Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Five For Free #174

Thee Oh Sees - Minotaur


One of the most prolific bands in modern alt-rock/garage/psych are San Francisco's Thee Oh Sees who've released something like eight albums in about five years. How they keep the standard of songs high is a mystery, but they do, and new album 'Floating Coffin' has come in for plenty of praise. It's out this week, here, have a free download of 'Minotaur'.



Thee Oh Sees' website

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Catch them live:

MAY
03 UK LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY @ THE KAZIMIER
04 IRLAND DUBLIN WHELANS
05 IRELAND  BELFAST CATHEDRAL QUARTER ARTS FESTIVAL @ THE BLACK BOX
07 UK LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
08 UK CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH
09 UK LONDON SCALA
10 UK CAMBERSANDS ATP w/ TVOTR
11 FRANCE  AMIENS LA LUNE DES PIRATES
12 FRANCE  LA ROCHELLE LA SIRENE
13 FRANCE TOURS LE TEMPS MACHINE + THE INTELLIGENCE
14 FRANCE BORDEAUX I BOAT + soul clap w/ dj jonathan toubin
15 FRANCE RENNES L’ANTIPODE + THE MAGNETIX +the feeling of love
16  LUXEMBOURG EXIT 07
17 NETHERLANDS EINDHOVEN AREA 51
18 NETHERLANDS UTRECHT GUESS WHO FESTIVAL
19 FRANCE TOURCOING LE GRAN MIX + MAGNETIX
20 BELGIUM ANTWERPEN TRIX +THE INTELLIGENCE
21 GERMANY KOLN KING LUDWIG
22 GERMANY STUTTGART MANUFAKTUUR
23 SWITZERLAND DUDINGEN BAD BONN KILBI festival
24 FRANCE LYON MARCHE GARE
25 SPAIN BARCELONA PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL
26 FRANCE PARIS VILETTE SONIQUE FESTIVAL +THE INTELLIGENCE +NIGHT BEATS ..
28 GREECE ATHENS AN CLUB





Solar Bears - Cosmic Runner


Irish electronica duo Solar Bears also have a new album out this week. Well, actually all of this "Five For Free" post is made up of albums out this week, so we won't keep repeating it. The pair release 'Supermigration' and there's a quite classy but still left-field free taster track available for your listening pleasure. It's called 'Cosmic Runner'.



Solar Bears' website

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Catch them live:

Apr 18 Smiths Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA





Futurebirds - Virginia Slims


Atlanta, Georgia's Futurebirds' new album is called 'Baby Yaga' and the band have been working on the record since 2011, so much care and attention must have gone into these songs. If we take free track 'Virginia Slims', the current single, as an example then it's paid off as this is a quite lovely hybrid of psychedelia, alt-rock, country and Americana.



Futurebirds' website

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Catch them live:

4.5 / / St. Louis, MO // Firebird*
4.6 / / Kansas City, MO / / Middle of the Map Festival
4.7 / / Little Rock, AR // Sticky Fingerz*
4.13 / / Nashville, TN // Mercy Lounge (Baba Yaga album release show)
4/18 / / Boone, NC // Legends
4.19 / / Sewanne, TN / / Univ of the South
4.29 / / Oxford, MS // Lyric #
4.30 // Birmingham, AL / / Iron City #
5.1 //  Asheville, NC // Thomas Wolf #
5.3  // Columbia, SC // Township #
5.5 // Myrtle Beach, SC // HOB #
5.7 // Norfolk, VA // The Norva #
5.8 // Raleigh, NC // The Ritz #
5.16 // Milwaukee, WI // Cactus Club
5.17 // Chicago, IL  // Schubas
5.18 // Cleveland, OH // Beachland Tavern
5.19 // Columbus, OH // The Basement
5.21 // Pittsburgh, PA // Brillobox
5.22 // Philadelphia // Ortlieb’s Lounge
5.23 // Washington DC // 9:30 Club
5.24 // Wrightsville Beach, NC // Palm Room
5.28 // Pawtucket, RI // The Met
5.29 // Allston, MA // Great Scott
5.31 // New York, NY // Bowery Ballroom
6.1 // Winooski, VT  // Monkey House
6.7 // Hunter, NY // Mountain Jam
6.13 – 6.16 // Manchester, TN  // Bonnaroo Music Festival
7.5 // Alta, WY // Grand Targhee
7.7 // Quincy, CA // High Sierra Music Festival
* w/ The Whigs
# w/ Band of Horses





The Thermals - Born To Kill


Having been together for over a decade now, Portland punks The Thermals are veterans of the scene, but have lost none of their grit and vitality in that time. New album 'Desperate Ground' kicks of with the explosive powerpop of 'Born To Kill' and marks a good start to their recent signing to the excellent Saddle Creek record label.

The Thermals' website

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Catch them live:

JULY
12 Hannover BootBooHook Festival
13 Ruesselsheim Phono Pop Festival
14 Zurich Rote Fabrik Sommerbühne
16 Bordeaux L’I Boat
17 Paris Batofar
18 Haarlem Patronaat
19 Utrecht Ekko
20 Lille La Péniche
22 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
23 London The Garage
24 Gent Boomtown Festival
28 Lichtenvoorde Zwarte Cross Festival





1939 Ensemble - Sabotage


Also from Portland are duo 1939 Ensemble, and their new album 'Howl & Bite' completes this set. Free download 'Sabotage' is difficult to pin down, they're an instrumental pair and an experimental one at that. Really you could describe this as math-rock with extra emphasis on the percussion or give it the broad title of alt-rock, but it's probably just better to make something up.



1939 Ensemble's website

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