The Brooklyn Arts Council kicks off its third annual Scene: Brooklyn film and media arts festival on Thursday under the archway of the Manhattan Bridge in Dumbo.
Led by Yoshie Fruchter, Pitom plays hard-edged music it calls "punkassjewjazz." Download a track from the band's sophomore release Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes here.
The Welsh trio brandishes fuzzed-out indie rock on its debut full-length album The Big Roar. Download "Whirring" from the album here.
Perth, Australia’s Tame Impala released its debut full-length album, Innerspeaker, last summer. Download "Solitude Is Bliss" here, featuring the reverb-drenched, harmonized vocals of lead singer Kevin Parker.
Listen to the San Francisco girl band Grass Widow build three-part harmonies over unusual chord progressions on “Tattoo.” Download it here for free.
This year, Cake celebrates 20 years of being in the biz with a sixth full-length release, Showroom of Compassion. Download “Long Time” from the album here.
Sister act Gwenno and Ani Saunders front the Brighton, England Euro-pop outfit The Pipettes. Download the space-inspired track "Thank You" from the band’s 2010 summer release Earth vs. The Pipettes.
The band Jamaica does not play reggae music. The French pop duo lets the guitar riffs fly while keeping the grooves tight on the track "I Think I Like U 2." Download the song here.
The Go! Team is a six-piece band from the U.K. that blends rock guitars, hip-hop beats and schoolyard chants with live instrumentation. Download “T.O.R.N.A.D.O.” from the band’s latest album Rolling Blackouts here.
Benny Boeldt is the man behind the 8-bit digital glitches and Nintendo blips in the Baltimore band Adventure. Download the track “Rio” from the group's second album Lesser Known here for free.
Conner O’Neill and Fareed Sajan of Headless Horseman craft their bubbly beats and bits using collage editing techniques. Download “Wavelength” and “Snowday" to get a taste of their sound.
After three years on the touring circuit, Montreal's Suuns jumped into the studio last year to record its debut album Zeroes QC. Download "Arena" here.
The Austin, Texas singer songwriter Bill Callahan, who recorded as Smog until a few years ago, released his latest album Apocalypse on Tuesday. Read WNYC's interview with Callahan here.
Thao Nguyen sings vocals as her band, accompanied by the illustrious whistling violin virtuoso Andrew Bird, whirls a danceable jangle on "Know Better Learn Faster." Download the song here.
Hawke learned to play old-time banjo music in the clawhammer style growing up in the Adirondack mountains of upstate New York. Download the track "Yellow Rose" here for free.
The Ridgewood, Queens performance, art, work and living space Silent Barn hosts the Chris North Dream Quartet from Whitehaus Family Record on Friday night. Download the quartet's "The Architects of Love and Forgiveness" here.
Irish electronic musician and deejay Marcus Lambkin is the man behind the the beats of S— Robot. Download the track "Tuff Enuff?" from his 2010 debut album and check out a video from labelmate James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem.
Though in both his early solo work and his performances with The Mountain Goats John Darnielle's characters often complain, his songs resonate because of the epically-spun plights of their anti-heroes and Darnielle’s nasally yet sonorous vocals. Download the track “Damn These Vampires.” The band’s thirteenth album All Eternals Deck will be released on Tuesday.
Philadelphia-based songwriter and singer Kurt Vile packed his backing band The Violators into the studio to produce the rich, humming and strumming album Smoke Ring For My Halo. Download the track “Jesus Fever.”