Bobby Bare, Jr. wrote songs with Shel Silverstein. Bare, Jr. saluted the poet with a tribute album called Twistable, Turnable Man: A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Shel Silverstein. Download the country crooner's "Sad Smile" here.
The Brooklyn crooner Ethan Lipton has a certain lounge-singer charm and a mischievous mustache. Download “Girl from the Renaissance Faire” here.
Classical concert pianist Roy Eaton first played Carnegie Hall in 1937 at the tender age of 7. Download "Fantasie Impromptu" from The Meditative Chopin here.
Arabic musician Bassam Saba is a master of middle-eastern instrumentation and composition. Download "Wonderful Land" here for free.
Head over to Bryant Park on Monday to hear some free accordion music on your lunch break. Download Dallas Vietty and his swing band playing this Chick Corea composition "Spain" here.
David Garland, who is the host of the WNYC show Spinning On Air and the WQXR show Movies on the Radio, has released the exclusive track, “The Long View,” for download, which is on his forthcoming album Conversations with the Cinnamon Skeleton. He plays on Sunday night at John Zorn’s East Village fringe music outpost The Stone.
Seattle’s Sub Pop Records picked up the band The Head and the Heart after its self-released, eponymous debut album dropped last summer. Download "Lost In My Mind" from the record here.
Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman) grew up in the Green Mountain State of Vermont playing some instrument or another since age 3. Now the NYC pianist keeps busy performing with the likes of David Byrne, The National and Yoko Ono. Download his track "Hurricane" here
Widely considered to be the leading ambassador of Wassoulou music, Oumou Sangaré brings her impassioned rhythms and inspirational lyrics to Prospect Park on Friday night. Download the West African song "Wele Wele Wintou" from her 2009 release Seya here.
Adira Amram's backing band, dancers, keyboard and sexy subversive lyrics pack an electric pop punch. Download her unironically titled “Electric” right here.
The Jay Vons is a vintage band down to its core -- the band’s throwback rock 'n’ soul sound could have been pressed onto vinyl half a century ago. Download the band’s debut single “Maybe I Loved You" here.
The first annual Brasil Summerfest kicks off in Central Park on Sunday. Gear up for the fest with a free download of “Desabafo” from the Latin hip-hop pioneer Marcelo D2.
Heartless Bastards has its roots in indie rock that has a southern twist. Download “The Mountain" from the band’s latest release here.
William Elliot Whitmore takes you out to his farm in Lee County, Iowa on Field Songs. The album is alive with the cricket and bird chirping of field recordings, stark banjo twangs and a bass drum. Download the album's title track here.
The second of four panel discussions held in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company residency at The Park Avenue Armory focused on “Directing Shakespeare."
Three high school friends — Ethan Levenson, John Kalle and Gianni de Falco — make up the New York indie-rock band Indian Rebound. Download the track “Sitges,” named after a small town near Barcelona, Spain, here.
American Analog Set frontman Andrew Kenny leads the quartet The Wooden Birds. Download the title track from the band's second album Two Matchsticks here.
The influences of the Brooklyn band Oneida range from Krautrock to psych rock to noise rock to minimalist stylings. Download "Horizons" from the band's latest release Absolute II here.
Tom Vek concluded his six-year hiatus from the music business with last month's release of his sophomore album Leisure Seizure. Download the track “Aroused” here for free.
The Austin, Texas based balladeer Bill Callahan released his latest album Apocalypse back in April. Check out a couple videos and download the track "Riding For The Feeling" right here.