Q&A with Sarah Jarosz, a folk, country, bluegrass prodigy all grown up

Sarah Jarosz

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Sarah Jarosz accomplished more by the time she started college than many musicians do in a lifetime.

At the age of 12, she was a renowned mandolin player who performed onstage with bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs.

By 16, she had a record deal. A few years later, she learned about her first Grammy nomination in her freshman dorm.

Jarosz is now 22 and recently released her third album,...

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Q&A with Jordan Lee of Mutual Benefit

Jordan Lee of Mutual Benefit

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About a dozen musicians play everything from banjo to violin to keyboards on Mutual Benefit's debut album, "Love's Crushing Diamond." But Mutual Benefit, a lush, chamber-folk act with elements of Sufjan Stevens and Elliott Smith, is really the vision of one person: Brooklyn's Jordan Lee.

Originally meant to be heard mostly by friends, his album is finding a wider audience since being picked...

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Q&A with Dum Dum Girls' Dee Dee Penny

Dee Dee Penny of the Dum Dum Girls.

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Many of the songs on Dum Dum Girls' last two releases, "Only in Dreams" and "End of Daze," were written as singer Dee Dee Penny coped with the death of her mother.

Penny considers the group's new album, "Too True," a fresh start. But it didn't come easy.

In the midst of recording it, Penny lost her voice. Now fully recovered, Dum Dum Girls are taking their blend of '60s girl group pop,...

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Q&A with David Crosby: Folk legend returns with 'Croz'

David Crosby

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2014 is shaping up to be a busy year for David Crosby.

The folk-rock legend just released "Croz," his first solo album in 20 years. He's also putting the finishing touches on a three-CD, one-DVD set from Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 1974 tour, and preparing for new dates with CSN.

amNewYork spoke with Crosby as he kicked off a solo tour that will feature his new album in its entirety...

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Super Bowl concerts kick off in New York City

Haley Williams

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Things rarely go well when music and football mix.

Sure, there have been some memorable halftime shows, but more often you get cheesy theme songs by Carrie Underwood or Hank Williams Jr., or Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction. But this week, lots of great music is coming to New York because of the Super Bowl.

Here's a look at some notable concerts, both large and intimate. Many are...

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GlobalFEST brings a world of music to New York City

Hassen Hakmoun will be performing at globalFEST on

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Now in its 11th year, the globalFEST world music festival was originally created as a cultural response to 9/11.

Its mission is to bring down boundaries between countries and pave the way for artists, governments and scholars from around the world to collaborate with one another.

This year's festival features 12 artists on three stages, encompassing African blues, the music of India's...

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Q&A with legendary soul singer Bobby Womack

Bobby Womack has died at age 70, his

Soul legend Bobby Womack may not have performed with every single important musician of the 1960s and '70s, but it sure seems that way.

His career first took off while working with Sam Cooke. He later performed with The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley and Aretha Franklin, to name a few.

The 69-year-old singer was essentially retired when Gorillaz's Damon Albarn asked him...

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Holiday Cheer for FUV: The call of Calexico


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Fordham University’s WFUV has been a mainstay on the New York radio dial for more than 65 years. These days, the non-commercial station is one of the only places to hear up-and-coming singer-songwriters and indie rockers.

Tuesday, some of those artists, including jazzy folk-rocker Iron & Wine, new wave legend Nick Lowe and southwestern band Calexico, will take part in the ninth annual...

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Q&A with Matthew E. White, founder of Spacebomb records

Matthew E. White

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When soul and jazz-influenced singer-songwriter Matthew E. White put together the group that recorded his debut album, "Big Inner," he wasn't just looking to form a band. He was trying to build a community.

He did exactly that, partnering with his fellow musicians to create Spacebomb Records, a label and recording studio with house band, in his hometown of Richmond, Va.


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Q&A with Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield

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For a time in the early '80s, Rick Springfield was inescapable.

He had multiple Top 10 singles, including the No. 1 hit "Jessie's Girl," starred on the soap opera "General Hospital" and the 1984 film "Hard to Hold."

Springfield took much of the late '80 and early '90s off to raise a family and battle depression. While he has been touring again for more than...

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