Saturday 8 March 2014

Five For Free #270

Japanther - Do It (Don't Try)

Noisy alt-rock experimenters Japanther are back with a new album, 'Instant Money Magic', on April 15th, just after their appearances as SXSW. So those of you going along will likely be treated to some new material, and you may be already acquainted with the buzzing, non-stop head-rush of 'Do It (Don't Try)', and if you're not, then now's your chance.

Japanther's website

Catch them live:

3/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
3/10: Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
3/11: W. Columbia, SC @ Conundrum Hall
3/12: Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
3/14: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/15: Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/16: Dallas, TX @ Club Dada (Spillover Festival)
3/17: Oklahoma City, OK @ Arhaham House
3/19: St Louis, MO @ The Gargoyle Basement
3/20: Nashville, TV @ The End
3/21: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
3/22: Greenville, NC @ The Tipsy Teapot
3/24: Frederick, MD @ Cafe 611

Sally Seltmann - Needle In The Hay

Given the sheer volume of music that's out there (a modest site like us gets over 200 submissions a day), finding something good amongst the tosh is a bit like finding a 'Needle In The Hay', so we can relate to Australian Sally Setmann's sentiments here, even though she's talking about love and not records. The colourful cover might give the game away: this is a sweet psych-folk gem that's a little dreamy.

Download 'Needle In The Hay' for free by heading here

Sally Setmann's website

Buy the album

Catch her live:

Thurs , April 3, Lizottes, Kincumber, New South Wales, Australia
Fri, April 4, The Vanguard, Newtown, New South Wales
Thurs , April 10, Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Fri, April 11, Caravan Music Club, Oakleigh, Victoria, Australia
Sun, April 13, The Kelvin Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Isle Of Rhodes - Tic Toc Part II

You may recall us featuring this track from New Yorkers Isle Of Rhodes in our 'Out This Week' section at the start of last month. If you liked it and need another nudge to persuade you to buy their new EP 'Affirmation Caravan' then you can now get the quirky indie/pop of 'Tic Toc Part II' for free to take with you and listen to at any time.

Download 'Tic Toc Part II' for free by heading here

Isle Of Rhodes' website

Stream or buy the EP

Catch them live:

Apr 12 The Rock Shop, Brooklyn, NY

Bent Denim - Fuel

Duos are all the rage nowadays, aren't they? US pair Bent Denim formed last year and have already pulled in some favourable comments thanks to their experimental approach to indie-rock which incorporates electronic aspects. Freebie 'Fuel' sounds not unlike something from Grandaddy at their peak, and as compliments go, that's a pretty high one. Their debut album 'Epistolary' is out March 25th.

Bent Denim's website

Shivery Shakes - So Long

Shivery Shakes have the fortune to live in Austin, so no travelling for their SXSW gigs is needed, although they might get a bit annoyed about their town becoming the busiest place on Earth for a week. They make alt-rock that comprises of many different influences and dodges formula wherever possible. New single 'Sidewalk Talk'/'So Long' is out now, and if we had to choose then 'So Long' wins by a nose.

Shivery Shakes' website

Stream or download the single for free

Catch them live:

Mar 11 Empire Automotive (SXSW), Austin, TX  
Mar 12 Up Collective (SXSW), Austin, TX  
Mar 12 Spider House (SXSW) , Austin, TX  
Mar 14 Wonderland (SXSW), Austin, TX
Mar 15 Snack Bar (SXSW), Austin, TX  
Mar 15 Remedy Bar (SXSW), Austin, TX  
Mar 22 The ABGB, Austin, TX

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