Animal Tropical/John Hancock In-Store Tuesday + FREE EP!

It’s the first week of January and we’re already right on track with some great in-store events coming up!

This Tuesday, come to Sweat for live performances by ANIMAL TROPICAL + JOHN HANCOCK of ANR!

Animal Tropical are formerly the Down Home Southernaires and formerly Pygmy before that.  These sharply dressed and talented gentlemen’s most recent EP “Doom Years” is a store favorite and in our opinion one of the best releases this year, local or otherwise.  Read more below…  We’ve got the disc at Sweat for a fiver, but the band were generous enough to offer it for FREE through the Sweat site this week!  Click the link to download the excellent 6-track EP in high quality MP3s:

Download: Animal Tropical “Doom Years” EP

John Hancock is the voice, the guitar, sometimes the drums and the songwriting core of ANR.  His ever-expending solo material runs the gamut from experimental world pop beats to fuzzy American punk rock to soulful Prince-worthy ballads.  We don’t know precisely what he’ll play Tuesday, but we know it’ll be good.

No cover, starts at 8.30pm at Sweat – see you there!


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New Local Music: Black Bobby “Phat Kid Tendencies”

TONS of awesome new releases have been emerging from right in our backyard.  We’re going to be turning you on to as many of them as possible in the next few weeks.  This one you don’t even have to buy…

BLACK BOBBY is the alias of Miami-based MC Larry Harris, Jr.  Originally from DC, this Harvard grad was about to start running for seats but realized his calling was to run rhymes and move seats!  He’s all about preserving the original spirit of hip hop – his album has no grandstanding foolishness, no bling-worship, and no features – it’s just one man rapping right over some classic beats and reminding you what hip hop is all about.

Start listening here and read more below:

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Local Music Debut: JESP’s “Heart Rhythm”

Time to welcome another great local release: JESP is the solo alter-ego of musician Joseph Espinoza, former lead singer of the late Miami band Outereach, and we’re debuting his brand new record right here! JESP’s first full-length album “Heart Rhythm” is straight-ahead electronic pop with a definite retro-rock slant, aptly described by the New Times …

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New Local Release: Teepee “Morals” LP

Fresh to the record bins at Sweat Records is a great new local release!  Teepee is the musical nom de plume of Eric Lopez-Zareno.  He delves into musical territories ranging from “synth-pop/punk foolery” to “outsider/drone/free improvisation”. Each Teepee performance is different too – when he played at Fridays at The Vagabond last February I walked …

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Free Local Tunes: Download ANR’s “Rational Geographic Vol. II”

The epic trilogy continues! Today, the second part of Awesome New Republic’s “Rational Geographic” series is available to download COMPLETELY FREE. Just surf over to ANR’s site and grab the whole thing.  We got a sneak preview a few weeks ago and there are some seriously great songs on there, equally suitable for headphone listening, …

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Free Local Tunes: Surfer Blood

In anticipation of their set at this week’s Friday at The Vagabond, we’re giving away a track by West Palm Beach’s SURFER BLOOD!  Their name is a perfect fit, as they’ve got a real Beach Boys-y summertime sound, but with something darker lurking beneath the surface… Download the track below, hear more on their myspace, …

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Free Local Tunes: Afrobeta Mixtape!

Howdy Sweaters, We’re continuing with our promise to give you FREE local music with an exciting promo-only release!  Afrobeta are one of the most requested local artists at Sweat Records, but they don’t have a physical release…yet.  In the meantime, you can download the Afrobeta “2009 Mixtape” – a 13-minute mix featuring chill versions of …

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ANR Release Party Friday at The Vagabond + FREE MP3s!

At long last, AWESOME NEW REPUBLIC are back, better than ever, and dropping a ridiculously good new EP!  “Rational Geographic Vol.1” has operatic dance hits, upbeat soul jams, thumping acoustic ballads and their live favorite/ode to Miami – “Magic City” – finally available for home listening! We have the physical release at Sweat Records, but …

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