Listen: Gambit's free music Friday

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Empress Hotels Micah McKee and Ryan Rogers
  • Empress Hotel's Micah McKee and Ryan Rogers

Tomorrow, the Backbeat Foundation hosts its "Export NOLA" showcase at Austin's South by Southwest, where Texas will get a taste of some homebrew bands and artists. Featured bands include Big Sam's Funky Nation, MyNameIsJohnMichael, Cliff Hines and Sasha Masakowski, Mia Borders, and Empress Hotel.

Empress Hotel's four-song Daytrotter session is available for free download on the Daytrotter website. The Park the Van hires recorded the tracks earlier this month. It's springtime: Blast it with windows down.

Sasha Masakowski and Musical Playground's gorgeous new album Wishes is out now on Hypersoul Records. Stream some of her tracks on her website.

As for shows outside of Austin this weekend: Des Ark, Pygmy Lush, Screaming Females and Thou take over Euclid Records at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Sterling, Va.'s Pygmy Lush's journey from hardcore punk circles into sprawling, haunting southern Gothic folk brings them to their latest, "Yellow Hall" (stream here). The band's on tour with Des Ark, a band seemingly always on tour (for a decade, at least). Download "Jesus Loves You But You're Still Coming Home" here.

Screaming Females, buzz-worthy riff-destroying '90s powerpop from New Brunswick basements, has reduced its past New Orleans shows to tiny shreds. Stream Castle Talk on the band's Facebook here. And Louisiana's Thou has made dozens of its tracks available for free here.

More music after the jump:

A bunch of new stuff from Curren$y's crew in the Jets Fool world: Trademark the Skydiver's "Commited," Sir Michael Rocks' The Rock Report, and Fiend's The Sweetest Hangover — all for free.

Community Records reached its Kickstarter.com goal this week for the 2011 Block Party (and its DVD) to be held April 16 outside 3 Ring Circus' The Big Top (1638 Clio St.) Grab a free sampler of the more than 20 bands playing the annual event.

Also in the Community family, Sun Hotel released Tapes on Chinquapin Records. Download it here.

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