Every weekday, we bring you great music from artists playing in the metropolitan area. Listen to the song, and if you like what you hear, click the show link to see ticket information.
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 George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”
Download a free track from the Baltimore-based band Future Islands, and get a bonus remix track from BMore electronic experimenter Jason Urick.
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 recording of Andjaparidze doing Scriabin.
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 bonus download, "D.I.L.," right here for free.
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.
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 "Calling All Units to Broccolino" here.
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 over a looping machine. Download his live track, "Thus Far," here for free.
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.
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.
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."
Dominique Young Unique, the 18-year-old rap sensation from Tampa, plays a CMJ opening night party at Webster Hall this evening. Download her "Hot Girl," chock full of rapid-fire raps and high-flying synths.
The electronic rock duo Home Video builds electro-minimalist rock with sampling, synthesizers, keys, guitars, and live drums. Download the band's "The Smoke" for free here.
Composer Sarah Kirkland Snider has serves up a dreamy song cycle for the indie rock generation with "Penelope." Download "This is What You're Like" here.
Download two strikingly different tracks from the Tokyo-born composer, pianist and producer Ryuichi Sakamoto.
Stile Antico is a young early music choral group from Britain that sings spellbinding motets and madrigals from the Tudor era. Download the group's rendition of Byrd's "Ecce Virgo Concipet" here.
Bassist and bandleader Avishai Cohen plays his world music-inflected contemporary jazz at the Winter Garden tonight. Download his "Alon Basela" here.
Download the Icelandic group's "Lion Face Boy," along with a bonus FM Belfast remix. Plus, video!