Listen: Gambit's free music Friday

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The 2011 Essence Music Festival is this weekend at the Louisiana Superdome, with events at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Headliners include Mary J. Blige, Kanye West and dozens others.

Standout soul songstress Jill Scott also is on the bill — she's performing tomorrow. If you missed the NPR First Listen stream of her fantastic 2011 album The Light of the Sun (her first album since 2007), stream Tony Nuccio's preview mixtape for Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1, due this summer. (Download the single "Lovely Day" and get a free copy of the mixtape.)

Rock 'n' roll crotch-rockers Supagroup perform a free show tonight for Tipitina's Free Friday series. Stream tracks from the new album Hail! Hail! on the band's Facebook page. (And check out the video for "Sexy Summertime" here.)

New Orleans alt-rock outfit Mutemath announced this week the band's next album, Odd Soul, will be released October 2011. Here's a teaser, with drummer Darren King and bassist Roy Mitchell-Cardenas, all chopped 'n' screwed, sort of:

Dance-pop sextet Big History is wrapping up its debut EP to be released late-summer/early fall. For a taste, download the tracks "Every Bone" and "All At Once."

Curren$y released his super-slick latest album Weekend at Burnie's this week. (Still looking for his free stuff? Grab April's Covert Coup here.) Watch the latest video, "Still," featuring Trademark da Skydiver & Young Roddy, after the jump:

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