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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: 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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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: Dub Trio

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dub Trio bring its unlikely union of heavy metal and spacey dub to Mercury Lounge tonight. Download "No Flag" here.

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Gig Alert: Anat Cohen

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Israeli bandleader and composer Anat Cohen performs classical, modern and traditional jazz on her tenor saxophone and clarinet. Download her 10-minute live version of "St. James' Infirmary" here for free.

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Gig Alert: Family Cactus

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The seven-member Family Cactus released its debut album Come Howling earlier this year. Download a melodic, lyrically driven track from the album, "Mariachi Stomper."

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Gig Alert: Ponderosa

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Georgia-based Ponderosa brings its swaggering, no-frills Southern rock anthems to the Mercury Lounge tonight. Download the band's "Old Gin Road" here.

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Gig Alert: AfroCubism

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Fourteen years ago, a session meant to unite Cuban and Malian musicians was canceled, and by accident, the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon was born. Now, the project that was meant to be comes to life as Eliades Ochoa and Toumani Diabate come together for a world tour.

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Gig Alert: One EskimO

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

One EskimO, the pop-friendly indie cuartet from Britain with a penchant for cartoon eskimos, plays Highline Ballroom tonight. Download their "Amazing" here for free.

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Gig Alert: Oh Land

Monday, November 08, 2010

Singer and producer Nanna Øland Fabricius released her self-titled U.S. debut last month. Under the name Oh Land, she sets her dancing spirit loose with whirling, pop beats and clicks in a ballroom romp with delicate vocals. Download the track "Son Of A Gun" right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Natacha Atlas

Monday, November 08, 2010

Natacha Atlas sings in classical Arabic to rich orchestral arrangments. Catch her at Le Poisson Rouge Monday night, and download her soaring "Makaan" here.

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Gig Alert: Cyndi Harvell

Monday, November 08, 2010

Cyndi Harvell draws from her deep southern roots to craft good ol' pop-country music. The sing-along track, "Break For It," weaves Harvell's charming southern lilt through the waves produced by Howland's haunting slide guitar riffs.

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Gig Alert: Cordero

Friday, November 05, 2010

Cordero is one of the hottest Spanish-language indie bands around. The band plays its tasteful combination of Latin and rock elements on display in "Ruleta Rusa" at the Bell House tonight.

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Gig Alert: Baby Dayliner

Friday, November 05, 2010

Ethan Marunas, a.k.a. Baby Dayliner, grew up in New York City under the influence of classical music, jazz and later, hip-hop. Download his synth-fueled track "At Least."

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Gig Alert: Oran Etkin

Friday, November 05, 2010

Oran Etkin fuses bass clarinet mastery with West African griot music with great success on his album Kelenia. Watch him tonight at Barbes, and download "Nina" for free here.

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Gig Alert: Yelle

Thursday, November 04, 2010

French electro-pop superstars Yelle released a new synth-soaked album this year, La Musique. Download a remix of the title track here, and watch a video that will teach you how to dance the tectonik.

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Gig Alert: Howard Fishman

Thursday, November 04, 2010

New York singer, guitarist, bandleader and composer Howard Fishman releases a trilogy of simultaneously recorded albums and plays from them for three nights in the Big Apple. Download three songs from the trilogy right here.

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Gig Alert: Copal

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Led by violinist Hannah Thiem, Copal blends haunting violin with cello and drum rhythms to create its global, folktronic soundscape. Download the track, "Ceútara," for free here.

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Gig Alert: Emilio Solla and the Tango Jazz Conspiracy

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Emilio Solla takes his Tango Jazz Conspiracy (and post-Piazolla compositions) to the stage at Zinc Bar tonight. Download his dark, wild, "Remain Alert" here.

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