Free Music in July: Miner, Last American Buffalo, HOTT MT and More

How does an Angeleno beat the July heat? Head out to one of these (mostly) free music residencies.

How does an Angeleno beat the July heat? Head out to one of these (mostly) free shows for drinks, music, and (in most cases) air conditioning. Here’s what’s available at residency night shows during July 2013:

HOTT MT (July 1, 8, 15 and 22 at the Echo)

In addition to playing free gigs all month, HOTT MT will also be giving away freebies—like links to videos (accessible only with a password) and new songs—to those who attend. The band’s biggest success to date was getting Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips to guest on one of their songs after they showed up, unannounced, on his doorstep.

Think: Post-shoegaze pop that retains the emotional distance of My Bloody Valentine while stripping away the ear-splitting distortion

Listen: via Soundcloud

MT OSSA (July 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the Echo)

For the fivesome, this week’s residency performance will only be their second-biggest gig; MT OSSA will open for Todd Rundgren (of “Bang the Drum All Day” fame) in Orange County on July 8. The band’s newest album, Homework Machine, can be streamed in its entirety on Soundcloud.

Think: Sepia-toned surf rock via Hall and Oates

Listen: via Soundcloud

Last American Buffalo (July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Satellite)

The band last went into residence at Hollywood bar Harvard & Stone in September of 2012. Since then, it has been at work on a new album that was originally slated for July. It also added singer and guitarist Bryce Wayt to its lineup in late April.

Think: Blues rock that’s perfect for driving across the Oklahoma panhandle in a barely-functional Cadillac

Listen: via BandCamp

Miner (July 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Bootleg Bar)

The husband-and-wife duo of Justin and Kate Miner, along with friends and relatives, played the taste-making School Night party at Bardot on April 1 this year along with a gig at San Francisco’s Noise Pop Festival. It’s a lot for a group that played its first live show in October of 2012.

Think: The folk-rock Mumford and Sons coupled with the exuberance of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Listen: via Soundcloud

The Absolute (July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 at the Silverlake Lounge)

From September through December of last year, the L.A.-based septet released one song per month while frequently playing local clubs (El Cid, Good Hurt, etc.). Expect more sweet vocal harmonies and Beach Boys-esque indie pop.

Think: Modern indie-rock with the drama of Queen

Listen: via BandCamp

Michael Van London (July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Redwood Bar)

Between being featured on the soundtrack to the indie film Struck by Lightning and writing new material Van London had a busy spring. His latest single, “Baby I’m Here For You,” features Gretchen Bonaduce (Danny Bonaduce wife #2 for those keeping track).

Think: Jangly indie pop halfway between the roadhouse and the coffeehouse

Listen: via Soundcloud

Stanton Moore (July 3, 10, 27, 24 and 31 at The Mint)

The founding drummer of New Orleans jazz-funk band Galactic, Moore has also released solo albums and collaborated with Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, among others. Along with five performances throughout the month, Moore will be running pre-show drumming clinics covering a different theme each week. (NOTE: Tickets for the shows are $18 each.)

Think: The backbeat of the Big Easy

Listen: via MySpace