Free Download of the Week: Athlete’s “The Getaway”

Last month, I reviewed UK-based band Athlete‘s latest album, Black Swan. The group has been garnering quite a bit of attention and are featured as iTunes free download this week. You can watch their new video for first single, “The Getaway” below and download it via iTunes here.


Athlete return to the US this summer. See complete tour dates below.
MAY 31 Hoboken NJ – Maxwell’s
JUNE 01 New York NY – Bowery Ballroom
JUNE 02 Cambridge MA – Middle East Downstairs
JUNE 03 Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s
JUNE 05 Brooklyn NY – The Bell House
JUNE 06 Vienna VA – Jammin’ Java
JUNE 07 Toronto ONT – Lee’s Palace
JUNE 09 Chicago IL – Double Door
JUNE 10 Minneapolis MN – Triple Rock
JUNE 12 Denver CO – Bluebird Theatre
JUNE 14 Seattle WA – Crocodile Cafe
JUNE 15 Vancouver BC – Venue
JUNE 16 Portland OR – Mississippi Studios
JUNE 17 San Francisco CA – The Independent
JUNE 19 San Diego CA – The Casbah
JUNE 21 Los Angeles CA – Troubadour
JUNE 22 Phoenix AZ – Rhythm Room
JUNE 24 Dallas TX – Cambridge Room @ HOB
JUNE 25 Austin TX – Stubbs Bar-B-Q
JUNE 26 Houston TX – Walters On Washington
JUNE 28 Birmingham AL – WorkPlay Theater
JUNE 29 Atlanta GA – Vinyl
JUNE 30 Chapel Hill NC – Local 506
JULY 01 Pittsburgh PA – Club Cafe

Free Album Download From Vanguard Records

Who doesn’t like free music? Vanguard Records is spicing up this holiday season with a free album download. A sampler of talented up-and-coming artists as well more notable musicians who have been rapidly climbing the charts, there is much to offer on the 16-track release.

Fellow blogger and radio host of Lyrical Venus, Heather Miller-Rodriguez, sent me the link last night and I’ve been listening all afternoon. While the sampler isn’t solely holiday music, its a solid mix of eclectic and extremely talented singer-songwriters.

You might recognize a few names from my blog coverage including Joshua Radin, Serena Ryder, Meiko, Brett Dennen and Katie Herzig. Additional contributors include Josh Ritter, Dar Williams, Greg Lasswell, Brandi Carlile and more.

To download the sampler click here. Love to know your thoughts!

Related Links:
Q&A; with Brett Dennen
Q&A; with Joshua Radin
Q&A; with Meiko
Q&A; with Serena Ryder

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Free Summer Music Downloads

Whether it’s reminiscing about past summers or gearing up for the next weekend at the beach, we all have our must-have summer songs on hand. While classics like Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” may be at the top of some lists, Rhapsody is offering music lovers their own “Best of Summer” playlist. Visit for a free download every day until the end of the month. Enjoy the free singles they’re offering:

Rhapsody’s Best of Summer Playlist

7/23: The Go-Go’s, Vacation
What better song to take you back to the ’80s than this classic summer hit?

7/24: 2Pac, California Love
If anyone knows a thing or two about summer it’s Californians. Whether he’s name dropping hot beach spots in California or enticing listeners with his danceable beats, 2Pac’s track has survived the test of time.

7/27: Pitbull, I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)
Always a hit in the clubs, Pitbull’s song is bound to get any beach party started.

7/28: Lady Gaga, LoveGame
Love her or hate her, you can’t deny the fact that Lady Gaga is taking over the airwaves Summer of ’09.

7/29: Animal Collective, Summertime Clothes
The band’s most recent single, who can resist a guy repeatedly singing, I want to walk around with you? Come on now, isn’t every girl’s requirement, long strolls on the beach?

7/30: Colbie Caillat, Fallin’ For You
California beauty Colbie Caillat broke into the music scene with her laid-back vocals in 2007’s summer hit, “Bubbly”. The first single off her upcoming sophomore release, Breakthrough is bound to do the same. The perfect song to unwind to this summer.

7/31: Black Eyed Peas, I Gotta Feeling
The E.N.D. is no doubt the summer album of ’09, No one knows how to get the summer party started like the Black Eyed Peas. Whether you’re gearing up for a night on the town or a road trip with the girls, “I Gotta Feeling” will give you the energy needed for those fun summer nights.

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