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Free MP3: Ra Ra Riot, "Boy"

Aug 26, 2010 4:00 AM by Staff


Every once in a while a new artist or band emerges and brings with them a whole new kind of sound. It might be a unique vocal style, a rhythmic song structure, or a new tone that you’ve never heard before. When Ra Ra Riot first bubbled to the surface of the indie rock scene in 2006, they were unlike any other act out there. Their combination of a swooning strings section and intricate, emotional vocals struck a chord with fans and immediately set them apart from the rest.

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Free MP3: Death Cab For Cutie, "Title and Registration"

Aug 17, 2010 1:00 AM by Staff

FROM THE MP3 ARCHIVES: In 2003, Death Cab For Cutie shed their “indie” stigma and became full-on rock stars (whether they liked it or not). The quintessential DCFC song, “Title and Registration,” paints a perfect picture for sentimental drifters, and Gibbard/Walla composition lovers.

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Free MP3: Casiokids, "Finn bikkjen!"

Aug 16, 2010 5:13 PM by Staff

With vocals like Sigur Ros and quirky synth like Of Montreal, it’s not surprising that the Casiokids were discovered by the latter. And as we’ve seen with other electro-pop Norwegian bands (read: Royksopp), they add their own international twist to indie-dance music.

Antony And The Johnsons, "Thank You For Your Love"

Aug 13, 2010 5:12 PM by Staff

You wouldn’t normally pin a drag queen who models himself after “Blue Velvet-era Isabella Rossellini” as one of the most sought-after rock vocalists. However, Antony Hegarty draws concert hall-size crowds and has collaborated with notable artists such as Lou Reed and Bjork. Download his most recent masterpiece “Thank You For Your Love” for the price of an email (it’s free).

Free MP3: Land Of Talk, "Quarry Hymns"

Aug 12, 2010 7:52 PM by Staff

Compared to their debut album, Some Are Lakes, Land of Talk‘s latest single off their sophomore LP, Cloak and Cipher, reveals a sensitive side without compromising their post-punk ways. Elizabeth Powell (vocals/guitar) has sweetest voice in indie-rock, yet never comes across as sappy. Download “Quarry Hymns” below, then go to Saddle Creek Records to download “Swift Coin” as well.

Free MP3: David Cross, "I Can't Get Beer In Me"

Aug 11, 2010 8:18 AM by Staff

The term “alternative” is not reserved for music. New school comedians (i.e. David Cross and Eugene Mirman) are admired like rock stars, and are even signed to the same record label that Nirvana and The Shins are on (Sub Pop). Cue this funny track up right in the middle of your latest, college-approved playlist.

Free MP3: Rilo Kiley, "Science Vs. Romance"

Aug 10, 2010 8:00 AM by Staff

FROM THE MP3 ARCHIVES: Long before Jenny Lewis‘ solo career, Rilo Kiley was a bright-eyed, hot new band on the Barsuk Records roster. “Science vs. Romance” was (and still is) the second song on their debut album Take Offs and Landings (2001)–a defining album to their future success.

Free MP3: Ugly Cassanova, "Here's To Now (ft. Isaac Brock)"

Aug 9, 2010 1:00 AM by Staff

As the most recognizable shivering voice in indie rock, it’s hard to associate Isaac Brock to anything but Modest Mouse. So the attempt at going undercover with John Orth as Ugly Cassanova only instigates more publicity. Case and point: this promo for the single from the 180° South soundtrack. More on Brushfire Records.

Free MP3: Matt Costa, "The Season"

Aug 6, 2010 1:09 PM by Staff

Huntington Beach native, Matt Costa, brings his California dreaming vibe with him into the recording studio. With surf rock guitar lines and echoing vocal harmonies, “The Season” is the perfect remedy for the mid-summer blues. More on Brushfire Records.

Free MP3: !!!, "AM/FM"

Aug 3, 2010 8:10 PM by Staff

Although !!! (a.k.a. Chk Chk Chk) traveled to Germany to record their new album “in order to mainline the city’s legendary dark energy,” the song “AM/FM” isn’t so dark, after all. However, they did tap into their New Wave influences such as David Bowie, Depeche Mode and the Berlin hit-maker, Brian Eno. We can’t wait to hear the rest of the album. More !!! on Warp Records.