Radio.
New Sounds is here because we’re curious and excited about music. You’re probably here for the same reason. We created New Sounds for people who love the surprise that comes from discovering something new. But with almost everything ever recorded anywhere now available online, where do you start? This might be the place. We try to be friendly and jargon free, and gleefully oblivious of genre. Our goal is to find the artists, the songs, and the sounds that you might love – if only you get a chance to hear them.

05/16/2019

Drummer, composer, and modular synth experimenter Qasim Naqvi (of Dawn of Midi) plays some of his suite "Teenages" – a non-soundtrack work that aims to capture the sounds of living, breathing electronics with subtle, sparing guidance.

05/14/2019

With his heavy horn section, electric backing vocals and a crack band, Nick Waterhouse serves up a neo-noir concoction of modern rhythm and blues with surf-rock, in-studio.

Latest podcast is with German-Canadian-English singer/songwriter Alice Merton who crafts dance-pop tunes with punchy-fun...
05/09/2019
Singer Alice Merton Writes Songs So We Feel Good | Soundcheck

Latest podcast is with German-Canadian-English singer/songwriter Alice Merton who crafts dance-pop tunes with punchy-funk basslines, swirling synths and guitars. She plays songs from her debut, MINT, in-studio. Listen or download.

German-Canadian-English singer/songwriter Alice Merton plays dance-pop songs from her debut, MINT, in-studio.

05/07/2019

Songwriter, keyboardist, and vocalist Heather Woods Broderick (Efterklang, Horse Feathers, Sharon Van Etten.) grapples with being unsettled on the inside, and moving closer to peace on her latest record, “Invitation”. She plays some of those songs in-studio.

We're live at 12:30 with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi. They'll play tunes from the brand new collaborative rec...
05/02/2019

We're live at 12:30 with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi. They'll play tunes from the brand new collaborative record, 'there is no Other', #instudio. Listen live via http://bit.ly/2Ja81kc

05/01/2019

Through his band THE EELS, singer/songwriter Mark Oliver Everett has drawn on the tragedy and turmoil in his life and counters it with humor and hope. “E”, as he is known, joins us in-studio to play some stripped-down versions of his songs and tell tales.

04/30/2019

German-Canadian-English singer/songwriter Alice Merton crafts dance-pop tunes with punchy-funk basslines, swirling synths and chiming guitars. She plays songs from her debut, ‘MINT’, in-studio.

Latest podcast is with Andrew Bird, the multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, TED talk giver, songwriter, and top-n...
04/29/2019
Andrew Bird Creates Beauty and Endures | Soundcheck Podcast

Latest podcast is with Andrew Bird, the multi-instrumentalist, composer, vocalist, TED talk giver, songwriter, and top-notch whistler. He plays songs from 'My Finest Work Yet' #instudio. Listen/D'load or Watch the session.

Andrew Bird engages with both beauty and terror and goes into the depths of the intimacy between adversaries on his latest, cheekily titled 'My Finest Work Yet'. He joins us in-studio.

04/23/2019

Tabla master Zakir Hussain and sitar virtuoso Niladri Kumar, along with peerless jazzer Eric Harland on Western drums, make musical magic in-studio, delivering thrilling jams as a preview of their #MastersofPercussion Tour, which stops at The Town Hall on Wed. April 24.

Our latest podcast is with the NYC-based orchestral collective, The Knights, who perform a new work by Syrian clarinetis...
04/22/2019
New Chamber Music by Kinan Azmeh and The Knights

Our latest podcast is with the NYC-based orchestral collective, The Knights, who perform a new work by Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh كنان العظمة and a not-so-new work by Vivaldi, in-studio. Listen or Download.

The NYC-based orchestral collective, The Knights, perform a new work by Syrian clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh and a not-so-new work by Vivaldi, in-studio.

04/19/2019

Hear brand-new tropical psych-rock from Combo Chimbita, a quartet from New York City by way of Colombia. They bring their future-funk-psych-cumbia dance party to play in-studio.

