There are billions of shows this week and next, both in and outside of the Fair Grounds, for (or in opposition to) the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Here's the drop on some free music from artists performing in Week(end) One. (For ultra-comprehensive show listings, visit our music page.)
Friday, April 29:
Avett Brothers perform tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Gentilly Stage. Grab this free four-song Daytrotter session. Justin Townes Earle, son of Steve, also performs today (4:25 p.m., Fais Do-Do Stage), and has a couple free Daytrotter sessions. (Also worth checking out: his cover of the Boss' "Atlantic City.")
Toronto's electronic chaos duo Crystal Castles hits the Contemporary Arts Center at 8 p.m. The band is nice enough to throw all kinds of free music up here. Fuzzy psych-pop band Crocodiles (on Mississippi label Fat Possum) is at Republic at 10 p.m. Grab a free four-track EP from Fat Possum here.
Mos Def will be backed by Hot 8 Brass Band at Howlin' Wolf, 10 p.m. Saturday. Stream tracks from Rock with the Hot 8 here. And Rotary Downs plays at Siberia, 10 p.m. Saturday. Check out the band's new music video for "Big Parade" here.
Sunday, May 1:
Music blog You Ain't No Picasso has a massive (really) collection of live covers by the Decemberists (5:25 p.m. Fais Do-Do Stage), from Big Star to The Feelies. (Don't be surprised if any of these pop up during the Fest set.) Also: stream songs from the band's 2011 LP The King is Dead on the band's website. Watch a full set from John Legend and the Roots (5:30 p.m. Congo Square Stage) performing tracks from Wake Up! and more at Austin City Limits.
Hit the jump for other non-Fest downloads and more.
MyNameIsJohnMichael debuted a new track, "Orphan," on Consequence of Sound on Wednesday. Stream it there.
Lil Wayne gets a must-watch Nardwaur treatment (NSFW, unless you have work somewhere "cool" and are wearing headphones). Wayne talks about Nirvana, Gregory D, the "triggerman" beat, Pimp Daddy, and remembers Odyssey Records and shows he still has Bryan "Birdman" Williams' pager and office numbers memorized. He also gets a copy of King Lee and Quintron's "Tire Shop" (Nardwuar: "Quintron is an amazing keyboardist from New Orleans." Wayne: "... OK.")
... and here's another new My Morning Jacket track, "Holdin On to Black Metal."