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.
Jean-Michel Pilc brings his muscular jazz piano chops to Smalls Monday night. Download this blazing, 11-minute live track, "BBB."
Pianist and songwriter Shayfer James brings a cinematic approach to music making on his latest release The Owl & The Elephant. Download the song “Bayonnettes” for free here.
Since starting out in Philadelphia in the mid-'90s, Disco Biscuit has successfully bridged the gap between being an electronic music group and a jam band. Download the hyper-trance track "On Time (featuring TuPhace)."
For the third year in a row, trumpeter Ben Holmes is throwing his "Purely Coincidental Night of Klezmer" on Christmas Eve. Download his "Romanian Folk Song" here.
Keyboardist and composer Bernie Worrell, the great "Wizard of WOO," has influenced a staggering number of musicians across genres since his time as musical director of Parliament/Funkadelic back in the late 60’s. Download his track "Rockin Uptown 2" right here.
L.A.-born singer Rafiya grew up traveling the globe as daughter to a diplomat father and a sociologist mother. Download the Congolese influenced track "Mario" here for free.
Les Chauds Lapins is two américains who have resurected the French chanson from the '20s and '30s on their banjo-ukuleles. Download the band's swinging "Mon rêve c'était vous."
The Long Island natives NGHBRS (pronounced "neighbors") released its debut EP Hellomind late last month. Download the track "American Junk" here for free.
Bryan Copeland brings his cinematic, instrumental soundcapes to Brooklyn's Tea Lounge tonight with his band Bryan and the Aardvarks. Donwload "These Little Hours" here.
The Alan Ferber Nonet brings its creative large ensemble sound to Smalls tonight. Download "Union Blues" here.
Homeboy Sandman brings his Ivy League vocabulary and extreme lyrical dexterity to Brooklyn Bowl Wednesday night. Download his track "The Carpenter."
The Brooklyn-based band is one of a score of indie-rockers making waves on the music scene with hypnotic, synth pop and a wink-and-nod approach to songwriting. Download the track "Planet Health" for free.
Helen Sung and her quartet play the Jazz Standard Tuesday night, the club where she recorded her last album Going Express. Download her "Hopes Springs Eternally."
Koliadnyky plays traditional music from Ukraine's Carpathian mountains on hammered dulcimers, fiddles, and flutes Tuesday night at Barbès. Download a track here.
The Brooklyn pop band Gross Relations delivers laid-back fuzz, washed out vocals and distortion petals with a pretty insistent lo-fi vibe on the track “Fuzzy Timelines.” Download the song here.
If you're looking for a different kind of holiday spectacular, something of a "funk-rock alternative to the Rockettes" goes down tonight and through the week at Joe's Pub. Download the Parliament-style Christmas mash-up "Santa Bring the Funk."
New stuff is coming soon from the Brooklyn-based indie shoegaze band ARMS. The group's currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its sophomore album. Until then, download “Heat and Hot Water” from the band's recent EP, simply titled EP.
Walter Parks has established himself as a musician over the past three decades. While fans wait for his solo debut, which is out this February 2011, download the track "Vestibule" from Parks' eponymous ablum here.
Under the moniker "Warm Ghost," Paul Duncan and Oliver Chapoy created a spacy soundscape on their debut EP Claws Overhead. Download the duo's track "Open The Wormhole In Your Heart.”
Pakistani-American jazz guitarist Rez Abbassi performs new music with Rudresh Mahanthappa and Viyay Iyer tonight at Cornelia. Download Abbasi's "Lament" here, a cover of a classic Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan qawwali tune.