Tomás Doncker's critically acclaimed album, The Power of the Trinity, is available now. The Deluxe Version is coming out July 17th. You can grab a free track, "Abet Gurage", featuring legendary Ethiopian singer Mahmoud Ahmed.
Check out Doncker's band live:
07/03 Summerfest | WI
07/04 Summerfest | WI
07/27 Springfield Gardens | NY
07/28 Springfield Gardens | NY
07/31 Rumsey Playfield | NY
08/03 Marcus Garvey Park | NY
08/04 Marcus Garvey Park | NY
08/05 Marcus Garvey Park | NY
For a limited time, you can download Southerly's Youth Sessions at Bandcamp for free.
Each song was written, recorded, and mixed by Krist Krueger (aka Southerly) at his own studio Sonic Sandbox in Portland, Oregon.
Trivia: Regarding his EP, Champion of the Noisy Negativists, it was inspired by his friend Jeff Hanson (Minneapolis resident by the way of Kill Rock Stars).
We get so many emails that it's sometime refreshing to get a band that gets it right: Grounders. All I'm really looking for is a brief biography and cover artwork to their album or single. Also the words "free" and "download" helps my inbox search.
Grounders is a band based out of Toronto, they've recently played at NXNE (along with 5 million other bands!) and will be playing with Young Magic at the Garrison this July 5th.
Unfortunately, they're already maxing out their available download (soundcloud has this scam that limits how many times a song can be downloaded)… but if you're net savvy, there are ways around this.
Chester French's new album, Music 4 TNGRS, came out today via Karmaloop Music. The duo is offering the lead track, "Next Big Thing", for free on AOL's Spinner. They are comparing the band to MGMT and Chromeo … so if you like that dancey teenage music, you'll love Chester French.
Also, you can stream the whole album on their website, chesterfrench.com.
Brandi Carlile is heading out on tour. I'll never forget her unexpected appearance at the Fine Line a few years ago.
She is giving away a free three-track EP called Live at Bear Creek EP over at NoiseTrade. The live songs are songs from her latest album, Bear Creek.
Her tour dates are too numerous to mention here, so click here to see the full schedule.
6/20 - Apple Valley, MN - Weesner Amphitheater
6/21 - Apple Valley, MN - Weesner Amphitheater
6/23 - Fish Creek, WI - Door County Auditorium+
6/25 - Munhall, PA - Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead+
6/26 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center!
6/28 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
6/29 - Richmond, VA - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden+
6/30 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa+
7/2 - Tarrytown, NY - Music Hall+
7/3 - Darien Center, NY - Darien Lake Performing !
7/5 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
7/6 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre!
7/7 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre!
7/8 - Grand Rapids, MI - Meijer Gardens
7/10 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre!
7/11 - Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Amphitheatre!
7/13 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
7/14 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/15 - Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden
7/18 - Anchorage, AK - Atwood Concert Hall
7/19 - Fairbanks, AK - Hering Auditorium
7/27 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
7/29 - Asheville, NC - Bele Chere Festival
7/28 - Floyd, VA - FloydFest
7/31 - Montclair, NJ - The Wellmont Theater#
8/1 - Albany, NY - Hart Theatre "The Egg"#
8/3 - Hyannis, MA - Cape Cod Melody Tent*
8/4 - Boston, MA - Bank of America
8/5 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach *
8/7 - Durham, NC - Carolina Theatre*
8/8 - Wilmington, NC - Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre*
8/9 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm*
8/11 - Louisville, KY - Iroquois Amphitheatre*
8/12 - Germantown, TN - Germantown PAC*
8/15 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom*
8/17 - Santa Fe, NM - SOL Patio*
8/18 - Flagstaff, AZ - Orpheum*
8/19 - Tucson, AZ - The Rialto Theatre*
8/21 - Anaheim, CA - House of Blues#
8/23 - Saratoga, CA - Mountain Winery#
8/24 - Grass Valley, CA - Center For The Arts#
8/25 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center#
8/29 - Redding, CA - Cascade Theatre#
8/31 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavillion#
9/1 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab
11/23 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall
11/24 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall
1/13-20/2013 - Cayamo
* w/ Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra supporting
+ w/ The Lumineers supporting
# w/ The Barr Brothers supporting
! w/ Dave Matthews Band
I like Girl in a Coma. They recently announced their summer 2012 tour and giving away "One Eyed Fool" via soundcloud.com.
