The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Gracie, Rachael Yamagata and Zilla Rocca

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Electronic-pop outift Gracie lent some songs to our Key Studio Sessions series this week.  Andrew Balasia, the man behind the moniker, stopped by the studio on his way to a show at Johnny Brenda’s and recorded three tracks off of his upcoming Bleeder LP.  Download the Key Sessions rendition of “Creature Pleaser” (the album’s first single) below and check out the full session here.  Gracie has hinted that he will be back for a show in Philly before the month is finished, so stay tuned for more information on that and the release of Bleeder.

Rachael Yamagata released a ten-track EP on NoiseTrade this week ahead of her upcoming tour.  Yamagata’s emotionally intimate and relatable style is made even more charming on the seven acoustic and three studio tracks.  The sampler also includes a song called “It’ll Do” off of Yamagata’s forthcoming Heavyweight EP, out on November 20th through her own label.  Stream and download the NoiseTrade mixtape below; Rachael Yamagata will bring her tour to the First Unitarian Sanctuary on December 7th.  Tickets and information can be found here.

Self-described as ghost folk, Philadelphia’s Psalmships make haunting, stripped-down music with an emphasis on storytelling.  The project of singer-songwriter Joshua Britton, Psalmships digitally released their beautifully aching upcoming EP Hello, Traitor on their Bandcamp ahead of its official release on November 20th.  Stream and download “Heart Carries Blame” below, and then celebrate the EP release with Britton and friends at Burlap and Bean on Saturday, November 17th.

Philadelphia pop favorites Work Drugs released a new track this week called “Beyond  Greenpoint”.  Featuring the smoothest of saxophone solos and Work Drugs’ signature breezy vocals, “Beyond Greenpoint” is a reality check song “about life outside the bubble that is micro-bloggers, designer dogs, and high priced haircuts.”  Download the track here and watch the video below, directed by Italian visual artist Marco Scago.  Work Drugs plays Ortlieb’s Lounge on December 8th.  Information can be found here.

Philly “noir-hop originator” Zilla Rocca dropped his Party With Villains EP last week, and it’s chock-full of local crime lore and comic book references.  Rocca grew up in South Philly during the mob wars of the ’80s and ’90s, and that experiences seems to have a creative mark on the MC.  Below, stream the South Philly mobster-inspired “Ron Previte.”  Rocca Zilla will be a part of Kuf Knotz’s Boombox Collective at World Cafe Live on November 29th.  Tickets and information are available here.

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