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Gig Alert: The Hundred in the Hands

Monday, June 27, 2011

The Hundred in the Hands makes highly danceable, disco-punk pop music. Download the Brooklyn duo's "Dressed in Dresden" from its eponymous full-length debut here.

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Gig Alert: Reggie Watts

Friday, June 24, 2011

Reggie Watts is an entertainer. He spins on-the-spot comedic free verse over on-the-spot free beats with an incomparable vocal range. Download "Every Day is Like Sunday" here from the LP Live at Third Man Records.

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Gig Alert: iceage

Friday, June 24, 2011

The four punk-rocking 18- and 19-year-old teenagers of iceage (sans capital “I”) are musically beyond their tender ages. Download the Copenhagen, Denmark group's track “Broken Bone" from the band's debut album New Brigade.

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Gig Alert: Mike Wexler

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Brooklyn singer songwriter Mike Wexler, whose influences include Pink Floyd, Scott Walker and former Soft Machines member Robert Wyatt, pairs his musical folk exploration with psychedelia. Download “Ecliptic” from his 2007 debut album Sun Wheel here.

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Gig Alert: Smoke Fairies

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Download "Hotel Room" by the British duo Smoke Fairies. The track is from the band's first full length release in the U.S., Through Low Light and Trees.

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Gig Alert: Ari Hoenig

Monday, June 20, 2011

With grins, grimaces, manic gesticulation and fervent beats of his drumsticks, the Philadelphia jazz drummer and composer Ari Hoenig directs complex rhythms and melodies on his instrument. Download the title track from his album Lines of Oppression here.

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Gig Alert: Deleted Scenes

Friday, June 17, 2011

Download the new single “Bedbedbedbedbed” by the Washington D.C. band Deleted Scenes here. It's from the band's third album Young People’s Church of the Air, which is due out in September.

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Gig Alert: Seapony

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Seattle indie-poppers in Seapony released their debut album Go With Me last month. Download the fuzzy feeling track "Dreaming" right here.

 

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Gig Alert: Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

Friday, June 17, 2011

This weekend at Herbert Von King Park in Bed-Stuy, the post-everything improvisers known as Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber pay tribute to the Godfather of Soul. Download “There Was a Rock Me (Remix)” here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Erik Friedlander

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

New York cellist Erik Friedlander is known for his experimental collaborations with saxophonist and composer John Zorn. But his new project and album, Bonebridge, takes a trip to the American south for inspiration. Check out the video here for his live, in-studio performance of the song "Beaufain Street."

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Gig Alert: Radiolab Live Event Preview

Monday, June 13, 2011

Preview of the upcoming Radiolab concert event 'Curious Sounds' by downloading a track from Brooklyn's genre-bending duo Buke & Gass. Plus, get tickets for the show. 

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Gig Alert: Regal Degal

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Brooklyn-based trio Regal Degal smashes and bangs out post-punk rock. Download the track “Making You Thinking” right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Lou Canon

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Toronto-based songstress and multi-instrumentalist Lou Canon released her self-titled debut album in May. Get a free download of Canon's single “Heart Of.”

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Gig Alert: Chris Bathgate

Friday, June 10, 2011

Chris Bathgate has gained comparisons to fellow contemporary folk artists like Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine and Damien Jurado. Download the track "No Silver" from his fourth full length release Salt Year.

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Gig Alert: The Melvins

Monday, June 06, 2011

The bandmembers in The Melvins aren't called the “Godfathers of Grunge” for nothing. The punk rock metal music of the Montesano, Washington group influenced greats such as Nirvana, Soundgarden, and Pearl Jam, among others. Download a live recording of "Civilized Worm" here.

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Gig Alert: Hess Is More

Friday, June 03, 2011

Mikkel Hess is the Danish musician behind Hess is More. His upcoming release Creation Keeps The Devil Away blends jazz, folk, disco, indie and dance music with a cinematic sense of humor. Download the album's title track here.

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Gig Alert: Morgan O'Kane

Friday, June 03, 2011

The self-taught Brooklyn banjo player released his debut album Nine Lives last month and has a sophomore album ready to be rolled out this summer. Download O'Kane's "Sail Away" here.

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Gig Alert: Dâm-Funk

Monday, May 30, 2011

The Los Angeles DJ Dâm-Funk will play his late ‘70s and early ‘80s-inspired beats on the Queen of Hearts as the three-level cruiser glides through the Hudson on Monday night. Download “Hood Pass Intact,” featuring MC Eiht, for just 24 hours here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Joan as Police Woman

Friday, May 27, 2011

The violinist, guitarist and singer songwriter Joan Wasser is the driving force behind the musical project Joan As Police Woman. She visited WNYC's Soundcheck studios with her band to play from her soulful new album, The Deep Field. Check out the video of Wasser performing "Chemmie" here.

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Gig Alert: Times New Viking

Friday, May 27, 2011

This trio of art school grads from Columbus, Ohio makes gruff indie rock tunes littered with brash guitar riffs. Download "F^ck Her Tears from the band's first album recorded in studio here.

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