Smashing PumpkinsVeteran music writer and photographer Andy Argyrakis has covered a plethora of great music acts, though if you met him at a concert, you might mistake him, in all his boundless energy, for a newbie journalist auditioning for the college paper. Youthful, exuberant and fully tuned in to the glorious world of MP3, Argyrakis now brings you "Hot Free Downloads," your source for all things musical, digital and most of all ... free. So what are you waiting for? Read on, and get ready to score great music on a budget, the Money College way. Just click on the links below...

Here are nine free and legal downloads sure to strike the ear of the cash strapped college student:


Angels and Airwaves: "Love"

With all the money he made during a lengthy tenure with Blink-182, not to mention last summer's immensely profitable reunion tour, Tom DeLonge's latest band Angels and Airwaves is giving fans a full-length freebie. Catch his shift from mall punk to straight forward modern rock on the complimentary project, though there's also an opportunity to pay what you want for the more faithfully inclined.

Dead Confederate: "Basement Tapes" EP

These southern punks were just on the road with Meat Puppets, but also tore up countless clubs as headliners with electrifying energy and aggressive romps. Score a four pack of live tracks from last year's Milwaukee Summerfest as part of Concert Livewire's "Basement Tapes" series including "It Was A Rose" and "Heavy Petting" (of its latest long player Wrecking Ball), plus the new "Split the Seams" and a cover of Officer May's "Smoking in A Minor."

Deftones: "Rocket Skates"

The hard rockers are back with Diamond Eyes on May 18, but thus far headbangers can catch the debut single "Rocket Skates." The first new tune in four years is a bone crunching sonic assault, which finds the fellas picking up right where their metallic edge left off.

Editors: "You Don't Know Love"

One of England's beloved brooding bands turns in a remixed version of its recent single "You Don't Know Love" courtesy of Caged Baby. It's an enticing mash-up for those who already own the original version on In This Light And On This Evening, while also introducing the group's newly added synth-saturated approach to the masses.

Music For Relief: Download To Donate

In order to help the Haiti relief efforts, a plethora of prominent artists are donating songs free-of-charge for fans to download. Though no one's technically checking charity receipts, listeners are encouraged to donate on the honor system no matter how large or small. The roster includes Linkin Park, Dave Matthews Band, Alanis Morissette, Slash, The All-American Rejects, Hoobastank, Enrique Iglesias, Lupe Fiasco, Jack Johnson, Weezer and a handful of others.

People Magazine: Country Special

Get a crash course on the southern-stroked genre with a playlist from the famed celebrity magazine. Highlights include Dolly Parton's live rendition of "Jolene," Jimmy Wayne's "Just Knowing You Love Me" and Joe Nichols' "The Shape I'm In," but make sure to read the fine print carefully because a download code is essential and it must be redeemed by April 9.

Ike Reilly: Digital Sampler

To those outside Chicago, the name Ike Reilly may still be spreading, but anyone who's caught the incendiary singer/songwriter in a Windy City setting can attest to his ballsy blend of garage rock n' roll with contemporary alternative flavorings. His indie label home Rock Ridge Music offers up a ten track sampler spanning four full-length CDs, overflowing with adrenalized attitude and smoky swagger.

Smashing Pumpkins: "Widow Wake My Mind" and "A Song for a Son"

The fact that Billy Corgan retains this moniker even though he's the only original member is certainly questionable, but at least he saves some face by giving away two new tracks. Though lacking the innovative prowess of the group's alt-rock heyday, it serves as an in progress preview for the forthcoming studio project Teargarden by Kaleidyscope.

The Whigs: "Hundred/Million" and "In the Dark"

After debuting as indie darlings in 2002, The Whigs have since entered the mainstream stratosphere thanks to tours alongside Kings of Leon, Drive-By Truckers and The Kooks. See what the fuss over the murky alternative rockers is all about this with a two track taste of In the Dark, landing March 16 on ATO Records.


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