The song came from their latest album, Exits & All the Rest, which NPR named one of 2011's best albums and recently won an Independent Music Awards for Best Independent/Alternative Rock Album.
6/16 Madison, WI Plan B
7/09 St. Petersburg, FL Local 662
7/10 Atlanta, GA The Earl
7/12 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
7/13 Washington, DC Red Palace
7/14 Teaneck, NJ Mexicali Live
7/16 Philadelphia, PA Barbary
7/17 New Haven, CT Café Nine
7/18 New York, NY Bowery
7/19 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
7/20 Prov, RI Providence Social
7/23 Montreal, QC Divan Orange
7/24 Toronto, ON The Garrison
7/26 Chicago, IL Double Door
7/27 Detroit, MI Shelter
7/28 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
7/29 St. Louis, MO The Firebird
7/30 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
8/01 Nashville, TN 12th & Porter
8/02 Hot Springs, AR Maxine’s
8/15 Corpus Christi, TX House Rock
8/16 Pharr, TX Pharr Entertain
We've written about The Mynabirds a few times. I just wanted to remind you that her album, GENERALS, comes out June 5th (today).
They are offering a free song, "Body of Work", in celebration of the album release and upcoming tour.
06/08: Omaha, NE Slowdown
06/15: Minneapolis, MN 7th St
06/16: Des Moines Vaudeville
06/17: Chicago, IL Schuba's
06/19: Detroit, MI Magic Stick
06/20: Cleveland, OH Beachland
06/21: Harrisburg, PA Abbey Bar
06/22: New York Mercury Lounge
06/23: Washington, DC Black Cat
06/24: Phila, PA Johnny Brenda's
06/25: Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
06/27: Birmingham, AL Bottletree
06/28: Atlanta, GA Earl
06/29: Nashville, TN High Watt
06/30: Columbia, MO Mojo's
07/01: St. Louis, MO Firebird
07/02: Lawrence, KS Jackpot
08/04: Happy Valley Pickathon
08/05: Happy Valley Pickathon
08/11: Omaha, NE MAHA Fest
Pure Love (duo Frank Carter and Jim Carroll) just announced their first new single, "Handsome Devils Club", to be coming out July 23rd , having just been on Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record In The World this week.
In the meantime, you can grab their song, "Bury My Bones", for free on therealpurelove.com.
02.06.12 Bristol - Dot to Dot Festival
03.06.12 Nottingham - Dot to Dot Festival
04.06.12 Manchester - Dot to Dot Festival
08.06.12 Swindon Oasis
14.07.12 Bilbao - BBK Live
Young One Records is a new Brooklyn-based record label. One of the first artists on their roster is called Fat Tony (not to be confused with The Simpsons' character). His album, Double Dragon, will be coming out June 1st. You can grab a free track, "Bad Habits", for a limited time at complex.com.
Fat Tony Tour Dates:
6-02 Austin, TX - Chaos in Tejas
6-03 Houston, TX - Free Press Summer
6-07 Milwaukee, WI - Quarter's
6-09 Detroit, MI - Detroit Synagogue
6-11 Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
6-14 Manhattan, NY - Santos Party
6-15 Richmond, VA - Strange Matter
6-17 Greensboro, NC - Longshank's
6-18 Atlanta, GA - 529
6-21 Memphis, TN - Hi Tone
Matt Pinfield recently let on that his friend and ex-Hüsker Dü frontsman Bob Mould will be playing Sugar's Copper Blue album in its entirety live. It's only fitting since this year (2012) is the album's 20th anniversary!
You can grab the first three songs ("The Act We Act", "A Good Idea", and "Changes") at official.fm. The live recording was done at the Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco at Noise Pop Festival (2/24/12).
Copper Blue tour:
06/01 London @ Shepherd's Bush Empire
06/03 Brussels, BE @ AB
07/03 Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
08/04 Cork, Ireland @ Liss Ard Festival
08/06 Helsinki, FI @ Tavastia
08/08 Oslo, Norway @ Oya Festival
08/09 Sweden @ Way Out West
08/11 Amsterdam @ Paradiso Grote Zaal
08/13 Codroipo, Italy @ Villa Mainin
08/15 Prague @ 02 Arena
08/16 Austria @ Frequency Festival
08/18 Belgium @ Pukkelpop Festival
09/21 Pensacola Beach @ DeLuna Fest
We previously mentioned Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. They're currently on tour.
