Andrew Poitras is a contributing writer for Diffuser.fm responsible for artist-liaising, harmless dirt-digging and the daily Free Music Downloads column. His extensive experience in and around the live performance industry paired well with his love for language and served as a natural segue into music journalism. Andrew is a Minneapolis transplant living in Brooklyn.
Ogre Smash Death Boom, ‘Pulled In Tight’ – Free MP3 Download
Ogre Smash Death Boom's misleading, albeit fantastic, name had us thinking we were in for some aggressive, dark, perhaps cynical or sarcastic hardcore punk.
Art Decade, ‘Breeze’ – Free MP3 Download
Boston cross-genre darlings Art Decade are celebrating the release of their cinematic debut full-length, 'Western Sunrise.'
Crown Point, ‘Curtains Drawn’ – Free MP3 Download
Crown Point, rising stars of Portland's 2013's alt-rock scene, are giving a new meaning to the term "road dog" with their record-breaking itinerary.
Super Water Sympathy, ‘Sunday School Dress’ – Free MP3 Download
Pioneers of their own "water pop" genre, Louisiana's Super Water Sympathy "synthesize classic symphonic ambience with modern rock’n’roll anthems" for a humble indie-pop sound that still seems majestic at times, ready to fill th…
Six60, ‘Run For It’ – Free MP3 Download
New Zealand soul-fusion powerhouse Six60 bring us 'Run For It,' a single recently endorsed by ESPN. The group, which brings its impressive live show to SXSW this year, blends soul, rock, roots and EDM. It's led by a fantastic vocalist whose style evokes Motown artists of the past.
Chalk and Numbers, ‘Boy’ – Free MP3 Download
Classic pop duo Chalk and Numbers are vinyl-dream-dazed escapist doo-wop at its finest.
Climactic, ‘Of Musk & Rut’ – Free MP3 Download
In a city known for aggressive music and deadly subzero temperatures, Climactic hold high the torch passed down from Anal Blast, With Dead Hands Rising and Martyr AD.
Beer City Hearts, ‘Turn the Radio Up’ – Free MP3 Download
Milwaukee's Beer City Hearts are "a rock 'n' roll band with some pretty simple influences."
The March Divide, ‘Jose Cuervo’ – Free MP3 Download
With the March Divide's epidemically catchy single 'Jose Cuervo,' Dead Letter Records maintain their reputation as champions of the most American of Americana and rock.
Five Stories Unfold, ‘I Can Be Anything’ – Free MP3 Download
Minnesota newcomers Five Stories Unfold have thrown their hat into the ring of aggressive pop acts rising in the ranks all around the Twin Cities.
Nick Moran, ‘Who We Are’ – Free MP3 Download
Enthusiastic multi-instrumentalist Nick Moran teases his debut album with the title track, 'Who We Are.'
PhaseOne, ‘It’s Not Forever’ – Free MP3 Download
Phaseone, a talented producer operating loosely in the worlds of trance and dubstep, experiments with a lyrical focus on 'It's Not Forever.'
Gentlemen Hall ‘Sail Into the Sun’ – Free MP3 Download
Gentlemen Hall are everything we love about Passion Pit, Matt and Kim, and Youngblood Hawke, all rolled into one way-too-much-fun synth-y sextet.
1985, ‘Everything’s Perfect’ – Free MP3 Download
After a contract from Hollywood Records and a placement on ESPN landed them generous international media attention, New York's 1985 are still on a winning streak. Keeping the momentum going, the guys just dropped the appropriately themed single 'Everything's Perfect' to rapid cri…
Professor Possessor, ‘Cold Steps’ – Free MP3 Download
This band is the s---. Seriously.
Sean Anonymous, ‘Alright’ – Free MP3 Download
Minneapolis MC Sean Anonymous, a boisterous performer of '90s-inspired party rap, appeals to an array of subculture devotees ranging from fest-going new-age bohemians to members of the fraternal order of loyal hip-hop heads.
My Lady Four, ‘I Am My Own Keeper…’ – Free MP3 Download
Minneapolis rock mainstays My Lady Four are celebrating their return.
5FingaDisKount, ‘The Raunch’ – Free MP3 Download
We're still trying to figure out whether 5FingaDisKount is an alter ego -- one of Nicholas Freeman's multiple personalities -- or a fully realized hip-hop stage persona.
Bryce Midas, ‘Lady of the Lake’ – Free MP3 Download
Just as it should, veteran singer-songwriter Bryce Midas' catalog reads like a living narrative, an autobiography in the making. In this melodious chapter, Midas gets married.
Sonny, ‘Cat Nap’ – Free MP3 Download
Sonny is the new kid on the block.