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Free MP3 Download: Bon Iver, "Blood Bank"

May 9, 2011 10:35 AM by Staff
Free MP3 Download: Bon Iver, "Blood Bank"

Woodsy indie singer-songwriter Justin Vernon is releasing the self-titled album under his Bon Iver moniker, following up 2008-s massively popular For Emma, Forever Ago.

Released a couple years back, “Blood Bank” is about the warmth that gets you through it. Both expansive and intimate, Bon Iver explores the darker and lighter natures of the seasons and what they signify, and offer a glimpse into the natural energy and refined craftsmanship that characterize Justin Vernon’s music.

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Free MP3 Download: Amos Lee, "Ease Back"

May 6, 2011 6:22 PM by Staff
Free MP3 Download: Amos Lee, "Ease Back"

Many performers balk at the “singer-songwriter” label when asked to describe their music. Not Amos Lee. The Philly-born musician embodies the best of each of those words, being an accomplished songwriter and a skilled singer whose voice is at once ethereal and earthbound.

Amos will return to Chicago for gig along the lake this summer with the Dave Matthews Band Caravan.

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Free MP3 Download: Thurston Moore, "Circulation"

May 6, 2011 11:18 AM by Staff

Thurston Moore (photo by Shawn Brackbill)

With just a couple weeks before Sonic Youth frontman, Thurston Moore‘s new solo album, Demolished Thoughtshits stores, the good people at Matador Records are offering another free MP3 from the record.

Listen & download “Circulation” and another track from the disc, “Benediction” (produced by Beck) for FREE:

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Free MP3 Download: My Morning Jacket – "Evil Urges"

May 3, 2011 1:27 AM by Staff
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Jim James (Photo: Heather Wines)

In 2008 My Morning Jacket released their critically acclaimed hit album Evil Urges. Now you can download the title track from that album, as well as the title track to their new album, Circuital. Both are 100% FREE. The band will headline Lollapalooza this summer.

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Free MP3 Download: Cold Cave – "Villans Of The Moon"

Apr 28, 2011 4:56 PM by Staff

Cold Cave[/lastm] have offered up a sample from their second proper full-length disc, Cherish The Light Years titled “Villains Of The Moon”. The band has evolved almost completely from their electronica roots to a synth-rock hybrid echoing 80s goth pop as you’ll hear on the album’s closer.

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Free MP3 Download: Sam Roberts Band – "The Last Crusade"

Apr 28, 2011 1:51 PM by Staff

Sam Roberts Band (Press Photo)

In support of their upcoming album Collider, the Sam Roberts Band havw offered up the first single “The Last Crusade” for free download. Joined by Califone percussionist Ben Massarella and Antibalas woodwind wizard Stuart Bogie, Collider reinterprets, without tampering, the spirit of the band’s classic pop song craft and infectious melodies that countless critics fell in love with. Immediately apparent on the album’s colossal opening track “The Last Crusade,” which begins as a simmering soul shuffle before gradually intensifying into a brass-blasted Afro-funk blowout.

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Free MP3 Download: Vandervelde – "More Than You Can Feel"

Apr 27, 2011 5:01 PM by Staff

This country rocker finds Chicago-based David Vandervelde, going by just his surname, channeling Zuma-era Neil Young, mixed with the weary cocaine fanaticism of Marc Bolan. The tremolo-drenched guitars are retro but massive, a nice foil to Vandervelde’s warbling tenor vocals, communicating that age-old pain of people everywhere: “I need you/All I need is you/More than you know.” A fairly straightforward sentiment that Vandervelde makes work with nothing more than sincerity and a few chords. And a lot of cowbell.

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Free MP3 Download: Okkervil River – "Wake And Be Fine"

Apr 27, 2011 12:59 PM by Staff

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The first single from Okkervil River‘s album I Am Very Far is just about as heavy as the band has ever sounded in their prolific career. Piano keys sound like they are being punched, guitars like they are being beaten rather than strummed, and William Sheff’s voice functions as much as part of the rhythmic cacophony as anything else, cracking and accenting the beats like a percussion instrument. It’s the darkest Okkervil River has sounded too, despite the title’s misleading optimism, and that’s a refreshing change of pace from their more gentle, subdued tunes. The music before seemed to just barely contain itself within tension, but now, it is bursting at the seams with energy.

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Lollapalooza Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Return Of The Cars

Apr 27, 2011 10:00 AM by Staff

Lollapalooza has announced their lineup for this Summer’s three-day festival in the Windy City, and it’s a doozy!  In addition to headliners like Bob Marley’s son Damian, Coldplay, and My Morning Jacket, Ric Ocasek will be performing a set with the newly reformed Cars at the 20th anniversary of the festival!

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Album Review And Free MP3 Download: Fleet Foxes' 'Helplessness Blues'

Apr 25, 2011 10:45 AM by Staff

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Fleet Foxes (Press Photo)

If you use a nicotine patch it can give you really insane dreams, really vivid and real. I'd put one on before going to bed to see what would happen.
Robin Pecknold
When Fleet Foxes released their self-titled debut album in 2008 it received much fanfare and critical praise. They set out on a tour that summer and didn’t stop until about a year ago when they decided to go into the studio and start recording their follow up album Helplessness Blues. The Seattle group rented a space where many artists in the past had recorded albums including Death Cab For Cutie and Nirvana.

Lead singer Robin Pecknold revealed to NME that the band’s new album ‘Helplessness Blues’ was partly inspired by nicotine patches he was wearing during recording.

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