Thursday, April 28, 2011

Andy Hollinden at the Bluebird

This may come as short notice but one of the best live shows you can see this year  is tomorrow night at the Bluebird in Bloomington Indiana.  Andy Hollinden and his band will be performing a 21 song Beatles tribute as well as some other great tunes from the past.   Having been to his last 4 end of the semester exclusive shows at the Bluebird , I know that in the past years he's covered songs ranging from Jethro Tull's Cross Eyed Mary to Elvis Costello's Watching the Detectives. 

Hollinden is a Professor at Indiana University and teaches Rock History in the 70's and 80's, what I consider to be the best class I ever took at IU. If you are looking for a great night of classic rock you can't go wrong with this concert at the best music venue in Bloomington at the Bluebird.

More info can be found here  Bluebird Website

Throwback Thursday: Blind Melon Live at the Commodore Ballroom 9/12/95 Free Download

You may be reading the title of this post and asking yourself "Why is Musicsourced writing a post about a concert by a band nearly 16 years ago?" Musicsourced always tries to provide our readers with as many free music opportunities as we can find. Until this post have all been primarily about new up and coming bands that we felt would provide a great future for the music industry. One thing the new groups have in common is that each and every one of them were influenced by some other band as they were growing up and this post is about a band that had definitely inspired me.

A few days ago Jamen showed me a online archive that provided free live concert recordings from more bands than I could name, one of the most popular downloads from the site was Blind Melon's concert from the Commodore Ballroom in September of 1995.

Often times as we cover a new artist we may compare them to another group or artist from the past that has made a name for themselves already.  I can tell you for a fact that we haven't ever mentioned Blind Melon before, which I consider a testament to the fact that no one new has been comparable to them.  I may be a bit biased on this front, but the reason I believe that is that lead singer Shannon Hoon provided the group with such a unique , distinct voice and style that the sounds of Blind Melon are very tough for anyone else to reproduce.

I consider Blind Melon as one of the best bands of the 90's even though they only recorded 3 albums, Blind Melon, Soup, and Nico which was released after the tragic death of Hoon. The live recording of the show at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver is recorded just over a month prior to Hoon's death and offers songs from their first two albums including some of my own personal favorites in Change, Skinned, and Tones of Home.  I have listened to the first two albums so many times I can recite the songs by heart, but this recording brings a great feeling of hearing a group that I will never have a chance to hear in their original form, performing live and providing the shear emotion that can only be expressed and felt live at the venue.  For those of you who have yet to experience Blind Melon and their musical genius, I highly recommend you to check out their music and feel the energy and emotion of one of the better bands of the last 20 years.  The live recording can be found here and as I mentioned earlier is free and completely legal.  You can also search the archive for many of your other favorite bands for their live recordings as well!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Cover Music Worth Covering - Free Downloads

Everybody enjoys a good cover song now and then. If a song is truly great, it can sound appropriate in almost any genre with any kind of instrument use or interpretation. The cover song has been around longer than recorded music and I think its pretty cool to hear great bands pay tribute to other great artists and bands.

With that being said, a great song can still be butchered by interpretation. It is also very difficult to find a cover song performed by somebody that you actually prefer over the original band or artist. In my opinion, the songs listed below give a solid effort of re-packaging some great songs to fit their own personal sound. Check them out below to see how you like them.

And just to get the ball rolling here, what is everyones favorite cover songs and who performs them? Leave your comments below!

David Ramirez Covering:
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

David Ramirez has been covered on here before and I will continue to keep sharing if he continues to put out these fantastic free downloads. This guy could take any song and make you feel it. And I mean, you will stop what you are doing, fall into your senses, and FEEL it. His music mentally takes you to that solemn place that's rarely visited. His Coldplay cover is really good because he slows it way down and I can say now that I know all of the lyrics to the song. Also, I was thrilled to find out that he covered Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees". To me, this is his kind of song and he owned it.

