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Funky and Free for download on Bandcamp


Here at The Arbiter we know that there just aren’t enough funds for everything. Sometimes it’s hard to make the decision between eating a healthy amount of food and getting the new album by your favorite musical artist. We’ve all been there. Although we can’t give you a way to download your favorite bands for free, here are a couple of bands that are good and free for download currently.


Songs For Moms – melodic rock


A good mix of punk rock, indie, and I dare say, a little country, Songs For Moms suits the melodic rock hungry, and those who seek less sugarcoating in their lyrics. The trio of girls who make up Songs For Moms currently live in Oakland, California, and know how to keep a steady interesting beat. Favorite Track: “All The Girls Here”


Little Sur – indie folk


With decent quality, fairly upbeat indie folk, it’s a little surprising Little Sur isn’t selling their music for more. It may be because their longest album has a total of six songs which is less than half the number of musicians they feature in some of their songs. For those who favor a banjo, we recommend pressing play. Favorite Track: “Continental Love Song”


Ish and Artwork  alternative folk rock


With a two sentence biography and a Facebook page with a single like, Ish and Artwork is what seems to be underrated internally and externally.


The artist behind the beauty is Kyle Thornhill, who respectfully states in his Ish and Artwork (full length) album that he just hopes, “you enjoy the album and thanks for


Although all his singles are ambient wonders, “Recycling Bin” and “Happy Birthday, I Miss You” are pure sound vibration gold. Nothing can be said for his two albums excluding the suggestion listen and let your daydreams overtake you. Favorite Track: “Heart Like Mine” (single)


Iron Chic – punk rock


With some killer merch and a tour running from Feb. 21 to April 12 with only two days off in between, Iron Chic is really making a name for itself. Suiting its self-pronounced genre punk rock, Iron Chic keeps its beat strong, and its lyrics stronger.


Favorite track: “In One Ear”


Isle of Pine- acoustic alternative


Inconsistent, somber, thoughtful, and strange, Isle of Pine has almost too much in common with Boise’s recent weather. Replacing a bio picture, the artists uploaded a typed poem.


“Although…And Farther Away” is probably their safest album with consistent static adorning the back noise of all the songs, various other songs strung throughout their other collections are fantastic.


Favorite Track: “1 (Maine)”


Amor Elefante – Pop Rock

Once you get past the intro, Amor Elefante has a little something for everyone with catchy songs like “Merienda Mucho” and “Hoy es Hermano”.

The three band members live in Buenos Aires,  Argentina and, as one can assume, their songs are all sung in Spanish.

Their second album, Parque Minaque, has more of a classic rock sound with slower beats and an added piano in some songs.

Favorite Track: “Merienda Mucho.”

About Patricia Bowen (225 Articles)
Patricia Bowen is a creative writing student extraordinaire at Boise State University. Her unpaid internship experience is immense and includes a summer internship with Semilla Nueva, The Cabin, Boise Weekly and a semester internship with The Ahsahta Press. Currently Patricia works as Managing Editor for the Arbiter. While she continues into her junior year of college she plans to write more poetry about the spider infestation in her room and drink too much coffee.

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