Music

July 13, 2017, 6am PDT
More than 20 percent of New York's smaller music venues have closed in the past 15 years. Although Brooklyn institution Barbes was recently saved by a crowdfunding campaign, its founder is pessimistic about the future of New York's independent arts.
Soft City
May 26, 2017, 2pm PDT
The Bay Area agency had to extend service into the night hours when the show ran overtime.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 27, 2017, 12pm PDT
Like his father and great-uncle before him, 37-year-old Caracas native Guillermo Lares is using Venezuela's rural traditions to help himself and his contemporaries reflect on the country's current reality.
Soft City
March 28, 2017, 6am PDT
From London to Los Angeles, the punk movement was always an urban phenomenon. But punks needed to fight hard for a place in the cities they called home.
The Guardian
February 28, 2017, 1pm PST
Chicago Aldermen are considering an ordinance to outlaw street performances audible from more than 20 feet away, but in a segregated city, some fear that a quieter downtown might be more unwelcoming.
Chicagoist
February 27, 2017, 8am PST
One man's noise pollution is another man's symphony.
CityLab
January 26, 2017, 7am PST
An editorial in Crain's suggests that by not taking full advantage of its history with the Blues, Chicago is wasting a precious cultural resource and missing an opportunity for tourism dollars.
Crain's Chicago Business
October 14, 2016, 5am PDT
Famed musician Wynton Marsalis recently spoke with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx about the connections between music and transportation.
Facebook Video
September 28, 2016, 2pm PDT
In a review of Jonathan F.P. Rose's new book, 'The Well-Tempered City,' Chuck Wolfe enthusiastically endorses Rose's refreshing world view.
The Huffington Post
August 23, 2016, 5am PDT
An architect known as the Hip-Hop Architect explains how the planning decisions of the 20th century served as muse and breeding ground for the multi-million-dollar industry of hip hop.
Fader
Blog post
January 22, 2016, 8am PST

Musicians from all varieties of musical genres spent the past year pondering, celebrating, and complicating our perception of places.

James Brasuell
May 31, 2015, 5am PDT
With its eclectic music scene, Asheville, North Carolina is a popular spot for street musicians. They can bring a vibrancy the town might suffer without. But some residents fear a rise in panhandling and homelessness.
The New York Times
Blog post
December 24, 2014, 1pm PST

A list of personal favorites—music that expressed more than research or rhetoric can about the places where we live, work, and play.

James Brasuell
February 25, 2014, 10am PST
James Murphy has composed a “Subway Symphony”—a unique set of notes for each station in NYC’s Metro system that would sound when users swipe their fare cards. “The busier a station becomes, the richer the harmonies would be.”
The Wall Street Journal
January 17, 2012, 5am PST
Is Stockholm the world capital of music? Richard Florida maps the geography of popular music using the announced lineup for the 2012 Coachella Music Festival.
The Atlantic Cities
December 23, 2011, 12pm PST
Brothers Hays and Ryan Holladay team up with Brooklyn-based developer, Bradley Feldman, to create a "location-aware album" app for Central Park.
ASLA's The Dirt blog
October 5, 2011, 10am PDT
Brazil's economic boom has revitalized the five-block Rua Augusta and turned it into a "cultural blast furnace," writes Vincent Bevins for the Los Angeles Times.
Los Angeles Times
July 21, 2011, 11am PDT
Observer music writers Pete Freeman and Daniel Hopkins debate the affects of suburban sprawl on the local music scene.
Dallas Observer
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.
99% Invisible