Kick Off March with Bandcamp Friday

It's the first Friday of the month and it's another Bandcamp Friday!

Things have certainly changed since Bandcamp first announced their initiative to help bands affected by the pandemic shutting down touring by waiving fees and letting more money flow to the artists. The company went from being it's own entity to being acquired by Epic Games. During that time things felt uncertain but things kept going along seemingly swimmingly. The Bandcamp employees decided to unionize and for while it felt like any changes being made were for the better.

However last year things got very complicated. The majority of the editorial staff (and many more across the entire company) were let go and Bandcamp found itself under new ownership again; this time sold to Songtradr. The Epic Games acquisition brought uncertainty, the Songtradr ownership feels ever more obscure. Their decision not to acknowledge the Bandcamp Union and their virtual lack of support of this final Bandcamp Friday is fairly telling. The company markets itself as a music licensing and sonic branding company, which is important to making money as an artist, but has the air of only caring about music as a sterile product to be repackaged and sold.

While this initiative is fantastic, this is the final announced Bandcamp Friday. So remember to support your favorite bands by going to shows or purchasing from bands directly. While the future is as hazy and scary as ever for Bandcamp, they have been a good platform as at one point an average of 83% of your money reaches the artist/label (after payment processor fees).

Bandcamp Friday will be happening today March 1 until midnight PDT. If you’re unsure what time it all ends in your timezone, check for exactly how much time you have left to jump in on the sales effort.

We also recommend you check out some of the great compilations!

Now let’s get to the bands!

bnny - photo by Julian Ramirez
Brenda's Friend. Photo by Andrew Lagunas.
Circuit des Yeux. Photo by Julian Ramirez.
Divino Niño. Photo by Andrew Lagunas.
Fauvely. Photo by Julian Ramirez.
Free Range. Photo by Julian Ramirez.
  • Free Range is set to release their debut album Growing Away later this month! Sofia Jensen voice and songwriting are incredible and you need to listen to them as soon as you possibly can!
  • Friko
  • Gal Gun – I first saw Gal Gun perform at a living room show four years ago and their latest album Critical Hit is fantastic!
  • Ganser – Need some downright incredible rock music to pulse through your veins? Look no further than Ganser’s exhilarating sound, especially right now since their newest album Just Look at That Sky is out now! Let yourself melt into Alicia Gaines’ range of confident vocals and snarls and the band’s raw post-punk surge. The first pressing of their album is sold out, but the second pressing (on an even cooler color vinyl) is available now! And they released a new set of songs Nothing You Do Matters!
  • Girl K – You can’t get much better than Katherine Patino’s excellent project! Check out our review of their set with Charly Bliss from TNK!
  • Glad Rags
  • Good Fuck is experimental madness from Tim Kinsella and Jenny Pulse. To put it simple, it’s fucking good.
  • The Glow Ups Chicago-based, punk rock trio features Mike Licari (Bass/Vocals), Kevin De Leon (Drums), and Brian Perfect (Guitar/Vocals). After a series of three separately released singles, the band officially released its debut album, Take Your Tapas Off, on April 27, 2020. Accompanied by the band’s “down to earth” nature, their songs take you on a voyage of pop-punk nostalgia. They hold the central theme of “not having to impress anybody” and you witness this in their lyrical storytelling—comprising real-life stories and experiences.
  • Glitter Moneyyy – Need some sexy, raunchy goodness in your music? Look no further than this amazing duo!
  • Chris Greene Quartet‘s last album PlaySPACE, which was recorded live at Evanston SPACE, is one of my favorites and a great introduction to this fantastic jazz band.
  • Jason Griff
  • Half Gringa has a new EP out right now! Ancestral Home is giving you some much needed new tunes from Isabel Olive!
  • Heavee
  • The Hecks – Great local band balancing angular post-punk and catchy synth rock, with an awesome live show to boot.
  • Ivy Hollivana
  • Hollyy
  • Honey Cellar
Horsegirl. Photo by Kate Scott.
KAINA. Photo by Andrew Lagunas.
Lifeguard - Photo by Julian Ramirez
Miranda Winter. Photo by Julian Ramirez.
Nora O'Connor. Photo by Julian Ramirez.
Replicant. Photo by Julian Ramirez.
Macie Stewart. Photo By Julian Ramirez.
Tenci. Photo by Julian Ramirez.
V.V. Lightbody. Photo by Julian Ramirez.

Also let’s not forget these incredible local labels.

There are plenty of other great bands on Bandcamp, so take a look around and discover something new! If you have any recommendations, comment below and spread the love because everybody needs it right now.

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