04/19/2019
The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR

The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR

🎹 🔥 April 24! Don't miss Arturo O'Farrill's final performance as our artist-in-residence! He'll premiere a new genre-bending piece with the @afrolatinjazz orchestra. Grab tickets: http://bit.ly/2PczmTK

New music for staying warm from Montreal cellist and composer, Justin Wright, via Sleepless Records  and First Terrace R...
04/17/2019

New music for staying warm from Montreal cellist and composer, Justin Wright, via Sleepless Records and First Terrace Records, "swaddle[s] the brain’s pleasure sensors in frequent moments of pure hygge." Listen #DailyDiscovery
https://spoti.fi/2KUAmO6 OR http://bit.ly/2vaejYM

Ellen Reid is this year's Pulitzer Prize winner for Music, and Aretha Franklin receives a posthumous Special Citation fr...
04/15/2019
Weekly Music Roundup: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Composer Ellen Reid And Immigrant Songs

Ellen Reid is this year's Pulitzer Prize winner for Music, and Aretha Franklin receives a posthumous Special Citation from the Pulitzer Board. Plus, hear immigrant songs from T-Bone Burnett and Sinkane, and new music from Black Belt Eagle Scout.

This week, hear immigrant songs from T-Bone Burnett and Sinkane, plus Ellen Reid wins the Pulitzer Prize winner for Music, and Aretha Franklin's Special Citation.

Latest hour-long show is a guided tour through Žibuoklė Martinaitytė's work, "In Search of Lost Beauty." She invites ...
04/12/2019
#4225: With Žibuoklė Martinaitytė | New Sounds

Latest hour-long show is a guided tour through Žibuoklė Martinaitytė's work, "In Search of Lost Beauty." She invites listener to search for beauty by paying attention – and here she gives a listener time for the chance to pay attention to detail- throughout the long narrative arc of the piece. Starkland

New York-based Lithuanian composer Žibuoklė Martinaitytė presents 'In Search of Lost Beauty'.

Our latest podcast is with Helado Negro, whose atmospheric, intimate pop pulses with gentle power. He performs music fro...
04/08/2019

Our latest podcast is with Helado Negro, whose atmospheric, intimate pop pulses with gentle power. He performs music from his latest, 'This Is How You Smile', #instudio. Listen/Download: http://bit.ly/2YV1peW

Latest show: Steve Reich joins John to talk "Reich/Richter"(premiering at The Shed on Sat., April 6) and hear "Runner" p...
04/05/2019
#4222: With Steve Reich

Latest show: Steve Reich joins John to talk "Reich/Richter"(premiering at The Shed on Sat., April 6) and hear "Runner" performed by Ensemble Signal. Listen also to contrasting and complimentary works by Caroline Shaw, Daniel Thorne, and Emily Wells.

Listen to the latest music by and an interview with influential composer Steve Reich, plus contrasting and complimentary works by Caroline Shaw, Daniel Thorne, and Emily Wells.

04/05/2019

Hear the 'audio gold' sampled by the electronic duo Matmos and their unusually-sourced music made entirely from plastics - pinpricks of bubble wrap, a police riot shield, silicone gel breast implants and synthetic human fat. They perform in-studio.

Latest #SoundcheckPodcast is with London trio The Comet is Coming. They play their cosmic funky dance jazz, in-studio. C...
04/01/2019
Cosmic Funk by The Comet Is Coming | Soundcheck | New Sounds

Latest #SoundcheckPodcast is with London trio The Comet is Coming. They play their cosmic funky dance jazz, in-studio. Caution - they caused the first ever jazz mosh pit at #SXSW this past March. Listen/Download...

London-based trio The Comet Is Coming makes rooms of people dance, incorporating electronic music, hip hop, psych, and rock. They play their sweaty cosmic funky dance jazz, in-studio.

