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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 Archive.org.

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.

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Download Digest: This week’s best free music, incl. Matthew E. White, Family Band, Sun Airway

Photo by Shawn Brackbill

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:

Richmond, Virginia musician Matthew E. White is releasing his album Big Inner on Hometapes/Spacebomb Records on August 21st, and plays the TLA on Oct. 11 with The Mountain Goats. This week, his song “Big Love” was a My Morning Download, and you can get it below.

On the heels of making an XPoFest splash a couple weeks ago (and tearing up The Barbary last week), Work Drugs released another track for free download from their album Absolute Bearing. Download “The Art of Progress” below – the band says it was “originally written in 1994 as a response to U.S. President Bill Clinton and Russian President Boris Yeltsin signing the Kremlin accords.” You can also watch the music video here; Work Drugs next plays Philadelphia on Aug. 31 at Johnny Brenda’s.

Family Band celebrated the release of its excellent new record Grace and Lies this week by playing the First Unitarian Church’s side chapel, recording a Live at the World Cafe session and appearing live on the air for XPN2′s Folkadelphia. You can download their Folkadelphia performance of “Ride” below.

Northern Liberties’ 2nd Street Festival is going on today, and one of the great Philly bands playing the main stage at the Pizza at Schmidt’s is The Great Unknown, who were spotlighted in last week’s Key Studio Session. Download their performance of “Borrowed and Temporary” below, and catch them this afternoon at 4:15.

As anticipation for their new record Soft Fall builds, Sun Airway released a mixtape on Wednesday that blends Bartok, Boards of Canada and The Chemical Brothers.

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Download Digest: This week’s best free music incl. King Britt, Crash Course in Science, Big K.R.I.T.

Philadelphia's King Britt and his many LPs.

 

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:

Iconic Philadelphia DJ King Britt curated the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage’s Noise from the 18th Floor broadcast series. Get a taste with his own composition, “Beyond the Sun,” here.

Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. announced a Sept. 21 appearance at The Blockley. Download a remix of his single “Don’t Miss This Jet” below.

Philly Folk scenesters Dani Mari and Rev. T.J. McGlinchey are curating a concert series at FDR Park. They sat down with The Key’s Lauren Thomas, told her about the event and played her a couple acoustic duets. Download McGlinchey’s “If You See Her” below.

Reunited Philadelphia post-punk / new wave band Crash Course in Science performed at the Vox Populi gallery on Friday night. In advance of the show, they recorded a Key Studio Session that we released on Wednesday; check out the snappy “It Costs to Be Austere” below.

Norwegian songwriter Sondre Lerche announced a tour that brings him to World Cafe Live in September, and the reissue of his first four albums in deluxe editions with unreleased material. Download “Boxing Day,” an outtake from his album Phantom Punch, below:

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