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Freeloader Friday: State Champs, TRAAMS, Honeyblood, Sun Glitters, Dismantle, Local Natives and ARMS

September 27, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

StateChamps_TheFinerThingsIt’s the first official Friday of Autumn, but instead of frowning, we’re going to take a page out of TRAAMS book and Grin.

For this Freeloader Friday, Punk Rockers State Champs open up with a new single from their upcoming album. In my experience, listening to State Champs puts a long-term smile on my face that pretty much can’t be wiped off for the rest of the day. Speaking of smiles, TRAAMS has a track premiere from their just-recently-released album, Grin, streaming on Noisey.

For some more happy-sounding band names, we have music from Scottish lady duo Honeyblood (ok, work with me and focus on the first part) and the self-proclaimed “summer-obsessed, sun-drenched Electronic project from Luxembourg” Sun Glitters, whose song you can download for free from XLR8R. While Dismantle might make you think I’m breaking my optimistic streak, think again when you see this track stream features the Danish badass Lucy Love. Plus, the EP cover has a ferris wheel on it. Win!

Closing for us are two music videos: “Ceilings” from Local Natives‘ latest album Hummingbird, and “Comfort” from Brooklyn duo ARMS.

I now leave you with a bright weekend, some great music, and the impressed admiration at how well this first Fall Freeloader Friday came together.

State Champs: “Easy Enough” track premiere on Absolute Punk
The Finer Things out October 8 on Pure Noise Records

TRAAMS: “Foxes” track premiere via Noisey
Grin out now on FatCat Records

Honeyblood: “Bud” track premiere via FADER
Bud out November 22 on FatCat Records

Sun Glitters: “Only You” free download via XLR8R
Scattered Into Light out November 26 on Mush Records

Dismantle: “Round & Round (feat. Lucy Love) track stream via Pitchfork
Round & Round out September 30 on Digital Soundboy

Local Natives: “Ceilings” music video via YouTube
Hummingbird out now on Frenchkiss Records

ARMS: “Comfort” music video premiere via 405
EP2 out now on Paper Garden Records

Freeloader Friday: Travis Barker & Yelawolf, Bloc Party, The Polyphonic Spree, Ikonika, Terry Malts, Local Natives, DJ Rashad and V V Brown

Push Em'Well hello there, Friday. We’ve been looking forward to you since Monday started! Ready to put another work week under your belt and prepare for the weekend with us? Whatever your plans may be, here’s a Freeloader Friday list that can help assist.

First up is the absolute club-stomping premiere of Steve Aoki‘s remix of “Push Em”  by Travis Barker and Yelawolf. This is awesome both because it will get you pumped up for the weekend and because it’s not officially released until August 13. Two other remixes made our list this week: Rustie‘s version of Bloc Party’s “Ratchet” and Local Natives‘ own remix of their song “You and I.”

Next, The Polyphonic Spree contributes its symphonic Pop Rock sound for a more mellow track than the previous few songs; Electronic musician and DJ Ikonika gives us a taste of her record due out next week; and emerging from a song writing quest in the desert is artist Terry Malts, who is not only letting you stream the song for free, but also giving away the MP3 for download.

To close out, native Chicagoan DJ Rashad is here to educate us on the Psychedelic Dance Music genre, Footwork, while you stream his EP I Don’t Give A Fuck. And lastly, V V Brown return to the music scene with a new black and white music video that is quite suspenseful, a little eerie, and totally captivating.

Happy streaming, downloading, and watching!

