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Reports: E Street Band Saxophonist Clarence Clemons Suffers Stroke

Monday, June 13, 2011

Clemons is 69. His saxophone has been a driving force in the E Street Band since the early '70s.


Thousands Queue Up for BBQ at Barbecue Block Party

Saturday, June 11, 2011

This weekend, pitmasters from across the country will take on New York one grill at a time for the ninth-annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party. The event is intended to bring New Yorkers the best barbecue bites from across the country.


Live on Soundcheck: The Antlers

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

The indie rock band The Antlers is back with a new album called Burst Apart. Watch The Antlers' perform "Putting The Dog To Sleep" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios below.


Free for All: A Guide to Outdoor Summer Music Festivals in NYC

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Although some city slickers head for the hills during the summer — to the Hamptons, to Fire Island, to the Shore or to the Catskills — most music fans agree that New York City's outdoor summer concert fare can not be beat. Here are some of the myriad musical happenings we'll be at this summer.

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Street Performers Upset Over New Central Park 'Quiet Zones'

Monday, May 30, 2011

Street performer John Boyd has been coming to the Bethesda Fountain and to Strawberry Fields in Central Park every weekend for the last four years to sing opera and jazz classics. But if park officials have their way, Boyd and others will no longer be performing there. Last week, the Central Parks Conservancy posted new "Quiet Zone" signs at the Bethesda Fountain and in Strawberry Fields that explicitly forbid the use of musical instruments and amplification there.

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Markowitz Not Pleased About New Home for Seaside Concerts

Monday, May 23, 2011

Looks like Marty Markowitz’s epic battle against two Coney Island synagogues is over -- for now.

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Staten Islanders Prepare for the Annual Art by the Ferry Festival

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The festival, which kicks off on Friday, includes poetry, dance, music, art shows and literary readings created by, for the most part, Staten Island residents.

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Buskers Audition to Play Music Underground

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The sounds of accordions and harps rang out in Grand Central Station on Tuesday morning during the annual tryouts for "Music Under New York."

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Brooklyn Club Hosts First Ever Pillow Fight World Cup

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

On Tuesday night, feathers will fly at the The Warsaw Polish National Home.

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Live on Soundcheck: Omar Sosa

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Cuban-born pianist Omar Sosa mixes Afro-Cuban rhythms, '70's jazz fusion and classical minimalism. In the piece "Eleggua," Sosa is joined by kalimba player Childo Tomas and trumpeter Joe Kraus. Check out a video of Sosa performing the song here.


Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival Breathes New Life into Historic Harlem Clubs

Monday, May 09, 2011

On Monday night, a new festival hopes to draw attention to old-school venues like Minton’s Playhouse and the Lennox Lounge by bringing modern-day luminaries to Harlem for a week of concerts. The Harlem Jazz Shrines Festival will feature performances by Jason Moran, Wycliffe Gordon, Geri Allen, and Meshell Ndegeocello, among others.


Vital Organs: The Premier Performance of the Manton Memorial Pipe Organ

Friday, April 29, 2011

On Sunday, you can experience the sound of a pipe organ in Greenwich Village at the Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street.

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East Village Says Goodbye to 1984 at the Pyramid Club

Friday, April 29, 2011

For 18 years, fans of '80s music have flocked to the storied Pyramid Club on Avenue A nearly every Friday to enjoy songs by artists from the Smiths to Cyndi Lauper spun by the party's promoter and D.J. Chip Duckett.


Tribeca Film Festival: 'Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest'

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


The WNYC Culture team asked five New York filmmakers showing their work at this year's Tribeca Film Festival five questions about their life and work. Click here to see our interview with Michael Rapaport, who is from Manhattan's Upper East Side, about his lately controversial film.


Live on Soundcheck: Femi Kuti

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The late Fela Kuti pioneered the music genre known as Afrobeat. His son, Femi Kuti, actually went back to the same studio in Lagos, Nigeria where his father made music and recorded his new album Africa For Africa entirely at the Afrodisia/Decca Studio. Check out the video below of Femi Kuti and his band performing the title track "Africa For Africa" from their new album in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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25 Years After Licensed To Ill, A New Album From The Beastie Boys

Monday, April 25, 2011

The three members of The Beastie Boys are well into their 40s, but that hasn't stopped them from releasing a new album: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, which is due out in stores on Sunday, May 3.

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TV on the Radio Bassist Dies of Cancer

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Brooklyn-based group TV on the Radio announced on its Web site that its bassist, Gerard Smith, has died of lung cancer. Smith was born in Harlem, raised on Long Island and lived in Brooklyn. Before joining the band, he busked on New York streets, and was a regular at the Bedford Avenue L station.

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Art and Science Meet in the Name of Wonder at NYU

Friday, April 15, 2011

For nearly 12 hours on Saturday, the stage of the Cantor Film Center at New York University will be populated by neurobiologists, perfume critics, photographers and musicians who are participating in Lawrence Weschler's "Springtime Wonder Cabinet."


Library of Congress Selects De La Soul Album for National Registry

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

On Wednesday, the Library of Congress announced its plans to add 25 individual recordings to its National Recording Registry. Among them was De La Soul's debut 1989 album 3 Feet High and Rising.

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'Kinshasa Symphony' Opens NY African Film Festival

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

The 18th New York African Film Festival kicks off Wednesday with the documentary “Kinshasa Symphony,” a film about the Democratic Republic of Congo’s only symphony orchestra.