Post-punk laptop rapper MC LARS unleashed his first mixtape INDIE ROCK SCIENCE on his own record label Horris Records at midnight this morning, June 17, 2011. This will be the inaugural installment of a series of FREE mixtapes, which can be downloaded from his bandcamp page here: http://mclars.bandcamp.com/.
“All of the featured rappers are people I reached out to directly and they all bring a different take to my ‘post-punk laptop rap’ style,” Lars explains. The project features a bunch of collabs, including one with my dad, a California poet and spoken word artist known as MC Bob Nielsen.” Some of the collaborators include KRS-One, Sage Francis, Weerd Science, and MC Chris among others and Indie Rocket Science serves as a prelude to his upcoming album Lars Attacks! which will be released later this Summer.
While many of his peers fear piracy as a virus infecting the music industry, MC Lars takes a bold approach and embraces it, which he described quite thoroughly on a feature on his DIY indie rap ideology on CNN Money (which can be seen here: http://goo.gl/JDwaW). “We’re pro-piracy because if a kid has my entire catalog and comes to a show, he’ll bring his friends,” he tells CNN. Instead of losing sleep over dwindling record sales, Lars will be giving away these 18 new tracks so his fans can sing along with him and his partner in crime and first signing to his Horris Records label, Weerd Science on 2011 Vans Warped Tour. For full dates, go to http://www.warpedtour.com.
Fitz and the Tantrums are offering up a free MP3 of their tune “Don’t Gotta Work It Out” (Live).
We love music..and what’s better than free music? Free LIVE music! Yay! Download the track for youself here or below.
Also, Fitz and the Tantrums are out on the road so check them out when they hit a city near you! Tour Dates
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. recently debuted a new song called “Morning Thought” from their upcoming album It’s A Corporate World due out on June 7th. The band is also giving away the single now too in exchange for your email address!
The Rocket Summer, also known as the one man musical machine of Bryce Avary, is offering up his new acoustic live album for FREE! Good stuff so check it out. You can download it from the widget below. If that doesn’t work, head over to the official website of The Rocket Summer for all the details.
For one week only, Crossfade is offering a FREE MP3 download of “Killing Me Inside,” the first single off of their new album We All Bleed. Download the track by going to the band’s Facebook page and “Liking” them.
We All Bleed, the band’s third album, delves into familiar lyrical themes of betrayal and isolation, but there’s also more than a hint of renewal and resolution. “A lot has changed over the past three years,” says lead vocalist and co-songwriter Ed Sloan. “Being down and out is something I’ve had to confront like never before. There’s been pain, but I’ve also learned to dwell less on the negative, so there’s a feeling of rebirth, too.”
Crossfade will be playing Rock On The Range this Saturday, May 21st. Scheduled to play at 2:30 p.m. on the f.y.e Stage (subject to change). If you’re not going to be at ROTR, Crossfade have added a batch of June tour dates to their touring plans. See below if they will be playing a city near you.
CROSSFADE TOUR DATES:
5/19 – Spatanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
5/20 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos’ Southend
5/21 – Columbus, OH @ Rock On The Range
5/23 – Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Live Music
5/24 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
5/26 – Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
5/27 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Casino/Wolf Den
5/28 – Lancaster, PA Chameleon Club
6/4 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Roxy’s Saloon
6/5 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Local 622
6/8 – Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
6/9 – Favetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
6/10 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
6/12 – Lafavette, LA @ Nite Town
6/13 – Ruston, LA @ 3 Docs Brew House
6/14 – Montgomery, AL @ Rock Bottom American Pub
6/15 – Greensboro, NC @ Blind Tiger
6/16 – Johnson City, TN @ Capone’s
6/18 – Louisville, KY @ Phoenix Hill Tavern
6/19 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live
6/23 – Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock
Boston Radio’s 92.9 announced plans today for their 18th annual EarthFest concert in celebration of Earth Day. The free one day festival will take place at Boston’s Hatch Memorial Shell on Saturday, May 21 with music from OK Go, Ed Kowalczyk (of Live), Sponge and Atomic Tom.
Presented by Whole Foods Market, the free festival is a celebration for the Earth, showcasing national and local music acts, environmentally friendly products and local non-profit environmental organizations.
Additionally, one local band will be selected to open the festival, you can find out the details on that here.
For all the details on EarthFest hit up their website here.
The Dear Hunter is offering a free download from the Red EP of The Color Spectrum series, entitled “Deny It All” featuring Manchester Orchestra. You can grab it on their Facebook page here. The song was produced by Andy Hull and Casey Crescenzo.
They’ve also released a lyric video to go along with the track, check it out below:
Fans can head over to the official website of Jane’s Addiction for a free downloa of their new track “End To The Lies”. The song is from their upcoming album The Great Escape Artist due out in August. The Great Escape Artist marks their first studio release in eight years.
See below for a handful of current Jane’s Addiction tour dates:
04/08 México, DF Foro Sol
04/30 Dallas, TX. Edgefest
05/01 Houston, TX. Buzzfest
05/06 Los Angeles, CA Music Cares Benefit
07/23 Bridgeport, CT Gathering of the Vibes Festival
08/27 Reading, United Kingdom Reading
08/28 Leeds, United Kingdom Leeds
Black Stone Cherry are offering up a free download of the track “Blame It On The Boom Boom” from their upcoming new album Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea (due out in May). All you have to do for your free track is head over to this link, share your email address, and voila, the track is yours.
Whatcha waiting for?
Want more? Preview their track “White Trash Millionaire” below:
With their new self-titled album due out on April 19th the sibling duo known as The Belle Brigade are offering up a free download of their song “Sweet Louise” on their website in exchange for your email address. What a bargain! Check it out here.
In addition, The Belle Brigade have just announced that they’ll be hitting the road with KD Lang, check out the dates below after finishing up their current tour with G. Love and Special Sauce.
The Belle Brigade’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:
04/07 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theater*
04/08 San Diego, CA House of Blues*
04/09 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues*
04/10 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore*
04/11 Los Angeles, CA The Troubadour**
04/13 Sacramento, CA Harlow’s*
04/14 San Louis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company*
04/15 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst*
04/16 Stateline, NV Harrah’s Tahoe-South Shore Rm*
04/21 Bend, OR Midtown Ballroom*
04/22 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory*
04/23 Boise, ID Knitting Factory*
04/26 Fargo, ND Fargo Theatre*
04/27 Duluth, MN Clyde Iron Works*
04/28 Madison, WI The Majestic*
04/29 St. Louis, MO The Pageant*
04/30 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue*
06/17 Toronto, ON Luminato Festival**
06/18 London, ON The Grand Theatre**
06/20 New York, NY Beacon Theatre**
06/22 Carmel, IN Carmel Performing Arts Center**
06/23 Highland Park, IL Ravinia Festival**
06/25 Ottawa, ON Ottawa Int’l Jazz Festival**
06/30 Grand Rapids, MI Meijer Gardens Amphitheatre**
07/03 Highmount, NY Belleayre Music Festival**
07/06 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap Filene Center**
07/09 Cohasset, MA South Shore Music Circus**
07/10 Hyannis, MA Cape Cod Melody Tent**
07/15 Boone, NC Appalachian Summer Festival**
*denotes show with G. Love and Special Sauce
**denotes show with k.d. lang