Our Battle of the Boroughs talent quest is back! Now in its fourth season, The Greene Space's celebration of New York City's emerging music scene showcases the best from the city's five boroughs, culminating in The Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs on June 21. They'll compete not only for bragging rights, but prizes that are a dream for any aspiring artist — including a guest artist appearance at the famed Apollo Theater's Amateur Night.

Award-winning WQXR host Terrance McKnight returns as Battle series emcee. He's joined by an esteemed panel of commentators, including John Schaefer, host of Soundcheck; Nona Hendryx, singer, songwriter and producer; Wes Jackson, Executive Director of the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival; Hakim Bell, producer and songwriter; Helga Davis, host of Q2 Music; WNYC host Eddie Robinson; and Alicia Olatuja, who was the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at the recent Presidential Inauguration. 

Catch up on video from all the concerts, watch clips of the finalists' performances and go behind the music with the winning bands here. Follow us on Facebook and on Twitter, using #TGSBattle.

 

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2013 Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs: Watch the final performances and see who took the crown

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The fourth annual Battle of the Boroughs was the biggest season yet of our citywide talent quest. Hundreds of musical acts entered and more than 60 were chosen. Watch clips of the finalists' performances, including 2013 Ultimate Battle champions Villalobos Brothers of Manhattan, and the Audience Choice pick, Brooklyn's Victor V. Gurbo & Co.

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Watch Live and Vote: 2013 Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs

Friday, June 21, 2013

Hundreds of musical acts from across New York City's five boroughs entered. Just over 60 contestants were selected. They competed for their borough title, made it through two rounds of voting. And now, just five bands and one Wild Card pick are left standing in The Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs. The show is sold out, but you can still watch the live stream here and vote for your favorite act on Friday, June 21.

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2013 Battle of the Boroughs: The Ultimate Music Video

Thursday, June 20, 2013

No time to catch up on all of the concerts and winning performances in our 2013 Battle of the Boroughs series? No sweat. Let us take you through the final lineup in just over a minute with this original Battle rap, written by Joe Trombino of The Great Apes, 2012 Queens Battle winner and Ultimate Battle Audience Favorite.

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Behind the Music: Meet the five bands competing in the 2013 Ultimate Battle of the Boroughs

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Hundreds of musical acts entered. Just over 60 were selected. They competed for the title in each of New York City's boroughs, made it through two rounds of voting. And now, just five bands - and one Wild Card pick - are standing in the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs talent quest.

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2013 Manhattan Battle of the Boroughs Winner: Watch Villalobos Brothers' winning performance

Monday, June 17, 2013

Congratulations to Villalobos Brothers, winner of our Battle of the Boroughs: Manhattan competition! Watch their winning performance here. 

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Manhattan Battle Finalists: Watch and vote

Monday, June 10, 2013

Thirteen up-and-coming musical acts from Manhattan competed in a sold-out show on June 7. Audiences voted in-house and online. And the numbers are in! See which five bands made it to the next round.

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2013 Battle of the Boroughs: Staten Island Winner

Monday, May 13, 2013

Congratulations to Cat Cosmai, winner of our Battle of the Boroughs: Staten Island competition! Check out the band's winning performance here.

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Staten Island Battle Finalists: Watch and vote

Friday, May 03, 2013

Nine emerging acts from Staten Island competed for a shot at their borough title. Watch on-demand video of the entire show and see which five bands made it on to the next round.

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2013 Battle of the Boroughs: Bronx winner

Monday, April 15, 2013

Congratulations to Emily Angell, winner of our Battle of the Boroughs: Bronx competition! Check out the band's winning performance here.

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Bronx Finalists 2013: Watch and vote

Monday, April 08, 2013

Twelve musical acts competed for the Bronx borough title in a sold-out show. Watch on-demand video of the entire show and see which bands voters chose to move on to the next round.

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2013 Battle of the Boroughs: Queens Winner

Monday, March 11, 2013

Congratulations to The Dirty Gems, winners of our Queens Battle. Check out their winning performance here.

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Queens Finalists 2013: Watch and vote

Monday, March 04, 2013

Seven musical acts from Queens took the stage to compete for their borough title. See which five bands voters chose to go on to the second round and check out on-demand video of the entire show.

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2013 Battle of the Boroughs: Brooklyn Winner

Monday, February 11, 2013

Congratulations to Victor V. Gurbo & Co., winners of our Battle of the Boroughs: Brooklyn competition! Watch their winning performance. 

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Brooklyn Finalists 2013: Watch and Vote

Monday, February 04, 2013

Fourteen up-and-coming artists took the stage to compete for the Brooklyn title. Audiences voted in-house and online. Here are the five finalists they chose to go on to the next round. You can also watch on-demand video of the entire show here.

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And the 2013 Battle of the Boroughs Contestants Are...

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We put out the call and NYC's best emerging artists answered. See the 64 acts selected across five boroughs to represent at this year's fourth annual Battle of the Boroughs.

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Battle of the Boroughs 2013

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Got talent? The Greene Space is looking for the best undiscovered performers — bands and ensembles of all genres, instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs and spoken word artists — to take part in our fourth annual celebration of New York City's up-and-comers.