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.
Family Portrait represents the Washington D.C. school of lo-fi indie rock that's been coming from the Underwater Peoples label. Catch them tonight at Mercury Lounge, and download the band's "Glide Pt. 1" here.
The Honey Ear Trio take a unique approach to the jazz saxaphone trio that includes funky beats and live electronics. Download the band's "Steampunk Serenade" here.
Sweden’s The Radio Dept. garnered widespread attention in 2006 with the inclusion of three songs on the highly acclaimed soundtrack to Sophia Copolla’s film Marie Antoinette. Download the track, "Never Follow Suit,” from this month’s EP of the same name.
The Sway Machinery, a NYC band that merges funky dance party music with the Jewish cantorial repertoire, celebrates the night before the start of Hanukkah at Brooklyn Bowl. Download the band's "Skin to Skin," featuring Khaira Arby.
Longtime sideman Tony Scherr has played with Norah Jones, Jessie Harris, and Bill Frisell, and now he's doing his own thing at the Living Room, every Monday. Catch him tonight and download his "I Could Understand," here.
If you haven’t heard by now, there is quite a popular Hasidic Jewish musician out there blending his religion’s themes with rock ‘n' reggae hip-hop and freestyle beatboxing. Download Matisyahu's live track, "Time of Your Song."
On her latest album, soul and rhythm-and-blues singer Bettye LaVette covers some of the most recognizable songs from the British Invasion canon. Download her cover of Led Zeppelin's "All My Love" here.
Philadelphia pop-rockers Free Energy turned to producer James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem to flesh out a big sound for the band’s debut full-length album, Stuck To Nothing. Download the track, "Dream City," for free.
Jamaican jazz piano master Monty Alexander finishes up a stint at Birdland tonight. Download his Caribbean-flavored Nat King Cole cover, "To the Ends of the Earth," here.
The mutli-talented Jen Shyu brings her spine-tingling vocal chords to Barbès tonight. Download her haunting solo take on a Taiwanese folk song "Mother Cow's Companion" here.
Junip, the trio led by Argentine-Swedish José Gonzalez, is touring with its brand new debut album, and plays Irving Plaza tonight. Download Junip's "Always" here.
Matthew Dear, that beloved purveyor of smart, space-age pop, plays the Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Download his "Slowdance" here.
The Delta Spirit spins out a raucous neo-rock soul sound behind vocalist Matt Vasquez and his powerful pipes. Download the track “Bushwick Blues” here for free.
Violinst Jenny Scheinman has played with Norah Jones and Bill Frisell, and she brings her genre-hopping solo work to Barbes tonight. Download a brand-new, not-yet titled track from her quartet "Mischief and Mayhem" here.
With over 30 years of performing under his belt, Coco Montoya is one of the leading contemporary blues guitarist around. But his explosive guitar playing takes a back seat to Montoya's passionate soulful voice in his new work. Download "I Want It All Back" here.
Sara Lucas, Ryan Seaton and Don Godwin settled in Brooklyn after leaving New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina. Download the track, "How You Hold Your Arms," from the band's first album in its new home.
Aimee Mann, author of the gorgeous 1999 soundtrack to Magnolia, plays Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight. Download her "Freeway" here.
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.
Bio-Ritmo releases a new 45 RPM disc Friday night, bringing the band's experimental, unorthodox, and hard-hitting salsa to SOBs. Download "Dina's Mambo" for free, here.
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.