Butch Morris is the father of a innovative musical system called "conduction" that merges improvised jazz with composed classical music. Watch him direct the Nublu Orchestra at Lucky Cheng's on Monday, and download his "Nowhere Everafter" here.
Miami Horror is a band from down under with a dance-oriented sound culled from classic house and disco. Catch the guys playing Saturday night at Brooklyn Bowl and download their single "Holidays" here.
The Toronto indie band Broken Social Scene brings its cinematic sound to the Williamsburg Waterfront on Thursday alongside TV on the Radio. Download "World Sick" for free here.
A day after high levels of gun violence rocked the West Indian-American Day parade, musicians who march every year expressed frustration and anger.
Underground rap forefather Aceyalone plays the Mercury Lounge Monday night. Download "We Are" from his Freestyle Fellowship here.
Call it the end of an era. At the end of the month, tenants at one of Williamsburg's last communal art spaces will be leaving because their property manager has not offered to re-new their lease.
Brooklyn is home to the best steel drum orchestras outside of Trinidad. As the West Indian-American Day Carnival approaches, they're getting ready for the annual Panorama competition.
DJ and producer RJD2 makes some of the best instrumental hip-hop on the planet, and he's playing Webster Hall Friday. Download his "Going and Going. And Going" from his new side-project Icebird.
Bass legend Ron Carter hits the stage for the first time ever with the Ron Carter Big Band at the Jazz Standard Thursday night through Sunday. Download "Loose Change," which has not yet been released commercially, here.
All 23 Broadway shows canceled their lucrative Saturday and Sunday performances this past weekend due to the transit shutdown mandated by Mayor Bloomberg in anticipation of Tropical Storm Irene, resulting in massive losses at the box office.
City agencies fanned out over the city to clear trees from streets on Monday. Using data from 311 calls, parks officials estimate that around 1500 trees have fallen in the streets, with many more toppled in city parks.
"Downtown Swinger" Bryant K brings his lo-fi soul sound to Nublu on Monday night. Download "Daisies Grow" here.
Indie touchstone Cat Power brings her slow-tempo songcraft to Webster Hall Friday night. Download "Metal Heart," her new cover of her own song originally recorded in 1998, here.
Miracles of Modern Science brings its orchestral dance-rock to the Rock Shop Thursday night. Download their "Eating Me Alive" here.
On Wednesday, the Jewish Museum announced Claudia Gould, who currently runs Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art, will take over leadership of the museum. Gould will replace Joan Rosenbaum, who has been at the museum's helm for 30 years, this fall.
The seventh annual Afro-Punk Festival takes place this weekend in Brooklyn. The event was started in 2005 to spotlight the underground African-American punk rock and hardcore music scene in New York. Now the festival boasts performances from artists at the top of the music industry.
Libyan-American hip-hop artist Khaled M is celebrating the news that rebel forces have entered Tripoli with new music. For a few months, the rapper has been recording his first music video, an upbeat song titled “Lights Out.” But he decided that it wasn’t appropriate to release feel-good music until Qaddafi was out of power.
YouTube sensation Julia Nunes brings her ukulele and charisma to Webster Hall Monday night. Download her "I Think You Know" here.
the Mexican rockers Zoé just released an MTV Unplugged album and are touring it around the U.S. Tonight they stop off at La Boom, a nightclub in Queens.
Grateful dead alum and "world music" pioneer Mickey Hart plays Brooklyn Bowl Thursday night. Download "I Can Tell You More" here.