Writer is a Brooklyn-by-way-of-California duo consisting of James and Andy Ralph. More than just casual brothers, they have a strong bond -- one epitomized by their matching tattoos, which feature the words "Brothers Ralph" surrounding an anchor like sailors navigating a sea. Appropriately, their new record is called 'Brotherface.' Today they offer up a free download of 'Hot Days.'
Regardless of whether you've heard of Caroline Smith, she's no virgin to the spotlight. The 24 year-old indie-pop songstress released her first full-length album and warmed up crowds for the likes of BB King and Mason Jennings before she could even buy cigarettes. She won the hearts of Midwest hipsters with her debut full-band album, 'Backyard Tent Set,' in 2008, and now she's back with the lovely, stripped-down follow-up, 'Little Wind.'
Picture yourself blacking out, then waking up in the middle of a field with no coat. And it's January. In Minnesota. Judging by the orientation of the tiny orbs floating in the distance that seem to be streetlights, you are really far from home. If you had time to be pissed before one of your appendages turned black and fell off, you would be. But you don't. Now you know what it's like to experience five-piece Minneapolis hardcore band Mourner.
Los Angeles power trio Sad Robot might have taken their name from an EP by Stars, but that's about the only similarity one could find between the two indie groups. Their new single 'Hold On' features a skyrocketing chorus that all but screams out to fans of Florence & the Machine and Kings of Leon, urging them to hurry up, get hooked and hold on, literally.
California dream-pop duo Tashaki Miyaki have released an EP and a couple singles. They have also earned considerable attention for their string of stellar covers. Their EP of Everly Brothers songs, appropriately titled 'Tahsaki Miyaki Sings the Everly Brothers,' received high praise for its version of 'I Wonder If I'd Care As Much,' and they've earned plaudits for their take on Bob Dylan's 'If Not For You.' Today, they offer a free download of their newest original tune, 'Best Friend.'
Shai Halperin has already enjoyed considerable acclaim under his previous moniker, the Capitol Years. His earlier albums earned him tours opening for and playing with an impressive cast of musicians, including the Walkmen, the Pixies, Daniel Johnston and Kurt Vile. Sweet Lights builds on his already considerable success and delivers on big expectations. 'Sweet Lights, Sweet Lights,' his debut album with the new project, is out today, and Halperin generously shares the track 'A Hundred Needle Pins' for free download.
Lili Haydn's soaring career as a singer-songwriter-violinist has included four critically acclaimed major label records and tours with such luminaries as Sting, Seal and Robert Plant. George Clinton of P-Funk called her "the Jimi Hendrix of the violin." Today she shares 'Tyrant,' a dynamic whirlwind of a single from her forthcoming record 'I Am a Man.'
To give you a sense of what the Austin-by-way-of-Sacramento duo Agent Ribbons are all about, they say they're not just a band, but rather "a tree house club of post-feminist dreamers trying to find their place in the scheme of things, like a hand-sewn and lovingly-crafted garment in a modern, disposable world."
Harts is the solo creation of Darren Hart, a multi instrumentalist and producer from Melbourne, Australia. He makes his impressively large-sounding music from the comfort of his bedroom, and today, he offers up a free download of 'All Too Real,' the new single from the 'Offtime' EP, out on Universal Music Australia.
Brass Bed have a solid track record. They've been cranking out their uniquely infections brand of psych-pop since 2008, and their first two full-lengths (2008's 'Midnight Matinee' and 2010's 'Melt White') earned them plenty of accolades. Now, we're pleased to present their new single 'A Bullet For You' for free download.
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