Saturday 8 February 2014

Five For Free #262

Painted Palms - Here It Comes

In a couple of weeks time, Painted Palms will be officially releasing their debut album in the UK (US folk can purchase it already). Entitled 'Forever', songs such as the title-track and the wonderful 'Here It Comes' give proof that the Californians have something great to offer. This track is full of twinkles, chimes and handclaps and is a modern indiepop song that lingers long in the memory.

Free download: 'Here It Comes'
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Painted Palms' website

Stream or buy the album

Catch them live:

Feb 28 Slim's, San Francisco, CA
Mar 04 Bootleg Bar, Los Angeles, CA
Mar 05 The Griffin, San Diego, CA
Mar 07 VIVA PHX, Phoenix, AZ
Mar 08 Rialto Theatre (March Radness), Tucson, AZ
Mar 09 KRUX Fest (New Mexico State University), Las Cruces, NM
Apr 11 SLO Brewing, San Luis Obispo, CA
Apr 16 The Depot (SFSU), San Francisco, CA

Battleme - Just Weight

Portland's Battleme is essentially the project of musician Matt Drenik who also contributes to other bands in that area. One of his early bands dealt in metal, and some of that raw power is captured in new track, the aptly-titled 'Just Weight' which is taken from his forthcoming EP 'Future Runs Magnetic'. Rather than just aimless clout, this is a melodic and fuzzy wonder that sounds like Grandaddy on steroids.

Free download: 'Just Weight'
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Battleme's website

Catch him live:

Mar 01 Club 21, Portland, OR  
Mar 19 Crescent Ballroom, Phoenix, AZ
Mar 20 Belly Up, Solana Beach, CA
Mar 21 Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
Mar 22 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
Mar 23 The Independent, San Francisco, CA
Mar 25 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
Mar 26 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
Mar 27 The Crux, Boise, ID
Mar 28 Park City Live, Park City, UT
Mar 29 Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
Apr 09 Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
Apr 10 The Pageant, St Louis, MO
Apr 11 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Apr 12 Metro, Chicago, IL
Apr 13 Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI
Apr 15 Mercury Ballroom, Louisville, KY
Apr 16 Vogue Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
Apr 17 Bogart's, Cincinnati, OH
Apr 18 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
Apr 19 Grog Shop, Cleveland, OH
Apr 21 The Altar Bar, Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 24 Irving Plaza Powered By Klipsch Audio, New York, NY
Apr 25 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
Apr 26 Theatre Of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Apr 27 The Black Cat, Washington, DC
Apr 29 Chop Shop NODA, Charlotte, NC  
May 02 Mohawk, Austin, TX
May 03 Cactus Cafe (acoustic), Austin, TX
May 07 Brewster Ice House, Corpus Christi, TX  
May 08 Josabi's, Helotes, TX  
May 09 House of Blues, Houston, Houston, TX
May 11 Tipitina's, New Orleans, LA  
May 13 Exit In, Nashville, TN  
May 14 Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
May 15 Ritz, Tampa, FL
May 16 Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, FL
May 17 House of Blues Orlando, Orlando, FL

Solomon Grey - Last Century Man

This limited freebie from Australian/English band Solomon Grey was initially released as the B-side to their single 'Firechild' at the end of last year, but it's far too good to be tucked away like that. Good news though, not only has the brass-filled, baroque pop of 'Last Century Man' been made available to you for nothing, it will also be appearing on the next Kitsune compilation this month.

Download 'Last Century Man' for free by heading here

Solomon Grey's website

Buy the track

Catch them live:

Thu 27 Feb The Courtyard, London

Jargon Party - Will You Space Tonight

This will be the second track we've featured from the wonderfully rickety Jargon Party and their self-titled album, following 'Lucy Melanie'. 'Will You Space Tonight' is more lo-fi indie that's flooded with warped melodies and varying tones of guitar that all collide together in what should result in a mess. Quite the opposite occurs though, and this is a catchy delight.

Jargon Party's website

Buy the album

Ought - Waiting

'Waiting' for something they Ought to be doing maybe? Probably not, this Montreal band seem to have plenty of energy in them, and this free download gives us five minutes of it. 'Waiting' is classic sounding alt-rock of the kind that North America is so good at making. We've only heard this song so far, but a few more of this quality and they should be making inroads very soon.

Ought's website

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