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In 2013, the Red Bull Music Academy set up shop in New York City. As with every Academy, we put on events throughout the city that both showcased the enormous talent of the participants as well as paid tribute to the huge impact that New York has had on music history. New York City’s first Culture Clash, Giorgio Moroder’s first US DJ gig, Brian Eno’s 77 Million Paintings exhibit, public lectures with Erykah Badu and James Murphy - it was a jam-packed collection of shows. Though the Red Bull Music Academy is moving on to Tokyo in 2014, we’re happy to announce the first annual Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. As a legacy to last year’s Academy, the month-long series of music and art events will become a yearly NYC tradition, starting this May. For the inaugural festival we've got a public lecture with D'Angelo, a street party celebrating dance music legend Larry Levan, David Byrne paying homage to William Onyeabor, Hudson Mohawke's first live show and much, much more. Website by OKFocus
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Hardcore Activity In Progress
LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - Regis

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - The Thing

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - clipping.

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - Gnaw

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - Bastard Noise

Recorded live at Knockdown Center during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2014 for RBMA Radio.

Hardcore Activity In Progress
LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - Regis

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - The Thing

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - clipping.

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - Gnaw

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano

LISTEN: Hardcore Activity In Progress - Bastard Noise

Recorded live at Knockdown Center during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2014 for RBMA Radio.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

A Class Of Its Own: RBMA Closing Night
Photos: Drew Gurian

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Monday, June 2, 2014
Mumdance - Lit City Grime MixLISTEN: Mumdance - Lit City Grime Mix (via RBMA Radio)

Mumdance - Lit City Grime Mix
LISTEN: Mumdance - Lit City Grime Mix (via RBMA Radio)

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Thursday, May 29, 2014
Hudson Mohawke & Friends

Photos: Lauren Gesswein

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

beat:repeat NYC | Blondie - Heart of Glass
People called Blondie “sellouts” when “Heart of Glass” hit it big. Guitarist and writer Chris Stein didn’t care. He knew they were onto something. Incorporating dance, rap, reggae and ’60s girl group sensibilities, Blondie catapulted new wave into the public eye. In this episode, Chris Stein remembers the dark and gritty New York that he once inhabited, and outlines the complicated technical process that went into making Blondie’s chart-topping hit.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014
The Haxan Cloak - Live at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
LISTEN: The Haxan Cloak - Live at Brooklyn Masonic Temple

Recorded live during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2014 for RBMA Radio.

Photo: Andrew Parks

The Haxan Cloak - Live at Brooklyn Masonic Temple
LISTEN: The Haxan Cloak - Live at Brooklyn Masonic Temple

Recorded live during the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York 2014 for RBMA Radio.

Photo: Andrew Parks

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

beat:repeat NYC | Man Parrish featuring Freeze Force - Boogie Down (Bronx)
Man Parrish was one of early hip hop and electro’s most eccentric characters. One of his biggest hits was composed to soundtrack a porn film called Heatstroke. When he performed at Studio 54, he was lowered from the ceiling. (Madonna was his opening act.) The song that got him started, “Boogie Down Bronx,” was created in one wild weekend at Man’s apartment on 14th & 9th in Manhattan. In this episode, both reminisce about the tune, while Parrish breaks out the 808 that made it happen.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

WATCH: A Conversation With D’Angelo
D’Angelo opens up about his career in a rare extensive interview as part of Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014
A Conversation With D’Angelo

Photos: Drew Gurian

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

beat:repeat NYC | Le Tigre - Deceptacon
Many use the drum machine because it sounds like the future, the utopian promise of technology. Le Tigre used it because it sounded cheap. In this episode, Johanna Fateman talks about the liberating quality that came from the not-so-future-perfect presets of the Alesis HR-16B and shows the hand-drawn notes that provided the basis for a dance punk classic.