The 16 contestants in the second annual American Beatbox Championships take the stage on Sunday, armed with their voices and some microphones. Check out some images from the first-ever competition and open your ears.
A Sony disc warehouse near Enfield, North London was set on fire before midnight on Monday. The warehouse manages the distribution in the U.K. and Ireland of packaged Sony media on Blu-ray, DVD and CD discs.
On Wednesday night, Central Park Summerstage presents a free concert of old school Latin boogaloo music with local heroes Johnny Colon and Joe Bataan. For Bataan, who is now 69 years old, the Central Park gig will be a kind of homecoming.
Aretha Franklin, fresh off of her Brooklyn debut this past week, will headline Rangel's 81st birthday fundraising gala at the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday.
There's been a venue change for the free summer concerts promoted by Jelly NYC. In past years, the pool parties in McCarren Park and at the Williamsburg waterfront got indie fans and hipsters rocking out. But this summer, when the fest moved to Floyd Bennett Field near the Rockaways, sparse attendance forced a change of plans.
On Saturday, the sidewalk ends in Central Park. The author, poet, songwriter and cartoonist Shel Silverstein -- known to many for children's books like Where the Sidewalk Ends -- will be lauded in a, um, "Shelebration" as part of Central Park's SummerStage series.
On Thursday night, Aretha Franklin will perform at Coney Island for free as part of Marty Markowitz's Seaside Summer Concert Series.
An international ensemble of dancers, drummers and martial artists are set to perform at the Asia Society's "Hip Hop Kung Fu" event on Wednesday night.
Harlem Day was started 37 years ago to pay tribute to the rich economic, political, and cultural history of Harlem. The one-day event morphed into Harlem Week, which has now attracted so many participants that it is more than a month of 100 events that promotes Harlem's proud culture.
On Tuesday, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts doled out $15.8 million in Fiscal Year 2011-12 funding to arts groups. The three groups that got the most funding are all based in Newark.
The world mash-up artists of Balkan Beat Box bring their dance-oriented global stylings to Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night. Download "Dancing With the Moon" here.
The Chase Latino Cultural Festival runs from Wednesday through Sunday in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Now in its 15th year, the festival will have spoken word, music, dance, theater and film tailored to celebrate the city's most diverse borough.
Justin Timberlake took a break from promoting his new movie "Friends With Benefits" to perform 'History of Rap, Part 2' with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. Check out the videos for Part 1 and 2 here.
For those of us who spend a lot of time listening to music on our computers or phones but don't have the money to pay for all the music we want to hear, online music streaming services are the way to go. Now Spotify joins Pandora Radio, Last.FM, Slacker, Rhapsody and Zune Pass.
With echos of watering holes, fishing holes and summer, "Polliwog" has a roots-y and rustic feeling. Watch James Farm play the song in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.
Jeffrey Atkins, better-known as the 35-year-old rapper Ja Rule, was sentenced to 28 months in prison on Monday after admitting to not filing tax returns for five years. The Saddle River, New Jersey native was also ordered to pay over $1.1 million in unpaid taxes on record royalties and live performances.
The band Wild Beasts sings about sex. But how is that news? Tom Fleming says it is because the group is focusing on the loss and vulnerability of male sex. Watch a video of Wild Beasts playing "Loop The Loop" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.
Arlene Skwierawski, an indefatigable former nun from Milwaukee, and her former student, the country music singer K.C. William, fulfill a longtime dream this week: the co-directors of the Milwaukee Public Schools Alumni and Homeless Community Gospel Choir are touring their choir on the streets of New York. The choir, which has performed around the world, has been singing from Harlem to Ground Zero since its arrival in the city on Saturday.
Even before Michael Rapaport's documentary "Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest" was officially released, the film had kicked up controversy in the hip-hop world. WNYC spoke to the Upper East Side actor-turned filmmaker about hip-hop, sampling and the drama around the movie, which opens in theaters on Friday.
Now in its twelfth year, the Latin Alternative Music Conference kicks off on Wednesday in New York City. At this year's conferene, it's all about the mujeres. Check out videos of new female voices represented at the conference — ranging from the queer superstar novelist Rita Indiana to the Mexican indie goddess Lo Blondo here.