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Gig Alert: Xenia Rubinos

Monday, August 30, 2010

This rising Brooklynite with a penchant for Latin rhythms and children's rhymes performs at Barbes tonight. Download her quirky, brilliant track "Los Mangopaunos."

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Gig Alert: Annie Gosfield Chamber Works

Friday, August 27, 2010

The avant-gardist composer presents an evening of her adventurous music Friday at the Stone. Download an excerpt from her spare yet raucous piece "Lightning Slingers and Dead Ringers."

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Gig Alert: DJ /rupture

Friday, August 27, 2010

The golden boy of the DJ world performs at the Whitney Museum of American Art on Friday night. Download his stirring, strut-worthy track "Layin in Bed/Overture Watermelon City."

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Gig Alert: Elikeh

Friday, August 27, 2010

The D.C. band brings its Togolese sound to Joe's Pub on Saturday. Download the group's politically-charged track "Adje! Adje!"

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Gig Alert: Fresh Daily

Thursday, August 26, 2010

This promising and uber-likable Brooklyn MC will rock the mic at Littlefield tonight. Download his smooth track "The Stuy (On My Mind)."

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Gig Alert: Magic Bullets

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The San Francisco rock sextet play Glasslands Gallery tonight. Download their bubbly track "Millions of People Running in Circles."

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Gig Alert: Autolux

Thursday, August 26, 2010

These deft shoegaze revivalists are back with a new album, and they're playing Bowery Ballroom tonight. Download the band's new track, "Supertoys."

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Gig Alert: Stereo Total

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The masters of quirky electro-pop play Le Poisson Rouge tonight. Download their swirling track "Baby Ouh."

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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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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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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: 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: 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: 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: 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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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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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: 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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