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Gig Alert: The Steel Wheels

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Steel Wheels hail from where the Blue Ridge Mountains cross through Virginia. The group's music, not surprisingly, draws on the region's long tradition of blues and bluegrass. Dow...

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Gig Alert: Pedrito Martinez

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Star percussionist Pedrito Martinez brings his deep Afro-Cuban drumming to the Latin jazz setting with his band at Joe's Pub tonight. Download a live recording of his "La Luna" here.

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Gig Alert: Leni Stern

Monday, November 15, 2010

Guitarist Leni Stern has gone from downtown jazz personality to singer songwriter, and now, she's trying her hand at funky African pop. Catch her at Barbes tonight, and download her "Sa Belle Belle Ba" here.

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Gig Alert: Alejo Aponte

Monday, November 15, 2010

Alejo Aponte does his part to spread the gospel of Afro-Colombian music at Joe's Pub tonight. Download his hypnotic, pretty "La Fruta" here.

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Gig Alert: Sufjan Stevens

Monday, November 15, 2010

Singer songwriter and American hero Sufjan Stevens is not releasing an album for every state after all. But his new (and very different sounding) Age of Adz is an electro-folk masterp...

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Gig Alert: Lindstrøm

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Norwegian maestro of disco Hans-Peter Lindstrøm teams up with long-time vocal conspirator Christabelle to create its edgy pop, what they call "structured chaos." Download “Lovesick” right here.

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Gig Alert: Jair Oliveira

Friday, November 12, 2010

Former child star and musical prodigy Jair Oliveria stops off in New York this weekend to play his jazzed-up samba at SOBs. Download his funky "12o Jogadorm" here.

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Gig Alert: Bonerama

Friday, November 12, 2010

With thunder in their ample trombones, the unfortunately-named but highly-skilled Bonerama brings its brassy swamp-funk from NOLA to New York this Friday at Sullivan Hall. Download "Folly" here.

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Gig Alert: Cyrus Chestnut

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The New York Times called pianist Cyrus Chestnut, "one of jazz’s most convincing anachronisms.” Chestnut plays his dissonance-free, soulful jazz at the Standard tonight through Sunday...

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Gig Alert: Tunng

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The U.K. experimental folk band Tunng charts new waters on its latest release And Then We Saw Land. Download the band's harmonizing vocal-fueled track "Don't Look Down or Back" right here for free.

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Gig Alert: Toots and the Maytals

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The foundational Jamaican ska and reggae group Toots and the Maytals moves away its legendary skank sounds on the band's 2010 studio album, Flip and Twist. Download the '80s era soul ...

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Gig Alert: Anat Cohen

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Israeli bandleader and composer Anat Cohen performs classical, modern and traditional jazz on her tenor saxophone and clarinet. Download her 10-minute live version of "St. James' Infirmary" here for free.

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Gig Alert: Family Cactus

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The seven-member Family Cactus released its debut album Come Howling earlier this year. Download a melodic, lyrically driven track from the album, "Mariachi Stomper."

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Gig Alert: Dub Trio

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dub Trio bring its unlikely union of heavy metal and spacey dub to Mercury Lounge tonight. Download "No Flag" here.

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Gig Alert: AfroCubism

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Fourteen years ago, a session meant to unite Cuban and Malian musicians was canceled, and by accident, the Buena Vista Social Club phenomenon was born. Now, the project that was meant...

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Gig Alert: One EskimO

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

One EskimO, the pop-friendly indie cuartet from Britain with a penchant for cartoon eskimos, plays Highline Ballroom tonight. Download their "Amazing" here for free.

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Gig Alert: Ponderosa

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Georgia-based Ponderosa brings its swaggering, no-frills Southern rock anthems to the Mercury Lounge tonight. Download the band's "Old Gin Road" here.

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Gig Alert: Oh Land

Monday, November 08, 2010

Singer and producer Nanna Øland Fabricius released her self-titled U.S. debut last month. Under the name Oh Land, she sets her dancing spirit loose with whirling, pop beats and clicks...

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Gig Alert: Natacha Atlas

Monday, November 08, 2010

Natacha Atlas sings in classical Arabic to rich orchestral arrangments. Catch her at Le Poisson Rouge Monday night, and download her soaring "Makaan" here.

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Gig Alert: Cyndi Harvell

Monday, November 08, 2010

Cyndi Harvell draws from her deep southern roots to craft good ol' pop-country music. The sing-along track, "Break For It," weaves Harvell's charming southern lilt through the waves p...

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