Saturday 22 February 2014

Five For Free #266

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CHAMP - Burnt Alive

" I don't wanna walk down memory lane" sing San Diego's CHAMP as they ironically take us on a trip back to the US college-rock scene of the 1990s. Still, it's difficult to knock 'Burnt Alive' as a song though, it would have been a big hit on the underground then, and it deserves to be one now. The trio released their self-titled debut album earlier this week.

CHAMP's website

Stream or buy the album

The Caribbean - Jobsworth

Also hitting your local download store this week is 'Moon Sickness', the sixth album from Washington, DC band The Caribbean. Physical copies will follow at the start of March, and judging by freebie Jobsworth', we can expect a mixture of indie and alt-rock sounds that lean toward the more experimental side of things while keeping a close watch on strong melodies.

The Caribean's website

Buy the album

Catch them live:

FRI MARCH 28TH: Baltimore, Church & Company (above Hunting Ground, Hampden)
SAT MARCH 29TH: DC, Comet Ping-Pong

Ramona Lisa - Arcadia

Brooklyn's Chairlift have never been ones to rush things, spreading their two albums over four years. Those waiting for the third might have to keep doing so, as Caroline Polachek has launched a side-project under the name Ramona Lisa. Mid-April is the date for the album, but the experimental, mysterious soundscape that is the title-track can be yours now.

Free download: 'Arcadia'

Ramona Lisa's website

Pre-order the album

Mainland - Savant

This is the second time this week we've featured New York indie-rock/powerpop group Mainland, following the title-track to their new EP 'Shiner'. You can purchase the whole thing from next week, but in the mean time, here's another fine single from them. It's called 'Savant' and contains those same classic ingredients that 'Shiner' did. It's shaping up to be a top EP.

Mainland's website

Buy the EP

Catch them live:

FRI 07 MAR The Studio at Webster Hall, New York, NY, US
SUN 09 MAR Brothers Drake Meadery, Columbus, OH, US
MON 10 MAR Springwater Supper Club, Nashville, TN

The Duke Of Norfolk - The South

Much as we'd be interested in hearing what musical treats Edward Fitzalan-Howard (thanks, Wikipedia) would come up with, The Duke Of Norfolk in question here is actually an American called Adam Howard who taps into rock, indie and folk's rich histories to create anthemic beauties like 'The South' which is from his album 'Birds... Fly South'.

The Duke Of Norfolk's website

Stream the album in full

Buy the album

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