Perhaps everything is free in the age of downloading, but more and more artists are releasing music free of charge. Or, rather, free of the idea of initially charging for music. Though it’s a tough environment for musicians to try and make a living, some artists—such as Brooklyn hip-hop duo Das Racist—have built and broadened their audience because of their free tunes.
I loved making my “best free albums” list for True/Slant last year, and I’m happy to continue doing it for PopMatters this year. Enjoy.