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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."

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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.

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R&B Artist Marsha Ambrosius Dishes on Controversial Video

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The atypical R&B vocalist performs her music about passionate romance, bitter breakups and gay suicide in New York on Tuesday night.

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Gig Alert: Jesse Harris

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Jesse Harris brings his laid-back jazzy songwriting style to Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday night. Download his instrumental track "Little Star" here.

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Don Hill, Nightlife Fixture and Club Founder, Dies at 66

Friday, April 01, 2011

Legendary club owner and nightlife icon Don Hill died Thursday. He was 66.

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LCD Soundsystem Seeks Sky Fan Footage for Final Show

Thursday, March 31, 2011

“Footage is to be projected at the final LCD Soundsystem show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday April 2nd 2011 so we need to receive it Thursday and Friday to be able to prepare it,” wrote music video director Lance Bangs.

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Gig Alert: The Dears

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

The Dears, elder statesmen of Canadian indie rock, play New York Tuesday night, touring a new studio album. Download their track "Blood" for free.

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Uptown and Downtown, a New Take on Old Music

Thursday, March 24, 2011

In the age of YouTube, sometimes it seems like everyone is a cover artist. This weekend, two groups of young artists take on music from the past at Harlem Stage and the Joyce Soho Theater.

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Downtown Arts Festival Springs Forth

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

With warm weather on its way, New Yorkers are coming out of hibernation and going out to plays and concerts. At least, that’s the idea behind Spring Downtown, an arts festival that begins this week at selected venues, all below Houston street.

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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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