Elisapie, purveyor of polar pop and arctic electric, brings her Inuit language indie music to The Living Room on Wednesday night. Download her "Turning My Back" here.
On Tuesday evening, Soho residents will meet for a forum on decades-old zoning laws that require tenants to have a certificate from the city proving they are working artists. Until recently, those laws have not been enforced. Now, prospective buyers are getting denied by the Department of Buildings.
Dustin O'Halloran brings his contemplative post-classical piano works to Littlefield on Tuesday. Download "We Move Lightly" here.
Thirty-five area restaurants are setting up shop on Monday on the pedestrian malls as part of the "Taste Of Times Square Food and Music Festival." The festival features recognizable buskers with bite-sized street eats, priced between $1 and $5.
The Texas fiddler and peddler of heartbreak Amanda Shires brings her warbling voice and wistful songwriting to the Living Room tonight. Download "When You Need a Train it Never Comes" here.
Coming soon to a subway station near you: a Japanese mandolin player playing Italian classics, Baroque harp music, and a full blown Afro-jazz group. They're just some of the 19 individuals and groups chosen by the MTA's Music Under New York program to join the roster of musicians officially sanctioned to perform underground. Here's a list of the winners.
Turkuaz brings its post-Tower of Power funk to Southpaw Wednesday night. Download "Coast to Coast" here.
On June 8, you won't necessarily need vision or hearing to experience the musical “Catch Me If You Can” on Broadway. The Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts is spending $240,000 to outfit four Broadway theaters with two pieces of technology called I-Caption and D-Scriptive that will expand theater-going options for the deaf and the blind.
The Philadelphia carnival barkers of Man Man bring zany instrumentation and clever arrangements to Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday. Download the group's brand new "Knuckle Down" for free here.
Street performer John Boyd has been coming to the Bethesda Fountain and to Strawberry Fields in Central Park every weekend for the last four years to sing opera and jazz classics. But if park officials have their way, Boyd and others will no longer be performing there. Last week, the Central Parks Conservancy posted new "Quiet Zone" signs at the Bethesda Fountain and in Strawberry Fields that explicitly forbid the use of musical instruments and amplification there.
Big Freedia, the preeminent personality of the NoLA hip-hop sissy bounce scene, plays Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday. Download her "Excuse" here.
The Deviant Septet brings an unorthodox instrumentation invented by Stravinsky back to life on Thursday at the Greenwich House Music School. Download a movement of its recording of Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" here.
On Tuesday afternoon, a new exhibit from the Public Art Fund will be unveiled by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in City Hall Park. The exhibit features 27 works from the American minimalist sculptor Sol LeWitt.
Bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke brings his groove heavy jazz-fusion sound to The Blue Note for a week of concerts celebrating his 60th Birthday. Download his bass solo "Bass Folk Song No. 10" here for free.
Looks like Marty Markowitz’s epic battle against two Coney Island synagogues is over -- for now.
On Monday, City Council committees held hearings on the mayor’s proposed $43 million cuts to the Department of Cultural Affairs.
On Thursday at noon, Jeffery Ernstoff gives a performance and lecture about the history of the saxophone. Download his "Sax 5th Avenue" here.
The septet used on Todd Sickafoose's acclaimed indie-jazz album Tiny Resistors hits Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday night, presented by Undead Jazz. Download "Bye Bye Bees" here.
The sounds of accordions and harps rang out in Grand Central Station on Tuesday morning during the annual tryouts for "Music Under New York."
The artist opening for Lykke Li at Webster Hall on Tuesday night, Grimes, sounds like she took a few pointers from the Scandinavian electro-indie queen. Dowload “Vanessa” here, which pairs pretty choral harmonies with a driving four-on-the-floor dance beat.