The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. DRGN King, Roof Doctor, Lake Street Dive and more

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Up The Chain | Photo by Bob Sweeney
Up The Chain | Photo by Bob Sweeney

Up the Chain stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session.  The laidback five-piece tossed three new songs into the set list, along with tracks taken from last year’s Seeds and Thorns.  The session is a showcase of the band’s chameleon-like sound, moving from rockabilly to rootsy pop and even including a song you could tango to.  Take a listen to “Seasick Sailors” below and get the full set here.  Up the Chain play The Ardmore Music Hall on April 26th; tickets and information can be found here.

Philly outfit Roof Doctor released their sophomore effort Mobile Freedom Home this week, posting it on Bandcamp as a name-your-own-price download.  As Patricia Madej described in her review, it’s the kind of album “you’ll find yourself humming” as you “notice the small jangly, irresistible details” of each song.  Stream and download “Bulldog” below and get the full album here.  Roof Doctor plays a record release show at PhilaMOCA tonight; information can be found here.

Folkadelphia brought in Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors for a live session back in October, and fittingly chose the early days of spring to share the resulting outdoorsy recordings.  Found via word-of-mouth, the band proved why their fans are so supportive of and excited by the “honest, down-to-earth, and catchy pop & rootsy Americana music” the Tennessee natives create.  Stream and download the full session below.

Local favorites DRGN King have returned with a new single called “Solo Harp” this week.  Following last year’s Paragraph Nights full-length, the new track moves in a different direction with swirling guitars, a distorted found-audio clip and sun-bathed vocals not unlike Dr. Dog’s mellower tunes.  Stream and download the song below and stay tuned for more from the band’s forthcoming second LP.  DRGN King play Boot & Saddle on April 20th; tickets and information can be found here.

Recent World Cafe subjects Lake Street Dive performed a version of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5 during their session with host David Dye.  Featured as a My Morning Download, the song opts for a dimly-lit jazz club vibe with heavy stand-up bass notes accompanied by soulful vocal harmonies and steamy horns.  Stream and download the song here.  Lake Street Dive returns to Philly on April 2nd for a sold out show at Union Transfer.

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