Brooklyn-based group TV on the Radio announced on its Web site that its bassist, Gerard Smith, has died of lung cancer. Smith was born in Harlem, raised on Long Island and lived in Brooklyn. Before joining the band, he busked on New York streets, and was a regular at the Bedford Avenue L station.
Honeyboy Carencro is a retro-soul crooner from the great music city of New Orleans. Catch his show at Southpaw Wednesday, and download his down-home "Widowmaker" here.
“Sister Act”, the musical, opens on Broadway on Wednesday. It's one of several film adaptations on Broadway right now.
Moroccan diva Malika Zarra brings her North African jazz-worldbeat sound to the Jazz Standard Tuesday night. Download her new track "Berber Taxi" here.
Those celebrating Passover on Monday night are likely to be using a Haggodah, the prayer book that guides diners through the Passover Seder meal. But few can turn to a book that's over 500 years old.
O'Death brings its American Gothic sound to the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg on Friday. Download "Bug," off the band's new album Outside for free.
The Blue Cranes is a Portland quintet with a truly unconventional approach to improvised music that puts other third-streamers to shame. Download "Ritchie Bros" here.
On Wednesday, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama's half-sister, read passages of her new children's book "Ladder to the Moon" to a packed hall at Columbia's Teachers College.
Fela Kuti once said "without Tony Allen, there would be no Afrobeat." Catch the genre's second son at Le Poisson Rouge Wednesday night, and download his killer "Secret Agent" here.
The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum will be home to the Enterprise space shuttle.
JP & The Gilberts makes high-octane bluegrass and country from the gritty borough of Brooklyn. Catch the band at Zebulon Tuesday night, and download "Woman (is for Real)" here for free.
St. Ann’s Warehouse had hoped to relocate to a building located in the ruins of a mid-19th century tobacco warehouse.
Club d'Elf makes funky instrumental music infused with a taste of Moroccan Gnawa trance. The group plays Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday night. Download "As Above" here.
Young Empires, the new indie-pop sensation out of Toronto, plays the Studio at Webster Hall Thursday night. Download "Rain of Gold" here.
Classical meets punk and the institutional meets the underground beginning on Wednesday night. Download tracks from the festival's participating composers Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason.
Jesse Harris brings his laid-back jazzy songwriting style to Le Poisson Rouge Tuesday night. Download his instrumental track "Little Star" here.
The Ethiopian-American songtress will speak at the Studio Museum in Harlem on Friday night and perform at N.Y.U. on Sunday. Download her "Leaving Soon" here.
Theo Bleckmann brings his tremendous vocal technique and playful compositional style to Littlefield Thursday night. Download his "Duet for One," a two-part vocal piece sung by Bleckmann alone.
The all-girl indie outfit Warpaint brings its underwater songs to Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday night. Download the track "Undertow."
If you are a quilter, the Park Avenue Armory is the place to be this week. But whether or not you've ever been excited by quilts in the past, the collection of 650 red and white quilts suspended from the armory ceiling in twisting helix patterns is a sight to behold.