Rejecting hook-heavy club rap, Freddie Gibbs is single-handedly bearing the standard for Midwestern rap with impressive lyrical dexterity. Download an edited version of his "National Anthem" here.
Calibro 35, the instrumental funk band dedicated to reimagining swaggering soundtracks from '70s-era Italian gangster films, plays a Nublu CMJ showcase tonight. Download the band's "Calling All Units to Broccolino" here.
This week, sanctions were lifted from the National Academy Museum, which got in trouble two years ago for selling off artworks from its collection to pay bills. Learn how the experts are weighing in on the practice of deaccessioning.
Accordion (and banjo) wielding Dark Dark Dark, based in Minneapolis, brings its "chamber-folk" to the CMJ Music Marathon tonight. Download the band's earnestly executed, lovelorn "Daydreaming" here.
Stew and Heidi Rodewald, masters of rock-musical songwriting, present a song-cycle all about Brooklyn. Download the duo's "Love Like That," from Stew and Heidi's first hit musical Passing Strange.
On the opening night of the CMJ Music Marathon, buzzier-than-thou Francis and the Lights brings its synth-laden disco-funk to Webster Hall. Download the band's terminally chill "For Days."
Dominique Young Unique, the 18-year-old rap sensation from Tampa, plays a CMJ opening night party at Webster Hall this evening. Download her "Hot Girl," chock full of rapid-fire raps and high-flying synths.
Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has serves up a dreamy song cycle for the indie rock generation with "Penelope." Download "This is What You're Like" here.
Stile Antico is a young early music choral group from Britain that sings spellbinding motets and madrigals from the Tudor era. Download the group's rendition of Byrd's "Ecce Virgo Concipet" here.
Bassist and bandleader Avishai Cohen plays his world music-inflected contemporary jazz at the Winter Garden tonight. Download his "Alon Basela" here.
Tom Tom Club is the side project of Talking Heads members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz, who accidently changed hip-hop and R&B history with "Genius of Love," a funky pop cut that has been sampled countless times. Catch this legendary group tonight at Santos Party House, and download this zany remix of the track.
Indian-American saxophone hotshot Rudresh Mahanthappa teams up with octogenarian master Bunky Green for four straight nights at the Jazz Standard. Download the duo's "Summit" here.
There's a new book out on one of the city's favorite Bronx Bombers: "The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood," by Jane Leavy.
The Dirty Projectors bassist Nat Baldwin turns experimental musical ideas into sweet sounding pop music, armed with his bowed double bass and cooing voice. Download his "Lifted" here.
The 13-piece Spanish Harlem Orchestra, led by veteran arranger Oscar Hernández is one of the last hometown groups that keeps New York dancers twirling to classic salsa dura sounds. Catch the group's album release party at SOBs tonight, and download its “La Fiesta Empezó" here.
Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum's contemporary jazz supergroup the Thirteenth Assembly plays the Issue Project Room Tonight. Download the group's playful "Chantal" here.
Scicilian trumpeter and bandleader Roy Paci used to be a sideman for Manu Chao, and it shows in his brand of globalist pop. Download his "Todo Joia Toda Beleza," featuring Manu himself, here.
Somali-Canadian rapper K'naan brings his pop-friendly, politically-tinged hip-hop to Webster Hall tonight. Download his single "Bam Bam" here.
Hotshot jazz pianist Vijay Iyer teams up with hotshot jazz pianist Craig Taborn for a performance at Columbia's Miller Theater tonight, their New York debut as a duo. Download Iyer's "One for Blount" here.
New York City is pulsing with high-octane brass bands these days, and The Underground Horns is one of them. The group releases its debut CD tonight at Nublu. Download "Big Beat" here.