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.
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.
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.
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.”
This band is nuts, but ready to include you in the hijinks. You can download the track "Iotdwykirthbr” (and let us know how it's pronounced) here for free.
New Age bandleader Paul Winter brings a blown-out Winter Solstice extravaganza to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine Thursday night. Download Winter's "Remembering."
“A Holiday Benefit Singers” returns this year with a fourth installment of Christmas songs for the season. Download some holiday cheer with the group’s version of Tom Petty’s “Christmas All Over Again" here.
Turkish composer and pianist Fahir Atakoglu plays some Turked-out jazz tonight at Drom. Download his "NY Retrospective" here.
Power-poppers MiniBoone strike the Rock Shop tonight. Download the band's high-speed, feel-good "The Other Summer," here.
Guitarist and singer Bert Jansch is widely considered one of the godfathers of modern music. Download "The Black Swan" from Jansch's 2006 album of the same name.
Nada Surf, perhaps best known for its 1996 hit "Popular", has a new cover album out. Nada Surf offers WNYC listeners a free download of “See These Bones” from the band's 2008 album Lucky.
Ices, who honed her chops at NYU's Tisch School for Experimental Theatre, releases her sophomore album, Grown Unknown, on the Jagjaguwar label next month. Download the title track from the album for free.
Scott Kettner brings his Forró Brass Band to Barbès tonight with a Louisiana-meets-Brazil sonic mashup and many, many horn players. Download a live performance of the band's "Crown Heights Boogie" here.
Smooth-singing jazz guitar great John Pizzarelli begins a stint at Birdland tonight. Download his sumptuous rendition of the standard "Under a Blanket of Blue," here.
Playground soul girl group The Shalitas casts a bluesy shadow over rock and roll and Christmas classics. Download the track, "Must Be True," right here.
Classically trained percussionist Sean Carey released his debut album All We Grow on the Jagjaguwar label this fall. Download his track, “In The Dirt,” here for free.
Brooklyn-based indie-folk rockers The Spring Standards raise a big sound with only three players. Download the rollicking track, “The Hush” here.
Rotary Downs brings a taste of the New Orleans indie scene to Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night. Download the band's "Montez-Vous" here.
The Dallas, Texas alt-country band Old 97s is, in a word, theatrical. Get a taste of the group on the track, “The Grand Theatre 1.”