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Gig Alert: Heartless Bastards

Friday, July 22, 2011

Heartless Bastards has its roots in indie rock that has a southern twist. Download “The Mountain" from the band’s latest release here.

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Gig Alert: Brasil Summerfest

Friday, July 22, 2011

The first annual Brasil Summerfest kicks off in Central Park on Sunday. Gear up for the fest with a free download of “Desabafo” from the Latin hip-hop pioneer Marcelo D2.

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Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon Perform 'History of Rap, Part 2'

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Justin Timberlake took a break from promoting his new movie "Friends With Benefits" to perform 'History of Rap, Part 2' with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday. Check out the videos for Part 1 and 2 here.

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Live on Soundcheck: James Farm

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

With echos of watering holes, fishing holes and summer, "Polliwog" has a roots-y and rustic feeling. Watch James Farm play the song in WNYC's Soundcheck studios here.

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Rapper Ja Rule Sentenced to Prison Time for Tax Evasion

Monday, July 18, 2011

Jeffrey Atkins, better-known as the 35-year-old rapper Ja Rule, was sentenced to 28 months in prison on Monday after admitting to not filing tax returns for five years. The Saddle River, New Jersey native was also ordered to pay over $1.1 million in unpaid taxes on record royalties and live performances.

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Gig Alert: Indian Rebound

Monday, July 18, 2011

Three high school friends — Ethan Levenson, John Kalle and Gianni de Falco — make up the New York indie-rock band Indian Rebound. Download the track “Sitges,” named after a small town near Barcelona, Spain, here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Wild Beasts

Friday, July 15, 2011

The band Wild Beasts sings about sex. But how is that news? Tom Fleming says it is because the group is focusing on the loss and vulnerability of male sex. Watch a video of Wild Beasts playing "Loop The Loop" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Gig Alert: Oneida

Friday, July 15, 2011

The influences of the Brooklyn band Oneida range from Krautrock to psych rock to noise rock to minimalist stylings. Download "Horizons" from the band's latest release Absolute II here.

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Gig Alert: The Wooden Birds

Friday, July 15, 2011

American Analog Set frontman Andrew Kenny leads the quartet The Wooden Birds. Download the title track from the band's second album Two Matchsticks here.

 

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Gig Alert: Kermit Ruffins

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kermit Ruffins, trumpeter and modern-day New Orleans music legend, brings his BBQ Swingers to Hiro Ballroom on Thursday evening. Download his bouncy, good-time "Panama" here.

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Gig Alert: Kermit Ruffins

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Kermit Ruffins, trumpeter and modern-day New Orleans music legend, brings his BBQ Swingers to Hiro Ballroom on Thursday evening. Download his bouncy, good-time "Panama" here.

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Gig Alert: Tom Vek

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Tom Vek concluded his six-year hiatus from the music business with last month's release of his sophomore album Leisure Seizure. Download the track “Aroused” here for free.

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Gig Alert: Bill Callahan

Monday, July 11, 2011

The Austin, Texas based balladeer Bill Callahan released his latest album Apocalypse back in April. Check out a couple videos and download the track "Riding For The Feeling" right here.

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Gig Alert: Four Tet

Friday, July 08, 2011

Digital textures, live instrumentation, samples and remixes. Kieran Hebden, a.k.a. Four Tet, is a conductor of these. Download his remix of fellow beat maker Caribou. The track's called "Angel Echoes."

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Gig Alert: pow wow!

Friday, July 08, 2011

New Jersey brothers Eddie and Jeff Nazareno have been writing and playing music for 14 years. But they didn’t combine their musical powers to form pow wow! until 2005. The band has a pretty upbeat and jangly pop sound.

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Live on Soundcheck: Ari Hoenig

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Drummer Ari Hoenig is known for his intensity behind the drum kit -- and for his use of the drums as a melodic and percussive instrument. Check out the video here for a live performance of "Arrows and Loops" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Gig Alert: Pablo Malaurie

Monday, July 04, 2011

The Argentinean singer and multi-instrumentalist Pablo Malaurie combines traditional Japanese sounds with South American folk. Download the track "Veni" from his 2010 solo debut record, El Festival del Beso, and watch a music video featuring Malaurie by the French filmmaker Vincent Moon.

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Gig Alert: Ayakao Shirasaki

Friday, July 01, 2011

In the fifth grade, Shirasaki was transcribing the works of the renowned American jazz pianist Bud Powell, and by age 12, she had already begun her professional career. Download the title track from her latest solo piano release "Falling Leaves - Live in Hamburg" here.

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Gig Alert: Panda Bear

Friday, July 01, 2011

The experimental musician Noah Lennox is best known as Panda Bear, one of the founding members of the neo-noise group Animal Collective. His latest album Tomboy was released in April. Download "Last Night at the Jetty" from the album here.

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Gig Alert: Dirty Beaches

Friday, July 01, 2011

Dirty Beaches is the solo sound project of the Taiwanese musician, and not so closeted lover of iconic '50’s Americana, Alex Zhang Hungtai. Download his song “Sweet 17” here.

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