Free Download: Picardy III – Lonely Songs EP

Its slightly strange for me to talk about about Picardy III because for the last few years i have known him as James Summers. In fact its amazing to think that my friends had a part of every aspect of this album from the music (James) to the recording/production (Brandon Kinder of The Rocketboys/The Wealthy West fame) and even the photo for the cover art is my friend David’s work. What makes it all the better is that Lonely Songs is really good. Like stupid good. Its a mix of Pedro the Lion, The Rocketboys, and a little Johnny Cash, which means basically if you are into folk music with and indie rock bend then you will be all over this.

Im proud of my friends. Listen below and you will understand why.

Music Video: The Rocketboys – The Best

Check out this super awesome music video from our good friends in The Rocketboys with their song “The Best”. The track comes from their latest album, Build Anyway and if you dont have it already, you are missing out on one of the best indie rock records to come out in several years.

25 Albums You Should Already Own in 2012

So we are half way done with 2012! Its crazy to think the time has gone so quickly. Cornerstone Festival is about to have its final event, Thrice has called it quits, and mewithoutYou has returned from the dead!  Around the nation we are getting ready for an election, and school is out for most of our readers. Oh yea, and we launched a new website! Here in Texas we are hitting triple digit temperatures, which means that it is time to give you guys a check list of the best stuff that has come out so far in 2012.

The Vespers- The Fourth Wall
To Speak Of WolvesFind Your Worth, Come Home
Sean Michel - Back To The Delta
Tallhart - Bloodlines EP
The RocketboysBuild Anyway
Sara WatkinsSun Midnight Sun
The Royal ApplebaumsEarth EP
mewithoutYouTen Stories
JolietTruth Cannot Be Destroyed By Burning Pages
Beautiful EulogySatellite Kite
Jenny & TylerOpen Your Doors
Impending DoomBaptized in Filth
Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
Damien JuradoMaraqopa
Joe PugThe Great Despiser
NnekaSoul Is Heavy
Ruthie Foster - Let It Burn
Brian Courtney WilsonSo Proud
Shoot Like Dead Men – Unworthy EP
O’BrotherGarden Window
Heath McNeaseThrift Store Jesus
From The Eyes of ServantsChange The World
The Welcome WagonPrecious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices
SonsKeep Quiet
The BurialLights & Perfections

Dont fret though, because there is so much more to come before New Years 2013, with albums on their way from The ChariotProject 86PropagandaJosh GarrelstobyMacSixpence None The RicherThe Gaslight Anthem and many others! To see all the new music coming to you from your favorite artists, feel free to check out our Release Dates page. Its gonna be good!

If you think we have missed anything, feel free to comment and tell us what you love in 2012

New Releases For June 5th, 2012


Conclusions
Altars

Facedown Records
Mosh Metal
Buy: Amazon


Star Breather
Day of Vengeance

Red Chord Records
Melodic Metalcore
Buy: Amazon


Higher
Regina Belle

Pendulum Records
Gospel
Buy: Amazon


Build Anyway
The Rocketboys

Independent
Indie Rock
Buy: Amazon MP3


Life Will Write The Words
The Rocket Summer

Aviate Records
Pop Rock
Buy: Amazon


Lost Weekend
Write This Down

Tooth & Nail Records
Hard Rock
Buy: Amazon

SXSW 2011 Day One & Two: Long Nights/Great Music

SXSW is always a little bittersweet for me. On one hand I always have a blast being down in the heart of Austin in the midst of a million people, hanging out with friends, and experiencing music that I wouldnt get to on a normal basis. On the other, its just exhasting to participate in the festival. There is alot of walking, not alot of places to sit, and since we cover a very specific group of artists, it takes some major preparation to be in the right place at the right time. In addition to this, I am actually working another job all week, a Spring Break day camp at a local YMCA. Despite all that, I have seen some really great stuff over the last few days, and in the middle of a great song it seems I am always able to forget how tired my feet are a thank God Im standing in the room Im in. I am blessed.

DAY 1: THE HM MAGAZINE SHOWCASE

I pretty much stayed put for this one, because it just seemed like a good idea. HM Magazine is a staple in the Christian rock community, and what most people dont know is that it is run right outside of Austin. Doug Van Pelt has been the editor and heart of the magazine for over 25 years now, so you know you are in for a good time when he puts on his own little event in the middle of the chaos that is SXSW.

