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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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Gig Alert: CocoRosie

Monday, May 23, 2011

The Casady sisters Bianca "Coco" and Sierra "Rosie" released Grey Oceans last year on Seattle’s indie Sub Pop label. Download the haunting, melodic lullaby “Lemonade” here.

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Gig Alert: Kane Mathis

Friday, May 20, 2011

Kane Mathis is one of the most accomplished American kora players around. On "Sori," he blends West African kora with ethereal jazz. Download the song here.

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Gig Alert: Hazmat Modine

Friday, May 20, 2011

The music of the New York City folk fusion ensemble Hazmat Modine is steeped in blues, reggae, klezmer and country. Download “Child of a Blind Man,” which features the vocals of Natalie Merchant and the Gangbé Brass Band here.

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Gig Alert: Cymbals Eat Guitars

Friday, May 20, 2011

The Staten Island quartet Cymbals Eat Guitars dishes out tunes that feature both noise rock and toned-down lullabies. You can hear both sounds on “...And the Hazy Sea” here.

 

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Gig Alert: Pearl and the Beard

Monday, May 16, 2011

The Brooklyn-based trio Pearl and the Beard features the harmonizing vocals of Jocelyn Mackenzie, Emily Hope Price and Jeremy Styles. Download “Sweetness” from the band’s second full-length album Killing The Darlings here.

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Gig Alert: The Besnard Lakes

Friday, May 13, 2011

The core of the Montreal, Canada quartet Besnard Lakes is the husband-wife duo Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas. Download “Albatross,” from the band's third full-length release here.

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Gig Alert: Savoir Adore

Friday, May 13, 2011

Brooklyn’s Savoir Adore dishes out lively electro-pop numbers with dashes of folky-fuzz at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday night. Download “Sparrow” here.

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Gig Alert: Damien Jurado

Friday, May 13, 2011

Last year's Saint Bartlett was Damien Jurado's ninth studio album in his 15-year career. Download “Arkansas” from the indie-folk musician's album here.

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On Your Record Release Radar: Gang Gang Dance

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

New York City’s percussive experimental band Gang Gang Dance released its fifth full-length album Eye Contact on Tuesday. Check out WNYC's interview with the band's frontwoman Lizzi Bougatsos and download the track "Mindkilla" here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Peter, Bjorn and John

Monday, May 09, 2011

The Swedish pop trio Peter, Bjorn and John first captured the attention of its listeners with a sunny 2006 hit called “Young Folks,” which featured an infectious whistling melody. Now, the group's released a new (whistle-free) album called “Gimme Some.” Check out the video "Dig A Little Deeper," which Peter, Bjorn and John performed live in WNYC's Soundcheck studios, here.

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Gig Alert: Hafdis Huld

Monday, May 09, 2011

The Icelandic singer songwriter Hafdis Huld began playing gigs around the world when she was just 15. Download the track "Action Man" from her second solo-release here.

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Gig Alert: Big Troubles

Friday, May 06, 2011

The Ridgewood, New Jersey quartet Big Troubles plays its big guitar-driven dream-pop tunes on Friday night. Download the band's first single "Freudian Slips" from its debut album Worry here.

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Gig Alert: Class Actress

Friday, May 06, 2011

Brooklyn trio Class Actress blend blitzy electro-dance music driven by vintage synths and the vocals of Elizabeth Harper. Download the title track to the band's debut EP, Journal of Ardency.

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Gig Alert: Computer Magic

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The Brooklyn-based singer and music manipulator Danielle Johnson performs and records under the name Computer Magic. Download her spacey-disco track “Grand Junction” from Spectronic here.

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Gig Alert: Pitom

Monday, May 02, 2011

Led by Yoshie Fruchter, Pitom plays hard-edged music it calls "punkassjewjazz." Download a track from the band's sophomore release Blasphemy and Other Serious Crimes here.

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Gig Alert: The Joy Formidable

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Welsh trio brandishes fuzzed-out indie rock on its debut full-length album The Big Roar. Download "Whirring" from the album here.

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Gig Alert: Tame Impala

Monday, April 25, 2011

Perth, Australia’s Tame Impala released its debut full-length album, Innerspeaker, last summer. Download "Solitude Is Bliss" here, featuring the reverb-drenched, harmonized vocals of lead singer Kevin Parker.

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Gig Alert: Grass Widow

Friday, April 22, 2011

Listen to the San Francisco girl band Grass Widow build three-part harmonies over unusual chord progressions on “Tattoo.” Download it here for free.

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Gig Alert: Cake

Thursday, April 21, 2011

This year, Cake celebrates 20 years of being in the biz with a sixth full-length release, Showroom of Compassion. Download “Long Time” from the album here.

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