Queens is home to a rich Colombian musical community that is mixing traditional Afro-Colombian sounds with contemporary American music in interesting ways. Watch our audio slideshow and download a track by MAKU Soundsystem.
The Clean arose from New Zealand's epic corral of brash punk talent in the early 1980s and continues to pump out Kiwi pop-rock to the masses. Download the track "Tensile" from the band's 2009 release Mister Pop.
Malian desert diva Khaira Arby makes her first appearance in the States after 20 years of performing as "the Nightingale of the North" in her country. Download her fuzzed-out Muslim trance jam "Khaira" here.
The Procedure Club came out of the unlikely hood of New Haven, Connecticut in 2008. Download the capital “N” Noise-collaborative's track, "Vermont II," here.
The Jazz Passengers, veterans of the '80s third-stream jazz scene surrounding John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards, play The Jazz Standard tonight with special guest Debbie Harry. Download "Dog in Sand," a 1994 track featuring the Blondie frontwoman.
Itai Kriss, the talented and multi-faceted Israeli flute player, plays tonight with his salsa outfit at Fat Cat. Download his "Danzón No.1" here.
Indie darlings Deerhunter rock the Soho Apple Store tonight. Download "Revival," a slice of sunny psychedlia off the band's new release, Halcyon Digest.
Blog-buzzy Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, plays Webster hall tonight. Download his "King of Spain" here.
The Michigan trio Breathe Owl Breathe offers up a blast of fresh air from a Lincoln Log cabin on its upcoming album Magic Central. Download the track "Own Stunts" here.
By way of Tacoma, Washington, 19-year-old Brad Oberhofer packed up shop and moved out east to Brooklyn to write, play and record his crafty, catchy bedroom pop music. Download the track "OOooOOooOO" here.
Mexico's alt-pop diva Ely Guerra makes a rare appearance in New York as part of the Celebrate Mexico Now festival. Download her "Stranger" here.
Percussionist Adam Pierce leads the Mice Parade on their latest release, What It Means To Be Left-Handed. Download the track "In Between Times" right here.
Anamanaguchi hacks '80s video game consoles to transform them into eight-bit synths, and mix them with swirling, power-pop guitars. Download "A Aurora (Meet Me In The Stars)" here.
Canadian singer and multi-instrumentalist Basia Bulat brings her indie-folk to Mercury Lounge tonight. Download "Go On," from her new album Heart of My Own.
Zydeco youngblood Cedric Watson brings his Bijou Creole to Joe's Pub tonight. Download his "Le sud de la louisiane" here.
The track "License to Hide" is from The Posies' forthcoming full-length album Blood/Candy. Download it here for free.
Singer and composer Pedro Moraes is one of the newest talents to pick up the Música Popular Brasileira (Popular Brazilian Music) torch. Download his exquisitely arranged "Xote de Manha" here.
Triveni, the trio created by trumpeter (not to be confused with the bassist of the same name) Avishai Cohen, brings the group's down-home, conversational jazz to LPR tonight at its CD release party. Download the group's version of "Mood Indigo" here.
The San Diego duo Crocodiles delivers a fuzzy rock anthem which inspires a polar opposite reaction to what the title may suggest. Download the group's latest LP's title track "Sleep Forever" right here.
The nineties indie legend Pavement plays tonight through Thursday in Central Park on their first-and-last-(ever) reunion tour. Download the band's 1994 single, "Gold Soundz," here.