Ri¢hie, Night Games
"Sweet Baby" Richie Kirkpatrick and his world-class, tongue-in-cheek rock 'n' roll outfit Ri¢hie will drop their debut full-length Night Games before long, but for the next (approximately) 36 hours, you can stream the whole damn thing above or via Kirkpatrick's Soundcloud page. As you might expect if you've caught Ri¢hie's live show over the past several months, the long-player is packed with ballsy, bombastic and mirthful cock-rocking party anthems about animal print and playing night basketball — real shit, Southern shit — with a bit more 1984-era Van Halen synth action going on than I'd anticipated. Dip in before the free Night Games stream expires.
The Joy of Painting, "Donchu Wanna"
Garage-pop outfit The Joy of Painting will release their Tender Age on May 21, and in advance of that they're offering up a free download of the lead-off single "Donchu Wanna." It's an urgent and upbeat two-minute blast of youthful power-pop. "Donchu wanna get married at 23," asks frontman Garreth Spinn. "Seal our fate for eternity, and lock up my beating heart in a cage?" No! I donchu wanna! Nice little tune, and I look forward to the rest of the record. Stream "Donchu" above, or download it for free at The Joy of Painting's Bandcamp page.
Hotpipes, "For Cowboy"
As recently noted, long-thought-defunct local indie-rock troupe Hotpipes will release their comeback album Dust on May 7 (with a release show at Mercy Lounge on May 11, I might add). And hey, would you look at that? Hotpipes are offering the tune "For Cowboy" for free download at their Bandcamp page. With harmonica, layers of keys, fervent percussion, spirited backing vocals and frontman Jonathan Rogers' big ol' voice leading the charge, "For Cowboy" is just the sort of kitchen-sink pop that made Hotpipes such beloved local-rock-scene fixtures for so many years. Stream it above.
Kink Ador, "Sunshine"
Poppy alt-rockers Kink Ador will release their Free World later this year, but they already have a new number by the name of "Sunshine." It's a shiny, suitably titled dose of seasonal feel-goodery that sounds like it jumped straight out of an MTV Real World ad, and you can stream it above or at KA's Soundcloud page. "Sunshine!" belts Kink Ador frontlady Sharon Koltick over a gleaming punk-pop chorus. "Summer's never over."
Yumzah! is the kids-music project of local funnyman Steve Lee, who according to culture editor and cool dad Steve Haruch, has a "joyfully odd and uplifting imagination." Every Saturday morning throughout April, Lee and his pals Gabe Dixon and Leigh "Sixpence None the Richer" Nash will be bringing their tunes to the youngsters at Bongo After Hours Theatre. Yumzah!'s brand-new album Freebie features a slew of feel-good, genre-hopping, lesson-teaching pop numbers perfect for your toddler. And it will probably make non-toddler-toting cynics smile in spite of themselves. It's just about as cute as can be, honestly, and it's all about recycling being good and bullies being bad and so forth. Stream it above, or buy it for any price you like at Yumzah!'s Bandcamp page.