Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Free Album Streaming: Fleet Foxes, Beastie Boys, Poly Styrene, Brandi Carlile Live, More

The new Fleet Foxes album is up for live streaming until its May 3rd release.

There aren't a ton of free streaming albums this week that I'm interested in, but the ones that are available are much-anticipated follow-ups that many people (including me) are really looking forward to. Here's what's out there now:

* "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" by the Beastie Boys — the trio's first full-length album since 2007. They premiered the album on Livestream with a video of a boom box playing the album on the floor of Madison Square Garden.
* "Live at Benaroya Hall with The Seattle Symphony" by Brandi Carlile — the singer-songwriter releases her first live album, backed by an orchestra, on May 3rd. You can find a live performance Carlile did at Paste here.

NPR First Listen:
* "Helplessness Blues" by Fleet Foxes (streaming until May 3) — does the second album from the acclaimed folk-rock band live up to its debut? Yes, says the NPR Music review.
* "Burst Apart" by The Antlers — the Brooklyn trio's follow up to its career-making "Hospice" comes out on May 10.

Spinner.com's Listening Party:
* "Generation Indigo" by Poly Styrene — a new album from the lead singer of punk legends X-Ray Spex (who, I was sad to hear, just died of breast cancer)
* "Hard Bargain" by Emmylou Harris — always good to see a new album from the signer-songwriter who's been at it since the days when she worked with Gram Parsons.

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