The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Steve Gunn, Left & Right and more

Steve Gunn
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Guitarist and singer Steve Gunn was the focus of this week’s Folkadelphia Session. The Philadelphia native performed songs from last year’s Way Out Weather, a record that put his boundary-pushing guitar playing in the spotlight. Check out “Milly’s Garden” below and get the full session here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lucius at World Cafe Live, Levee Drivers at Kung Fu Necktie, Phantogram at Union Transfer and more

luciusPhoto by: Peter Larson

Indie pop/rock quintet Lucius bring their catchy harmonies and intoxicating vocals to World Cafe Live tonight. With the October release of their wildly celebrated debut album Wildewoman, which has been making the rounds on a slew of top albums of 2013 lists, the Brooklyn-based band has been touring heavily and promises to put on a performance not to be missed. Get tickets and more information here. Watch the official video for “Go Home” off of Wildewoman below.

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

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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.