Recently they've teamed up with OkayAfrica to give away a 5-track sampler from their new album, Radio Salone. The sampler is only available until Friday, May 25th.
download the Radio Salone Sampler
Cornershop's cleverly titled Urban Turban just came out (May 15th) and have received rave reviews from the usual places (Pitchfork, Spin Magazine, The Sun, etc).
You can download some sampler tracks at The Quietus, featuring some other artists from their record label, Ample Play.
Emilie Simon will be releasing her new album, Franky Knight, in the U.S. in August 2012. Her biography lists her as one of France's most acclaimed young artists and composers, having won three “Victoires de la Musique” (the French's version of the Grammys) and nominated for other awards (the Prix Constantin and Cesars).
She recently scored the film "Delicacy" (the film starring Amelie's Audrey Tautou, which got released last month), and she's offered one of her song, "Mon Chevalier" as a free download.
Since releasing Michael Kiwanuka's debut album, Home Again, in the US on May 1st, the title track was iTunes Single Of The Week. The physical CD release is pending July 31st.
With an upcoming tour starting off at Bonnaroo, Kiwanuka is offering a live track, "I’m Getting Ready (Live From Cherrytree House)" as a free download.
06/09 Atlanta, GA - Smith Olde Bar
06/10 Nashville, TN - 3rd & Lindsley
06/13 New York, NY - Highline*
06/14 Brooklyn, NY - Prospect Park#
06/15 Philadelphia, PA - World Café*
06/16 Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel*
06/18 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall*
06/19 Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert*
08/10-08/12 Outside Lands
08/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Music Box
#with Laura Marling
Free download of "Mystery Man" from Australia's John Butler over at Soundcloud. You may remember his band, John Butler Trio being on several entries in Triple J's Hottest 100 a few years ago.
Anyway, the free song is from his forthcoming album 2-disc album Tin Shed Tales, out in the US on May 14th. France and UK, the album is due out on May 21st and 28th, respectively. Australians, the album is out now.
Plates of Cake's Jonathan Byerley solo album, Catherine Market, will be out July 10th via La Société Expéditionnaire. You can preview his song, "I Still Pull the Silver (From the Penny Drawer)" on Soundcloud.
05/10 - Brooklyn, NY - La Sala
06/03 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock
As a cover lover, I'm excited to let you know that husband-and-wife duo Little Silver is doing a new covers EP called Dress Up.
One of the artists covered on the EP is The Cure's "Pictures of You." You can download the song at americansongwriter.com
They are doing some tour dates this summer:
5/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café
6/2 - San Francisco, CA @ Ghost Mansion
6/5 - Portland, OR @ Press Club
6/6 - Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
6/8 - Olga, Orcas Island @ Doe Bay
6/10 - Bellingham, WA @ Amadeus Project
Christopher sends his love by letting us know that you can grab The Crimea's Last Plane Out Of Saigon for free at limitedrun.com.
Tracks include "Last Plane Out of Saigon", "The Only Living Boy and Girl", and "How to Make You Laugh".
The special Crimea 10 Year Anniversary show is this Thursday 17th May 2012 at Union Chapel, London.
If you attend, they are premiering their new album, Square Moon at the show. Get your tickets here.
Not much is known about Icons of Andria, other than that it's a recording project between Rodney Sellars (of The Year Zero) and Ken Negrete & Fabiola Sanchez (of Familiar Trees). The collaboration is described to produce an "eponymous Sci-fi concept album" and features some nice original artwork from Sellars.
So far a couple of songs are available as free downloads via soundcloud.com.
You know we're old school Britpop Blur at W♥M. Younger kids might know Blur for being the band that shut up Adele.
When frontsman Damon Albarn isn't working on the new Gorillaz album or whatever The Good, the Bad & the Queen was or Journey to the West, he has a solo album coming out called Dr Dee on May 7th, 2012.
You can preview the album over at The Guardian and grab a free song, "Dancing King" at NME. The album is described as "an English Opera", inspired by Alan Moore.
