It’s a special SXSW Free Music Edition of Music Mondays.
For those of you who can’t afford $599 tickets to SXSW (not to mention airfare and hotels). . .
Here’s a ton of free, legal songs from many of the bands that are playing at SXSW:
- If you get one sampler, this one seems to be the most packed with good songs: NPR 71 song SXSW sampler (or here’s a link to download them all as a zip file)
- GREAT songs by Zola Jesus, Seryn, Poliça, Shearwater
- Notable songs by Bear in Heaven, Dry the River, We are Augustines, Lower Dens, Sharon Van Etten, Of Monsters and Men, Tanlines
- Spinner’s massive 150 song SXSW sampler
- Notable songs by Fort Lean, Miike Snow, Niki and the Dove, Motopony, M. Ward/Zooey, Savoir Adore, Shearwater, White Rabbits, Sharon Van Etten, The Big Pink, Zola Jesus
- Spin 41 song SXSW Sampler
- Notable songs by: St. Lucia, Class Actress, Tycho, Youth Lagoon, Bear in Heaven
- Paste 32 song SXSW sampler (annoyingly, you have to sign up to use their proprietary mPlayer)
- Notable songs by Of Monsters and Men, Tennis, Punch Brothers, Caveman
- Ioda SXSW 13 song Sampler (includes a great song by Poliça)
- Spin 6 song SXSW sampler (don’t ask me why they have two different samplers)
- Nettwerk Sampler (13 songs)
- Amazon Rising Artists (9 songs)
- Google Play 18 song SXSW sampler
- Amazon 23 song Don’t Mess with Texas SXSW sampler
An additional free-of-charge tip:
- Be sure to check back frequently with Google’s new, all-things-media store Google Play. Everyday they have a different album for 25 cents. I’ll repeat. An entire album. 25 pennies. Even I will buy Coldplay Mylo Xyloto for 25 pennies (they’ve also had Lady Antebellum, Guns n Roses, et al). They also have a daily book for 25 cents (Moneyball is today’s).
- AND Amazon seems to be matching every day’s music deal (if, like me, you prefer Amazon’s much simpler though not-nearly-as-simple-as-iTunes downloads).
Let us know in the comments about any other great music deals we’re missing out on (SXSW related or otherwise)!