Download Digest: This week’s best free music, incl. John the Conqueror, Jerry Garcia, Lauryn Peacock

Here at The Key, we toss a fair heaping of free downloads your way, so it’s completely understandable if you miss a few. Here are our top five bits of digital music from the past week:

Power trio John the Conqueror has made a splash in Philly scene over the past year, dishing out a moving blend of blues, soul and rock n’ roll. This week the band announced that its debut full-length is coming out on Alive Naturalsound Records this October, and released the lead single, “Time to Leave.”

XPN Artist to Watch Lianne La Havas has been burning up the airwaves with the title track to her album Is Your Love Big Enough?. On Friday, the song was featured as WXPN’s My Morning Download, and you can get yourself a copy below.

This past Thursday was the 17th anniversary of Jerry Garcia‘s passing, and to mark the occasion, we dug up the final show that he and The Grateful Dead played in Philadelphia. Stream it in the player below, or download it in its entirety at

Ben Runyan of City Rain played a show at PhilaMOCA last Thursday wearing a Kurt Cobain t-shirt. On Friday, he released a synthpop rendition of Nirvana’s “Dumb” to his personal Soundcloud page. What I love the most about it (aside from being a fine choice from the Nirvana canon) is how much he makes it sound like a City Rain song. Decide for yourself:

This week’s Key Studio Session spotlighted emotive West Philly songwriter Lauryn Peacock, who played with a three-piece band and premiered three new songs. The most striking performance, however, was the closing number “Window in the Night,” which originally appeared on the Fairly Busy Wife EP she released in July. Give it a listen below, and mark your calendars for her appearance at The Fire on Aug. 23.


Download a cover of Nirvana’s “Dumb” by Ben Runyan of City Rain

Ever the spontaneous music maker, Ben Runyan of City Rain last night dropped a cover of Nirvana’s “Dumb,” a kinda-silly kinda-sad tune that closed out side A of In Utero. (Guess the Kurt Cobain shirt he wore to play a solo City Rain set at PhilaMOCA on Thursday night foreshadowed this a bit.) The original was built mostly around acoustic guitar and cello, so Runyan’s electronic pop treatment is a dramatic shift, but he maintains the vibe of the original, waiting till the halfway mark to kick the beat in and keeping the melancholy melody in the forefront. In the end, it sounds like an alt-rock nugget that was custom written for City Rain. Give a listen and download it below.