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Gig Alert: Dan Tepfer Trio

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dan Tepfer is one of the pioneering, young jazz pianists reinventing "jazz as we know it." Catch his trio's CD release party at The Jazz Standard tonight, and download his "All I Heard Was Nothing" here.

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Gig Alert: Kagero

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kagero brings its Japanese Gypsy Rock to Local 269 tonight. Download the band's rolicking "2 + 1 is Almost 5" here.

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Gig Alert: Corin Tucker Band

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Corin Tucker, one of the founders of the riot grrl band Sleater Kinney, still gets her shredding, wailing riot grrl rock on in this free download, “Doubt."

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On Your Record Release Radar: Pepper Rabbit

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Los Angeles pop rock group Pepper Rabbit releases its debut album, Beauregard, on Tuesday on the Kanine Records label. WNYC recently caught up with the duo at Chelsea's Norwood Club.

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Gig Alert: Future Islands

Monday, October 25, 2010

Download a free track from the Baltimore-based band Future Islands, and get a bonus remix track from BMore electronic experimenter Jason Urick.

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Gig Alert: Spectral Scriabin

Monday, October 25, 2010

In 1915, Russian composer Alexander Scriabin wrote a part for a clavier à lumières, a “color organ” that projected colors onto the stage. Download this Scriabin track, from a previous...

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Gig Alert: Jake Shimabukuru

Monday, October 25, 2010

Ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuru manages to play melodies, harmonies and bass parts on his tiny instrument all at once. Download "143 (Kelly’s Song)" and watch his uke-version of Geo...

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Gig Alert: US Royalty

Friday, October 22, 2010

Brothers John and Paul Thornley are the front men for U.S. Royalty, a four-piece rock band from Washington, D.C. Download the band's "Equestrian" from its upcoming debut right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Freddie Gibbs

Friday, October 22, 2010

Rejecting hook-heavy club rap, Freddie Gibbs is single-handedly bearing the standard for Midwestern rap with impressive lyrical dexterity. Download an edited version of his "National Anthem" here.

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Gig Alert: Voltaire Twins

Friday, October 22, 2010

Voltaire Twins lands in New York City for the first time on Friday in the midst of the annual CMJ music festival chaos. Download the duo's synth-ladden "Jump Cuts," along with the bon...

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Gig Alert: Reggie Watts

Thursday, October 21, 2010

One thing's for sure, Reggie Watts is one funny guy. Watts landed in the Lower East Side in 2004 and started performing ad-libbed, off-the-cuff improvisational lyrics in comedy clubs ...

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Gig Alert: Christopher Paul Stelling

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The musical storytelling of Christopher Paul Stelling embodies a long road with lush folkloric, mythological and religious imagery. Download his track, "Flawless Executioner," right h...

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Gig Alert: Calibro 35

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Calibro 35, the instrumental funk band dedicated to reimagining swaggering soundtracks from '70s-era Italian gangster films, plays a Nublu CMJ showcase tonight. Download the band's "C...

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Gig Alert: The Drums

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nostalgia is in high demand right now, which makes the Morrissey-like reverby, plaintive melodies from The Drums both of the past and of this moment. Download the group's "Down by the Water" here.

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Gig Alert: Stew and Heidi Rodewald

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Stew and Heidi Rodewald, masters of rock-musical songwriting, present a song-cycle all about Brooklyn. Download the duo's "Love Like That," from Stew and Heidi's first hit musical Passing Strange.

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Gig Alert: Dark, Dark, Dark

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Accordion (and banjo) wielding Dark Dark Dark, based in Minneapolis, brings its "chamber-folk" to the CMJ Music Marathon tonight. Download the band's earnestly executed, lovelorn "Daydreaming" here.

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Festival Alert: 15 CMJ and Pitchfork Showcases to See This Week

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

With over 1,200 bands playing in the Big Apple this week, it's hard even for the most diehard music fan to make decisions about what to see at the 2010 CMJ music and film festival. Here's WNYC's short list of must-see CMJ (and Pitchfork Offline festival) shows, along with 15 free downloads of some of the week's music.

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Gig Alert: Zambri

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sister singing groups have long captured the imaginations of audiences. Zambri exchanges the homespun sound for some vintage synthesizers and a large dose of attitude. Dowload the band's "Carry Me" here.

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Gig Alert: Francis and the Lights

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

On the opening night of the CMJ Music Marathon, buzzier-than-thou Francis and the Lights brings its synth-laden disco-funk to Webster Hall. Download the band's terminally chill "For Days."

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CMJ Music Fest: They Don't Call It A Marathon for Nothing

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The CMJ Music and Film Festival brings 1,200 plus bands to 75 New York City venues for five days. Here's WNYC's guide to this year's music marathon, complete with tips and top picks from the critics.

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