Katelyn Epperly Covering:
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody

Once again this song is really cool when you slow it down. What makes this different is that Katelyn takes an amped rock song and puts it to a piano. I was feeling this one from the first key and she does an amazing job with it. This is one of those song covers that you can play for your friends and then you can slowly watch them figure out that they have heard this song before and then they will start gushing over how good it is.

Counting Crows Covering:
Madonna - Borderline

I could never ever see the Counting Crows and Madonna ever sharing a stage together. But it sounds like the Counting Crows had a lot of fun performing this Madonna cover. It's not what you would expect, the lyrics aren't dead on, but it sounds great. This is the only cover song that I have heard from this group (unfortunately never seen them live). So I really enjoy this one.
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Harper Blynn Covering:
Beyonce - Halo

Another genre crossover for this cover song. You probably all have a good grasp on Beyonce's music styles and dance moves. But now it's time to meet vocal virtuoso's of Harper Blynn. They won't blow you away with their dance moves (I don't think), but they will put you in awe of how they work off of each other vocally. They take Beyonce's "Halo" to a new level.

Madi Diaz Covering:
Whitesnake - Here I Go Again

I caught Madi's Whitesnake cover on a play list shuffle and I stopped because I loved the sound. And until I heard the words "I ain't wasting no more time", I had no idea that it was a Whitesnake cover. This one is fun and I enjoy the rhythm of the bass and the claps as Madi does her thing. Her and her crew added a lot of unique sounds and voices to make this one there own. Take a listen folks.

Don't forget to comment on your favorites!

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Civil Wars - Free Download from Eddie's Attic

In an announcement of what's "New to Me" this week, I've discovered that The Civil wars have a free download available from their live performance at Eddie's Attic on the groups website. I mention that this is "New to Me" because apparently it has already been downloaded over 100,000 times! At first I thought that number was pretty staggering, but then I found out that their single "Poison & Wine" was featured in full coverage on the show Grey's Anatomy.

"Sidebar: I hear the show Grey's Anatomy is really good. I have never watched an episode because it interferes with my live viewing of "The Office" and I am not really a fan of Doctor Drama's. However, I am constantly reading about bands that have been launched into the national spotlight because of this TV show. It has become glaringly obvious that I may need to start watching just to stay in "the know" about bands that are about to blow up. If anyone could provide a character introduction and show synopsis/background in like a Venn Diagram or Movie Trailer form, that would be perfect."

Although the TV show was the medium that delivered the sound to listeners, it has been the duo's music dynamic that has demanded the attention of music critics and fans alike. The Civil Wars build a simple and minimalistic acoustic sound around their vocal delivery of complex emotions. Based on the groups Bio, their bands name has been derived from the highs and lows and internal struggles of an intimate personal relationship which is clearly defined in their breakthrough song "Poison & Wine". That is something many of us relate to, and these two have put it to song very well.

I sampled their free download while I was cleaning by bathroom the other day. I wouldn't suggest The Civil Wars while you are cleaning however because most of us could use some positive self-encouragement to get jazzed up during a cleaning session. This group for me delivers when you need to dive into your personal head space and lose yourself in thought.

I also really enjoy listening to the live concert recordings because you get a lot of additional commentary and dialogue from the group. During the set, they poke fun at their own depressingly sad music, and joke about their marriages and excessive perspiration, Ha. To download their live music recorded at Eddie's Attic, click the link below to be directed to their site. Also as a note, I had trouble downloading the album as a whole so I had to download the tracks individually which is an option.

Plug in your headphones and drown out the distraction. This is something worth listening to.

Download The Civil Wars - Live at Eddie's Attic

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Ben Rector: Free Noisetrade Sampler

After finding some great great gems on Noise Trade lately (GRODamnwells) I felt the need to return to the site in an effort to find something new to get me through the workweek.  I checked out the top downloads page and clicked on Ben Rector and listened to the samples of his albums and was very happy with what I found.

