SOTC's March Madness: Welcome To The Lightning Round Of 16

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John Coltrane is the only No. 1 seed remaining in the tournament.
This week, our search for New York's quintessential post-1955 musician is about to get hectic, with the winner crowned as the calendar flips to April on Saturday night. (A rundown of all the matches so far is here.) So for the Round of 16 matchups—four of which will happen today, four tomorrow—we're going to dispense with the punditry and get to the voting. The combatants, which hail from the Uptown and Brooklyn quadrants: John Coltrane and Bette Midler; Alicia Keys and Laura Nyro; A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan; and Rakim and Norah Jones. Ballot below. Please note that you have to vote in all four races in order for your vote to count.

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Dipset (13) Clashes With Bette Midler (5) As SOTC's March Madness Gets Heated

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​Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week. Today, all the remaining contenders in the Uptown division battle it out in the Round of 32. Keep up with all the action here.

As if predestined by the Moirai, Bette Midler and the Diplomats will have it out in Sound Of The City's tournament—and in the round of 32, no less. It was going to come down to this at some point, of course, but it seems so soon! Uptown's hardest going in against a bunch of rappers? It chills the blood. Midler murked Kool Herc—one of a few guys who basically invented hip-hop—in the first round, so what chance do Cam'ron and company stand? Find out after the jump.

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Kool Herc (12) Takes On Bette Midler (5) As Round One Of Our Quintessential New York Musician Tournament Continues

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The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madness--in which we determine the quintessential New York musician--launches this morning with a series of polls. Up for debate this time: Hip-hop pioneer Kool Herc and the brassy yet divine Bette Midler. Check out the arguments in favor of each contestant below, then cast your ballot at the bottom of the page.

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If You've Ever Wanted To Hear Bette Midler Sing A Yoko Ono Song, Here's Your Chance

Ignore the oft-nonexistent video here entirely and bask in a pretty decent recording of Bette Midler (!) singing "Yes, I'm Your Angel" at last night's bonkers Yoko Ono fete at BAM, also featuring Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, the Scissor Sisters, Kim & Thurston (a notably less sonorous taste of that here), and so forth. Way more on this later, but for now know that no one attempted a Yoko impression, thank god, and nobody tra-la-la-la-la's with more gusto than Bette.

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