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10 Best Free MP3 Downloads of May

We’re all about sharing new music here at And we gave away a wide range of cool tunes over the past month — everything from indie pop and garage rock to sloppy punk and blippy electronic music. You probably don’t have time to sort through all of it, so we’ve made it easy for you by compiling our favorites in one handy 10 Best Free MP3 Downloads of May list.

Bestfriends A Sides

Bestfriends, ‘A-Sides’



You know that cheery, summery synth-pop sound that Passion Pit are so good at making? It’s all over this song by Chicago duo Bestfriends. They say there’s a deeper message beneath the groove, but we’re too busy dancing to check it out.


Black Clouds I'll Be Gone

The Black Clouds, ‘I’ll Be Gone’



These New Jersey rockers bust out some tough licks on ‘I’ll Be Gone,’ and it’s probably best you stay out of their way. The song is in and out of there in less than two minutes, kicking up a storm of power guitars, scratchy vocals and rolling drums.


Bridges and Powerlines Bushwick

Bridges and Powerlines, ‘Bushwick’



These Brooklyn-based indie rockers got some help on their new album from members of Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens‘ producer and Yo La Tengo‘s mixer. But none of that matters if they didn’t have the songs to back up their indie-rock connections. They do.


Four Visions Closer

Four Visions, ‘Closer’



Thick, muddy production and brooding moodiness are all over ‘Closer,’ a slow-churning five-minute set piece by Brooklyn one-man band Four Visions (friends and family just call him Daniel Abary or probably just Dan for short). We dig it.


Have Mercy This Old Ark

Have Mercy, ‘This Old Ark’



We’re guessing bands bristle at being called emo these days, so we won’t mention the word. But we will say that the hooky ‘This Old Ark’ by Baltimore’s Have Mercy is stuffed with passionate vocals, stinging guitars and hand claps. Just like emo.


Japanther Stolen Flowers

Japanther, ‘Stolen Flowers’



Unlike so many of their Brooklyn peers, Japanther strip their music down to its low-fi, DIY core. They don’t fuss over their songs; live shows sound like demos, which sound like their finished records. Got it? Plus, we just love the title of their new record.


My My Misfire Get Your Fix

My My Misfire, ‘Get Your Fix’



These Minneapolis hard rockers claim they wrote ‘Get Your Fix’ — a sleazy guitar-powered rocker straight outta the post-GNR era — for strip clubs. But we think it works just as well without some girl named Madison shaking her naked butt.


Slander Magnets

Slander, ‘Magnets’



These Connecticut-based punks wrap Yeah Yeah Yeahs-style art-rock in a noisy mix of screeching guitars and crashing drums. Plus there’s singer Julia Farrar, who injects a bit of ’80s goth into her clipped delivery of ‘Magnets.’ Turn it up.


Snowden The Beat Comes

Snowden, ‘The Beat Comes’



If you have a song titled ‘The Beat Comes,’ then the beat better damn well come at some point. And it does, but it’s delayed almost a minute on this indie-rock and Britpop hybrid from Snowden. Stick with it — once the song starts moving, it doesn’t stop.


Wonky Doll and the Echo The Cut

Wonky Doll and the Echo, ‘The Cut’



Any band named Wonky Doll and the Echo should have an arsenal of great tunes stockpiled. We can’t vouch for the other songs on the Greek group’s ‘Pleasant Thoughts’ album, but the post-punk ambiance of ‘The Cut’ is pretty cool.


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