Hear and Now with Rachel C. on Radio Free Brooklyn
Hear and Now with Rachel C.
Hosted by Rachel Cleary. Hear and Now with Rachel C. is a weekly program centered around the unique experience of live performance. Just as Radio Free Brooklyn is unique in that it is a live streaming station, the Hear and Now show hopes to bring to the listener the unique experience that is experiencing art LIVE. Preselected recordings will be interspersed with live performances. Music, spoken word, and performance art will make their way through the internet airwaves to your ears every Thursday at 7, brought to you through the unique lens that is Rachel C’s brain.
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Category: Music, Talk


About Rachel Cleary

Rachel Cleary is a Brooklyn born, lifetime resident of the five boroughs with a love of live performance. While she is primarily known for her spoken word and storytelling performances, she has also made dozens of appearances on network television and independent film. Rachel has both performed and produced in off off Broadway theater productions. She is also a staff reporter for The Shadow Press. Rachel is currently the owner of Silkworm Studio and a project manager at Radio Free Brooklyn and is stoked to be finally hosting a show at RFB.



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  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. ((Rose and Chubby Album Release)
    by Rachel Cleary on December 10, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    On this edition of Hear and Now with Rachel C., Rachel welcomes Brer Brian and Tiff Kline to the program in celebration of the release of their musical collaboration, "Rose and Chubby". It's a full-length album of music with a bluegrass feel with an undeniably edgy twist and this hour features several live renditions from it. Rachel also talks with the artists about past projects, what led them to working together o this project as well as what's in store for the future. Hear and Now with RachelC. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday at 7PM Eastern Time. Listen →

  • Hear and Now Thanksgiving 2018
    by Rachel Cleary on November 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    This episode of Hear and Now with Rachel C., which aired on Thanksgiving 2018, is an hour-long playlist comprised exclusively of music from former guests of the show. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Nick Fowler)
    by Rachel Cleary on November 21, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Musician, songwriter, and author Nick Fowler joins Rachel C. on this edition of the program in celebration of his latest book, "My Virtuous Sister", scheduled for release in 2019. Nick shares his personal story and the story of the progression of his career from musician to author to musician and back again. Nick also shares some of his latest music via a live in-studio performance and talks about how his writing has influenced his music composition and vice versa. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday at 7PM Eastern Time. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Dick Zigun)
    by Rachel Cleary on November 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    On this episode of Hear and Now, Coney Island USA founder and program director Dick Zigun joins Rachel C. to discuss his latest endeavor, The Education of Al Capone As If Told By Jimmy Durante. While best known as the "Phony Mayor of Coney Island", Dick Zigun, a Yale-educated playwright, brings his knowledge of vaudeville and Brooklyn history to this interactive historical play depicting the story of how notorious gangster Al Capone became known as Scarface. For more information about the play, visit ConeyIsland.com. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live every Thursday at &PM Eastern on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Sal Cataldi, Michael West, and Doug Hitchcock)
    by Rachel Cleary on November 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm

    In this edition of Hear and Now, Sal Cataldi, Doug Hitchcock, and Michael West join Rachel C. in Rachel C.'s studios to talk about their upcoming show benefiting Malcolm Smart, who also joins the conversation via phone. The three discuss how they came to collaborate as musicians on the Brooklyn scene years ago and where the changes in the music industry have taken them. Music from prior projects like Frank's Museum and Hari Karaoke is shared along with current projects everyone is working on. This episode is a must listen to for anyone who loves New York rock n' roll history. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Matt Townsend and Eden James)
    by Rachel Cleary on October 26, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    Matt Townsend, host of Radio Free Brooklyn's The Rodent Hour, fills in for Rachel C. on this edition of the program, welcoming musician Eden James for an hour of performance and interview. Originally from Australia, James has toured internationally and is currently based in the U.K. He joins Matt as part in celebrating his latest release and performances scheduled in NYC. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Miles Megaciph)
    by Rachel Cleary on October 23, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    Emcee, writer, poet, and activist Miles Megaciph joins Rachel C. in Radio Free Brooklyn's studio on this edition of Hear and Now. Miles not only performs live, but discusses the healing power of writing and performing. A former Marine, Miles Megaciph is involved in the We Are Not Your Soldiers project, an anti-military recruitment campaign which came out of the World Can't Wait movement. Hear and Now with Rachel C. stream live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday at 7PM Eastern. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. featuring the Microsessions Project
    by Rachel Cleary on September 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm

