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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.

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My Morning Download: “Plaster” by Beast Patrol

Beast Patrol/CMJ performance photo by Eric Groom
Beast Patrol/CMJ performance photo by Eric Groom

Beast Patrol is a Brooklyn based rock and roll band fronted by Vanessa Bley. They recently self-released one very hot four song EP called Fierce & Grateful on Space Camp Radio Records. Throughout the four songs on the EP, Bley and her band mates capture the driving power of those early Pretenders, Blondie and Police records that you used to play so often. Propelled by the driving rhythms, it’s the excellent dynamics of the guitar playing, the uber-melodies of the songwriting and Bley’s sexy sulkiness that really draws you in. Below, download “Plaster” from the EP, which you can purchase here.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company