iTMS: Free Tuesday
by Erica Sadun
US: Lonely Train by Black Stone Cherry
This isn't your grandmother's grunge. Black Stone Cherry have all the creeping dread of Alice in Chains, but the powerhouse band turns the music into a pummeling mixture of speed metal and classic rock. "Lonely Train" is our free Single of the Week.
US: You're My Kind by Elektrochemie
With Thomas Schumacher and Stephan Bodzin churning out an infallible tech-house background groove and Australian vocalist Caitlin Devlin on the microphone, Elektrochemie carve out their own icy, robotic synth pop on our free Discovery Download. Cold, crisp, and precise, "You're My Kind" is a cry for emotion from deep within the dark recesses of the machine. Following on the heels of last year's "Pleasure Seeker" single, this track is yet another winner for the Get Physical label.
Australia:Yesterday by 78 from Home
When a band has three guitarists, you know it doesn't do things by halves. 78 from Home embrace the whole rock 'n' roll lifestyle: the attitude, the chicks, the rider, and the pants that would be inappropriate in any other occupation. The Melbourne group brings back the adrenalin of hard rock with a tunefulness that keeps the music completely relevant. Make plenty of room in your collection for our free Single of the Week.
Canada: Who Taught You to Live Like That? by Sloan
A very special Single of the Week comes courtesy from the veritable Canadian institution of power pop known as Sloan. "Who Taught You to Live Like That?" is available exclusively on iTunes this week. Next week, the rest of Canada will discover what you will already know - Sloan's newest track has a glam-rock stomp and huge chorus that you will not be able to get out of your head. Sloooooooooan!
UK: Not One Bit Ashamed by King Creosote
Honing his songwriting over a series of self-released CD-Rs, King Creosote drops us a sublime Single of the Week in the form of "Not One Bit Ashamed". If you're looking for pretension or glamour, then the surreal folk troubadour's maudlin pop might leave you befuddled at best. But for those interested in finding the lucid beauty within the everyday, Creosote delivers the goods by the barrelful.
France: My Delusions by Ampop
Reykjavik a désormais son groupe pop au romantisme façon Coldplay, aux vapeurs type Sigur Ros et aux mélodies tendances Keane... qui après avoir passé la moitié de l’année dans l’obscurité la plus totale s’apprête enfin à sortir au grand jour. Ampop, trio venu du froid, rafraîchit la scène pop avec son nouvel album, My delusions, déjà disque d’or en Islande, faisant suite à Made For Market, considéré par la critique comme le meilleur album islandais de 2003. Leurs nouveaux singles « My Delusions » et « Don’t Let Me Down » sont à leur tour devenus des incontournables des ondes au pays de Björk.