Latest show is new music for March, featuring new music for traditional Korean instruments by 박지하 Park Jiha, Tuare...
03/29/2019
#4219: New Releases, March 2019 | New Sounds

Latest show is new music for March, featuring new music for traditional Korean instruments by 박지하 Park Jiha, Tuareg music of TARTIT, oud player Waed Bouhassoun , وعد بوحسون , and guitar joy by Canadian composer Emily Hall for Bradyworks / Instruments of Happiness. Plus, new work by Indian-American Reena Esmail, Composer, Cameroonian singer BLICK BASSY, and L.A. polymath Dexter Story/Wondem.

03/27/2019

Writer, actor, political activist, and rebel-country troubadour Steve Earle is also a fan of great Texas songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark. He plays tunes by Guy Clark, in-studio.

Discover new music this week by Josephine Wiggs (The Breeders) - her ambient piano work, electronic music from The Edito...
03/26/2019
Weekly Music Roundup: Mdou Moctar and Josephine Wiggs | Soundcheck | New Sounds

Discover new music this week by Josephine Wiggs (The Breeders) - her ambient piano work, electronic music from The Editors, cosmic music by Sharkmuffin, and the fuzzed-out Tuareg guitar of Saharan rocker Mdou Moctar.

Week of March 25: This week, an ambient Breeder, electronic Editors, cosmic Sharkmuffin, and the fuzzed-out Tuareg guitar of Saharan rocker Mdou Moctar.

03/20/2019

Miami-born, New York-based songwriter and electronic musician Helado Negro, (the artist Roberto Carlos Lange) makes spacey folky electro-pop that pulses with the gentle power of loving and being loved. He performs music from his latest, 'This Is How You Smile', in-studio.

Listen to music by innovators like Ethiopian Lady with the Krar, Asnakech Worku - Une grande dame d'Ethiopie, Taarab mus...
03/15/2019
Glory to Women II: More Groundbreaking Musicians From Around the World | New Sounds | New Sounds

Listen to music by innovators like Ethiopian Lady with the Krar, Asnakech Worku - Une grande dame d'Ethiopie, Taarab musicians Siti & The Band, Portuguese Guitar virtuoso Marta Pereira da Costa, Swedish nyckelharper and fiddler of the realm Emilia Amper, Tuvan vocalist Sainkho Namtchylak, and others.

Some of these musicians play instruments or perform in traditional styles usually reserved for men. Here are innovators Asnakech Worku, Siti Amina, Marta Periera da Costa, and others.

Latest podcast is with drummer and composer, Allison Miller. She and her band Boom Tic Boom play some cavorting chamber-...
03/11/2019
Crafty, Charismatic Chamber Jazz of Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom | Soundcheck

Latest podcast is with drummer and composer, Allison Miller. She and her band Boom Tic Boom play some cavorting chamber-jazz in-studio from "Glitter Wolf", #instudio. Listen/Download via your favorite Podcast distributor.

New York-based drummer and composer, Allison Miller and her band Boom Tic Boom perform in-studio.

Listen to music from Mbira Queen Stella Chiweshe, kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh, mischievous electronic music by Juana Mol...
03/08/2019
Glory to Women: Groundbreaking Musicians From Around the World | New Sounds

Listen to music from Mbira Queen Stella Chiweshe, kora virtuoso Sona Jobarteh, mischievous electronic music by Juana Molina, and music for Syrian kanun by Maya Youssef in this roundup of musicians who happen to be women: http://bit.ly/2XKF3wa

New Sounds highlights trailblazing musicians who happen to be women, some playing instruments traditionally reserved for men, all with remarkable stories. Here are just a few.

03/06/2019
Live In Studio: Elisapie

Inuk folk-pop singer and songwriter, Elisapie, is from the Far North, and her music draws from and takes pride in her Inuit and First Nations origins –– while also journeying through some heavy emotional territory. She’ll play songs from her recent record, “The Ballad of the Runaway Girl” in-studio.

