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The Key Studio Sessions: OCD: Moosh & Twist

It wasn’t all that long ago that DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan were Haverford High School kids matching up beats with their rhymes and envisioning one day when they’d be rocking massive crowds with their party-positive jams. In just about five years, OCD: Moosh & Twist has grown from being an after school hobby of two dudes who have been friends since sixth grade to becoming their legit careers. They’ve put out a string of well-received mixtapes - The Welcome Mat in 2011, The Vestibule in 2012, and Back to the Basement in 2013 – and last year dropped their first official album, Living Out Loud. Continue reading →

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Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken is releasing his first solo LP, IT on Solid Gold Records

The cover art of Scott McMicken's IT
The cover art of Scott McMicken’s IT

If you bought the deluxe edition of Dr. Dog‘s Shame Shame a couple years back, you might recall a couple fantastic bonus tracks featuring singer-guitarist Scott McMicken and an acoustic guitar – one was called “It,” the other “What A Strange Day.” The songs were intimate, lyrically clever, and warmly engaging – and as it turns out, they were also part of a bigger project.

McMicken quietly released his debut solo LP, IT, this week via Olympia, Washington limited-run label Solid Gold Records. The eight-song release is available for pre-order in a limited edition of 200 LPs on goldenrod vinyl and 100 cassettes. Continue reading →

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Meet the gritty, suave Philly crooner Sean Burke on the Stuck In My Head EP

Sean Burke | via seangerardburke.bandcamp.com
Sean Burke | via seangerardburke.bandcamp.com

Stuck In My Head, the second album from singer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Burke, combines a variety of genres including rock, jazz, and blues. The arrangements of electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, all played by Burke himself, are used in many ways throughout this varied and surprising five-song EP. Burke displays exceptional versatility with his voice and instrumentals, from the upbeat track “Thunderstorms” to the mourning sound of “Sounds Like Heaven,” to the rap in “Must Be.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Vita and the Woolf cover Jefferson Airplane on XPN’s Like A Version

Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese

On last night’s weekly Like A Version segment, Jennifer Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Philly soul-rock trio Vita and the Woolf to play a haunting rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” with keyboards, acoustic guitar and Pague’s powerful voice. While on the show, she chatted with XPN host Dan Reed about her band’s forthcoming trip to SXSW in Austin, a crowdfunding effort for her new EP and more. Listen to the cover and their conversation with Reed below. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Ryley Walker

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Throughout the year, you’ll be inundated by bloggers, curators, and personalities telling you that “so-and-so” musician is going to have a big 2015, keep your eyes and ears opened. Hype slingers. What separates Folkadelphia from them? Well, maybe conviction, maybe nothing. But check this out – I want to tell you about a guy, I want to tell you about Ryley Walker. Maybe my conviction, but definitely his music, can convince you.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marshall Crenshaw at The Sellersville Theater, Citizen at Electric Factory, The Retinas at North Star Bar and more

Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner
Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner

Power pop favorite Marshall Crenshaw and his band The Bottle Rockets take the stage at The Sellersville Theater tonight. Sprouting up in the early 80s amid iconic pub rockers Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, Crenshaw had a hit with his 1982 self-titled album and it’s single “Someday, Someday” but continued releasing records consistently across the 80s and 90s and into the aughts. His most recent offerings were two EPs in 2014, Red Wine and Move Now, and his show tonight will likely be a delightful mix of old and new. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a vintage performance of “Someday, Someday” on Letterman below. Continue reading →

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25 locals (plus!) come together to sing for retiring XPN Folk Show host Gene Shay

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Photo by Lisa Schaffer

“Sing For Gene Shay” is a new tribute song to the “Dean of Folk DJs” Gene Shay in honor of his retirement this Sunday, February 1st as the host of WXPN’s Folk Show. Written, recorded and produced under the name of “Friends Of Gene,” 25 local musicians and a team of four producers and engineers came together to pay a loving tribute to Shay, who has been on the air for 50+ years hosting folk music in Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by Pokey LaFarge, “Something In The Water”

Pokey LaFarge | Photo courtesy of the artist
Pokey LaFarge | Photo courtesy of the artist

PokeyLaFarge just wants you to have a good, good time with his mix of country blues, Western swing, Bluegrass, and old time jazz. Since 2006, when he released his debut album, Marmalade, and over the course of seven albums LaFarge has been putting smiles on faces. Continue reading →

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