Empty OrchestraHosted by: Angelica Vergel, Amanda McCleod
Live Sunday at 3:00 pm
About the ShowEmpty Orchestra explores the dynamic relationship between song and singer in the context of karaoke. Karaoke is that performative, vulnerable act that enables its participants to form a deeper, momentary connection with the music they love. When one karaokes, one becomes larger than the full sum of oneself and evolves into something more, bolstered and emboldened by the power of an audience, a microphone, and a moment on the stage. We will be exploring what exactly makes a great karaoke song, how we’ve overcome stage fright and embraced the duality of vulnerability and commanding power that comes with karaoke’s unique form of expression. We’ll be talking all time best songs, worst songs, best performances, best duets, best karaoke locations in the city and in Brooklyn, and even about the history of karaoke itself. Listeners are encouraged to call-in, request, and of course sing!
About Angelica Vergel, Amanda McCleod
Now this is a story all about how
Two girls got turnt and shit went down
We’d like to take a minute just sit right there
We’ll tell you how we grabbed the mics and let down our hair
One night on st mark’s we got turnt
Had to get off the streets before we got burnt
Ended up at karaoke it seemed kinda cool
Both of us were worried we’d look like fools
Just a couple of girls
Who were up to no good
Startin making music in a private room
Just took one little song
And we felt like stars
We said we’re spending every weekend in karaoke bars
The more we did it the more it became clear
Couldn’t stop thinking of tunes we wanted to hear
Get our hands on the mic and punch that code in
No matter what the score no way you don’t win
Pulled out all the stops and mastered our craft
Survivor, the Cure, Bonnie Tyler, Fleetwood Mac
Singin in the lab to perfect the formula
As the conductors of Empty Orchestra!
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Empty Orchestra Episode 82 - "Karaoke Marathon part 2"
by Angelica Vergel on July 21, 2017 at 20:00
Amanda and Angelica are back at it again! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 81 - "Florida Karaoke!"
by Angelica Vergel on July 7, 2017 at 20:00
Amanda flies solo with a set all about Florida and a karaoke challenge of Florida based bands. Featuring a dreamy set of songs selected by Amanda and Angelica that reminded them of their once home, the sunshine state! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 80 - "80's Karaoke!"
by Angelica Vergel on July 6, 2017 at 23:11
Amanda and Angelica are joined by Radio Free Brooklyn founder and host of Frequency Theory, Tom Tenney, as they celebrate their 80th episode with a show dedicated to the 1980's! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 79 - Piano Karaoke with Mark!
by Angelica Vergel on June 16, 2017 at 20:00
Amanda and Angelica are joined by Mark Piro for Empty Orchestra's first edition of live piano karaoke on the radio! We interview Mark about his experience playing Sid Gold's Request Room (165 W 26th St), how he came to be a karaoke piano player, and of course sing live karaoke on the radio! Be sure to check this episode out and catch Mark behind the keys at Sid Gold's Request Room every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 78 - "Reflections of a 12-hour Karaoke Marathon"
by Angelica Vergel on June 9, 2017 at 19:00
We recapped Angelica's 12-hour karaoke birthday marathon. A LOT to discuss! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 77 - "Quartets"
by Angelica Vergel on June 9, 2017 at 19:00
It's the beginning of the fourth season of Empty Orchestra on Radio Free Brooklyn! We celebrate with playing our favorite quartets! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 76 - "Mmm Food pt. 2"
by Angelica Vergel on May 19, 2017 at 20:00
Amanda and Angelica revisit food as a theme in karaoke in celebration of Amanda's new food centric radio show, Reciprocity Radio! We are also joined by Pan, host of Pandemoneum on Radio Free Brooklyn! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 75 - "Birthday Karaoke"
by Angelica Vergel on May 13, 2017 at 03:55
Angelica and Amanda celebrate a slew of spring birthdays with an episode all about birthday karaoke! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 74 - "Arena Rock"
by Angelica Vergel on May 9, 2017 at 02:07
Amanda and Angelica are joined by special guests Amberly, Butch, Andy, and Lauren to discuss the much loved karaoke genre, Arena Rock! Get ready to rock as we discuss what makes Arena Rock so great, debate over "Don't Stop Believing", and sing the hits from Kiss, Queen, Boston, and more! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 73 "MTV's 120 Minutes"
by Angelica Vergel on April 28, 2017 at 20:00
Angelica is in the studio alone and is playing music featured in MTV's 120 Minutes! Amanda calls in from Chicago and her brunch crew karaokes' The Cure's Boys Don't Cry! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 72 "Money!"
