It's no short order opening for Ms. Norah Jones, but her Blue Note labelmate Lee has lately been pulling it off with aplomb. The Philly native's disarming soul-folk sound suggests Neil Young gone R&B or the great ballad record Ben Harper will never make. Most impressive of all, Lee's voice can match Jones's note-for-note on the scale of hushed intimacy.
Not to be confused with the several other Wolf-themed bands popping up lately, these are the indie darlings you've been looking for, so hear them while they're hot. Hailing from Montreal (where else?), Wolf Parade bear the torch the Arcade Fire lit, mixing anguished vocals with collapsing guitars and drums fit for an army.
Pronounced "Feeds" not "Feds," this Ed Banger master of the megamix (who produces and also apparently goes out with fellow Bangite, Uffie), appears on the third volume of the compilation that's consistently given the French label bragging rights. Using vocal snippets and unforgettable basslines is Feadz's calling card--and a good one at that.
The never-ending quest for extraterrestrial life goes on: the Phoenix Lander touched down last Sunday on a mission to explore the polar region of Mars. The $420 million spacecraft, which launched last August, is expected to find "ice-rich permafrost" underneath the Martian surface. Back on Earth, members of NASA, astrophysicists, and amateur star gazers worldwide (not to mention those of us at Download Music) will be tracking its every move.
What's a better way to celebrate this historical event than a space-theme playlist? Listen via the green button below and visit the artist pages to download or … Read more
As weird as this may seem--and make no mistake, it is weird--it will probably be appreciated by anyone whose pockets have been weighed down, or worn through, by too many gadgets. The "FreeHand" is a pouch that can be worn like a fingerless glove, a "flexible mesh pocket" that can stow everything from keys to a mobile phone.
Coolest-Gadgets says it looks like an RSI brace, though we think it could pass for a high-tech bowling glove. Either way, it gets dangerously close to date-repellant territory. Unless you can convince people that you're slowly morphing … Read more
Last month, freebie-software site Giveaway of the Day offered a great DVD-ripping utility. If you missed it (or didn't like the program for some reason), here's your chance to score one that's arguably even better: Xilisoft DVD Ripper Ultimate.
Normally priced at $55, DVD Ripper Ultimate promises to rip discs to just about any video format. It includes preset profiles for iPod, iPhone, PSP, Zune, Zen, and dozens of other devices. It can also rip DVD audio, great if you want to turn, say, a concert DVD into a batch of MP3s. Plus, there's a video … Read more