I was at the Mayhem The Truth's Honorable Trees release party. Not sure if the misspelling of "honorable" is deliberate on the cover artwork, but you can download it for free at hotnewhiphop.com
Click below to follow @MayhemTheTruth_
Toronto's SlowPitch is giving away his Biosphere Stargaze EP as a free download. The record label, Bah Doom Recordings, describe the EP as "a sci-fi obsessed showcase of stark audio landscapes that twitch and blink their way through an EP that is brilliantly spontaneous. Using a turntable, a percussion sequencer and an effects/looping device, Slowpitch has created a brainstorm of cosmic pulses that are both sparse and beautiful."
Milk Maid's second album, Mostly No, will be coming out July 9th, via FatCat Records. In the meantime, you can grab their song "Do Right" via Souncloud and catch them on tour in the UK:
06/04 Manchester, Dot To Dot
06/28 London, Shacklewell Arms
06/29 Manchester, Underachievers
06/30 Edinburgh, Henry's Cellar Bar
07/01 Newcastle, Dog And Parrot
07/02 Liverpool, Bumper
07/03 Leeds, Oporto
Thirty tracks on cassette tapes. Jacob Turnbloom's Death Tape 1 will be available to buy on Record Store Day (4/21/2012), although this doesn't look like an official RSD exclusive. Pre-ordering it now will unlock an instant download of all 30 songs via bandcamp.
The entire album was written by Jacob Turnbloom, except two covers (Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" and The Everly Brothers' "I'm Here To Get My Baby Out Of Jail"). Those tracks and a few others are available as a "name your own price", which you can put in $0 for a free download.
Coming out on April 24th is Fixers' first US EP called Pop Meat/Your Corruptor via Dolphin Love Records. You can grab a free download of "Crystals" via soundcloud.com or watch their "mind-bending video" on youtube.com.
This UK band will be making only three limited New York dates before they head back home:
4/19 – New York – Pianos*
4/20 – New York – Mercury Lounge**
* with Tony Castles
** with Mansions on the Moon
Kara Ali's new music video is called "Half Way" and you can view it on youtube.com.
Since we normally spotlight free downloads, she previously offered "Cheap Red Wine" as a free download via soundcloud.com.
Kara Ali will be performing live at Arlene's Grocery in New York this June 1st.
You might remember hearing about Unicycle Loves You before. Their new album is called Failure, and their new single and video is called "Garbage Dump". Watch the video on youtube, download the song from Mecca Lecca:
Unicycle Loves You is on tour supporting their new album:
4/10 Garden Bowl-Detroit, MI
4/11 MOTR-Cincinnati, OH
4/12 Wilbert's-Cleveland, OH
4/13 Albert George-Barnesville, OH
4/14 Pianos-New York, NY
4/15 Big Snow-Brooklyn, NY
4/17 BSP Lounge-Kingston, NY
4/18 Middle East-Boston, MA
4/19 Bug Jar-Rochester, NY
4/20 M-Room-Philadelphia, PA
4/21 Garfield Artworks-Pittsburgh, PA
4/24 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
The Eastern Sea is to release their album, Plague, out this June 26th on the WhiteLabBlackLab label. It's been a long road since the tracks were first recorded to tape in 2010. You can preview a brand new Plague song, "A Lie" over at soundcloud.
Look for the band live at Stubbs in Austin, Texas, on Friday, April 13. More information on the band on their official website, theeasternsea.com.
Mean Creek is a four-piece rock band based from Boston, Massachusetts. The local poll at the Boston Phoenix made them "Best Act of 2011", while Boston Music Awards called their latest EP Hemophiliac "Album/EP of the Year" for 2011. They are currently offering a free download of their song, "Sunlight", from that release on Bandcamp.com.
Starting in April, they are excited to announce that they are on tour with Counting Crows:
04/14 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater *
04/16 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater *
04/17 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia *
04/19 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre *
04/21 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theater *
04/22 - Chicago, IL - Riviera *
04/24 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
04/25 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
04/27 - Mashantucket, CT - Foxwoods *
04/28 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Event Center *
05/01 - Jacksonville, FL - Florida Theater *
05/04 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle *
05/05 - Nashville, TN - Ryman *
* = supporting Counting Crows
You remember Tying Tiffany? The Italian girl is back with producer/composer Lorenzo Montanà as T.T.L. You would think TTL stands for Tying Tiffany Lorenzo, but the truth of it, is that it stands for "Through The Lens".
