June 24, 2011, 1pm PDT
When other musicians opt to romanticize L.A. with images of Hollywood and Malibu mansions, pop band Death Cab for Cutie captures the opposite in the music video for their new single, "Home Is A Fire."
Sustainable Cities Collective
April 28, 2011, 1pm PDT
A new website offers a compelling way to understand cities through sound. It combines audio feeds from city police radios with ambient music.
March 28, 2011, 11am PDT
To kick off its Legacy Plan update process, the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, NC planning board made a music video featuring an original song, a bluegrass band and some familiar scenes.
January 15, 2011, 5am PST
<em>The Polis Blog</em> presents a huge list of "urban favorites" -- songs, movies, initiatives and places that explain or highlight the best of the world's urban areas.
December 9, 2010, 9am PST
While there may not be popular songs specifically mentioning urban planning, there are many songs about cities and the impact of planning decisions. Here are my 10 of favorites.
September 27, 2010, 1pm PDT
It depends on your criteria, says Aaron M. Renn. A golden age of accessibility and consumption? Yes. But is it better to be in an era of plenty, or an era of creation and discovery?
September 21, 2010, 1pm PDT
Finnish architect Tuomas Toivonen has just released an album of urbanism- and architecture-themed rap songs.
August 19, 2010, 11am PDT
The new album by Arcade Fire is themed around suburban sprawl, offering an interesting commentary on city planning and development.
February 12, 2010, 2pm PST
Due to its pounding beat and often sexual themes, funk music has been banned from Carnival by the mayor of a small Brazilian town.
December 16, 2009, 8am PST
Geoff Manaugh of <em>BLDGBLOG</em> joins WFMU's DJ/Rupture as a guest selecter, offering some musical picks and discussion about the architecture of sound -- and the sound of architecture.
November 17, 2009, 6am PST
This chart from the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto looks at North America's musical epicenters -- cities where the most music is produced.
September 8, 2009, 9am PDT
Here's another way to rank your city- the Society of American Travel Writers surveyed their members on the Top 10 cities to see live music. New Orleans comes in over Austin, home of the famed SXSW festival.
Society of American Travel Writers
June 18, 2009, 4pm PDT
On my way to work this morning, I was listening to an interview with the band Blitzen Trapper
on my iPod. They’ve got a beautiful song called ‘Furr’; the sound echoes 1970s folk rock- and roots influences like English folk, country and bluegrass. Anyway, Eric Early, the main songwriter, got my attention with his answer to this question:
INTERVIEWER: Obviously ‘American music’ means different things to different people. What does it mean to you?
September 26, 2008, 6am PDT
The Austin City Limits music festival, held at the city's major public park, has inspired other cities to invite festivals to their parks, despite the inherent challenges.
March 26, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>A 15-member "live music task force" will begin work to try to encourage the growth of a musical economy in Austin, Texas.</p>
March 23, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Pianos have popped up in random public places in Birmingham, England -- a public art installation that passively invites passersby to take a seat and tickle the ivory.</p>
March 2, 2008, 11am PST
<p>Austin's South by Southwest music conference and festival is expected to bring nearly $100 million to the city -- more than double last year's amount.</p>
Austin American Statesman