Paul Sprangers, lead singer of Free Energy, stopped by Dan Reed’s show to guest DJ the Top 5 at Five and to talk about the band’s scrumptious and infectious new album, Love Sign. He played a surprisingly eclectic five songs that you can listen to below. Free Energy play WXPN’s Free At Noon on Friday, February 8th. Continue reading
London-based Daughter have announced a U.S. tour for the Spring that will bring them to the First Unitarian Church on Friday, May 3rd. The 4AD / Glassnote-signed folk / rock trio, led by the soft-spoken and immediately charming Elena Tonra, just completed its first full-length record titled If You Leave, mastered at Abbey Road Studios and scheduled for release on April 30th in the U.S (go here for the full track-listing). The subsequent headlining tour of the States will follow on the heels of an already-sold out run through the U.K. More information for the Philadelphia date can be found here; tickets go on sale this Friday, January 18th. Below, stream “Smother” from the upcoming LP.
All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, we listen in on the World Cafe session recorded with Memphis indie band Lucero at famed Ardent Studios (Big Star, Al Green, etc.). Download performances of “Slow Dancing” and “Nobody’s Darling” below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio. Continue reading
Boy oh boy do wish the news this afternoon was that urban folksinger and activist Billy Bragg was performing at The Keswick Theatre amplified only by a pair of speakers and microphone strapped to his shoulders as he used to in the olden days. Alas it’s just a regular concert tour. Which is fine – Bragg’s populist sensibilities lend him an engaging onstage persona, whether he’s backed by a full band or simply by his own dang self. Tickets for the April 20th show go on sale this Friday, January 18th, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster. Below, watch Bragg perform the classic “To Have and To Have Not” (from 1983′s Life’s a Riot With Spy vs. Spy) in Bochum, Germany on May 30, 1985.
You’ve got to hand it to singer-songwriter Birdie Busch – she knows how to pick day jobs that fit her artistic persona. Waiting tables at concert venue World Cafe Live, she’s surrounded by music. Working at Northern Liberties’ Random Tea Room, she’s immersed in an environment of wonderment, creativity, and zen-like tranquility. There’s music at that job, too – last month, the cafe launched it’s own web video series, the Random Tea Sessions. Busch, naturally, was one of the first performers, and surrounded by vintage lamps, porcelain cups and steeping pots of tea, she and The Greatest Night delivered a soothing rendition of “Be The Arrow.” Check it out below.
All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, David takes a walking tour of Memphis with Brian Venable, guitarist of Lucero. They grab lunch, go record shopping, check out a skateboard shop and stroll through Venable’s neighborhood; watch it in the video below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.
When Vacationer‘s Kenny Vasoli talked with The Key’s Beth Ann Downey back in September, we got a hint about a new regular music series the band hoped to launch in Philly. Today, we’ve got the official details. The dreamy electronic pop group will throw a monthy party at Underground Arts, beginning on Saturday, February 9. Tickets for the inaugural show with Robert DeLong and Cruiser are available for $8 in advance at the venue’s website, and the band is promising drink specials at the show a la Making Time.
Vacationer also released a remix EP this week, featuring re-versions of “Good As New” by Geographer, Ghost Beach, and Philly’s own Les Professionnels. Listen to their remix below, and stream the entire EP here.