Apparently August has been renamed "Give Away Your Awesome Music For Free!" month, because the Internet is teeming with free streaming music. I know this happens all the time (MySpace, Facebook,Bandcamp, blah blah blah), but right now, that music actually good, and most of it is coming courtesy of NPR. A few examples:
The Thermals' Personal Life, which Reverb's Erin Thompson say "has all the heart of the band's best album, 2006's The Body, the Blood, the Machine."