*From the Free MP3 archive* Hailing from the flats of Omaha, Neb., Conor Oberst delivers angst-filled songs with a quavering-yet-melodic lyrical style. He has the range to captivate a festival crowd with just his voice and an acoustic guitar as well as engage his dedicated following with a full-on band.
Everyone is always complaining about how nobody dances at shows anymore, and it's getting on New York's nerves. Fortunately, Brooklyn's Oxford Collapse takes on the dance-punk challenge, and now people are putting their drinks down and dancing around like uninhibited 10-year-olds. Imagine Spike Jonze directing a Gang of Four video.
FREE MP3 FROM THE ARCHIVE. Forget their influences--people now want to know what bands Fall Out Boy have inspired. Their latest efforts have scored them prime cover shots on all the top magazines (such as "Rolling Stone"), and although it's hard to remain punk after such praise, they still get props among the hardcore.
Loosely speaking, French Miami is a rock band. Using rock music as a starting point, French Miami use its structures as the glue holding together more abstract musical ideas: dizzying, jagged guitar riffs anchored around pulsing synths, harmo- nized finger-tapping accenting tightly wound grooves, precise stop-start timing.
We have a diverse batch of goodies for you this year. New additions include a duet with Elvis Presley and Martina McBride; a New Kids on the Block reissue; Stephen Colbert's debut Christmas album; and a Hanukkah jam from Erran Baron Cohen. And the great thing about holiday tunes is that you can recycle them every year! So, get acquainted with the new stuff, and then dig into our archive to resurrect the classic favorites.