Lawsuits, spare change and a No. 1 hit featuring a New York subway singer: Join us as we go inside the world of street performers in two major American cities, and ask what role public art should have in modern urban planning.
Hosted by Eric Brandner and Davin Coburn, The Underscore is a podcast exploring and explaining the quirky side of American culture. On this week’s episode, we look at the life of a busker in the era of Spotify, the lawsuit one Washington, D.C., performer brought against the transit system to be able to play in the Metro, and the New York City program overseen by the MTA to bring music to the masses there.
- Want to know where you can hear some of those MTA musicians perform? Here’s the map, as well as a list of acts added to the roster this year.
- Here are a few of our favorite recent street performances. Got one of your own?
Thanks to D.C.-area performer Alex Young, Busking Project founder Nick Broad, Sandra Bloodworth and Lydia Bradshaw of the MTA (which recently published a new book, “New York’s Underground Art Museum“), and to entertainer Damon C. Scott.
- Episode 1: Ruckus and How Slang Spreads
- Episode 2: An Invisible Girlfriend
- Episode 3: Marrying Off Your Friends