The Week’s Best Free mp3s, incl. Dave Hause, Strand of Oaks, Kate Faust

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Dave Hause | photo by Michelle Montgomery | www.michellemontgomeryphotography.com

NYC Taper paid a visit to the XPoNential Music Festival to record the Saturday performances, capturing the sets of wonderful acts like Dave Hause and Hurray for the Riff Raff.  Both of those recordings are now available to download for free.  Take a listen to “Here It Comes” by HFTRR below and download both complete sets here.

As for the week’s live sessions, we’ve got ReeK Da Rookie and his introspective, catchy hip hop performed for a Key Studio Session, while Folkadelphia brought in well-rounded Georgia group The Whiskey Gentry.  Reek blends field recordings of his family with inspirational lyrics about making your own destiny on three tracks from his F.a.n.T.a.s.Y. album and a bonus freestyle.  The Whiskey Gentry spin action-worthy jams of bluegrass and country, complete with fiddles and steel guitars.  Check out both sessions below.

Tickets to a Strand of Oaks show are pretty scarce these days (he’s got two sold-out dates at Boot & Saddle coming up) but you can still enjoy Tim Showalter’s cathartic rock with a free download of “Shut In” from this year’s Heal LP.  If that’s not enough, check out a recap of the band’s incredible XPoNential Music Festival performance from a few weeks back here.

Local musician Kate Faust has recorded an interpretation of “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” originally sung by Roberta Flack.  Faust drew inspiration from the the film The Secretary to inform her take, spinning the folk song into a somewhat dark electronic composition.  Stream and download it below.

The Barr Brothers will release a new record called Sleeping Operator in October and have given fans a taste of it with a free download of “Half Crazy.”  The song weaves traditional American blues with North African desert music and was tracked using some pretty eclectic instruments and techniques.  Get a free copy below.

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