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.
Official "Genius" and jazz futurist, Jason Moran begins a residency at the Village Vanguard this week. Download his Basquiat-inspired "Gangsterism Over 10 Years" here.
Minneapolis maestro Ryan Olson embarks on an epic collection of musicians and genre mixing on GAYNGS debut album Relayted. Download the track "The Gaudy Side of Town" right here for free.
Sahr Ngaujah, lead actor in FELA!, the musical, plays the music of Afrobeat godfather Fela Kuti, backed by the able musicians of Antibalas. Download the theatrical version of "Water No Get Enemy," based on the Fela Kuti track of the same name.
The late 1980’s Brit-rockers Chapterhouse reunited this year for their first North American tour in 15 years. Download the track "Pearl" right here.
The latest effort from the LA-based group Film School is Fission, a danceable bundle of harmonies, keyboards and guiding guitars of the reverbed variety. Download the track “Heart Full of Pentagons” for free here.
Menomena's latest self-produced, recorded and mixed album, Mines, is more loopy exuberant craftwork from the Portland, Oregon trio. Download the track "Toas" here for free.
Buke & Gass is finally releasing its much-anticipated record, Riposte. Download "Medulla Oblongata" from the duo's debut album here.
Cuban-Canadian singer-songwriter Alex Cuba brings his latin-tinged soul and pop to Webster Hall tonight. Download his reggae rhythm love-letter, "Directo" here.
Autre Ne Veut dropped his self-titled debut album late last month on Daniel Lopatin's (Oneohtrix Point Never/Games) Upstairs CD-R label. Download the track “Tell Me” here.
In the early aughts, the Gotan Project created "Tango electronica," a mix of classic Argentinean tango and trip-hop, long before the current crop of electro-world mash-up artists. Tonight, the group plays Terminal 5. Download the group's new track, "La Gloria," here.
The Clean arose from New Zealand's epic corral of brash punk talent in the early 1980s and continues to pump out Kiwi pop-rock to the masses. Download the track "Tensile" from the band's 2009 release Mister Pop.
The Procedure Club came out of the unlikely hood of New Haven, Connecticut in 2008. Download the capital “N” Noise-collaborative's track, "Vermont II," here.
Malian desert diva Khaira Arby makes her first appearance in the States after 20 years of performing as "the Nightingale of the North" in her country. Download her fuzzed-out Muslim trance jam "Khaira" here.
Indie darlings Deerhunter rock the Soho Apple Store tonight. Download "Revival," a slice of sunny psychedlia off the band's new release, Halcyon Digest.
Itai Kriss, the talented and multi-faceted Israeli flute player, plays tonight with his salsa outfit at Fat Cat. Download his "Danzón No.1" here.
The Jazz Passengers, veterans of the '80s third-stream jazz scene surrounding John Lurie and the Lounge Lizards, play The Jazz Standard tonight with special guest Debbie Harry. Download "Dog in Sand," a 1994 track featuring the Blondie frontwoman.
By way of Tacoma, Washington, 19-year-old Brad Oberhofer packed up shop and moved out east to Brooklyn to write, play and record his crafty, catchy bedroom pop music. Download the track "OOooOOooOO" here.
Blog-buzzy Kristian Matsson, a.k.a. The Tallest Man on Earth, plays Webster hall tonight. Download his "King of Spain" here.
The Michigan trio Breathe Owl Breathe offers up a blast of fresh air from a Lincoln Log cabin on its upcoming album Magic Central. Download the track "Own Stunts" here.
Mexico's alt-pop diva Ely Guerra makes a rare appearance in New York as part of the Celebrate Mexico Now festival. Download her "Stranger" here.