Many musicians, at multiple levels of the industry, are having trouble thanks to the spread of COVID-19. Be it acts with national or regional renown that have seen tours cut short or canceled all together, or locally anchored performers who are losing reliable revenue from regular bar gigs.
As it has since April, Bandcamp is looking to help — and to keep flowing the musical lifeblood that makes its hybrid streaming and album-buying model possible while the artists who produce it are struggling. From midnight to midnight Pacific Time (3 a.m. to 3 a.m. on the East Coast) on the first Friday of August (which is this Friday), the site will again waive its share of profits, giving all money spent directly to the parties responsible for the work.
And it will continue to do so on the first Friday of each month through the end of 2020.
To help you inject a little (or a lot) of local love into your spending on this charitable day, Free Times has collected some recent articles reviewing or featuring standout local records — from the 2019 edition of our Best of South Carolina Music poll to some highlights from 2020.
And following Bandcamp's lead, we've taken down the paywall on these stories, so you can read about the records without needing an online subscription. Hopefully some of them will make fine additions to your self-isolation soundtracks.