Listen: Gambit's free music Friday

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We're celebrating Year One of Gambit's Free Music Friday with, you guessed it, more music. Thanks for sticking around.

The Music Maker Foundation premieres veteran bluesman Guitar Lightnin' Lee's album NOLA Rhythum and Booze on iTunes and elsewhere on January 10 (though you can find it already). Download the track "Amsterdam", a crunchy, distorted rhythm-and-blues cut blasting from blown-out amps.

New Orleans funk superstars Galactic release their next LP Carnivale Electricos on Fat Tuesday (February 21). Relix gives a sneak peak of the album with "Hey Na Na," a fuzzy, Brazil-inspired space-funk track featuring David Shaw (Revivalists) and Maggie Koerner.

Here's "Rules Aren't Real," the latest single from New Orleans singer-songwriter Nasimiyu Murumba, whose vintage soul-inspired, jazz-bending vocal acrobatics lead a small, ferocious ensemble. A full-length release is expected in March.

Way more music after the jump.

After a seemingly endless string of mixtapes, albums and appearances, the ever-prolific Curren$y won't sleep in 2012. Re-Conversionalize is out, of course, on April 20, and he's expected to drop The Stoned Immaculate, another Pilot Talk, and likely tons other non-album tracks. Here's a sneak peek of the rapper's 2012: his grimey New Year single "Plot Music," a four-minute weed-and-women riff over B.G.'s iconic track "Cash Money Is an Army."

Q93.3-FM DJ Wild Wayne says 2012 is the year of New Orleans R&B singer Luke James. Grab his free pre-album #Luke, released at the tail-end of 2011. I don't disagree with you, Wayne. Here's a preview:

Park the Van's sometimes-New Orleans garage-pop transplants The Pharmacy are readying the release of the EP Dig Your Grave, and a 2012 full-length Stoned & Alone. Stream the EP's title track here.

Legendary Staten Island rap crew the Wu-Tang Clan stops at Howlin' Wolf on Wednesday, Jan. 11. One of its strongest MCs, Raekwon, released a 2012 mixtape dubbed Unexpected Victory. Download it for free here.

Washington, D.C. DIY pop-punk trio Max Levine Ensemble performs tonight at The Big Top (more on that show, one of our picks of the week, in Gambit). Stream the band's albums here.

On Sunday, Jan. 8, also at The Big Top, catch frenzied New Orleans hardcore punk band Choi Wolf, whose 2011 demo is available free here. Also on the bill: Arizona surf pop outfit Boogie Nazis and ambient pop Jesuit high schoolers Pancake.

Also tonight: Siberia hosts an album release for Testaverde, whose overdriven power-pop Hate The Baby is available for free download here.

And Tuesday, Jan. 10, Heat Dust and Glishwho both released excellent debut EPs in 2011 — perform at Dragon's Den. Hit the link to download.

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