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No Cover: Lisa Lisa

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Who can forget Lisa Lisa, of Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam fame? The Hell's Kitchen-born 1980s pop superstar, whose real name is Lisa Velez, got famous for her freestyle sound, which mixes hip-hop, R&B and Latin music with dance beats. NYC’s City Parks Foundation recently brought the singer to Staten Island’s Tappan Park.

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Gig Alert: Tennis

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The nautically-inspired husband-and-wife duo play Cakeshop tonight. Download their bubbly, lo-fi track "Baltimore."

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Gig Alert: Forro in the Dark

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Brazilian, by way of New York, dance band will be playing its usual Wednesday night gig at Nublu tonight. Download their cool, vampy tune "Forrowest."

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Shots You Snapped: Titus Andronicus, Chromeo, The English Beat...

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

New Jersey band Titus Andronicus plugged in for a raucous set at Glasslands in Williamsburg. Chromeo played the penultimate Williamsburg summer Pool Parties along the waterfront. And the 1980's new wavers The English Beat hit up the Bowery last week.

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Gig Alert: Motel Motel

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Americana-influenced five-piece have a new album out and they'll be playing Union Pool tonight. Download their intriguing track "Helena, MT."

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Gig Alert: Amy Cervini & Jazz Country

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The jazz singer known for her eclectic palette performs with her band at 55 Bar tonight. Download her mellow version of the tune "Bye Bye Country Boy."

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Gig Alert: Ted Hearne's Katrina Ballads, featuring René Marie

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The composer marks the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a performance of his song cycle Katrina Ballads at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Download his stirring piece "Dennis Hastert: 9.1.05."

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Gig Alert: Brandon Wright Quintet

Monday, August 23, 2010

This promising saxophonist and his band will be tearing it up at Dizzy's tonight. Download his feisty track "Free Man."

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Gig Alert: Taka Kigawa

Monday, August 23, 2010

The venturesome pianist will perform at Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Download his treatment of an excerpt from composer Pierre Boulez's "Piano Sonata No.3."

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Gig Alert: Lost in the Trees

Monday, August 23, 2010

The North Carolina-based orchestral pop group play Mercury Lounge tonight. Download their grand track "Walk Around the Lake."

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No Cover: The Bubu King Janka Nabay

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Sierra Leone's Janka Nabay is a major figure in Bubu Music, which is traditionally performed by up to 20 musicians blowing into bamboo pipes. He modernized theMuslim music genre during the Sierra Leonean Civil War of the 1990s. You can stream a selection of his performance this summer at Le Poisson Rouge right here.

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Gig Alert: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

Friday, August 20, 2010

This jazz organ icon will be playing with his trio at the Jazz Standard all weekend. Download his smooth slow-burner "Spiral."

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Gig Alert: Admiral Radley

Friday, August 20, 2010

This new quartet formed by longtime members of California's indie rock scene perform at Bowery Ballroom Friday night. Download their quirky, dreamy track "I Heart California."

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Gig Alert: Theophilus London

Friday, August 20, 2010

This Brooklyn urban pop-meister plays Webster Hall Friday. Download his take on the Nat King Cole tune "Calypso Blues."

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Gig Alert: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The airy pop duo made up of Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl performs tonight at Joe's Pub. Download the delicate "The World Was Made for Men."

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Gig Alert: Eden Brent

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The blues singer and pianist performs at Rockwood Music Hall tonight. Download her freewheeling new track "Ain't Got No Troubles."

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Gig Alert: Bibi Tanga & the Selenites

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Parisian cosmopolitan funk band play a free show at Lincoln Center's David Rubenstein Atrium tonight. Download the Afrobeat-influenced track "Bê Africa."

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Gig Alert: Julian Lynch

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The ethereal indie pop-maker plays Pianos tonight. Download his otherworldly track "Just Enough."

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Shots You Snapped: Chuck D, Flavor Flav, DOM, Grupo 24 Horas...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Last week, Public Enemy's Chuck D and Flavor Flav headlined a Central Park Summerstage, DOM performed out on Governors Island and Grupo 24 Horas got the crowd moving at New York’s Bachata Festival.

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Gig Alert: Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Sierra Leonean modern bubu music king performs at Zebulon tonight. Download his infectious, upbeat track "Eh Congo."

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