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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Alvvays, Caroline Rose, The Fleeting Ends and more

Alvvays

Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman

Alvvays recorded a special live session for this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade.  The Toronto outfit was in town a couple of weeks ago to support its self-titled debut and performed two cuts from the LP along with an unreleased new one called “New Haircut.”  Stream and download the session below.

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Folkadelphia Session: Andrew Jackson Jihad

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In my mind and for at least a good chunk of years now, Andrew Jackson Jihad have occupied a musical sector between sweaty basement punk rock and outspoken brash folk (I picture Billy Bragg or even Woody Guthrie) and I guess, the two are not so very different after all. Lyrically driven, songs with meaning, songs with humor, songs with a message, songs about life and living it and being a part of the world. They can be action oriented, acidic in delivery, absurd and totally irreverent in narrative, and sometimes very sweet. Many have done it before AJJ and many will do it after – to speak openly, to sing loudly, to share widely, but AJJ does it with a certain style unique to them. I became a fan late in the game and it’s with their new record, Christmas Island, that the band has totally made me a through and through devotee (I’m having a blast digging into the back catalogue), but even before this point, the band held a weighty stature for me in my imagined hierarcy of music. I always pictured AJJ live performances to be on par with religious congregations, with people chanting, waving their hands and moving wildly, maybe even violently. I see the room as blur of bodies and raw sensory stimuli where my own senses can’t quite get a solid read on anything. But it’s the unknowingness, the uncertainty, the fever pitch of it all, that makes the performance relevatory. I think folks would agree with that scene and I know I’ve heard many dazzled accounts by attendees of AJJ concerts.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Andrew Jackson Jihad at Union Transfer, PhillyBloco at Ardmore Music Hall, Betty Iron Thumbs at Milkboy and more

Photo via facebook.com/andrewjacksonjihad
Photo via facebook.com/andrewjacksonjihad

Folk-punk band Andrew Jackson Jihad will be playing at Union Transfer tonight. The Arizona based band released its fifth studio album Christmas Island last month. In an interview with Brooklyn Vegan, the band stated that they wanted to make a “brutal acoustic record, similar to the Violent Femmes’ first album.” Recently, the band did a session with their label SideOneDummy, which includes the premiere of their latest, “Do, Re and Me.” Listen to it below. Get more information here at the XPN Concert Calender.

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