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Gig Alert: Jones Street Station

Monday, August 22, 2011

Tuesday night, Jones Street Station brings Americana-infused harmonies and instruments small and large to Brooklyn Bowl.

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Gig Alert: Oumou Sangaré

Friday, July 29, 2011

Widely considered to be the leading ambassador of Wassoulou music, Oumou Sangaré brings her impassioned rhythms and inspirational lyrics to Prospect Park on Friday night. Download the West African song "Wele Wele Wintou" from her 2009 release Seya here.

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Gig Alert: William Elliott Whitmore

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

William Elliot Whitmore takes you out to his farm in Lee County, Iowa on Field Songs. The album is alive with the cricket and bird chirping of field recordings, stark banjo twangs and a bass drum. Download the album's title track here.

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Gig Alert: Anna Calvi

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Anna Calvi based her cover of "Jezebel" on the 1951 original made popular by the French chanteuse Edith Piaf. Download Calvi's song off her 2011 debut album here.

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Gig Alert: Monotonix

Friday, February 04, 2011

The Tel Aviv trio Monotonix never disappoints live thanks to its bizarre arsenal of antics. Check out a video of the band playing and download a track from the band's second album Not Yet here.

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Gig Alert: Ecstatic Music Festival, feat. So Percussion

Monday, January 17, 2011

The Ecstatic Music Festival kicks off on Monday afternoon for a free 7-hour music marathon from 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. One of the must sees from the marathon is the Brooklyn-based quartet So Percussion.

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Gig Alert: Soltero

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New York-based multi-instrumentalist and singer Tim Howard resonates with his haunting and sometimes taunting songwriting. Download the track "Drag Out Blues" from his 2008 release You're No Dream.

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Gig Alert: Akiko Pavolka and the House of Illusion

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Akiko Pavolka grew up in Tokyo playing bass and drums in underground rock bands and later moved to the States to study jazz at Berklee. Download her track "Begin Again."

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Gig Alert: Chairlift

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Brooklyn-based band is one of a score of indie-rockers making waves on the music scene with hypnotic, synth pop and a wink-and-nod approach to songwriting. Download the track "Planet Health" for free.

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Live on Soundcheck: Old 97's

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Texas-born country rockers the Old 97's recently released their eighth studio album The Grand Theatre, Volume One. The Old 97's joined WNYC Host John Schaefer to talk about working with singer songwriter Steve Earle. Plus, check out our video of the group performing "The State of Texas" at WNYC.

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Gig Alert: Walter Parks

Monday, December 20, 2010

Walter Parks has established himself as a musician over the past three decades. While fans wait for his solo debut, which is out this February 2011, download the track "Vestibule" from Parks' eponymous ablum here.

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Gig Alert: ARMS

Monday, December 20, 2010

New stuff is coming soon from the Brooklyn-based indie shoegaze band ARMS. The group's currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its sophomore album. Until then, download “Heat and Hot Water” from the band's recent EP, simply titled EP.

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Gig Alert: Warm Ghost

Friday, December 17, 2010

Under the moniker "Warm Ghost," Paul Duncan and Oliver Chapoy created a spacy soundscape on their debut EP Claws Overhead. Download the duo's track "Open The Wormhole In Your Heart.”

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Gig Alert: Old 97's

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Dallas, Texas alt-country band Old 97s is, in a word, theatrical. Get a taste of the group on the track, “The Grand Theatre 1.”

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Gig Alert: Budos Band

Friday, December 03, 2010

The Budos Band is all instrumental, all New York and all kinds of raucousness. Download the group's track, "Unbroken, Unshaven" here.

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Gig Alert: Callers

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sara Lucas, Ryan Seaton and Don Godwin settled in Brooklyn after leaving New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. Download the track, "How You Hold Your Arms," from the band's first album in its new home.

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Gig Alert: Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats

Friday, November 19, 2010

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and his bombastic meatbats just released their second album, More Meat. Download the jazz-fusion track, "And We All Swing The Tuna," right here.

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Punk Rock Author Patti Smith Wins National Book Award

Thursday, November 18, 2010

On Wednesday night, November 17, Patti Smith won the 2010 National Book Award in the Non-fiction category for her memoir, "Just Kids."

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Gig Alerts: The Ginger Ninjas

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Off-the-grid groove roots outfit Ginger Ninjas powers its concerts with bike pedaling audience members. No plugs necessary! Download the track "Little Door" right here for free.

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Gig Alert: The Steel Wheels

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Steel Wheels hail from where the Blue Ridge Mountains cross through Virginia. The group's music, not surprisingly, draws on the region's long tradition of blues and bluegrass. Download the track, “Nothing You Can’t Lose,” for free.

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