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NYC Events Raise Funds for Japanese Disaster Relief

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

More than a week after the March 11 earthquake hit, eyes, hearts and browser windows have been trained on Japan. Here is a list of events happening around the city to raise funds.

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Gig Alert: Toshi Reagon

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Toshi Reagon is a songwriter who combines a blues-and-soul sensibility with rock-and-roll swagger and thoughtful commentary. Download "Beauty" here, from her upcoming album There and Back Again.

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Apollo 'Amateur Night' Celebrates Broadway

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Wednesday night, instead of the grab-bag of spoken word, dance and all manner of music at the Apollo's Amateur Night, the audience will rule on jittery newcomers singing Broadway repetoire.

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New Yorkers Head Southwest to Get Indie Music Fix

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New York music fans traveled to Austin, Texas this week to see their favorite New York bands play the annual South by Southwest Music Conference. The festival kicked off Tuesday night and runs through Monday.

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West Coast Rapper Nate Dogg Dies at 41

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

West Coast rap artist and singer Nate Dogg has died at age 41.

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New York Bands Take Over Austin for SXSW Festival

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

South by Southwest kicks off tonight in Austin Texas, and 225 bands from New York City are representing for the Big Apple. Download over 50 free tracks from local artists performing at SXSW here.

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Live on Soundcheck: The New York Dolls

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The New York Dolls released its new album Walking Backward in High Heels on Tuesday. Check out a video of the New York Dolls playing "I'm So Fabulous" at WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Despite Quake, Japanese Arts Festival at Carnegie Will Go On

Monday, March 14, 2011

Deerhoof, the indie rock band led by Tokyo-born singer Satomi Matsuzaki, kicked off JapanNYC at Carnegie Hall with a concert on Monday night.

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Clapton's Guitars and Amps Sell at Auction for High Price Tags

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Wednesday afternoon, a selection of amps, guitars and other memorabilia from rock star Eric Clapton's personal collection were auctioned off at Bonhams in Manhattan to a room chock-full of fans of the English rock icon.

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Gig Alert: Yemen Blues

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

On “Eli,” Ravid Kahalani and his band Yemen Blues sing in a Yemenite Hebrew dialect over a rich curtain of sound that includes jazzy horns, soaring strings, and relentless percussion beats. Download the track for free here.

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Gig Alert: Bright Eyes

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Indie songwriting legend Conor Oberst, alias Bright Eyes, takes the stage at Radio City tonight, promoting his latest (and last) release The People's Key. Download "Shell Game" and "Halie Selassie" here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Turtle Island Quartet

Friday, March 04, 2011

The Turtle Island Quartet has spent a lot of time listening to Jimi Hendrix lately. Watch our video of the band playing "All Along The Watchtower" on a visit to WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Schomburg Center Remembers the Life and Legacy of Betty Allen

Monday, February 28, 2011

In honor of Black History Month, the Schomburg center will celebrate Allen's life and career with music, video and anecdotes.

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Theater Reviews: 'Diary of a Madman' at BAM

Friday, February 25, 2011

Geoffrey Rush goes bananas—and lets the audience in on it—in Gogol's "Diary of a Madman" at BAM's Harvey theater.

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Gig Alert: The Skatalites

Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Skatalites, the Jamaican band credited with inventing ska music, plays Irving Plaza tonight. Download the group's "On the Right Track" here.

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Fans Pack Auction House to Bid On Lena Horne's Estate

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

For three hours, they bid on everything from inscribed Langston Hughes books to a painting by Horne's friend Charles Alston to a pair of cuffs that Jenny Lumet will wear to the Oscars.

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Live on Soundcheck: Beans

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Brooklyn-based rapper who is the frontman of the alt-hip-hop group Anti-Pop Consortium—yes we're talking about Beans—recently stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck studios. Check out a video of his performance of "Electric Eliminator" here.

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Live on Soundcheck: John Wesley Harding

Friday, February 18, 2011

Novelist Wesley Stace recently joined Soundcheck to perform under his stage name John Wesley Harding. Click here to check out the video for his acoustic performance of the British folk song "Little Musgrave."

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Avant Garde Musicians Take Over Park Avenue Armory

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

More than 200 avant garde musicians will take over the Park Avenue Armory this week for the first ever Tune-In Music Festival. The performers will play the work of contemporary composers Steve Reich, John Cage, Georg Friedrich Haas and others.

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Live on Soundcheck: Adele

Thursday, February 10, 2011

After she won her Grammy, Adele said, "I remember a lot of people saying 'I don't think her songs are as good as her voice is.'" So, she made a conscious effort to focus on her songwriting. This song was one of the first ones she wrote for her album 21, and she says it is representative of her as a person: "A boisterous, cheeky song: that's 'Rolling In The Deep.'"

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