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Gig Alert: Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats

Friday, November 19, 2010

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith and his bombastic meatbats just released their second album, More Meat. Download the jazz-fusion track, "And We All Swing The Tuna," right here.

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Gig Alert: Glenn Branca

Friday, November 19, 2010

Composer Glenn Branca premiers his Symphony No. 15 for 12 musicians playing 100 instruments this weekend at LPR. Download a minimalist movement from his Symphony No. 7 here.

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Gig Alert: Simian Mobile Disco

Thursday, November 18, 2010

These two U.K. deejays and remix producers have assembled a two-disc album of Delicacies they collected on a world tour. Learn about the album and download "Aspic" right here for free.

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Gig Alerts: The Ginger Ninjas

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Off-the-grid groove roots outfit Ginger Ninjas powers its concerts with bike pedaling audience members. No plugs necessary! Download the track "Little Door" right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Danilo Perez

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Panamanian jazz master Danilo Perez arrives at the Standard tonight and plays through Sunday with his trio. Download "The Maze: The End," a duet with Rudresh Mahanthappa off of his new album, here.

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Gig Alert: The Mahavishnu Project

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Carrying the torch of the seminal jazz fusion outfit The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Mahavisnu Project will perform Jeff Beck's songs Wednesday at Iridium Jazz Club. Download "One Word (Resolution)," with Melissa Stylianou on vocals.

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Gig Alert: Darwin Deez

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The uber-pop friendly Darwin Deez has a penchant for bubbly beats and a sing-speak croon. Download an extra-galactic remix of “Constellations" from SBTRKT here.

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Gig Alert: The Big Sleep

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Brooklyn's rock group The Big Sleep is a trio: Sonya Balchandani on bass, Danny Barria on guitar and Michael Jones on drums. But there's no dearth of rich sound in the band's music. Download "Ace" here.

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Gig Alert: The Steel Wheels

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Steel Wheels hail from where the Blue Ridge Mountains cross through Virginia. The group's music, not surprisingly, draws on the region's long tradition of blues and bluegrass. Download the track, “Nothing You Can’t Lose,” for free.

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Gig Alert: DJ Shadow

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

DJ Shadow's been quiet in recent years. But his soul sampling and laid back beats are back on tracks like “I’ve Been Tryin.'"

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Gig Alert: Pedrito Martinez

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Star percussionist Pedrito Martinez brings his deep Afro-Cuban drumming to the Latin jazz setting with his band at Joe's Pub tonight. Download a live recording of his "La Luna" here.

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Gig Alert: Sufjan Stevens

Monday, November 15, 2010

Singer songwriter and American hero Sufjan Stevens is not releasing an album for every state after all. But his new (and very different sounding) Age of Adz is an electro-folk masterpiece. You can hear it tonight at the Beacon Theater, and download a song from it, "I Walked," here.

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Gig Alert: Leni Stern

Monday, November 15, 2010

Guitarist Leni Stern has gone from downtown jazz personality to singer songwriter, and now, she's trying her hand at funky African pop. Catch her at Barbes tonight, and download her "Sa Belle Belle Ba" here.

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Gig Alert: Alejo Aponte

Monday, November 15, 2010

Alejo Aponte does his part to spread the gospel of Afro-Colombian music at Joe's Pub tonight. Download his hypnotic, pretty "La Fruta" here.

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Gig Alert: Jair Oliveira

Friday, November 12, 2010

Former child star and musical prodigy Jair Oliveria stops off in New York this weekend to play his jazzed-up samba at SOBs. Download his funky "12o Jogadorm" here.

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Gig Alert: Lindstrøm

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Norwegian maestro of disco Hans-Peter Lindstrøm teams up with long-time vocal conspirator Christabelle to create its edgy pop, what they call "structured chaos." Download “Lovesick” right here.

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Gig Alert: Bonerama

Friday, November 12, 2010

With thunder in their ample trombones, the unfortunately-named but highly-skilled Bonerama brings its brassy swamp-funk from NOLA to New York this Friday at Sullivan Hall. Download "Folly" here.

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Gig Alert: Tunng

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The U.K. experimental folk band Tunng charts new waters on its latest release And Then We Saw Land. Download the band's harmonizing vocal-fueled track "Don't Look Down or Back" right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Cyrus Chestnut

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The New York Times called pianist Cyrus Chestnut, "one of jazz’s most convincing anachronisms.” Chestnut plays his dissonance-free, soulful jazz at the Standard tonight through Sunday. Download his ballad, "Eyes of an Angel," here.

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Gig Alert: Toots and the Maytals

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The foundational Jamaican ska and reggae group Toots and the Maytals moves away its legendary skank sounds on the band's 2010 studio album, Flip and Twist. Download the '80s era soul inflected R&B track “Perfect Lover” right here for free.

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