by Angelica Vergel on April 21, 2017 at 19:00
Amanda and Angelica chat about karaoke the night before; Angelica gets mansplain after she karaokes; Amanda reads the hip hop playlist; and RFB's Elann (Lost & Rewound) calls in and karaoke's Mo Money Mo Problems! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 71 "The Weather!"
by Angelica Vergel on April 18, 2017 at 02:45
Amanda and Angelica continue their April celebration with a show all about the weather! Sun, rain, wind, April has it all and so does our set and karaoke challenge! […]
Pot Luck Dinner with Amanda
by Angelica Vergel on April 14, 2017 at 20:00
Amanda of Radio Free Brooklyn's Empty Orchestra fills in for the bi-monthly Pot Luck Dinner slot with a set of dreamy, hazy, synthy songs inspired by the onset of Spring. Check out Empty Orchestra on Radio Free Brooklyn every Sunday at 3 p.m. → EmptyOrchestraRadio.com ←→ A.M. &larr […]
Burning Bridges fill-in with Amanda
by Angelica Vergel on April 9, 2017 at 08:46
A spur of the moment live fill-in guest set for Burning Bridges with Amanda from Empty Orchestra. […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 70 - "April Showers Bring May Flowers"
by Angelica Vergel on April 7, 2017 at 20:00
Angelica and Amanda celebrate April and spring with a bouquet of songs all about flowers! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 69 - "2 HOUR KARAOKE MARATHON!!"
by Angelica Vergel on March 31, 2017 at 20:00
Amanda and Angelica celebrate Empty Orchestra's 69th episode with a sexy 2 hour live karaoke marathon featuring fellow Radio Free Brooklyn hosts Jason Trachtenburg of Thought Patterns, Shane Gasteyer of Everybody Plays The Fool, Cooper Wilhem of Into The Dark, Elann Danziger of Lost and Rewound, and former Empty Orchestra guests Alex, Jamie, and Brad! We karaoke everything from Ludacris and Nine Inch Nails to Al Green and Boyz II Men. Don't miss out on this extra special, extra sexy karaoke extravaganza! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 68 - "Women's History Month"
by Angelica Vergel on March 25, 2017 at 00:12
Angelica and Amanda celebrate women's history month with a set of amazing female performers and and all female karaoke challenge! We sing, we share, and Amanda somehow survives her hangover! Don't miss out! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 67 - "IDGAF karaoke with Daniel!"
by Angelica Vergel on March 17, 2017 at 20:00
Angelica and Amanda are joined by Daniel Kelly of the NYC based band Moral Panic. We knocked back some tall boys, shot the shit, sang a lot of karaoke, and debuted two new tracks from Moral Panic's upcoming release on Slovenly Records! Moral Panic will be playing Saturday March 18th at Bar Matchless here in Brooklyn, so be there or be square? We don't give a fuck. […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 66 - "Karaoke from 20 years ago: 1997!"
by Angelica Vergel on March 10, 2017 at 22:00
Amanda and Angelica throw it back to 1997 with a playlist and karaoke challenge of our favorite songs from 20 years ago! We're joined by a special guest and we revisit some beloved radio hits from our youth, so don't miss out! […]
Empty Orchestra Episode 64 "Karaoke Tracks pt. 2"
by Angelica Vergel on February 24, 2017 at 21:00
Amanda and Angelica revisit one of Empty Orchestra's earliest themes "karaoke tracks" or songs that we think sound like karaoke backing tracks! We broke out the turntables and dusted off our record collections to bring you a set of dreamy, synthy songs for your listening pleasure. […]