Hey Ice Machine, ‘I’ve Been Told’ – Free MP3 Download
On hearing Hey Ice Machine’s album lead-off track 'I’ve Been Told,' you might peg the band as a new Nashville darling produced, say, by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys. But the boys are a long way from Nashville.
Pirates, ‘Home Improvement’ – Free MP3 Download
We're happy to offer up something completely different today. Storming out of New York like a tornado that's sucked up all manner of sharp and rusty objects, Pirates may well be the only band in a genre of their own invention: fully improvisational hardcore. Established as the side project of several established players, the band brings formidable musicianship to an experiment in sound. It approxi
The Last Royals, ‘Friday Night’ – Free MP3 Download
The Last Royals are the latest Brooklyn electronic duo we've featured in our free MP3 downloads, but unlike some groups that seem to use the format to explore the more esoteric potentialities of their medium, this group offers pure pop goodness. That said, there is a duality at the core of the band -- a fascination with juxtaposing sour and sweet. Their name is such a pairing -- evidencing a fasci
Midnight Magic, ‘Diamonds’ – Free MP3 Download
Midnight Magic are a nine-piece juggernaut from New York City that count among their ranks former members of LCD Soundsystem. They make what we might call interstellar soul music -- a sound they describe as a blend of funk, soul and electro-tinged disco. Today, we get a free download of 'Diamonds,' from their forthcoming full-length debut, 'Walking The Midnight Streets,' due out Nov. 13.
Silent Drape Runners, ‘Ten Se’ – Free MP3 Download
Silent Drape Runners are a Brooklyn electronic duo consisting of Russ Marshalek and Sophie Weiner. While I'd affectionately classify them as "art-house electronica," their entire project is so steeped in the work of David Lynch that they refer to themselves as "Lynchian Pop." Needless to say, it's an oblique take on what you might normally think of as pop, and today, we're prou
Little Bombs, ‘Back Home’ – Free MP3 Download
Little Bombs are a truly American rock duo born in the Midwest and raised on the East Coast. As he croons over rocksteady backbeats provided by drummer extraordinaire Derek Johnson, Kieren Smith balances ever so carefully between countrified Americana and the classic-rock stylings of Ryan Adams and the Boss. The two came together as their careers in prominent Minneapolis pop-rock groups came to an
Amateur Blonde, ‘Waiting Place’ – Free MP3 Download
Amateur Blonde is the brainchild of New York singer-songwriter Ryan O'Toole. Fleshed out by a wide cast of players, including O'Toole's brother Matthew, the self-titled debut is awash in a diverse spectrum on instrumentation and sophisticated arrangements. Today, we get as a free download the pensive piano-driven track 'Waiting Place.'
The Cast of Cheers, ‘Human Elevator (Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross Remix)’ – Free MP3 Download
Contrary to what you might think, The Cast of Cheers are not from Boston. They're from Ireland -- which, for Bostonians, basically means they're from the real thing. Their music is also the real thing -- the band has been storming the U.K. music world with their first singles. The quartet recorded its first album, 'Chariot,' by itself in 3 days, subsequently putting it up on BandCamp for free, whe
Stealing Sheep, ‘Genevieve (Baardsen Remix)’ – Free MP3 Download
Stealing Sheep hail from Merseyside, U.K., home to the La's and Ladytron. The band's PR suggests there's something in the water in that makes Merseyside music sound particularly enchanted. If it's true, Stealing Sheep are definitely drinking from the source. Following the EP 'Noah & the Paper Moon,' the British trio unveiled their full-length debut, 'Into the Diamond Sun.' Today we get a free
Goodtime Boys, ‘Bliss’ – Free MP3 Download
Goodtime Boys toe the line between the metal-tinged melodic Midwest hardcore that was so prevalent a few years ago -- i.e. Misery Signals, Crossbearer, Amora Savant -- and the East Coast's postured and dissonant groups like Remembering Never, with just a touch of dissonance and minor chords for flavor. If that weren't reason enough for the U.K. quintet to call this sound their own, vocalist Alexan