EW.com is offering a free download of their song "Deep Shadow", which appeared in the first trailer for the hit-smash movie "The Hunger Games".
Find out more about T.T.L. at t-t-l-music.com.
You may remember the interview with Elika. The band is offering a free download of "No One Gets Lost", in celebration of their upcoming show "Always the Light" show at Spike Hill.
*ALWAYS THE LIGHT*
[Love] + [Defeat] + [Dance]
For Every Story Untold +
DJ Andy Durutti
04/06/12 @ Spike Hill in beautiful Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA
This week only: Garbage is back with a free download of "Blood For Poppies" on garbage.com. You remember them, you love them, and as a gift to loyal fans, they've decided to give away their first single for free. Their new album, Not Your Kind of People will be out May 15th via their own label, STUNVOLUME.
If you're still digging record singles, you can purchase "Blood For Poppies" on Record Store Day on April 21st on a limited edition white 7".
04/09/12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre - SOLD OUT
04/10/12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre - SOLD OUT
04/14/12 Las Vegas, NV Pearl at the Palms Hotel*
04/16/12 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre*
04/17/12 Tempe, AZ The Marquee*
04/20/12 Houston, TX House of Blues - SOLD OUT
04/21/12 Austin, TX La Zona Rosa - SOLD OUT
04/22/12 Dallas, TX KDGE Edge Fest -
04/24/12 Aspen, CO Belly Up*
04/25/12 Denver, CO Ogden Theater*
04/27/12 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue*
05/09/12 London, England Troxy - SOLD OUT
05/11/12 St. Petersburg, Russia Jubilenyi Hall
05/12/12 Moscow, Russia Crocus City Hall
05/16/12 Paris, France Olympia - SOLD OUT
05/22/12 New York, NY Webster Hall - SOLD OUT
05/23/12 Washington, DC 930 Club - SOLD OUT
05/25/12 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues*
05/26/12 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club - SOLD OUT
05/28/12 Toronto, Phoenix Concert - SOLD OUT
06/01/12 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
06/16/12 Hultsfred, Sweden Hultsfred Festival
06/17/12 Aarhus, Denmark Northside Festival
06/19/12 Amsterdamn, Holland Melkweg Max
06/22/12 Germany Southside Festival
06/23/12 Scheessel, Germany Hurricane Festival
06/24/12 Paris, France Solidays Festival
06/27/12 Luxemburg Rockhal
06/28/12 Belgium Rock Werchter, Pyramid Marquee
06/29/12 Arras, France Main Square Festival
07/06/12 Bucharest, Romania B'Estfest
07/11/12 Vigevano, Italy 10 Giorni Suoanti Festival
07/14/12 Bilbao, Spain BBK Live Festival
07/15/12 Aix-les-Bains, France Musilac Festival
07/19/12 Oporto, Portugal Mares Vivas Festival
UK rockers Tribes is giving away some songs, you can grab "Whatever" from Waterloo Records and "We Were Children" via Sneak Attack.
We Were Children
Here's what left of their SXSW appearance:
Friday, March 16th - 12:30pm UMG/Frye Day Party @ Buffalo Billiards
Friday, March 16th - 5pm @ Lomography Store
Friday, March 16th - 6:40pm @ Nylon Pool Party @ W Hotel
Saturday, March 17th - 12:30pm Baeble Party @ Peckerheads
Friday, March 16th - 3:00pm Dickies Party @ Lustre Pearl
Non SXSW Tour Dates:
Mon. March 26 NYC @ Mercury Lounge
Tues. March 27 Philly @ North Star Bar
Wed. March 28 Boston @ Brighton Music Hall
Benjamin Francis Leftwich is offering his cover of The Beatles' "Ticket To Ride" as a free download from his Soundcloud page. His new single, "Pictures", came out last month (February 20th), via Dirty Hit Records.
Here are his SXSW appearances.
March 17th - SXSW / Northern Day (4pm)
I could not find listing for his SXSW appearance on March 14th or 18th (none of his SXSW are listed on his website), but I am assuming he'll be playing around.
Here's the rest of his massive tour dates, some dates with Australian Music Award winner, The Jezabels.
