Thought it would be fun to have a thread for music fans to post songs, albums, or concerts that artists have made available for free download online.  


I'll start the thread with the 2011 concert that Josh Ritter recently made available for free download on



(EDITORS NOTE: If you are an artist wanting to post your music on the site please post it on this discussion thread rather than here.


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Replies to This Discussion is offering a free CMT.Edge sampler which includes tracks by Jason Isbell, Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, Robert Ellis, Corb Lund, Charlie Mars, Trampled By Turtles, etc.:

I'm always looking for free and legal (and high quality) downloads of all styles of music. Here's a download from NPR of 100 bands playing at this year's SXSW festival. It's available through April 1 2013 :

The music is mainly indie rock but there's some other stuff as well.

Here's NPR's site for free downloads of concerts they've recorded. All styles of music - jazz, folk, rock, electronica. The stuff I've listened to is very high quality.;...

Please suggest other sites for free and legal downloads!

NPR's All Songs Considered is a terrific music site.

There are literally hundreds of songs of all kinds to download free and legally from New York public radio station WNYC. There's blues, bluegrass, alt rock, jazz, classical, weird stuff, etc.

Check it out!

Thanks for the link, some good music here!

The inner Dead head in you might be interested in this site that features free and legal downloads of live shows by thousands of bands you've never heard of and a number you have heard of.  I can't attest to quality, although the ones I've listened to have been very good.  I came across a number of soundboard recordings too.  Info on recording and processing devices is included, and you can download in Lossless format for higher quality.

Some examples of what is available:

Blues Traveler - 1,070 shows

Donna the Buffalo - 661

Little Feat - 531

Alejandro Escovedo - 128

Jason Mraz - 421

Alabama Shakes - 45

Drive-By Truckers - 667

Mojo Nixon - 3

Del McCoury Band - 223

Derek Trucks Band - 914

Billy Bragg - 71

Radiators - 1,193

John Mayer - 127

Ron Levy - 8

Country Joe McDonald - 15

Maroon 5 - 45

Warren Zevon - 103  (file-sharing permission given by Jordan Zevon)

Spin Doctors - 145

Jefferson Starship - 33

Cowboy Junkies - 303

Bela Fleck & the Flecktones - 398

Grateful Dead - 9,155  (What did you expect?)

Minnesota Public Radio has a "Song of the Day" for free and legal download. They stay up for maybe a week or so, there's quite a few songs available at any given moment. Mostly indie rock.

Free and legal download of Eileen Jewell from Santa Cruz radio station KUSP's in-studio performances.

The archives of the in-studio performances are listen-only and include Jesse Winchester, Bob Brozman, James McMurtry, Dale Watson, Disappear Fear, Bill Kirchen, and tons more:

NPR has posted some free & legal downloads from last week's SXSW festival.

Full set by Alt-J through the soundboard:

Also a full sets from Waxahatchie and others.

Free and legal bluegrass album, featuring Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, others.

The new David Byrne & St. Vincent EP is legally available for free download here:



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