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Folkadelphia Session: Joan Shelley

Courtesy of the artist.
Courtesy of the artist.

At the time of writing this post and airing this session, we’re on the verge of receiving one of the best record of 2015. It’s subtle, wholly beautiful, and a work of art in playing and songwriting. Soon we’ll have Joan Shelley‘s Over and Even to add to whatever “best of lists” you’re concocting (NPR has caught on and is streaming it in advance).

In honor of the release, we present our latest Folkadelphia Session, recorded at the WXPN Studio with Joan Shelley, Nathan Salsburg, and Glen Dentinger. To this day, I’m surprised at how powerful and emotional a performance can be when the musicians have that certain chemistry. Rare to find, but clear when beheld. This trio has it and they take the songs of Over and Even to an even more enjoyable and wonderful place.

You have the chance to see it all live in Philadelphia this Sunday, September 6th at World Cafe Live when Folkadelphia presents Joan Shelley and acclaimed local harpist Mary Lattimore (who we’ve feature on the show a number of occasions). Make sure to add that to your weekend agenda!

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sonnder

Last December, I got an unassuming email from Ryan Weidman, frontman of Philadelphia modern rock outfit Sonnder. It was my introduction to him and the band, but I immediately liked what I heard: he basically laid out plans to launch a single-a-month project for the year 2015. I try to be a goal-oriented person myself, so I dig it when I see musicians doing the same thing – see also: Ben Hughes (album a month) and That Dream Was our Life (EP a month). Once I made up my mind to keep tabs on what Sonnder was delivering, it was hard to miss. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Mangos,” the beautiful new single from Brielle / April Fool Child

Brielle | photo via facebook.com/Aprilfoolchild
Brielle | photo via facebook.com/Aprilfoolchild

Experimental R&B artist Brielle (aka April Fool Child) has been on something of a road trip across the U.S. this summer, and just released her blissfully pleasant single “Mangos” last week.  The smooth and angelic vibes on this song are the first new sounds we’ve heard from Brielle in months, since her Rough Break Up EP dropped back in the fall, and it’s well worth the wait. Give it a listen below. Continue reading →

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Cap off the summer with Empress Of at Making Time’s RAD-B-Q party

Making Time
Empress Of | photo by @bbbairoaaa via Instagram

The annual end-of-summer-blow-out that is the Making Time Labor Day Weekend Party is back, taking over Delaware Ave’s Bamboo Bar this Sunday, September 6th. The “outdoor oasis” will play host to the Making Time DJs (Dave P. and Sammy Slice), Mike Z., Dave Pak and a special appearance by NYC electronic artist Empress Of. Listen to her new song “Kitty Kat” below and pick up tickets for the event here.

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Spin around town with Ruby Buff in new video for “Bike”

Ruby Buff
Ruby Buff | photo via Facebook

Local power pop outfit Ruby Buff have released a video for their single “Bike,” taken from the summer’s Insufficient Funs EP. Presumably filmed during the band’s recent Midwest tour, the clip is a montage of goofy scenes that usually involve at least one member spinning in place. They spin in chairs that look like a macaroni on top of a pepperoni, in front of colorfully painted houses, in a bedroom, at the World’s Largest Rocking Chair and at the Elvis museum in Memphis. Take the tour below and catch the band live at Kung Fu Necktie on October 5th with Lee Bains III & The Glory Fire and Pujol. Tickets and information are available here.

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New Philly emcee Yoitscj! releases first single “Go”

Yoitscj  | via facebook.com/yoitscj
Yoitscj | via facebook.com/yoitscj

Newcomer Yoitscj! has just hit the Philly hip hop scene hard with his new trap single “Go.”  The song, produced by Rob Devious and featuring vocals from Tay Jones, infectiously capitalizes on a hip hop subgenre that’s been blowing up as of late thanks to artists like Post Malone. With Kevin Durant and basketball references being ever so prominent, the entertaining song and equally entertaining video is a solid first effort. Check it out below. Continue reading →