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.
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.
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.
West Coast rap artist and singer Nate Dogg has died at age 41.
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.
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.
Deerhoof, the indie rock band led by Tokyo-born singer Satomi Matsuzaki, kicked off JapanNYC at Carnegie Hall with a concert on Monday night.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In honor of Black History Month, the Schomburg center will celebrate Allen's life and career with music, video and anecdotes.
Geoffrey Rush goes bananas—and lets the audience in on it—in Gogol's "Diary of a Madman" at BAM's Harvey theater.
The Skatalites, the Jamaican band credited with inventing ska music, plays Irving Plaza tonight. Download the group's "On the Right Track" here.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.'"
From Thursday through Sunday, BAM hosts a 13-film series featuring Sarandon, with some films followed by question-and-answer sessions.