Everybody loves free music. This entire week, we’ve highlighted the most relevant soul survivors, electronic wizards, and a new breed of hip-hop makers booked at this weekend’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival. Even if you’re not going, there’s something for everyone in the form of an MP3. From soul veteran Charles Bradley to the ’80s nostalgic synth-wave sounds of Com Truise, download your next favorite track inside.

If you like your music with an alternative-rock edge, try Minus The Bear. They’re playing Saturday 9/3 and are giving away the six-song Hold Me Down EP – completely free – through their website.

If you have time, check out an exclusive Live/Acoustic version of “Hold Me Down” from our pals at Last.fm/Discover.

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Also, try School of Seven Bells. Put this one in the ears of music fans who like Lush or early Simple Minds and you’ll have a friend for life.  Free music here.

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(check out live in-studio performances from Last.fm/Discover here)

Other highlights include:

Electronic-rock duo Phantogram. As described by our very own Michael Variety, “… flashes of neon on spike heels and whirls the listener into a spin of disco ’round ecstasy.” (read his review here).

℗ 2011 Barsuk

Mash-up pioneer Z-Trip for some late night hour dancing.

℗ 2009

Swedish electronic-pop act Little Dragon fronted by singer Yukimi Nagano.

℗ 2011

Ready for Atari Teenage Riot? These German digital-hardcore pioneers would like for you to dance. Not that they say it out loud–no, they just play music that asks for dancing (and some moshing!).

℗ 2011 Dim Mak

(more must-see electronic artists at Bumbershoot)

Stones Throw RecordsDam-Funk and his live band Master Blazter!

℗ 2010

(more hip-hop artists here)

Soul music veteran Charles Bradley–who recently released his first album, No Time For Dreaming.

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(more must-see soul and roots artists playing Bumbershoot)

On the other side of the musical spectrum is a free song from Puerto Rican garage-rock band Davila 666.

Did we miss any? Got a favorite artist who’s performing at this year’s festival? Want an MP3 from them? Let us know via the comments below! Go!


The Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival runs Sept. 3-5 in Seattle, Washington. Get tickets and see the full lineup.

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