    This edition of Hear and Now features the participating artists of the September 2018 installment of the Microsessions project, otherwise known as "speed dating for music enthusiasts". Developed by Paul Schomer in Austin, Microsessions gives audience members the opportunity to have multiple new musical experiences in one evening. Paul, along with Ryan Egan, Kwame Brandt-Pierce, Christina Cavazos, and members of Bethlehem Steel appear on the show to discuss the evolution of Microsessions and how they came to be a part of the project. Each participant provides a live on air musical performance similar to what one experiences during the Microsessions event, for a truly unique live performance experience. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday at 7PM eastern. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (Life Got You Facepalmin' Playlist)
    by Rachel Cleary on September 15, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    Life have you facepalming? Rachel C. hosts this hour-long musical journey to help you lower that paw and raise your head. Featuring music from some of her favorite generes: hip-hop, hard-driving rock n' roll, and damn near anything psychedelic. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday at 7PM Eastern Time. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Baba Israel)
    by Rachel Cleary on August 30, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    On this edition of Hear and Now, Soul Inscribed's Baba Israel returns to the program to discuss his newest project, CANNABIS. Inspired by the book, "Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana-Medical, Recreational, and Scientific" (Martin Lee, 2012) the show uses music and spoken word to trace the impact of the plant exploring social themes. The hour also includes music from the CANNABIS project; live freestyle; a talk on how cannabis has been a functioning form of the arts over generations; and upcoming plans for the show. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live every Thursday at 7 PM Eastern on Radio Free Bropoklyn. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Andie Aronow)
    by Rachel Cleary on August 15, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Women That Rock co-founder Andie Aronow joins Rachel C. in the studio for this edition of Hear and Now. Their discussion on the creation of and services provided by the platform, the need for platform providing a voice for women in music, and Andie's professional background are set to a backdrop of music written and performed by women. The ever-evolving landscape of the music industry and the role of platforms like Women That Rock are just some of what you'll discover in this insightful hour. Hear and Now with Rachel C streams live every Thursday at 7PM Eastern on www.radiofreebrooklyn.org. For more information on Women That Rock, visit womenthatrock.co Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (F@&$ Fascism Music Hour)
    by Rachel Cleary on August 3, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Join Rachel C. for this hour of protest and anti fascist tunes, fraturing a few classics but primarily newer music from newer artists. The revolution in musical terms didn't end in the 1970s. It's alive and well in this colorful hour. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday evening at 7:00 Eastern Tim Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with The Bee Bee Sea)
    by Rachel Cleary on August 3, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    Italian psych rockers The Bee Bee Sea join Rachel C. in the studio for a live performance and interview on this edition of the program. The band describes the evolution of their sound, their experiences playing across Europe and the current North American tour. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday evening at 7:00 Eastern Time. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Grex)
    by Rachel Cleary on July 26, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    On this edition of Hear and Now, Oakland based group Grex joins Rachel C. in Radio Free Brooklyn's studio for a live performance and interview. With a sound that denies typical genre tropes and insightful lyrics, Grex is a group that will light up the mind. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live every Thursday at 7:00PM Eastern on radiofreebrooklyn.org Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C (with Mike Cobb and Justin Wertz)
    by Rachel Cleary on June 14, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    Mike Cobb returns to the program with bandmate Justin Wertz on this edition of Hear and Now with Rachel C. As a producer of multiple benefit shows; Mike discusses the potential of live performance events to raise awareness about issues and causes. Mike and Justin also talk about a specific Greenpeace benefit on the program, along with upcoming music projects and performance dates, and play a live acoustic set. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live every Thursday at 7PM Eastern on radiofreebrooklyn.org Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Kiki Sab)
    by Rachel Cleary on May 30, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    Kiki Sabater of Slow Suck returns to the program to celebrate the release of her book, "Set Me On Fire Before I Blow". The book, released by Lit Riot Press, is a multimedia collaborative effort based on the author's personal journals. Kiki discusses not only the creative process behind the book as well as the personal ups and downs that it chronicles, some of which are an ongoing part of her life. The episode also features music from her band, Slow Suck and touches upon Kiki's future creative plans. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday at 7:00PM Eastern time. Photo courtesy of Lit Riot Press. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Letters to Nepal)
    by Rachel Cleary on May 23, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    Brooklyn based alternative electronic duo Letters To Nepal returns to the program with to mark the release of their new single, "No, No, No". The band talks about the evolution of their songwriting; the introduction of acoustic performances into their live sets; going vegan; and their upcoming video release. This episode also features an additional previously unreleased song from the band. Hear and Now with Rachel C. celebrates live performance culture and streams live every Thursday evening at 7:00 eastern time on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Jaime Rosas)
    by Rachel Cleary on April 18, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    On this edition of Hear and Now with Rachel C., Chilean composer and playwright Jaime Rosas joins Rachel in the studio to discuss his full length rock opera, One Silent Shot. Jaime, a progressive rock musician, discusses how he developed the storyline for One Silent Shot and what his goals for the production. He also describes the intention of the piece, to encourage a respect for life and shares stories about his live performance experiences. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live every Thursday at 7PM Eastern time on Radio Free Brooklyn. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rcahel C. (with Bill Lessard and Mary Anderson
    by Rachel Cleary on April 12, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Rachel C. kicks off poetry month with the special edition of Hear and Now featuring Bill Lessard and Mary Anderson. Bill and Mary discuss the Cool As F**K reading series that they produce at Pete's Candy Store In Brooklyn, NY. Bill and Mary talk about the evolution of the poetry scene in NYC, and what their monthly series hopes to accomplish. The discussion also covers poetry as performance art and its role and relationship to other live performance mediums like comedy and live music. The role of technology in the composition of creative writing is also covered. Bill and Mary both read live on the show. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday at 7PM eastern. Listen →

  • Hear and Now with Rachel C. (with Lex of Streepthroat)
    by Rachel Cleary on April 4, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    On this edition of Hear and Now, Rachel welcomes Lex of the band Streepthroat to Radio Free Brooklyn's studio. They discuss a range of topics including Lex's creative beginnings; the origins of Streepthroat; the evolution of the band's sound; taking leaps and facing fears; living as an artist; and upcoming performance dates. Lex performs stunning stripped down versions of Streepthroat's music. Hear and Now with Rachel C. streams live on Radio Free Brooklyn every Thursday at 7PM Eastern time. Listen →