The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Bad Braids, Erin Costelo and Foxygen

This week’s Key Studio Session featured the transcendent acoustic folk project of Bad Braids.  The moniker of Megan Biscieglia, Bad Braids’ session was recorded during a visit to XPN2′s Folkadelphia show and features Biscieglia on vocals and guitar with Mike Bruno on an assortment of backing instruments (including percussive mortar and pestle).  The four songs recorded for the session will be included on an upcoming LP expected for release this winter on Haute Magie.  Listen to the full session here; stream and download “White Mane” below.  Check out upcoming dates for Bad Braids on their Bandcamp.

Bi-coastal psych-pop duo Foxygen have been busy this year, releasing Take the Kids Off Broadway in July, participating in CMJ’s music conference last week and announcing the release of another album for January.  Fortunately, the Olympia, Washington and New York City partnership of Sam France and Jonathan Rado will be taking some time to tour with Of Montreal on a string of dates that lands them in Philadelphia on December 13th.  For information about their show at The Trocadero, go here.  Below, download “Make It Known” off of the recent album.

Working in the vein of Alabama Shakes and Michael Kiwanuka, Erin Costelo re-energizes the classic 1960s pop/soul sound on her new record We Can Get Over. The Halifax, Nova Scotia native drew inspiration from The Dells, The Impressions and Burt Bacharach for her third album; download the single “Oh Me Oh My” below from Monday’s My Morning Download.

Brooklyn’s Beast Patrol recently released a four-song EP called Fierce & Grateful on Space Camp Radio Records.  Fronted by Vanessa Bley, the EP’s tracks are catchy and expressive, evocative of early Pretenders and Police records.  Below, download the EP’s second track “Plaster”; you can stream Fierce & Grateful in its entirety here.

Buzzing Philly quartet Family Vacation are just about as new as a band can be, but they’ve already shown an impressive amount of talent in a short amount of time.  Their first single “Waiting Clouds” will please fans of Youth Lagoon, Dr. Dog and Cheers Elephant with its trembling guitar and reverb-drenched vocals; download the track below and keep an eye out for the Temple University outfit’s debut EP (expected next month).