Free things to do in NYC: Live music

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WBAR-B-Q

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Barnard's college-radio station presents the 2014 installment of its all-day outdoor spring fling. This year's lineup features L.A. alt-R&B types inc., Brooklyn MC Ka and local indie-rock faves Darlings. Oh, and free food!

  1. Barnard College, Lehman Lawn 3009 Broadway, at 117th St
  2. Sat Apr 19
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No Joy + Eternal Summers + Beach Day + Little Big League + DJ Lio Kanine + DJ Andy Nystrom

  • Free

Montreal outfit No Joy brings its rich, effects-slathered shoegaze to Greenpoint for a free show with dreamy Virginia punks Eternal Summers and surfy, organ-slathered retro-pop combo Beach Day.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Sat Apr 19
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Caveman + Total Slacker + Reputante + Amanda X + DJ Pegasus Warning

  • Free

Local band Caveman offers dreamy jangle pop at the Bazaar, full of sweeping guitar melodies and soft yet upbeat vocals. Sharing the bill is hazy, retro-flavored indie-pop outfit Total Slacker, performing behind its new Slip Away LP. Brooklyn indie-rock quartet Reputante, helmed by Morrissey-influenced frontman James Levy, and Philly postpunk trio Amanda X complete the lineup.

  1. Brooklyn Night Bazaar 165 Banker St, at Norman Ave, 11222
  2. Fri Apr 25
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Queens Jazz OverGround Spring Jazz Festival

  • Free

Treat yourself to a day of gratis jazz, focusing on performers from around Queens. During the day, attend kid-friendly workshops, master classes and student performances, and starting at 6pm, check out sets by pros including guitarist Amanda Monaco, bassist Peter Brendler and clarinetist Sam Sadigursky. Check out queensjazz.org for more info.

  1. Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd, at Main St
  2. Sat Apr 26
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Bo Ningen

  • Free

Japanese-born, London-based acid-punk quartet Bo Ningen hits Rough Trade for a free show in advance of a new album, III.

  1. Rough Trade NYC 64 North 9th St, between Kent and Wythe Aves, 11249
  2. Sun Apr 27
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Captain Black Big Band

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Orrin Evans, a Philly pianist who approaches the jazz tradition with both reverence and a deep inquisitiveness, leads his fine large ensemble, which translates postbop fire to the big-band canvas. Witness the new Mother's Touch, a bravura Posi-Tone set that divides its time between soulful reflection and high-wire dazzlement. (While there's no cover charge, a prix-fixe dinner is available for $38.)

  1. Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts
  2. Mon Apr 28
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  1. Bar Naná 63 Gansevoort St, between Greenwich and Washington Sts, 10014
  2. Mon Apr 28
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Captain Black Big Band

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

Orrin Evans, a Philly pianist who approaches the jazz tradition with both reverence and a deep inquisitiveness, leads his fine large ensemble, which translates postbop fire to the big-band canvas. Witness the new Mother's Touch, a bravura Posi-Tone set that divides its time between soulful reflection and high-wire dazzlement. (While there's no cover charge, a prix-fixe dinner is available for $38.)

  1. Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts
  2. Mon Apr 28
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Bitchcraft!

  • Free

Lauren Maul and Selena Coppock produce this "bitch-tastic" variety show, which features songs, stories, puppet shows and a panel chat of performers.

  1. The Duplex 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. Tue Apr 29
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