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And The Greatest Of These was the first band we saw for the night, and if I am not mistaken they were the only none Texas band on the bill. They played a mix of metal and hardcore that would be familiar for fans of Sleeping Giant and For Today, and they got the crowd moving pretty quickly into their set. They should some diversity between their more popular chug breakdown songs and their slower building songs that gave the set a not so typical feel. Every body in the band is under 21, so Im sure we will see alot of good things from these guys in years to come.

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Next up was Victory Records band Before There Was Rosalyn. We saw them on this same showcase last year, and to be honest I wasnt super impressed then. This year they have a few new members, and a whole bunch of new songs that sound amazing. If what I heard at the show translates well into their new recordings, Before There Was Rosalyn is about to release a monster of an album. They bring a good energy live, and out of all the bands they seemed to have the most dedicated crowd.

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Solid State Records’ The Famine took the stage next and blew the whole place away. They were insanely good. Every member was a master of their instrument, and each song had its own distinction from the previous. They played with the crowd alot, made fun of each other, and then just tore the stage apart (then more laughing and joking). It is unfortunate that The Famine doesnt play more often because they have a great show. Be on the look out if these guys are rolling through your town, because The Famine are a show you NEED to see.

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The rest of the night was good, Firstborn From The Dead was interesting, The Shiny Darks arnt really my thing, and The Brigade put on a violent show that included audience mic scream-alongs, Zach Galifianakis jokes, and metal lyric cue cards. All in all a fun night.

DAY 2: Favorite Gentlemen Showcase

The next night I settled into Lamberts to watch the Favorite Gentlemen Showcase. I was only able to catch two bands, but both of them were awesome!

First up was O’ Brother. We saw these guys at Cornerstone this past year, and since then the band has been hard at work on a new album. The sprinkled in some of the songs from that release with songs from The Death Of Day EP. Its hard to describe the power this band commands when they play, everybody watching them was completely transfixed, and the band just never let up the whole time they were up there. If I had to describe their sound I would say it is somewhere around what Dignan or Manchester Orchester is doing, but alot heavier and more progressive sounding. I have seen them three times now and every time I am completely blown away by this band, I cant wait until their new record come out!

The guys in O’ Brother were actually nice enough to send me a track for you guys to download for free. The song is called “Division Of Man” and its from The Death Of Day EP, enjoy.

Download “Division Of Man” by O’ Brother

Next up was my friends in The Rocketboys. Featuring most of the original members, The Rocketboys plowed masterfully through songs spanning all three of their releases as a band. The raw emotion that this band emits is hard to capture in words, but The Rocketboys are a truely unique talent that was in rare form at SXSW. The crowd sang along and chanted for more songs at the end. It was a great way to end the night.

Here is The Rocketboys performing “We Are A Lighthouse”

Here is The Rocketboys performing “Islands”

The Rocketboys have also been so kind as to donate not only a track from their recent Wellwisher EP, but also a new song from The Wealthy West, singer Brandon Kinder’s solo project. Enjoy.

Download “A Narrow Place” by The Rocketboys
Download “Love Is Not Enough” by The Wealthy West

Free Download: Marksmen-Sister Of Mine

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Some of the best albums this year have been released for free so far, and Marksmen‘s Sister Of Mine is defiantly one of them. It is raw, intelligent rock album that is as catchy as it is creative, and lyrically it will move you and sting you at the same time. Marksmen are a new powerhouse that have quietly come out of nowhere.

If you are a fan of Manchester Orchestra, David Bazan, The Rocketboys, or Abandon Kansas, you will more than likely dig these guys. Marksmen could hang with all those artists, but their music is in no way a parody or copy of their peer’s work. They have crafted their own sound in Sister Of Mine, and this is the album that will have you talking about this band for years to come.

