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Gig Alert: Annie and the Beekeepers

Monday, November 01, 2010

Guitarist Annie Lynch met cellist Alexandra Spalding and bassist Ken Woodward four years ago at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Download the track, "Like A Dog," right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Smith Westerns

Monday, November 01, 2010

Chicago natives Max Kakacek, Hal James and brothers Cullen and Cameron Omori bring a youthful energy to their blend of ‘60s garage rock-‘70s glam rock music. Download "Be My Girl" for free right here.

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Gig Alert: Zion I

Monday, November 01, 2010

The Oakland-based duo, Zion I, delivers reggae, dub and socially conscience lyrics on its latest album, Atomic Clock. Download the track "Many Stylez" right here for free.

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Gig Alert: KJ Denhert

Friday, October 29, 2010

Urban folk and jazz singer KJ Denhert is set to release her ninth album, aptly named Album No. 9, on November 9th. Download "Choose Your Weapon" for free.

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Gig Alert: Susan McKeown

Friday, October 29, 2010

Irish folk singer Susan McKeown celebrates her new album, Singing in the Dark, on its release date, October 30th. Download the track, “Mad Sweeney,” right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Prince Rama

Friday, October 29, 2010

Prince Rama projects a chorus of voices over swirling synths and thunderous drums at Brooklyn's hottest bowling alley tonight. Download the track "Lightening Fossil" right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Kenny Werner and the Brussels Jazz Orchestra

Thursday, October 28, 2010

American arranger and jazz piano great Kenny Werner teams up with one of Europe's top big bands for a six-day stint at Dizzy's. Catch him tonight and download Werner's "Kadinsky" here.

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Gig Alert: Amon Tobin

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Brazilian sound architect Amon Tobin produces genre-defying beats and measures by setting manipulated field recordings and vinyl records to a drum machine. Download the track “Shut Down” for free.

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Gig Alert: Chino Maurice

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Chino Maurice brings back the sound and style of yesteryear's soul-funk-rock masters: P-Funk, Prince, and Jimi Hedrix. Catch him at Joe's Pub tonight and download "Luna" here.

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Gig Alert: Chico Mann

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chico Mann, the alias of former Antibalas guitarist Marcos Garcia, is a project that mashes up the disparate (and funky) genres of Afrobeat, Electro, and Freestyle into a synth-driven vintage sound. Catch him tonight at Santos, and download his "Ya Yo Sé" here.

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GIg Alert: Underworld

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Underworld released its new audio visual album, Barking, just over a month ago. Techno producers Mark Knight and D. Ramirez helped produce the dance track "Always Loved A Film," which you can download right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Michael Formanek

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bassist Michael Formanek has released his first CD as a bandleader since 1998, and he's backed by some of today's hottest talents. Catch him at the Jazz Standard tonight and download his meditative, ecstatic "“Twenty Three Neo" here.

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Gig Alert: Kagero

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kagero brings its Japanese Gypsy Rock to Local 269 tonight. Download the band's rolicking "2 + 1 is Almost 5" here.

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Gig Alert: Dan Tepfer Trio

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Dan Tepfer is one of the pioneering, young jazz pianists reinventing "jazz as we know it." Catch his trio's CD release party at The Jazz Standard tonight, and download his "All I Heard Was Nothing" here.

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Gig Alert: Corin Tucker Band

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Corin Tucker, one of the founders of the riot grrl band Sleater Kinney, still gets her shredding, wailing riot grrl rock on in this free download, “Doubt."

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Gig Alert: Future Islands

Monday, October 25, 2010

Download a free track from the Baltimore-based band Future Islands, and get a bonus remix track from BMore electronic experimenter Jason Urick.

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Gig Alert: Spectral Scriabin

Monday, October 25, 2010

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.

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Gig Alert: Jake Shimabukuru

Monday, October 25, 2010

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.”

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Gig Alert: Voltaire Twins

Friday, October 22, 2010

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.

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Gig Alert: US Royalty

Friday, October 22, 2010

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.

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