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East Village Public School Fights Budget Cuts with Music

Monday, September 20, 2010

The East Village Community School is responding to budget cuts by releasing an album of multicultural children's songs performed by the school's students and parents. Read more and download a free track from the album here.

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Live at WNYC: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger makes songs which are ornate, fanciful, tuneful, and unusual. The band is Sean Lennon, son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and his partner in life and music, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. The duo plays multiple instruments and sings in harmony about elegant gardens, dystopian futures, striving scientists, a smarmy impresario, and much more. Check out the group performing "Lavender Road" below.

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New York City Opera Chair is Stepping Down

Friday, September 17, 2010

Susan Baker, the chairwoman of New York City Opera who presided over a turbulent period that included the ill-fated hiring of Gerard Mortier as general manager, will step down in December, the company announced Thursday. Baker, who is 59, has been chairwoman since 2003. Charles R. Wall, a former tobacco company lawyer who served on City Opera's board of directors from 2001 to 2008, will succeed her as chairman.

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Live at WNYC: The Imani Winds

Thursday, September 16, 2010

In its new album, Terra Incognita, the Imani Winds has broadened its repertoire by recording works by Jason Moran, Paquito D’Rivera and Wayne Shorter—all well-known Jazz composers.

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LaBelle Takes the Stage in 'Fela'

Monday, September 13, 2010

On Tuesday night, singer Patti LaBelle takes the stage at the Eugene O'Neil Theater. But this time she won't be performing her own hit songs. LaBelle is taking over the role of Fela Kuti's mother, Funmilayo, in the Broadway hit, Fela!

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NY and NJ Musicians Represent at the MTV VMA Awards

Monday, September 13, 2010

Musicians from New York and New Jersey represented their home states at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA) in Los Angeles on Sunday night. One of the highlights of the awards ceremony was the outfit on the Upper West Side's Lady Gaga, which was made entirely of meat. Gaga became the first female solo artist to receive two nominations for Video of the Year when both "Bad Romance" and "Telephone" were nominated. She also made history by getting 13 VMA nominations in the past year, more than any other artist.

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On Your Record Release Radar: Buke & Gass

Monday, September 13, 2010

The self-produced, full-length record Riposte from the Brooklyn band Buke & Gass (pronounced ‘Byook and Gase') is due out September 14 on Brassland Records. Listen to and download a track from the album, "Your Face Left Before You," right here.

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City Helps Preserve Hip-Hop's Humble Legacy in the Bronx

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Though it looks like any fluorescent-lit church basement, community center or public school teacher's lounge, the basement of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx's Morris Heights neighborhood has a monumental history. It was on this unlikely linoleum floor, under the workaday dropped ceiling, that Clive Campbell a.k.a. DJ Kool Herc first set up the turntables and guitar amp that gave life to what is known now as the sound system and hip-hop music.

"He was the guy who first laid it down and played it for a party crowd," says hip-hop historian Marcus Reeves.

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The Back to the Grind Mixtape

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

For many of us, the day after Labor Day marks the official end of summer. New York City schools start on Wednesday and the next major American holiday is far off on the horizon. In homage to working hard and daydreaming about telling your boss to “Shove this Jay-Oh-Bee,” here's a mixtape to help make the return to the daily grind a little more bearable—at least until Thanksgiving.

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Brooklyn's West Indian Day Carnival: A Panorama of Steel Drums

Friday, September 03, 2010

It's often said that the Trinidadian steel pan is the only acoustic instrument invented in the twentieth century. This Saturday, it gets the spotlight at the steel drum "Panorama" competition.

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Labor Day, West Indian Style

Thursday, September 02, 2010

The West Indian Day Carnival is a five-day festival that includes some of the Caribbean's best music and New York City's largest parade. Find out more with WNYC's guide.

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Shots You Snapped: Rock The Bells

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Those are just some of the shots you snapped at Rock the Bells on Governors Island last Saturday. We weren't there, but fortunately you were. Check out the slideshow of photos you sent us from the concert floor.

Heading to live music in NYC? Send us your pictures! Post a link to your Web or Flickr site in the comments below, or email culturedesk@wnyc.dot.org.

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Rocking the Bells, Retro, at Governor's Island

Friday, August 27, 2010

This Saturday's Rock the Bells hip hop festival will have fans reminiscing about the battered cassette tapes of yore. The big headliners are Snoop Dogg, A Tribe Called Quest and Wu Tang Clan. To some, that's as close to a hip-hop trinity as it gets.

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Spike Lee Throws Michael Jackson A Birthday Pary in Brooklyn

Friday, August 27, 2010

Fans of the King of Pop are gearing up for the second annual party in Michael Jackson's honor this weekend. Hosted by filmmaker Spike Lee, "Brooklyn Loves Michael" is expected to draw tens of thousands of revelers to Prospect Park's Nethermead Meadow.

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Council Denies Wyclef Jean's Appeal in Haiti's Presidential Bid

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Things aren't going too well for Wyclef Jean.

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Final Williamsburg Pool Party Back On

Monday, August 23, 2010

If the cancellation of this summer's Pool Parties free concert series at the Williamsburg waterfront made you think of shaving your ironic mustache or pawning your bowler hat, rest assured. This weekend, the big players in the battle to keep or cancel the Pool Parties' final August 29th show resolved the conflict. The fourth year of fist-pumping indie bands with baffling names will culminate in performances by Dominique Young Unique and Delorean, along with a surprise headliner.

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Ricky Martin's Autobiography Due in November

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Ricky Martin has picked an appropriate title for his autobiography: "Me."

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Met Opera Sets Record Box Office Sales, Pleased with HD Transmissions

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The New York Metropolitan Opera announced a new box office record for opening day ticket sales on Monday. The total sales exceeded $2.6 million worth of single tickets for the upcoming season. Click here to listen to the Met's General Manager Peter Gelb explain how their 2010-2011 schedule strength and HD transmissions has increased opera-going interest, making the Met seemingly recession-proof.

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Jazz Songstress Abbey Lincoln Dies at 80

Monday, August 16, 2010

Abbey Lincoln, who was born Anna Marie Wooldridge, in Chicago, died on Saturday in Manhattan at age 80, after an acting, singing and composing career that spanned some five decades.

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Uptown and Downtown Scenes: The Manhattan Mixtape

Monday, August 16, 2010

The artists in our essential Manhattan mixtape were not necessarily born in the borough, but like so many residents, they came here to make it.

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