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Barbra Streisand to Perform First Brooklyn Show

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Barbra Streisand is going back to her roots. The Oscar- and Grammy-winning diva was born and raised in Brooklyn, but has never performed publicly there. That will change on October 11 when she will give a concert at the new Barclays Center arena, which is still under construction.

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Jimmy Cliff to Open 'Celebrate Brooklyn' Concert Series

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff will open this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn! concert series on June 5. Get the whole lineup here, which also includes Ghostface Killah, Angélique Kidjo, Mission of Burma, Yo La Tengo and Lyle Lovett.

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On 'Mad Men,' Beatles Tune Misses The Mark

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

This week's episode prominently featured a rarely licensed (and expensive) Beatles tune that underlined Don Draper's disconnection from the rapidly changing youth culture of the '60s. It was beautifully integrated into the show, but turned Don into a man we don't know.

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Beastie Boys Founder Adam 'MCA' Yauch Dead at 47

Friday, May 04, 2012

The 47-year-old rapper born in Brooklyn, who fans knew as MCA, died on Friday after a battle with cancer. Watch vintage Beasties' music videos here.

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Mick Jagger Gets First Hosting Gig at 'SNL' Finale

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Mick Jagger will test his comic chops later this month as host of the "Saturday Night Live" season finale.

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People Get Ready, 'Uncanny,' Live on Soundcheck

Thursday, May 03, 2012

People Get Ready is part of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry, a three-day music festival that kicks off on Thursday in Brooklyn. Combining dance with infectious pop music, the band is feast for the eyes and ears. Watch People Get Ready perform "Uncanny" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Morrison, Dylan Among Medal of Freedom Recipients

Sunday, April 29, 2012

A Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, the first female secretary of state, a former astronaut and a musical pioneer are among this year's recipients of the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

President Barack Obama will award the medals at the White House later this spring.

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NY Rock DJ Pete Fornatale Dies at 66

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pete Fornatale, 66, died on Thursday after suffering a brain hemorrhage earlier this month. He was one of those DJs who came along at a time when the popular culture was throbbing with change and the music both drove it and reflected it back.

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Fans Head to Woodstock Barn to Say Goodbye to Levon Helm

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Hundreds of friends and fans of Levon Helm, who died last week of cancer, are traveling to his Woodstock home and barn where he held his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts to say goodbye to the influential singer and drummer for The Band.

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Taps Former NBC Exec as Leader

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Greg Scholl, who oversaw a portfolio of NBC Universal properties, will be the non-profit's new executive director beginning on June 1. Adrian Ellis left the post in January to work for an arts consultancy company he founded.

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New Music Venue to Open in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A 100-year-old brick sawdust factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is being reborn as a 13,000-square-foot music venue and studio. The new rehearsal, recording and performance space, located at North 6th St. and Wythe Ave, will open in late 2013 and will be run by a non-profit group called Original Music Workshop.

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Evidence Now Focus of Trial After Jennifer Hudson Testifies

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chicago prosecutors created a buzz by calling Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson as their first witness during the trial of the man accused of killing her mother, brother and nephew. But the hard part starts Tuesday, when they'll have to get down to the nitty-gritty of their case.

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Bobby Womack, Big Daddy Kane and UCB to Perform at SummerStage

Monday, April 23, 2012

Soul legend Bobby Womack, hip-hop artist Big Daddy Kane and improv troupe The Upright Citizens Brigade are among the artists who will be performing at this year's SummerStage. The free outdoor performance series, now in its 27th year, will feature more than 110 shows, including 16 theater and dance premieres, at 18 city parks this summer.

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Drum Beats Bring Seniors Together

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Hudson Valley organization hopes to change the rhythm of life for senior citizens in nursing homes through the collective spirit of a drum circle.

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Levon Helm, Legendary Drummer-Singer Of The Band, Dies

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Helm was perhaps best known for his singing on songs like "The Weight" and "Up on Cripple Creek."

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'Men at Work' Musician Greg Ham Found Dead

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Greg Ham, a musician with the iconic Australian band Men at Work, was found dead in his Melbourne home on Thursday, Australian reports said. Watch videos of Ham playing with Men at Work.

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Dick Clark, 'Bandstand' Host, Dies At 82

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

For more than 50 years, "the world's oldest teenager" was one of pop culture's most familiar figures.

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The Toure-Raichel Collective, 'Azawad,' Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

In a German airport, an Israeli pianist and a Malian guitarist crossed paths, changing both of their musical destinies. Idan Raichel, the pianist, had already been a huge fan of Vieux Farka Toure, the guitarist, so it did not take him long to suggest playing together. The resulting album is called The Tel Aviv Sessions. Watch a video of the Toure-Raichel Collective performing "Azawad."

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Trampled By Turtles, 'Alone,' Live on Soundcheck

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The dedication in the liner notes of Trampled By Turtles' new album reads: "Dedicated to the ones we lost, and the ones we gained." The album does have a slightly quieter feel, as captured in the song "Alone." Watch Trampled By Turtles perform "Alone."

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Levon Helm, Drummer For The Band, Is In The Final Stages Of Cancer

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

His family made the announcement on Helm's website. His distinctive vocals can be heard on classics such as "The Weight" and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

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