If you’re making the trek out to Chicago on July 18th for the annual Pitchfork Music Fesitval, head on over to the Emusic website to download 25 free songs from artists performing at the festival. Even if you’re not planning on going out to Chicago, go get yourself some free music from some of our favorite lesser known acts.
Up and comers Sam Champion have a new song for your listening pleasure entitled “Be Mine Everyone” off their album Heavenly Bender which is set to come out September 2nd. Rolling Stone recently featured the band as a breaking artist on their website so you should be hearing a lot about these guys soon.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/samchampion_bemineeveryone.mp3]
Download: Sam Champion – Be Mine Everyone [MP3]
Local boys and ATH favorite Li’l Cap’n Travis will be showcasing their talents at Club Deville on Friday in Austin. The band usually puts on stellar live shows with some Beach Boys covers thrown in for good measure. Head on over to Club Deville’s website to get more information on the show. Have a listen to “Sugar Buzz” off the band’s newest album Twilight on Sometimes Island:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sugarbuzz.mp3]
Conor Oberst is streaming 2 new songs off his upcoming album Conor Oberst which he recorded with the Mystic Valley String Band. Head on over to Conor’s website to catch a first glimpse of his new material.
Are you looking for that dance hit of the summer? If you are, I think Mystery Jets can provide it for you. The band released a single called “Two Doors Down” earlier this year off their new album Twenty One which has already hit stores in the UK. We have no idea when this album will be coming to us in the US so enjoy what you can from the Mystery Jets. You should also check out the video for the song on youtube in all its Duran Duran/A-Ha awesomeness.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/06-two-doors-down.mp3]
Austin Town Hall recently made nice with our friends Radio Free OKC, a podcast/mix tape based out of Oklahoma. Radio Free will be taking a recommended song from Austin Town Hall each week and doing a special segment about our site. This is arguably one of our favorite podcasts around so we are pumped about this new partnership. Go to Radio Free OKC’s website to get this weeks episode featuring the song “Highways of Gold” by Jaguar Love straight from Austin Town Hall. You can also find and download all of Radio OKC’s podcasts for free from the itunes store.
One of our favorite Austin bands Spoon recently sat down with Daytrotter and played a few songs in their studio. One of the songs was a cover of Paul Simon’s “Peace like a River” which has been a live favorite of fans for quite some time now. Catch the Simon cover and three other great Spoon songs live on the Daytrotter web page.
Eef Barzelay, alt-country great and lead singer of Clem Snide will be playing Mohawk on Wednesday with a few other up and coming artists. Eef is touring in support of his new album Lose Big which hits stores tomorrow. Promising opening act Collin Herring wrote what could be one of my favorite songs of the year “Punches”. This should be a good way to spend your Wednesday evening. Check out Mohawk’s website to get tickets.
Here’s the title track off Eef’s new album Lose Big and that great track “Punches” from Colling Herring:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/08losebig.mp3] [audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/punches.mp3]
Our crazy bothers from the northern side of the border Wolf Parade are streaming their new album At Mount Zoomer on my favorite social network website. The much anticipated follow-up to 2005’s Apologies to Queen Mary doesn’t hit stores until next week so why not try before you buy? Give it a listen and tell us what you think. Also, Wolf Parade will be blowing through Austin later this summer on July 25th at LaZonaRosa. Purchase your tickets for the show before it sells out! If you just can’t deal with the madness that is myspace, check out the song “Language City” below:[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/languagecity1.mp3]
Download: Wolf Parade – Language City [MP3]
Nashville gents The Features are streaming 3 new songs from their upcoming release Some Kind of Salvation on their myspace page. The album still doesn’t have an official release date so who knows when you will be able to put these songs on the ‘ol ipod. We’ll keep you updated.