03/20/12 Homegrown Hamilton / Hamilton, Ontario
03/21/12 - Raw Sugar Cafe / Ottawa, Ontario
03/22/12 - CMW Cameron House / Toronto, Ontario
03/23/12 - CMW Supermarket / Toronto, Ontario
03/25/12 - E Bar / Guelph, Ontario
03/26/12 - Call The Office / London, Ontario
03/28/12 - 2nd Cup / Buffalo, New York
03/29/12 - Vibe Lounge / Syracuse, New York
04/03/12 - Cafe Nine / New Haven, Connecticut
04/04/12 - Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
04/05/12 - Music Gallery / Baltimore, Maryland
04/10/12 - Bowery Ballroom / New York*
04/11/12 - The Knitting Factory / Brooklyn, New York
04/13/12 - Johnny Brendas / Philadelphia, PA*
04/14/12 - Red Palace / Washington, D.C*
04/16/12 - Brighton Music Hall / Boston, Massachusetts*
04/17/12 - Divan Orange / Montreal, Quebec*
04/18/12 - Mod Club / Toronto, Quebec*
04/19/12 - The Active Room / Detroit, Michigan
04/20/12 - Lincoln Hall / Chicago, Illinois*
04/21/12 - Triple Rock / Minneapolis, Minnesota*
04/23/12 - WECC / Winnipeg, Manitoba*
04/24/12 - Amigo’s / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan*
04/26/12 - Sarlite / Edmonton, Alberta*
04/27/12 - SAIT / Calgary, Alberta*
04/28/12 - The Royal / Nelson, British Colombia*
04/30/12 - The Longhorn / Whistler, British Columbia*
05/01/12 - Venue / Vancouver, British Columbia*
05/02/12 - Lucky Bar / Victoria, British Columbia
05/03/12 - Crocodile / Seattle, Washington*
05/04/12 - Mississippi / Portland, Oregon*
05/08/12 - Independant / San Francisco, California*
05/09/12 - Soho / Santa Barbara, California*
05/11/12 - Troubadour / Los Angeles, California*
05/12/12 - Casbah / San Diego, California*
10/01/12 - BRIGHTON - Concorde 2
10/02/12 - BOURNEMOUTH - Old Fire Station
10/03/12 - EXETER - The Phoenix
10/04/12 - FALMOUTH - Princess Pavilion
10/05/12 - SWANSEA - Sin City
10/06/12 - BRISTOL - O2 Academy
10/08/12 - OXFORD - Town Hall
10/09/12 - NEWCASTLE - Northumbria Uni
10/10/12 - EDINBURGH - Pleasance Theatre
10/11/12 - ABERDEEN - Lemon Tree
10/12/12 - INVERNESS – Ironworks
10/13/12 - GLASGOW - Oran Mor
10/15/12 - LEEDS – Varieties
10/16/12 - SHEFFIELD – Plug
10/17/12 - BIRMINGHAM - Irish Centre
10/18/12 - CAMBRIDGE – Junction
10/19/12 - NORWICH – Waterfront
10/20/12 - NOTTINGHAM - Rescue Rooms
10/22/12 - CARLISLE – Brickyard
10/23/12 - LIVERPOOL - Stanley Theatre
10/24/12 - LONDON – KOKO
10/25/12 - MANCHESTER - HMV Ritz
10/26/12 - STOKE - Sugar Mill
10/27/12 - YORK - The Duchess
10/29/12 - WREXHAM - Central Station
10/31/12 - GALWAY (Ireland) - Roisin Dubh
11/01/12 - CORK (Ireland) - Cyprus Avenue
11/02/12 - DUBLIN (Ireland) - Whelan's
11/03/12- BELFAST (Ireland) - The Limelight
* with The Jezabels
It's been a few years since we last mentioned Ramona Falls. Their new album, Prophet comes out May 1st on Barsuk Records.
You can check out their new song, "Spore" as a free download:
Ramona Falls: Spore
If you're heading to SXSW, they are doing a ton of shows:
03/15 Barsuk Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly
03/16 Noise Pop Showcase @ Red Eyed Fly
03/17 Baeble Showcase @ Peckerheads
05/08 - San Diego, Ca - Casbah
05/10 - Los Angelese, CA - Echo
05/11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe du Nord
05/12 - Davis, CA - Sophia's Thai Kitchen
05/17 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
05/18 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir
06/05 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
06/06 - Chicago, IL - Schubas
06/08 - Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
06/09 - Montreal, QB - Petit Campus
06/12 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
06/12 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands
06/14 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
06/15 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
06/16 - Washington, DC - Red Palace
Wow, aren't you sick of SXSW? It's JUST STARTING! The next two weeks, I will be spotlighting "free MP3 downloads" for bands playing at SXSW.