This Wednesday, Mar 6, Bang on a Can's 2019 People's Commissioning Fund invites all of North America to dance with world...
03/05/2019
Ecstatic Music Festival: 2019 Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

This Wednesday, Mar 6, Bang on a Can's 2019 People's Commissioning Fund invites all of North America to dance with world premieres by four composers from Canada, Mexico and the United States – Nicole Lizée, Josué Collado Fregoso, Henry Threadgill, and Trevor Weston. With classic music by Bang on a Can composers Annie Gosfield, Arnold Dreyblatt and Glenn Branca.

Ecstatic Music Festival: 2019 Bang on a Can People's Commissioning Fund Concert

02/28/2019
Live In Studio: Amanda Palmer

Singer, writer, pianist, and activist Amanda Palmer performs intimate, depressing, dark, sad songs from her forthcoming “five hanky” record, There Will Be No Intermission.

02/27/2019
Live in Studio: Emily Wells feat. Metropolis Ensemble

Composer and producer Emily Wells works in the spaces between art-pop and neoclassical chamber music using synths, strings, french horn, and beats. Wells and the New York-based Metropolis Ensemble join us in-studio to perform swirling and dramatic songs from her latest, "This World Is Too _____ For You".

It's the return of TARTIT, (whose name means ‘union’) from Mali, made up of four women who sing and play percussion ...
02/26/2019

It's the return of TARTIT, (whose name means ‘union’) from Mali, made up of four women who sing and play percussion - led by singer Fadimata Walet Oumar, aka 'Disco', plus veiled male instrumentalists. This is "Leiliya" off the brand-new 2019 release "Amankor/The Exile" via World Music Network. #DailyDiscovery. Listen:
https://spoti.fi/2Sqygnj

New this week, new sounds from singer/songwriter Norah Jones, old sounds from guitarist/songwriter Patty Griffin, and wh...
02/26/2019
Weekly Music Roundup: Norah Jones and Aldous Harding

New this week, new sounds from singer/songwriter Norah Jones, old sounds from guitarist/songwriter Patty Griffin, and whistling from violinist/songwriter Andrew Bird. http://bit.ly/2tEIVB2

Week of Feb. 25: This week, new music from Norah Jones, Aldous Harding, and Wilma Vritra. Plus, whistling from violinist/songwriter Andrew Bird.

Latest #SoundcheckPodcast is with Los Angeles trio Cherry Glazerr, who channel a bit of focused rockenroll rage at subse...
02/25/2019
Cherry Glazerr’s Soft and Sharp Power Pop | Soundcheck Podcast

Latest #SoundcheckPodcast is with Los Angeles trio Cherry Glazerr, who channel a bit of focused rockenroll rage at subservient roles and other topics from their latest, "Stuffed & Ready." Listen/Download: http://bit.ly/2tC1Zjf

Los Angeles trio Cherry Glazerr offers to sit with the demons within from the latest record, "Stuffed & Ready." They play in-studio.

02/22/2019
Live In Studio: Adia Victoria

Nashville-based singer-songwriter, guitarist, and poet Adia Victoria crafts Southern Gothic pop deeply rooted in the blues. She and her band perform new songs from her second album, “Silences”, in-studio.

ICYMI, hear music and stories from songwriter Rhiannon Giddens (Happy Birthday!), and the new collaborative supergroup O...
02/21/2019
New Sounds #4207 - Our Native Daughters, India.Arie, Rhiannon Giddens

ICYMI, hear music and stories from songwriter Rhiannon Giddens (Happy Birthday!), and the new collaborative supergroup Our Native Daughters (Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla and Amythyst Kiah). Plus, the band Algiers and India Arie: http://bit.ly/2GEAYEx

Listen to music and stories from the band Algiers, songwriter Rhiannon Giddens, and the new collaborative supergroup Our Native Daughters. Plus, music by India.Arie and more.

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