Travis Barker & Yelawolf: “Push Em (Steve Aoki and Travis Barker Remix)” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Push Em (Steve Aoki and Travis Barker Remix) out August 13 on Dim Mak Records

Bloc Party: “Ratchet (Rustie Remix)” stream via Pitchfork
The Nextwave Sessions out August 13 on Frenchkiss Records

The Polyphonic Spree: “Popular by Design” stream via Facebook
Yes, It’s True out August 5 on Cherry Red Records

Ikonika: “Animatronik” stream via Pitchfork
Aerotropolis out July 29 on Hyperdub

Terry Malts: “I Was Not There” track download via Rolling Stone
Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere out September 10 on Slumberland Records

Local Natives: “You & I (Local Natives Remix)” stream via Paste Magazine
Hummingbird out now on Frenchkiss Records

DJ Rashad: Full EP stream via Spin
I Don’t Give a Fuck out now on Hyperdub

V V Brown: “Samson” music video via YouTube
Samson & Delilah out October 8 on YOY Records

Freeloader Friday: ASG, Valient Thorr, Children of Bodom, Whirr, Local Natives, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, PANTyRAID, Young Galaxy and Har Mar Superstar

ASG Blood Drive album artToday is the day, friends. That special day you look forward to each week that signifies “you made it!,” “kick back yo’ feet!” and “free music from The Orchard!” It’s also the last Friday before Summer Fridays begin at The Orchard. Summer Fridays (how many times do you think I can say “Friday” in this post?) are when our office closes at 2PM between Memorial Day and Labor Day and you realize how much our company rocks.

But regardless of whether you also benefit from Summer Fridays, or have a Monday-Friday kind of job where all the things I mentioned above apply, the one common thing we all have today is: it’s Freeloader Friday.

So jumping right in, this week we’ve got the track that goes with maybe the prettiest album art I’ve seen so far this year, courtesy of Hard Rock band ASG. Then, Pitchfork went on a roll this week with streams from Valient Thorr, Children of Bodom, Whirr and a cool remix of Local Natives‘ “Wooly Mammoth” entitled “Wooly Robot.” Australian-raised singer-songwriter Craig Dermody of Scott & Charlene’s Wedding sings us through what it’s like moving to NYC, and PANTyRAID give us something worth pillow-talking about with their album mini mix, out later this month on The Glitch Mob‘s imprint, Glass Air Records.

To close out, Young Galaxy and Har Mar Superstar grace us with music videos for their respective tracks “Fall For You” and “Lady, You Shot Me,” which snagged a Track of the Day title on Q The Music last week.

A pretty rad selection this week, if I may say so myself! Queuing these up now on

Happy Friday! (Thought I’d throw it in there one more time for good measure.)

ASG: “Blood Drive” track premiere via Stereogum
Blood Drive out June 28 on Relapse

Valient Thorr: “No Strings Attached” via Pitchfork
Our Own Masters out June 18 on Volcom Entertainment

Children of Bodom: “Halo of Blood” via Pitchfork
Halo Of Blood out June 11 in North America on Nuclear Blast

Whirr: “Swoon” via Pitchfork
Around out July 9 on Graveface

Local Natives: “Wooly Robot (Remix)” via Pitchfork
Hummingbird out now on Frenchkiss Records

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding: “Fakin’ NYC” track premiere via Spin
Any Port In a Storm out July 22 on Fire Records

PANTyRAID: Album Mini Mix via Life + Times
Pillow Talk out May 28 on Glass Air

Young Galaxy: “Fall For You” music video via YouTube
Ultramarine out now on Paper Bag Records

Har Mar Superstar: “Lady, You Shot Me” music video premiere and free download via Stereogum
Bye Bye 17 out now on Cult Records

Freeloader Friday: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Grim Tower, Say Hi, AM & Shawn Lee, Mark Mulcahy, Way Yes, Children of Bodom, PVT and Local Natives

Sharon Jones, Give The People What They WantWhat a beautiful day! And what colorful album art to accompany it. Now that’s the way to start a weekend. Well, that and this fabulous selection of free music you see below. 

To start, NPR has got the first track to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings‘ latest album, which can’t come soon enough. The track, “Retreat,” is also available for instant download when you pre-order the album on iTunes, so if you love it, you know what to do.

Next, we have a diverse array of single premieres and free downloads from Grim Tower, Mark Mulcahy, Way Yes and Say Hi, who just released the music to the adorable film Free Samples, starring The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg.

On the music video front, AM & Shawn Lee give us their new video for “Two Times,” PVT remind us how awesome their February release is with the video for the title track, and Children of Bodom make it easy for you to try out your Metal singing chops with their lyric video for “Transference.”

