Ten free and legal downloads and streams sure to strike the ear of the cash-strapped college student.
1. Broken Social Scene: "All To All" (DJ Mom Jeans Remix)
Depending on the night, this rotating indie rock collective features anywhere from six to 19 players with co-founders Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning serving as the main constant. Catch a mashed-up, dream-pop sample from the new "Forgiveness Rock Record," which includes appearances from Feist and Metric's Emily Haines, amongst many more.
2. Willie Nelson: "Man With the Blues"
Considering his luminary status as one of country music's elder statesmen, Willie Nelson has little reason to have the blues. Nonetheless, he sings it with convincing passion and southern-fried finger picking, wrapped in tasty production from the legendary T Bone Burnett (John Mellencamp, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?").
3. Vampire Weekend: Daytrotter session
Long before this funk-pop breakout band was famous, the New Yorkers slugged it out on the road just like everyone else. Catch a 2007 in studio session featuring tunes from that same year's self-titled EP, which lack the polish of the more produced projects that followed, but nonetheless reflects the gang's rhythmic ecstasy.
4. Manic Street Preachers: "This Joke Sport Severed" (Patrick Wolf's Love Letter To Richey Remix)
Anyone already plugged into these Wales-based veterans probably expects a Brit pop/alternative rock offering. But thanks to remix wizard (and acclaimed solo artist from South London in his own right) Patrick Wolf, this track brandishes a techno-pop feel peppered with unexpected classical inspirations.
5. Anberlin: "Pray Tell"
Blurring the lines between hard rock, power pop and emo, Anberlin's audience spans listeners who grew up in the 1980s through today. Instead of showcasing an affinity for The Smiths or Depeche Mode (as in the past), this brand new track is a straight-up rocker that ranks amongst its most urgent to date, thanks to production from Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, Rage Against the Machine).
6. Various Artists: Free Music Tuesday
Our pals at AOL Radio Blog always have their finger on the trigger of the hottest new tunes and this week is no exception. Catch four freebies spanning the likes of pop troubadour Alain Clark ("For Freedom"), alternative act Legend of the Fall ("I Know"), hip-hopper Aaron Smith with the Cataracs ("Love Letter") and pop/rock band Stealing Heather ("Conspiracy").
7. Metermaids: "Bedford Kings"
The Brooklyn duo may be first to name-check fellow locals like Jay-Z and The Notorious B.I.G., but indie rock is just as apparent across this act's schizophrenic repertoire. Just take a listen to "Bedford Kings," a captivating tune catapulted by throbbing beats, jarring guitars, sultry background vocals and a cheeky rap/rock hybrid.
8. Liam Finn and Eliza Jane: "Honest Face"
As the son of Crowded House mastermind Neil Finn, Liam is a natural when it comes to writing catchy tunes with a sunny disposition. But he proves to emerge from under his famous father's wings on this duet with fellow troubadour Eliza Jane. The result is a laid back melodic rocker that seamlessly blends acoustic guitars and atmosphere-enhancing loops.
9. Brett Detar: "Bird In the Tangle" LP
As the longtime lead singer of The Juliana Theory, Brett Detar is known for an emotional blend of surging pop and full-throttled rock. These days he's solo, trading in his head banging for an acoustic guitar, plus growing out his locks and donning a fedora a la Jakob Dylan. Catch the transformation in its entirety after signing up for the singer/songwriter's new email list.
10. Spinner Spotlight: Full CD Listening Party
The Dandy Warhols have evoked everything from the fuzzy extermination of The Velvet Underground to synth-saturated '80s beats a la Duran Duran to the grunge era glazed with glam. The entire gamut makes its way onto "Best of the Capitol Years: 1995-2007," which covers all the basic American singles (the band was always bigger overseas), plus a few unexpected additions.
Free downloads: Broken Social Scene, Willie Nelson, Vampire Weekend; Dandy Warhols streams