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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.


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.


U.S. Air Guitar Championships: Heavy Metal, No Instruments Required

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

All the elements of heavy metal bliss will be on view at the Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday — except for the instruments. At the U.S. Air Guitar Championships (U.S.A.G.C.), anyone who pays the $20 entrance fee is invited to don his or her favorite leather chaps and crazy costume to compete for the chance to represent Manhattan in the regional competitions of the U.S.A.G.C., held in Chicago on July 23.


Museum Mile: Free Museum Admission and Live Music Uptown

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Museum Mile Festival takes place in New York City on Tuesday night. Here's a list of the participating museums offering free admission from 6 to 9 P.M.


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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