Band of Horses Photo by David BelisleWant some free music? Well before I send you off to download some free mp3s from some really great bands, I’ll share with you  a little info about Seattle based Band of Horses.  There is brilliant music coming from these guys.  The songs are plastered with emotionally driven melodies, perhaps offering a glimpse into our subconscious mind.  Band of Horses came together in 2004, forming from Carissas Wierd, who some of you may be familiar with.  I highly admire the music of Band of Horses.  Give them a few moments of your time to take a listen, and if interested, take the opportunity to see them on tour in support of their latest phenomenal album “Cease to Begin” on Sub Pop Records.  Band members Ben Bridwell, Rob Hampton and Creighton Barrett have worked hard to bring a bit more sophistication to their newest release, and in my opinion have succeeded.

Oh, and of course, the free music information.  If you go to the Sub Pop Records website, you can download excellent mp3s and learn more about the bands the label has signed.  Do it!

Download or Listen to “Is There A Ghost” by Band of Horses:

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Oct 14 2007    Park Tavern – Atlanta, Georgia
Oct 30 2007    Satellite Ballroom – Charlottesville, Virginia
Nov 01 2007    Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, North Carolina
Nov 02 2007    9:30 Club – Washington, Washington DC
Nov 03 2007     Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel – Providence, Rhode Island
Nov 04 2007    Terminal 5 – New York, New York
Nov 06 2007    Toad’s Place – New Haven, Connecticut
Nov 07 2007    Pearl Street – Northampton, Massachusetts
Nov 08 2007    La Tulipe – Montreal, Quebec
Nov 09 2007    Phoenix Concert Theatre – Toronto, Ontario
Nov 10 2007    Crofoot Ballroom – Pontiac, Michigan
Nov 12 2007    Metro – Chicago, Illinois
Nov 14 2007    First Avenue – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nov 15 2007    The Aquarium (Dempsey’s Upstairs) – Fargo, North Dakota
Nov 17 2007    The Filling Station – Bozeman, Montana
Nov 18 2007     Neurolux – Boise, Idaho
Nov 19 2007    Showbox – Seattle, Washington
Nov 20 2007    Showbox – Seattle, Washington
Nov 21 2007    Crystal Ballroom – Portland, Oregon
Nov 23 2007    Mezzanine – San Francisco, California
Nov 24 2007    Avalon LA – Los Angeles, California
Nov 26 2007    Glass House – Pomona, California

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Desoto Jones

August 2, 2007

Desoto Jones Band Photo - Photo by Heather MaeThe band Desoto Jones based out of the Jersey/Philly areas have incorporated some killer rock sounds that I have come to enjoy after giving their songs a good listen. The group is made up of Owen Staszewski on vocals, Adam Staszewski on lead guitar, Justin Staszewski on drums, Ean Kyler on bass, and Chris Gill on guitar and vox. I know they are looking for a label, and I really think the band has awesome potential. They’ve been playing together for several years, and over that time have released a couple EP’s, one which is available at CD Baby. And most recently they are putting overall finishing touches on their newest album which is almost set to be released.

Check out the band if you are in the area of their upcoming shows. I think there are some great things to come for these guys, considering their music is very radio friendly and is plastered with catchy melodies. Hurry up and get over to their myspace page which I have linked below. You can listen to their newest songs at their site.

Visit the official Myspace site of Desoto Jones

Upcoming Shows:

Aug 10 2007 The Gibson House – Marlton, New Jersey
Aug 17 2007 Brenner’s Brew – Bridgeton, New Jersey
Aug 19 2007 The High Court – CD RELEASE SHOW- The Trocadero Balcony – All Ages – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Sep 08 2007 PJ Whelihan’s – Cherry Hill, New Jersey

The Twitch - Band PhotoAmongst all the gazillion bands labeled emo alternative, there are tons of bands that are really bad.  Of course there are some really good ones too.  Unfortunately there are more bad than good, but thankfully I am still able to find some great sounding bands while filtering all the not so good ones.  One of the better ones I recently gave a listen to is a band based out of the Portland Oregon area called The Twitch.  Though primarily guitar driven, the vocals are strong, sometimes reminding me of one of my favorite bands Incubus.  The band was formed back in 2004 and has made a nice impact on the Portland music scene, and I’m not suprised.  The songs on their 2006 debut EP “Control” each have their own distinct offering, and really display the raw talent of each band member.  The Twitch is made up of Lucas Worley on guitars and vox, Nick Wiltgen on drums, Ryan Miller on guitar, and Darren Jones on bass.  I suggest visiting their myspace page and give them a listen.  Their EP is available at CD Baby.

Visit The Twitch at Myspace