Ben brings a mellow sound that mixes both acoustic guitar as well as piano.  I would describe it as a hybrid between Coldplay, The Fray, Jason Mraz, and also Garrett Gue.  Rectors songs range in tone with the more happy "After All" which is primarily acoustic guitar, to the more upbeat electronic "Disarm".  The songs included in the samples are all very good and I would recommend checking it out.  Upon checking out Ben Rectors website , I found that he is currently touring and has a wide range of videos to see more of his work.

For those of you who enjoy the mellow tones of the aforementioned groups , you can't go wrong with Ben Rector.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Damnwells Noisetrade Sampler

Just a quick little note to let everyone know that The Damnwells have a music sampler that is available for free download on This release is pretty cool because it is truly a "sampler" of The Damnwells tunes that have been released over the years. I did not jump on this offering at first because I own all of The Damnwells albums and have a nice collection of demo's as well. However, Damnwells fans get a treat because the last track "Lady Light" was previously unreleased. It also offers an album demo titled "Soundtrack" as well as an excellent song featured in the movie Chaos Theory called "Tonight and Forever".

For those of you who are first time listeners, you'll receive a couple of songs off of The Damnwells newest album that was just released last month; "Werewolves" and "No One Listens to the Band Anymore". There are also a few tracks from a couple of the groups previously released albums. You can preview and check out the track offering below using the Noisetrade widget. To download the sampler, simply provide your email address and postal code.

This is a great opportunity for anyone to introduce themselves to some great music from a band that we love to cover and jam to.


Monday, April 11, 2011

Green River Ordinance - 12th and Porter Show Review

12th and Porter was the place to be last night in Nashville Tennessee as the band Green River Ordinance took to the stage to showcase their talents. The Texas based group has been out on tour for a short stint in support of their latest acoustic EP titled "The Morning Passenger". Last night I was one of the lucky few to be in attendance and I can tell you with all confidence that these guys packed more than just their acoustic instruments for the show. They plugged in a front line of four guitars and pushed their amps to the limit for the Music City crowd and really put on a great performance.

It was great for me to finally see the band play live because they have really put out some great music for my tastes. But as you would expect from any good band out there... they not only write and record good music, they play the HELL out of it! They all brought energy to the stage and encouraged crowd participation throughout the evening. Lead singer Josh Jenkins also offered insight to many of the groups songs as well as some of their Texas influences that make the band what it is. Before playing one of their newest songs "Dancing Shoes", he mentioned that in Texas they have a strong sense of community and that a lot of time was spent on the porch with family and friends which is what really inspired the song. And the attending Tennessee crowd got an up close and personal taste of that Texas culture as the band unplugged and moved their instruments to the center of the crowd for an acoustic performance of "Where the West Wind Blows" for their final song of the evening. Before doing so, Josh stated that they were going to play for everyone like they would if they were all sitting by the campfire. The house lights were dropped, the venue was dark, and the band played as flashing cameras and cell phones provided the flickering light of the proverbial campfire. A memorable ending to a very memorable performance.

If you haven't yet had the pleasure of following this group and their music there is some really good news for you newcomers. The band is doing a lot to reach new fans and to get themselves heard. First of all, in one of our previous posts we reviewed the group and shared a link to a free download of their latest LP titled "Out of My Hands" that is still available to download. They are also working on releasing a new album in the near future after raising funds on their Kickstarter page. In the meantime, the group has also released recordings of their favorite cover songs from some great classic rock groups that is really worth checking out. They not only cover the songs, they might just be the best option out there because some of the bands covered no longer tour. Last night they played "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac that flat out blew me away. See the links below for the free album download and to preview their cover songs. At the very least, make sure you give these guys a listen.

Read more about Green River Ordinance and download their FREE MUSIC

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Lullabies for Getty

A few days ago, Alex and Angela Dezen (from The Damnwells) released an album for a great cause. The Album, "Lullabies for Getty". The Cause, to help raise money and awareness for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). SMA is the leading genetic killer of infants and young children and is a terminal, degenerative disease that results in the loss of nerves in the spinal cord and the weakness of the muscles connected with those nerves. The album was inspired by a young infant named Getty Storm who has been diagnosed with the disease.

