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MP3 At 3PM: The Myrrors

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Arizona psychedelic outfit the Myrrors ready for the release of their latest album, Arena Negra, due out March 24 via Beyond Beyond Is Beyond Records. Now they offer hazy new single “Juanito Laguna” for free download. The trippy track drones into desert-rock territory but never abandons the smooth, calm flow. Download “Juanito Laguna” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: This Way To The EGRESS

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Described as “gypsy jazz,” Bethlehem, Pa.’s This Way To The EGRESS uses European musical styles to form a sound of its own and now readies for the release of latest album Great Balancing Act, due out May 19. Until then, the band offers “We Won’t Go” for free download. Sounding like a drunk klezmer group, This Way To The EGRESS is comprised of many different unique instruments, among them a fiddle, an accordion, a six-string banjo and a trombone. Download “We Won’t Go” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Orange Peels

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California rock group the Orange Peels ready for the May 15 release of new album Begin The Begone and offer a new track for free download. “Head Cleaner” is a blast from the past, calling back to the gods of ’60s and ’70s soft rock for their base and adding layered electronics to beef it up. We are proud to premiere “Head Cleaner” today on magnetmagazine.com. Download it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Afternoons

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L.A.’s Hands have remixed “Say Yes,” a song by fellow Angelenos and orchestral-pop rockers Afternoons. The song is now available for free download. The atmospheric track is groovy and doesn’t go too crazy on the synths. It’s a well-done remix that captures the spirit of the original but shows how the band put its own spin on things. Download “Say Yes” below.

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Normal History Vol. 310: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 30-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.

Of all the songs on the new Mecca Normal album I’d say “Between Livermore And Tracy” bears KRAMER’s mark of sonic ingenuity most in its soaring conclusion.

You may recall me writing about my father’s health in late 2012 after he had a series of heart attacks and strokes. “Between Livermore And Tracy” is about leaving for Miami to record the new album while he was still in the hospital with acute delirium.

Not wanting to be a downer, I wasn’t going to tell KRAMER about my father, but a pal of his had already seen my posts on Facebook (where ideas for this column sometimes arrive) so he’d been briefed on my possible state of mind. I was afraid telling KRAMER about my father might make recording too emotional (it’s hard to sing when you’re crying), but, as it turned out, it was all OK. Funny how interacting with other humans can sometimes be such a good idea and at other times, not helpful at all. It’s often difficult to tell which is going to be the better course of action. To stifle or spill.

“Between Livermore And Tracy” is really the first thing we did when we got into the studio. I didn’t set out to explain the situation. It was spontaneously created from my writing at that time. I’d never heard the music David started playing. I added piano as he played guitar, and then I sang, opening up what had been deeply felt. KRAMER added his part at his studio in Fort Lauderdale after we’d flown home, whisking what David and I had created together in a way that has come to symbolize the entirety of the recording project and how writing was very helpful to me while my father was literally not himself. And when I say writing, I mean the readers for whom I write—including myself.

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MP3 At 3PM: The March Divide

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Last year, the March Divide showed the world that emo is back, and now the band continues its trail by releasing the +1 EP, the follow-up to critically acclaimed 2014 album Billions. Sad track “Forward Thinking” is available for free download, and it’s great one. It’s a little more on the rock side overall and more polished than anything, but just as fun and exciting. The March Divide mixes uplifting music with sadder lyrics for an all-around good time. Download “Forward Thinking” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Hard Left

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Not many bands can capture the true spirit of punk, but Hard Left‘s raw brand of straightforward punk comes very close. The band readies for the release of a two-song EP coming out later this year and offers hardcore anthem “Stay True” for free download. In keeping with Hard Left’s open political and ethical views, the song stays true to the attitude these guys are upholding. Download “Stay True” below.

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MP3 At 3PM: The Jaguar Club

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After four years and the Long Distance EP, which was a result of the actual long distance between a few of the members, the Jaguar Club is back and making more music. The band’s newest effort is the six-song Close EP, which will be out March 3, but for now the Jaguar Club offers a free download of first single “Stringer.” It’s an energetic and heavily electronic track, but it’s also calm and atmospheric. We are proud to premiere today on magnetmagazine.com. Download it below.

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MP3 At 3PM: American Culture

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American Culture is keeping american culture alive by living out in the desert at four corners (where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet) and playing a dreamy brand of blissful punk and pop. Now the band offers a new track called “I Wanna Be Your Animal” for free download. The song starts out with raw guitars but develops into something light and ethereal, showing the true talent of these musicians. Download “I Wanna Be Your Animal” for free below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Tree Machines

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Kansas-based duo Tree Machines ready for the release of their self-titled debut EP on March 31 and offer the NSFW-titled song “Fucking Off Today” for free download. The track is emotionally powerful and apathy themed. The guitars are reminiscent of some great post-punk, while the vocals venture into more melodic territory to give the music a unique sound. Download “Fucking Off Today” below.

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