Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer and classical pianist Jeremy Denk are among this year's recipients of the 24 MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."
Team Soundcheck comes clean and reflects on a few of the albums released in 1993 that we missed the first time around, but have come to love and adore.
Whether you're sitting on a beach, relaxing at the pool, or simply escaping the peaking temperatures, hot sidewalks, and unrelenting, soupy humidity inside this summer, Soundcheck has a few favorite music-related books you will love to read.
Composer and electric guitarist John King plays at Roulette Friday night. Download the track "Astral Epitaphs."
Jazz harpist Edmar Castaneda plays at the Jazz Standard on Friday night. Download the track "Double Portion" here.
Garage rock band Pujol plays the Mercury Lounge on Thursday night. Download "DIY2K" from the album United States of Being.
Singer-songwriter and guitarist Alana Amram plays Union Pool Wednesday night with her band, The Rough Gems. Download the track "Wooden Houses."
Jazz composer and guitarist Rafiq Bhatia plays at Pianos on Tuesday night. Download the track "Sunshower."
Blues-rock guitarist Tyler Bryant plays the Studio at Webster Hall on Monday night with his band, The Shakedown. Download the track "Say A Prayer."
The experimental, psychedelic rock band Animal Collective plays Williamsburg Park Friday night. Download the track "Honeycomb."
Garage-soul band The Alabama Shakes play Terminal 5 Thursday night. Download the track "I Ain't The Same."
Indie pop band Tennis plays The Bowery Ballroom tonight. Download the new track "Origins."
British psychedelic band Django Django plays The Bowery Ballroom Tuesday night. Download the track "Life's a Beach."
Moira Smiley and VOCO is a vocal group that combines the energy of vaudeville with the gracefulness of a string quartet plus a healthy dose of folk-punk spirit. Download their arrangement of the song “Bring Me Little Water, Silvy." The group plays The Jalopy Theatre on Monday night.
R&B singer Bettye Lavette performs at The Highline Ballroom Friday night. Download her interpretation of the Gnarls Barkley radio hit "Crazy" from her new album Thankful N' Thoughtful.
Irish rock band Bell X1 plays The Bowery Ballroom Wednesday night. Download the song "Bad Skin Day" - recorded in an historic church in Utrecht, Holland.
New York-based saxophonist and composer Matthew Silberman plays a record release party at ShapeShifter Lab Tuesday night. Download the new song "The Battle At Dawn."
Bossa Nova singer Bebel Gilberto plays at City Winery on Monday night. Download the song "Sun Is Shining."
The eclectic band Rupa and the April Fishes plays at Littlefield on Saturday night. Download the new song "Build."