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Gig Alerts: Balkan Beat Box

Thursday, July 21, 2011

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.

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Latino Cultural Festival Celebrates Diversity in Queens

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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.

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Perform 'History of Rap, Part 2'

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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.

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Spotify Hops the Pond from Europe, Hoping to Change Online Music Biz in the U.S.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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.

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Live on Soundcheck: James Farm

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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.

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Rapper Ja Rule Sentenced to Prison Time for Tax Evasion

Monday, July 18, 2011

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.

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Live on Soundcheck: Wild Beasts

Friday, July 15, 2011

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.

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Milwaukee Public Schools Alumni and Homeless Community Gospel Choir Tours New York City

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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.

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Michael Rapaport on Hip-Hop, Sampling and His New Tribe Called Quest Doc

Friday, July 08, 2011

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.

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Female Stars Rise Up at Latin Alternative Music Festival

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

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.

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Williamsburg Pool Parties Find New Home at the Floyd Bennett Field

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Most New York indie rockers think of Williamsburg when they hear the name Jelly NYC. For five years, the company put on the summer's most popular pool parties at McCarren Park and then along the Williamsburg waterfront. But this year, Jelly is putting bands onstagewhere New York’s first municipal airport was located: at the Aviator Sport Complex at Floyd Bennett Field, close to Fort Tilden Beach.

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City Arts Groups Relieved After Restoration of Fiscal Year 2012 Budget

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

The Department of Cultural Affairs had faced $43 million cuts in the mayor’s original proposed budget, which would have reduced operating funds to major museums, theaters and zoos by 50 percent and caused some 1,000 employees in the cultural sector to be laid off.

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Celebrating the Fourth of July in NYC with Pig Roasts, Urban Foraging, and Improv

Friday, July 01, 2011

Pig roasts, improv marathons, Revolutionary War tours and urban foraging. There's no shortage of things to do in the city this Independence Day weekend. Here's our shortlist of happenings around NYC.

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Marilyn Monroe Turns from Young Starlet to Film Icon on Brooklyn's Silver Screen

Friday, July 01, 2011

July is a good month for film fans partial to a platinum coif and a breathy voice. Marilyn Monroe will spend two weeks on the silver screen at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in a 14-film retrospective brimming with blond perkiness right down to its name: Marilyn! The festival runs from July 1 through 17.

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BAM and Barclays Center Strike Up Arts Partnership

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grande jetés and encores may join the jabs and jump shots at Downtown Brooklyn's Barclays Center. The developers of the 18,000-seat arena announced on Thursday that they are looking around the corner to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) for arts programming.

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Pop-Up Piano Goes Missing in the Bronx

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

One of the 88 "Pop-Up Pianos" that have materialized in city parks in the past month has gone missing, according to a spokesperson at Sing For Hope.

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Live on Soundcheck: Vetiver

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Andy Cabic, the singer, songwriter and guitarist behind Vetiver, isn't sure why his music has been called "freak folk." "They, for years, said I'm the least freaky of the folky so I don't know why they called me that to begin with," he said. "It's the most obtuse way of describing someone!" Watch Vetiver perform "Everyday" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Remembering the Big Man, Clarence Clemons

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Clarence Clemons, died from complications of a stroke on Saturday. He was 69. Check out videos and images featuring the Big Man here.

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Pianos Pop Up around City Street Corners and Parks

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Any desire for a quick round of "Heart and Soul" on your lunchbreak? Can do. Sixty decorated uprights and 28 grand pianos were set up on street corners and parks across the city's five boroughs on Thursday as part of "Pop Up Pianos." The public art and music program, run by the Sing for Hope organization, is now in its second year.

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A Cinephile's Best Week Ever: Three Film Festivals Kick Off in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The weather may be getting nicer, but this week's film offerings are enough to keep cinephiles indoors in the cool dark of a cineplex. Three intriguing film festivals — the Northside Film Festival in Williamsburg, the BAM CinemaFest at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the ninth annual Bronx International Film Festival at Lehman College — start screening films on Thursday.

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