I read about all the facts and information of SMA on the site that promotes the album It was really intriguing to educate myself on SMA and to find out that the 1 in 40 people have the defective gene and parents can pass it on to their children causing SMA. However, parents can be tested to see if they are a carrier. Also researchers believe that they are within just a few years of finding a treatment or cure for this disease. Knowing this really caught my attention. This album is a great way to support the cause. Especially if you have young children or are a fan of the Dezen's and The Damnwells. The music can be streamed in its entirety by using the widget below, but please don't hesitate to find out more information from

The songs are excellent and the cause is wonderful.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Road Trip Mix - Part 2

Spent another work day today cruising through the artists featured on the Brite Revolution site and came up with another quick list of artists I will pack for my road trip. See the list of my quick picks below.

Also, this post is part of a series of posts on the topic of road trip music. I am trying to create a nice large mix of music that will keep me awake and cruising during my long upcoming drive to visit family. The songs listed below are a sampling of what I plan to take with me. To see some of the other songs I've chosen, select one of the links listed below.

Road Trip Mix Intro: Building My Perfect Road Trip Mix
Road Trip Mix - Part 1

Benjy Davis Project - Mississippi
Category: Sing Alongs

This group is new to me but I dig the two song offering they have featured on Brite Revolution. "Mississippi" is a fun-loving up beat tune that anyone could acquire a taste for. One run through this song and I had the chorus down. A definite road trip sing along.                                           

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors - My Mary Don't Know
Category: Sing Alongs

If you haven't heard of this group yet, I would like to officially welcome you to our website. We have covered this band so many times that it may be getting a bit out of hand. But lets face the music here, they are a great band that's doing a lot to connect with the fans. There's a lot of free Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors music out there to devour. This song is just another great example.
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Dewveall - Virginia
Category: Local Flavors

This song may just be the anthem of the entire trip. My destination just happens to be Virginia and my goal is to not let the Old Dominion state down! After hearing the insights to this song, I'm determined to stick to the sight-seeing plan and have the full experience. Looking forward to new music from this duo. In the meantime, this song will get a lot of play.
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Jenny and Tyler - One Eyed Cat
Category: Sing Alongs

I prefer my "Jenny and Tyler" distributed in even proportions. There voices are so complimentary to each other that I like it when the song features both of their voices evenly. I'm not really sure if I have that sort of preference with any other duo, hah. This one gives you a back and forth solo sampling that will keep you humming on and on and on....

Andrew Combs - Tennessee Time
Category: Local Flavors

I really like what Andrew Combs brings to the table. He sounds like a Sunday afternoon porch pickin cowboy. Nothing flashy here, just a good simplistic sound. I might be pushing the limits here to be playing this while driving because it puts you in such a relaxing place. But I may make exceptions.
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Lovedrug - Pink Champagne
Category: Guitar Heroes

This is another group we have featured on our site before. Their song "Pink Champagne" is one of the most coveted rock songs I have in my personal music collection. It's just fantastic. I have pledged for the making of this groups next album and I can't wait to add some more solid Lovedrug tunes to my rotation. Fellow drivers beware, I'll be rocking out to this one.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Road Trip Mix - Part 1

This is my first post of road trip song selections. These artists come to you via the great services of Brite Revolution. The Brite Revolution site helps artists connect with their fans as well as help raise awareness and funds for programs that affect our community locally and around the world. All you have to do is sign up for a free account on their site and you will have access to download all of the free music listed below and more.

This post is part of a series of posts on the topic of road trip music. I am trying to create a nice large mix of music that will keep me awake and crusing during my long upcoming drive to visit family. The songs listed below are a sampling of what I plan to take with me. To see the other road trip posts, select one of the links listed below.

