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10 Free Live Albums Featuring Radiohead, Folk, Rock & Jazz [Sound Sunday]

Tina Sieber 30-06-2013

free musicJust in time for this week’s edition of Sound Sunday, Radiohead have released a live recording of their 1995 show at New York City’s Tramps via Noise Trade. All album tips will be donated to Amnesty International. Radiohead’s epic recording is accompanied by folk, rock, and some fascinating live jazz and improv albums.


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Sing It Fwd – #SingItFwd 2013 – Live @ The Vogue Theater

Genre: acoustic, indie, pop, rock

From the album page: “On January 10, 2013 The Vogue Theatre in Vancouver hosted an evening of acoustic performances featuring nine of Vancouver’s top artists/bands. The show raised funds and awareness for the Saint James Music Academy; a music school providing lessons and substantial after school care for kids on the downtown east side of the city. (…) 100% of this initiative has been donated by people like you. Please pay what can for the album and thank you for helping us pass it on.”

#SingItFwd 2013 – Live @ The Vogue Theater is a name your price download from Bandcamp.


EP: Benny Tipene – Tummy Demo Live

Genre: acoustic, indie, folk, pop

Benny Tipene is a singer songwriter from New Zealand. This live demo is a beautiful acoustic set of Benny playing beautiful folk songs supported by his guitar. Also check out his Facebook page for some fun updates.

Tummy Demo Live is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Blue Stones – The Blue Stones Special Edition: Live Off The Floor

Genre: alternative, blues, rock, soul, garage rock


From the album page: “This album contains tracks recorded live-in-studio, as well as tracks from the original “The Blue Stones” EP. All tracks were recorded “Live Off The Floor” and are unaltered and unedited with the intention of showcasing The Blue Stones’ live appeal.”

The Blue Stones Special Edition: Live Off The Floor is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Wight – Live auf 603qm

Genre: live, psychedelic, rock

From their Facebook page: “The world is a fast moving place, fraight with haste and impatience. Wouldn’t it be nice, if at least occasionally the rotation of this earth would decelerate? Wight provide a soundtrack for this: with playful, atmospherical slow-motion tunes they celebrate an
authentic black sabbath which makes even the beelzebub himself turn trippy-psychedelic. Just like a cathedral, their epic sound rises aloft.”


Live auf 603qm/em> is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Radiohead – Live at Tramps June 1, 1995

Genre: alternative, experimental, rock

All tips of this album go to Amnesty International!

From the album page: “Recorded at New York City’s Tramps just three months after the release of their second album, The Bends, this exclusive concert sees Radiohead beginning to push the sonic envelope. Still two years prior to the group’s international breakthrough OK Computer, the performance captures a more straighforward Radiohead, the very moment the band was beginning to not only break ground in America, but singer and songwriter Thom Yorke was finding the more cryptic and expressive voice that would become the hallmark of the bands later releases. As such, this high-quality recording is a demonstration of Radiohead at their full rock & roll powers.”


Live at Tramps June 1, 1995 is a free download from NoiseTrade.

Indelible Grace – The Hymn Sing Live in Nashville [No Longer Available]

Genre: americana, folk, rock

From the album page: “In 2010 Indelible Grace played a historic live Hymn Sing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. This is the recording of that special night. We have also included 2 bonus tracks previously only available to kickstarter backers of our 8th CD Joy Beyond The Sorrow: Indelible Grace VI.”

The Hymn Sing Live in Nashville is a free download from NoiseTrade.

EP: Part-Time Heroes – Live at the Jazz Café 2012

Genre: cinematic, electronic, soul, jazz, downtempo

From their Facebook page: “Since releasing their debut LP “Meanwhile..” with Wah Wah 45s in 2008, Ross Wakefield and Toby Vane have given up their day jobs and immersed themselves in the world of music. Shop assistant and sandwich boy no longer, the pair toured their first album, and the remix project that followed, extensively, most notably in Japan where the Heroes have garnered a hefty underground following.”

Live at the Jazz Café 2012 is a free download from Bandcamp.

EP: Sikiyadigo – Live from Schuba’s December 2012

Genre: alternative, funk, jazz, post-rock

From the band page: “Sikiyadigo was created in the end of 2012 with Rob Fletcher on Drums, Lane Beckstrom on bass and vocals, and Macie Stewart on keys and vocals. The group is Chicago based and the members are also in various other bands around the city.”

Live from Schuba’s December 2012 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

EP: Roller Trio – Live at Jazz in the Round

Genre: jazz, rock, improv

From their Facebook page: “[Roller Trio’s] music is a fresh, visceral stew of conventional and experimental sounds that features stonking riffs, thrashy noise, evocative songs and electronic soundscapes. Incubated in mammoth improvisation sessions and honed in local gigs, their music is delivered with a captivating swagger and greedy energy that is utterly beguiling and packs a hook-laden punch.”

Live at Jazz in the Round is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Lucid Live Records – Spirit of Mingus

Genre: jazz

This live album was recorded on April 17, 2009 at LUCID Jazz Lounge in Seattle, Washington. The six piece jazz orchester includes a trumpet, alto sax, trombone, piano, bass, and drums. Note that the four tracks last for almost an hour, hence this is not an EP.

Spirit of Mingus is a free download from Bandcamp.

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