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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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Susan Sarandon's Famous (and Some Forgotten) Roles at Brooklyn Academy of Music

Thursday, February 10, 2011

From Thursday through Sunday, BAM hosts a 13-film series featuring Sarandon, with some films followed by question-and-answer sessions.

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Cuban Cultural Festival Comes To New York

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

For almost a decade, legendary Cuban music groups like Los Munequitos de Matanzas and Septeto Nacional were refused visas to perform in the United States—until now.

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Live on Soundcheck: ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The art-rock band with an extra long name …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead recently visited WNYC's Soundcheck studios. The group performed music from its seventh album, Tao of the Dead, which includes illustrations by frontman Conrad Keely. Check out a video here.

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Museum of the City of New York Celebrates the Apollo Theater

Monday, February 07, 2011

A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York tells the story of the Apollo theater's 77-year history with memorabilia.

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Live on Soundcheck: Todd Snider

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Todd Snider has been criss-crossing the country for over 15 years playing his talking blues-style, self-described hippy music to like-minded people. Says Snider: "It's an easy job, but someone's got to do it."

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Celebrating Black History Month in New York City

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

There's no shortage of edifying, educating and exciting events happening in New York City this February to mark Black History Month. Here are a few recommendations from WNYC's Culture team.

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East Village Bar Accused of Racist Door Policy

Monday, January 31, 2011

Dress codes in New York nightclubs that may disguise racial discrimination are under scrutiny. The New York City Commission on Human Rights is investigating The Continental, an East Village bar accused of having a racist door policy.

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Study Finds Arts in America Are Ailing

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A new report from the National Arts Index reported that the vitalty of the arts in the U.S. has reached a 12-year low. However, NYC arts groups have found signs of hope.

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