Road Trip Mix Intro: Building My Perfect Road Trip Mix

Andy Davis - Hush Money
Category: Beat Boxer    

A piano man with some kick. Andy has a sound all his own with a smooth delivery. "Hush Money" has a solid bass beat with a crowd clapping background. Honestly the fluid vocal delivery could probably stand alone with just the steady beat of claps.

Brooke Fraser - Something in The Water
Category: Beat Boxer

This one is bound to get your foot stomping. It could also quite possibly turn into an earworm of a song that sticks with you. I've sampled some of Brooke's tunes before, but nothing quite like this one.

The CO - Keep It Together
Category: Sing Alongs

The CO seems to be somewhat of a new movement and have just recently released an album. After taking a quick run through of their music I am really liking their harmonies and the backing piano keys. This group could be appealing to many sorts of music fans. Take a listen.

The Kicks - Hawk Eyes
Category: Guitar Heroes

Roll the windows down and turn this one up. This one is going to fit in nicely to my music mix. This group has a rock legend sound for the modern day. I'm going to take a few songs from this group with me. See also "Songs for the Queen".


Sweet Talk Radio - My Hallelujah
Category: Local Flavors

I really like this duo's melody. They offer two great songs on Brite's site. "Lovesick" fits into the Sing Alongs category, but this song called "My Hallelujah" can fit into the local flavors category with their banjo and guitar strings.

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Tonic - If You Could Only See
Category: Sing Alongs

Tonic has been doing this music thing for a while now and doing it well. "If You Could Only See" was a smash hit in the mid 90's and I'm willing to bet almost anyone could sing that chorus line. Brite Revolution offers up the Acoustic version of this song as well as some other Tonic songs that are new to me but good tunes.

Building My Perfect Road Trip Mix

In my opinion, there are two key parts to a successful "solo" road trip. The first thing is, a road trip is the perfect excuse to eat fast food for every meal of the day. There is no need to plan your meals, you just keep the wheels turning until a restroom break is unavoidable. If you have some solid road trip experience, you can just hold it until a Super-Sized exit appears with a ton of foody options.

The second key necessity requires a little more planning and pickyness because you have to nail down a game plan for what will be playing in the car while your driving. Now to some this is not a big deal. But I have to be stimulated while I'm driving and I prefer dancing and singing compared to constant caffeine injections.

Now it has been a while since I have taken a decently long road trip and this upcoming trip is going to involve about 25 hours of driving. So I am typing out this post and formulating my music road trip game plan as we speak. So what would be my necessities to a successful road trip mix? The music I cram into my iPod will have to have one of the following characteristics. My only rule is that there can't be any sad songs, I have to stay AWAKE!
  • Sing Alongs - Songs that I know by heart that I can sing out LOUD. Massive choruses needed.
  • Beat Boxers - Give me some drums and a bass line that I can pound the steering wheel to.
  • Guitar Heroes - Sometimes a hard rock guitar solo replicated via air guitar is needed to keep the blood pumpin.
  • Local Flavors - I gotta pack the genre's common to my surroundings. If I plan on hearing some local music while I'm away, it's necessary to set the tone.
  • All-Time Albums - Albums from your All-Time favorite bands that you can just wear out, no matter the occasion. All songs have to be solid. You don't want to pick up a downer if you're playing songs randomly.
Those five groups are a good start, but I may come up with more along the way. Another thing that I am going to try to do is to take a lot of new music with me that I haven't completely got a grasp of yet. There is a lot of free music that I have download that I haven't spent any time listening to. And I'm thinking that there is no better way to get a feel for new music when you have all the time in the world with minimal distractions. So the posts that follow will feature some of the free music that I have downloaded throughout the tenure of this blog that I haven't had time to listen to thoroughly. All music that will be shared will be of course FREE to download. So follow along my road trip planning experience if you'd like. FYI I leave Wednesday and will be gone for 5 days. Maybe some site updates over the break, we will see.

Feel free to comment on some good ideas for road trip music that you like. And for the fun of it, categorize it into one of the groups labeled above or throw them into your own category if you'd like. I would appreciate the input!

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