Full song previews in the widget. Tip these guys and enjoy the download:

New Releases For November 1st, 2nd, and 7th

jay tholan control me
Control Me
Jay Tholen

Independent
Progressive electro-folk
(available for free download at ubiktune.org)

sleeping at last november ep
November EP
Sleeping At Last

Independent
Atmospheric Rock
(available only through sleepingatlast.com)

New Releases For November 2nd, 2010

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feedback
Derek Webb

Independent
Worship/Instrumental/Electronica
(available through derekwebb.com)

Future of Forestry-Advent Christmas Volume 2 EP
Advent Christmas: Volume 2 EP
Future of Forestry

Credential Recordings
Christmas Music
Buy NOW:
iTunes

playdough-writer-dye
Writer Dye
Playdough

Independent
Hip-Hop
(download for free at sphereofhiphop.com)

The Rocketboys-Wellwisher EP
Wellwisher EP
The Rocketboys

Independent
Indie Rock
Buy NOW:
Amazon MP3
iTunes

Yancy-Stars, Guitars and Megaphone Dreams
Stars, Guitars and Megaphone Dreams
Yancy

Pure Blue Records
Pop Rock/Kid’s Music
Buy NOW:
iTunes

New Releases For November 7th, 2010

Urban_D_Un.heard
Un.heard
Urban D

Tranzlation Music
Rap

Paste Magazine Launches Songs For Haiti

It is hard to ignore the immense travesty that has occurred in Haiti following a record breaking earthquake that has a death toll in the thens of thousands already. Since the quake, the world has rallied to help the people of Haiti, some by going there, some by sending aid. Paste Magazine has stepped up encourage the giving with a cool little deal. Read below to find out:

Like so many others, Paste has been moved by the tragedy facing the survivors of the Haitian earthquake. We have launched “Songs for Haiti” (songsforhaiti.org) as a way to raise money and keep awareness high. A diverse array of artists — Ludacris, Of Montreal, Andrew Bird, Hanson, Umphrey’s McGee, Switchfoot, Bruce Cockburn and over 200 others — have donated MP3s (many unreleased) for us to give everyone who donates to help Haiti.

You can donate through Paste or to a charity of your choice (just tell us), and you will have access to our Download Vault and 250 songs (and counting). We don’t think people should donate to the relief efforts in Haiti just to get a reward. But this gives Paste and artists a way to help, using the thing we’re most passionate about—music.

To donate, click below. 100% of money contributed through “Songs for Haiti” will be spread among three charities active in Haiti: Doctors Without Borders, Red Cross, and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund.

Visit the Songs For Haiti Website

Many of the artists that we cover on this website have taken part in this, so please check out the list below and go help out:

Andy Zipf- “See No Saviour”, I Sing Hallelujah
Ben + Vesper- “LuvInIdleness”, “An Honest Bluff”, “Especially We”
Bill Mallonee- “The Ghosts I Run With”
Deas Vail- “The Things You Were”
Derek Webb- “Heaven (Pre-Mix)”
Dignan- “Tangled Woods”
Gasoline Heart- “Armadillo”
Katie Herzig- “Waiting For My Night”
Lenny Smith- “I Saw A Mighty Angel”
Sandra McKracken- “10,000 Angels (Love Has Come)”
Switchfoot- “We Are Bound”
The Rocketboys- “Triumphs Of Love & Fortune”
The Welcome Wagon- “I Am Not Skilled To Understand”
Wovenhand- “Kicking Bird”, “Dirty Blue”, “Bleary-Eyed Duty”, ” White Bird”

and Im sure I missed a few

Visit the Songs For Haiti Website

The Rocketboys Daytrotter Session Posted

The latest live session over at Daytrotter.com features our friends The Rocketboys playing some of their awesome songs.  The session also includes a small write up on the band a few words from vocalist Brandon giving some background on each one of the songs featured.

Oh yea, and you can download all the songs for free.

Interested?  Yep, I KNOW you are!

Download The Rocketboys Daytrotter Session

The One21 Interviews The Rocketboys

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Our dear buddy Micheal Delaney was kind enough to conduct, edit, and submit this interview for us. Hopefully you will be seeing more of him in the near future…

The Rocketboys are an indie rock band from Austin, Texas who have been making quite a name for themselves the past few years. After moving to Texas, changing their name (they used to be Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys), touring all the time, and releasing their first full length, The ‘Boys picking up some steam. This in part to do with their unique songwriting and incredible live show, but also because they have been hard at it since moment one. The Rocketboys work hard at what they do, and it shows in every aspect of their band.

We love The Rocketboys, so check out this….odd interview conducted at their home here in Austin where they talk about the band’s career, food, the band Grizzly Bear, much more…

Watch the Rocketboys interview Part 1:

Watch The Rocketboys interview Part:2

If you would like to know more about the band, check out:

The Rocketboy’s One21 Artist Profile