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Free download: Pete Yorn's new project
I'm not sure why Pete Yorn decided to name his new music project after a European cave dwelling aquatic salamander, but if he stops by to play us some songs in Studio M, we'll have to ask him.

The Olms is a collaboration between Pete Yorn and L.A. musician J.D. King, two guys who definitely have an old-school approach to recording. That means real instruments, real singing, recorded onto real tape...not a computer. And when they started recording, they really had no expectations, so the true inspiration shows through.

The Olms' self-titled album comes out June 4th.

If you sign up for their newsletter, you can get a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song "Wanna Feel It." 

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Free download: Jamie N. Commons
Have you heard the song "Rumble and Sway" yet on Triple M?

The singer sounds like a raspy blues dude who's definitely been around the block a few times....but surprisingly, Jamie N. Commons is only 23 years old!

He was born in England, but spent many of his formative years in Chicago, where he grew up listening to the blues. His first concert was an Allman Brothers Band show, where he says he smelled something funny in the air and a guy next to them kept hooting.

Eventually he moved back to England, went to music school, and then started making a name for himself. In March of this year, he released the EP "Rumble and Sway" in the United States.



If you go to Jamie's website and sign up for his email list, you can get a free download of the song "The Preacher." 

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Free Download: Alchemilla "The Wheel"
Artist: Alchemilla
Hail From: Boston
Song: 'The Wheel'
Album: Diamonds From The Penny Arcade
Sounds Like: Hole, Pearl Jam

In Their Words: "Alchemilla had been trying to write a ballad for a little while but it wasn't happening. There was some turmoil happening in some of our lives and I tried to channel that into a song about a disintegrating relationship. I wanted to incorporate ideas of betrayal and and chaos into the lyrics, and used the car ride as a metaphor for feeling helpless, and sort of giving in to that chaos. I don't know if it's a ballad but it's one of my favorites that we've written." -- Singer Kat Burke

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MadCity Sessions: Katie Powderly
Katie Powderly is coming to Mad City Sessions at the Overture with a free show on Thursday, May 16 at 6PM.
 

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Katie Powderly’s music permeates the boundaries of genre, inhabiting a space somewhere between alt-country and folk, and is both vintage and current, nostalgic and prophetic. Respectful of tradition while remaining relevant, Powderly presents a promising musical hybrid in her painstakingly hand-hewn tunes. According to Adam Hajnos at Flying Rooster, "It’s folk noir with a kind of David Lynch-y dreaminess, as though Powderly is struggling to stave off a sort of encroaching darkness … But fear not-[she] is not a downer. Far from it. It just demonstrates her ability to acknowledge her demons, and maybe even dance with them a little, before casting them off into the night as she makes her first tentative steps toward dawn."

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Free blues downloads from Alligator Records
Is there anybody here who loves the blues?

I said..IS THERE ANYBODY HERE WHO LOVES THE BLUES?

Okay, I heard you that time. We've got some free music for you!

Alligator Records, the independent blues label from Chicago is offering a 17-song music sampler, available for free download.

The list of artists features old-school blues from the likes of Koko Taylor and Albert Collins and James Cotton, as well as other familliar names like Marcia Ball, Joe Louis Walker, and Tommy Castro.
 
Go to the Alligator Records Facebook page to get your sampler, now through May 11.
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Free Download: The Woodrow Wilsons
The Woodrow Wilsons has music that radiates positive feeling of warmth and empathy. They all play a wide range of instruments including cigar box guitar that the vocalist built himself, and also glockenspiel, horns and a singing saw.

The Size of My Fist is taken from the second album Devil Jonah that was released on February 17, 2012.
 
Artist: The Woodrow Wilsons
Hail From: Boston
Song: 'The Size of My Fist'
Album: Devil Jonah [Bandcamp]
Sounds Like: Neutral Milk Hotel, Iron and Wine

In Their Words: "I wrote this song in response to all the songs written about the heart as a symbol of love and good will." -- Singer Christopher McCarthy

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Free Download: Cobalt Cranes
Spring is sprung and 'Head in the Clouds' is the perfect good-weather driving song.

This duo has been influenced by Nine Inch Nails. They do home recording a lot to make the sounds unique and explore a more psychedelic sound into their musics.

Artist: Cobalt Cranes
Hail From: Los Angeles
Song: 'Head in the Clouds'
Album: Head In The Clouds [iTunes] [Amazon]
Sounds Like: Raveonettes, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

In Their Words: "'Head in the Clouds' sparkles and glows like a Polaroid dream. Moonscape nostalgia with a gritty modern edge." -- Guitarist Tim Foley

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Free download: Frank Turner
England's Frank Turner used to be in a band called the Millions, and according to legend, his first band was called Badgerdorito.  Now here in Wisconsin we love Badgers, and Doritos are pretty awesome, but we think he might be taken a bit more seriously by using his given name.

Turner's just-released album is called "Tape Deck Heart," and you can get a free download of one of his songs, "Four Simple Words," by signing up for his email list.  Click here to get the song.

If you like what you hear, you can see him live and in person in Madison. He's playing the Majestic Theatre on August 6th.

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