’s RAINN Benefit Album & Fundraising Campaign Official Launch!’s RAINN benefit album & fundraising campaign officially launches this month! Donate $10 (or more) at’s fundraising page to receive your free digital album of for RAINN. This magnificent 25-mp3 album features: Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, My Brightest Diamond, The Mynabirds, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Meursault, Elysian Fields, Pamela Means, Fisher, Catie Curtis, Anielle Reid, Heidi Saperstein, Hannah Fury and poets Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor, and Clementine von Radics.
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Press Release:’s RAINN Benefit Album (Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly, My Brightest Diamond & more!)

Johnette Napolitano, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Poe, Flogging Molly and My Brightest Diamond among artists on’s RAINN benefit album

To celebrate 15 years of sharing great music in July, has partnered with for a fundraising campaign and digital benefit album of music, poetry and art. for RAINN features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, The Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer, My Brightest Diamond, Poe, The Mynabirds, Celtic Punk band Flogging Molly, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Man of Steel‘s Allison Crowe, Nashville songwriter Trent Dabbs, Sandman author Neil Gaiman, YouTube sensation Kevin Kantor and Ted Talker Crystal Good among many other talented musicians, poets and visual artists.

Cover Art by Muruch, Image ©Kate Zambrano

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Introducing Le Thug…

I love Le Thug’s new song, “Basketball Land.” This is what I mean when I say a song is “atmospheric” – it has a particularly powerful, chill-producing, mood-affecting ambience.

The Glasgow band/trio is comprised of vocalist Cleo Alexander, guitarist Michael Gilfedder and keyboardist Dan McColgan. They’ve made occasional waves among the Scottish music blogs, but haven’t received much support on this side of the pond yet. I hope that’s about to change.

Le Thug came to my attention from our pal Song, By Toad, who recalled “the stunned silence in the room once they’d finished their songs. Cleo’s voice is absolutely gorgeous and the way it cut through the wall of noise made by the guitar and keys left us all a bit gob-smacked.” Same here!

Le Thug’s new Place Is EP will be released in digital and vinyl formats on February 16th. The EP available for pre-order at Song, By Toad Records.

Le Thug – Basketball Land from Song, by Toad on Vimeo.

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Meursalt: Live in London in November

Scottish band and Song, By Toad favorite, Meursalt, will perform live at London’s Islington Assembly Hall on Tuesday, November 6th. The band will be accompanied by a full string section called The Pumpkin Seeds. Rob St. John and Withered Hand will also perform. Sounds like a very cool concert to me. Check out the flyer, hear a live version of the new song “Hole” and buy tickets below.

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Lil Daggers: New Album & Mp3!

Lil Daggers will release their debut self-titled album via Song, by Toad Records on December 5th. Song, By Toad and I may rarely agree on music, but when we do, we most certainly do. I don’t usually quote PR emails directly, but Matthew’s description of this Lil Daggers album sums up my feelings exactly: “It’s dirty and scuzzy, with elements of psychedelia and garage.” In other words, it’s a good time. You can download a free, legal mp3 of the album’s first single, “Dada Brown,” below…

Lil Daggers – Dada Brown (mp3 expired)*

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of label

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