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.
Kagero brings its Japanese Gypsy Rock to Local 269 tonight. Download the band's rolicking "2 + 1 is Almost 5" here.
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."
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.
Download a free track from the Baltimore-based band Future Islands, and get a bonus remix track from BMore electronic experimenter Jason Urick.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.