Starting off with New Yorkers, Hollis Brown. They are offering "Ride On The Train" as a free song to get you interested in perhaps checking out their SXSW dates. The song is described as "classic rock".
3/14: SXSW @ The Lone Star Riverboat, Bamm TV Showcase, 4:20pm
3/14: SXSW @ The Rooftop Bar Red Gorilla Showcase, 9pm
3/15: SXSW @ Molotov, STPP Showcase, 8:15pm
3/16: SXSW @ Beale St. Tavern (Rocker Stalker), 5pm
3/17: SXSW @ The Lodge (Rethink Pop Music Showcase), 3pm
3/17: SXSW @ Hole In The Wall (This Is Not A Test Party), 8:45pm
3/21: Cleveland, OH @ The Beachland Tavern (w/ Caveman)
I last mentioned Sweden's The Pale Corners in 2008. Their record label, Since Records, is offering a new song from them as a free download.
The song is called "REM" and mixed by Philip Ekström from The Mary Onettes.
Look for the single to come out April 4th, keep in touch on facebook.com/thepalecorners
After unveiling her music video for "Sense", Labrador Records is offering the song as a free download.
The single will be released April 9th. Her debut self-titled album international release will be out June 5th.
The 17 year old Swedish singer had this comment: "I'm looking forward to turning 18 so I can play live shows without my mother and father."
Amanda Mair: Sense
Stay connected with Amanda Mair on facebook.
Head over to donkypitch.bandcamp on March 8th to download Donky Pitch's third (and final) free EP series for Brighton-based producers, Moscow. In the meantime, you can still grab the previous EPs for free, or donations.
More details from their press release:
WEEK OF 2/19
Soft Swells are Tim Williams (Dovecoat Records) and Matt Welsh (Phonograph), and they have a song, "Put It On The Line", is available as a free download via anti-vowels RCRDLBL. The song comes from their self-titled debut LP via Modern Outsider Records, to be released February 28, 2012.
Soft Swells willbe on tour to promote the album:
2/28 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Hotel Café *Record Release Show* 8pm
2/29 - Los Angeles, CA @ Origami Vinyl, in-store 7pm *FREE
3/2 - San Diego, CA @ M-Theory, in-store, 6pm *FREE
3/2 - San Diego, CA @ Tin Can Alehouse, 9pm
3/6 - San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Morter Music Hall - 8pm *FREE
3/14 - Austin, TX @ Trinity Hall, Modern Outsider SXSW Showcase, 8pm
3/15 - Austin, TX @ Dominican Joe's, SXSW, 4pm
WEEK OF 2/12
Swedish duo, The Sweet Serenades have come back with a brand new single called "Moving On". The song is available as a free download on their website.
The new song, described as "high-energy-pop" music, was inspired by Gary Glitter, ACDC, The Knack, The Strokes and Arcade Fire.
Look for their second album, Help Me to be out sometime this spring and look for them live in April:
WEEK OF 2/5
Bondi Blaster is the latest incarnation of Bay-area DJ Juan Data. The name comes from an Argentine slang: "Bondi" is an urban buses (the kind that features loud "blaster" radio of cumbia music).
Bondi Blaster's debut EP, iLo' Juimo! comes out March 6th, 2012, via Stronghold Sound Records. You can hear "Cumbia Nena", featuring Ephniko and Nes, on soundcloud.com.
If you like the mix, check out his website for a ton of free downloads.
WEEK OF 1/29
I know I just mentioned Ladyhawke, but this is too good to pass up: a free download of "Black White and Blue" remixed by The Big Pink Remix.
Pip Brown (Ladyhawke) had this to say about her new musical direction: "My passion for the guitar never went away. When I was a teenager I listened to a lot of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath and then I got into Smashing Pumpkins and Nirvana. So I tried to think of Anxiety as a collision between the '60s and '90s. Of course, it came out sounding like neither!"