Bobby McFerrin

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2014

    Things Bands Do That Keep Promoters From Booking Them

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    Taylor McFerrin on Working With His Dad (Yep...Bobby)

    "The album took me way longer to finish than I anticipated so just the feeling of letting go of the music has been personally rewarding," says the Brooklyn-based Taylor McFerrin about Early Riser, his debut long-player for Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder stable. "Now I feel like a fool for not putting it ... More >>

  • Music

    June 4, 2014

    The Best Jazz Shows in June

    Blue Note Jazz Festival, Helen Sung Quartet, and more lead a great month for live jazz

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Jazz Shows in NYC This Month

    These are the best jazz shows in NYC in June.

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2013

    The Ultimate List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2013

    Get ready to plug this in your bookmarks, iCals, sticky notes, and religious shrines, because the ultimate guide to free summer concerts in New York City is here! Seriously, scroll down and don't be stingy - share with your friends. Concerts aren't fun without friends. Just ask the lucky gal above e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    100 & Single: Three Rules To Define The Term "One-Hit Wonder" In 2012

    You could hear the sigh of relief among pop fans a couple of weeks ago, when Carly Rae Jepsen's single with Owl City, "Good Time," broke into the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100. In his weekly chart roundup, veteran columnist Paul Grein remarked, "'Good Time' is an appropriately positive title for a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2012

    Miles Davis (2) And Public Enemy (7) Go At It In SOTC's March Madness

    ​Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week, with battles in the Round of 32 daily. Keep up with all the action here. In round one of Sound Of The City's March Madness, jazzmaster Miles Davis dispatched Cyndi Lauper with tonally perfect blo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    The Grammys' 53 Record Of The Year Winners, In Order

    53. Phil Collins, "Another Day in Paradise" [1991] 52. The 5th Dimension, "Up, Up and Away" [1968] 51. Olivia Newton-John, "I Honestly Love You" [1975] 50. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On" [1999] 49. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, "A Taste of Honey" [1966] 48. Bobby McFerrin, "Don't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2011

    Radio Hits One: How The Whistle Became Pop's Secret Weapon Of 2011

    ​After Billboard released its 2011 year-end charts on Friday I pored over them, looking for patterns and trends with which I could make sense of the year in pop. If someone asked you to pinpoint "the sound of popular music in 2011," there are countless fads and running themes that you could po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Happy People Look Younger

    Ageless, really. Sexless, too.​According to new scientific research, "happy faces" are the hardest to read for an accurate age estimate, reports MSNBC. Not only can smiles and laughs cover up (or camouflage) age wrinkles with happiness-wrinkles, smiling faces have "a halo effect," which means ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2011

    The Seven Worst Songs Of All Time

    ​Whenever these tunes get played, I hide under a rock for four minutes--actually, five, just for safety's sake. They are easily the seven worst songs in history. (7) Mr. Roboto by Styx. I would have ranked this a little higher, but its sheer kitschy audacity, pulled off in a sort of nouvea ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 25, 2011
  • Voice Choices

    May 25, 2011


    This festival means business

  • Music

    June 22, 2010

    Jazz Vocalist Theo Bleckmann, Singing Inside Out

    The adventurous Murray Hill resident takes his toys very seriously

  • News

    November 5, 2008
  • Music

    June 27, 2006

    Nostalgia = Death: Gay Pride, Gay Shame Part 2

    A podcast of a more experimental bent

  • Music

    January 25, 2005

    Harmonies and Abysses

    Across the sky sheet the impossible birds in a steady illiterate movement homewards

  • Music

    August 31, 2004
  • Music

    May 25, 2004

    Band in My Head

    How Mojo, Bitches Brew, and Butch Morris inspired a funktional African American family unit

  • Music

    February 24, 2004

    Mr. Uptown And Mr. Downtown

    They're miles ahead of the competition, and the hip thing should be to dig both of them

  • Dance

    February 19, 2002
  • Music

    November 13, 2001
  • NYC Life

    September 4, 2001

    Same Ol’ Blues

    Jazz Mainstreams Into Fall

  • Music

    June 13, 2000

    Playback’s a Bitch

    Matmos: Where Art Worlds Collide

  • Music

    June 6, 2000

    MJQ (1952–99) r.i.p.

    The Longest Running Ensemble in Jazz History Makes Its Last Stop

  • Dance

    May 23, 2000

    Outside the Box

    The Art of the Matter

  • News

    August 17, 1999

    Black Bouquet

    African American choreography blooms in city parks and theaters