To conclude, we’ve included a very special video of Local Natives performing alongside a troupe of dancers interpreting their song “Bowery.” It’s very unique and quite breathtaking.

Happy Weekend!

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: “Retreat” track premiere via NPR All Songs Considered
Give The People What They Want out August 6 on Daptone Records

Grim Tower: “Soft Seance” via Spin
Anarchic Breezes out May 21 on Outer Battery Records

Mark Mulcahy: “Let The Fireflies Fly Away” via A.V. Club
Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You out June 18 on Fire Records

Way Yes: “Macando” track premiere and free download via Stereogum
Tog Pebbles EP out now on Lefse Records

Say Hi: “Love, Love, Love” track premiere and free download via Stereogum
Free Samples (Music from the Film) out now on Barsuk Records

AM & Shawn Lee: “Two Times” video premiere via USA Today
La Musique Numerique out now on Park The Van

Children of Bodom: “Transference” lyric video via YouTube
Halo Of Blood out June 11 in North America on Nuclear Blast

PVT: “Homosapien” music video premiere via FILTER
Homosapien out now on Felte

Local Natives: “Bowery” live performance via Pitchfork
Hummingbird out now on Frenchkiss Records

The Orchard + Coachella: Starting The Music Festival Season with a Bang

April 11, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Coachella Music Festival 2013Warm weather looming on the horizon means that outdoor music festivals are just around the corner. So dust off those Birkenstocks, lather yourself in SPF 40, and soak yourself in patchouli because festival season has officially returned.

The popular West Coast music festival, Coachella, will begin the first of its two weekends this Friday, April 12th, with many talented artists taking the stage. This year, The Orchard is very proud to have 18 of its current artists performing at the festival. Here are a few you don’t want to miss:

Local Natives [Frenchkiss Records]
Set Time: Friday, April 12th/19th | 7:00pm – 7:50pm | Outdoor Theatre

The Indie Rock quartet made a splash this year with their sophomore release, Hummingbird, which debuted at #12 on the Billboard Top 200, and #6 on Billboard’s Digital Albums Chart — not too shabby for a band who released their debut record, Gorilla Manor, just a few years prior. Local Natives have been on the road promoting their record since the week of SXSW, and have been selling out nearly every venue they visit. They will continue to tour until the end of April, with additional plans to perform at New York City’s Governor’s Ball in early June.

Thee Oh Sees [Castle Face Records]
Set Time: Sunday, April 14th/21st | 3:15pm – 3:55pm | Gobi

Lead singer John Dwyer, and the rest of Thee Oh Sees have been creating music spanning a wide spectrum of tonalities for quite some time. Their forthcoming record, Floating Coffin, which is due out next week, is no exception as it juxtaposes optimistic songs of hope with dreary tunes of despair. It’s clear that Thee Oh Sees have a penchant for exploring every possible crevice of music that they possibly can. Playing shows at venues in places everywhere from Austin, TX to Beijing, China, the band’s eclectic sounds reach a myriad of people who grow to love the music.

Rodriguez [Light In The Attic]
Set Time: Sunday, April 14th/21st | 6:35pm – 7:15pm | Gobi

Rodriguez may have the most unique story of any artist at Coachella this year. A documentary about the artist, Searching For Sugar Man, premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival to raving reviews. The film tells the story about Sixto Rodriguez, a Mexican-American singer/songwriter from the 70s who found no success when his albums were first released in the US. But his songs about protest found their way to South Africa, where his music deeply resonated with the people and became wildly popular. The success of this documentary catapulted Rodriguez into the nation’s spotlight, and he has been taking his tunes on the road ever since.

These are just a few of The Orchard‘s great artists performing at this year’s festival. Others include Infected MushroomJello Biafra & the Guantanamo School Of Medicine, Lee Scratch Perry, Poliça, Sparks, Seth Troxler, Descendents, The Make-Up, Booka Shade, The Selecter, Tommy TrashThe 2 Bears, Vintage Trouble, The Three O’Clock, and Dirtyphonics. If you’re attending Coachella this year, be sure to catch them all!

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