The indie rockers' new album Valhalla Dancehall opens with “Who’s In Control?,” a lively anthem inciting youth everywhere to join a "sexy protest," stand up and fight, and spend some time at a local library. Download the song for free here.
Kodo puts a modern spin on the traditional taiko drum at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday night. Prepare to hear thunderous sounds: the band's name, Kodo, means "heartbeat," and reflects the band's “desire to play the drums simply, with the heart of a child.”
The British New Yorker and folk rocker Teddy Thompson has a new album out called Bella. Download his autobiographical “Looking For A Girl” here.
The London-based experimental folk artist David Thomas Broughton cites Tom Waits and Bill Callahan, of Smog, as his early musical influences. You can download his track “Perfect Louse” here.
Download the instrumental track "Three-Two" from the Brooklyn ensemble Clogs.
Download "Stamp" here, a new track from the Canadian trio's sophomore LP, Departing. It's the band's first release on the Omaha, Nebraska-based indie outlet Saddle Creek Records.
Singer songwriter Eric Elbogen is the man behind the Brooklyn indie band Say Hi. You can download the track "Dots on Maps" from Say Hi's seventh studio album Um, Uh Oh.
The San Franciscan folk-rock revival group The Heavenly States has a new EP on the horizon: Oui Camera Oui. Download the opening track “Model Son” for a sneak peak.
Steve Marion plays over 40 instruments on his band's delicate, lyric-free album Wondervisions. Download the track “Butterfly” for free here.
The band Emil & Friends is the sole effort of a 23 year-old named Emil Hewitt. Download “Josephine” here along with a remix of the Passion Pit single “Sleepyhead."
Prince Rama has released four albums in the past three years. The Brooklyn band's latest, Shadow Temple, was released on Animal Collective’s label Paw Tracks. Download the hauntingly epic track "Land of the Apocalypse Transcended."
Beirut bassist Paul Collins and drummer Perrin Cloutier team up for a folksier strum-sound in the band Soft Landing. Download the track "Baptism" here.
The Brooklyn-based rapper who is the frontman of the alt-hip-hop group Anti-Pop Consortium—yes we're talking about Beans—recently stopped by WNYC's Soundcheck studios. Check out a video of his performance of "Electric Eliminator" here.
The Milwaukee, Wis. band Kings Go Forth released its debut album, The Outsiders Are Back, on David Byrne’s world music record label Luaka Bop last year. Download the group's “Don’t Take My Shadow” here.
Garage punk legend Greg Cartwright heads up the southern rock band Reigning Sound. Download the band's track "Broken Things" here from the 2009 album Love and Curses.
The Brooklyn quintet Friends is one part “weird-pop” and one part “tropicool,” with African-inspired rhythms that splash over the rim of a glass. Download the band’s debut single “Friend Crush” here.
The French jazz singer, actress and playwright Raquel Bitton is revered as one of the preeminent interpreters of Edith Piaf's music. Download "Hymne a L'amour" here.
(The) Tony Castles joined the Brooklyn music scene back in 2008. Download the dream pop band's debut single “Black Girls in Dresses” here.
Songwriter Jon Barthmus teamed up with sound manipulator Patrick Marsceill to sculpt a sunny (albeit night-inspired), soundtrack on Sun Airway's debut album Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier. Download the tropical pop track “Oh, Naoko” and the hazy electronic tune “Put the Days Away” here.
Rich Aucoin, who Spin magazine dubbed the Canadian Wunderkind, enlisted hundreds of people to play on his first commercial EP Public Publication. Download his homage to Daft Punk here.