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Listen to Philly Local Cookie Rabinowitz cover Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”

Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz
Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Local funk soul singer songwiter brother Cookie Rabinowitz has added to voice to our growing list of Philly local cover songs with a version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Back in September, Cookie had the audacity to cover Fall In Philadelphia by Jall & Oates, and this time around he’s reflected on one of his favorite songs of 2014. Continue reading →

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Listen to Philly Local Pete Donnelly cover King Tuff’s “Eyes Of The Muse”

Pete Donnelly
Pete Donnelly

Singer, songwriter and guitarist and bassist Pete Donnelly has covered King Tuff’s “Eyes Of The Muse” as part of WXPN’s Philly Local 2014 Year In Review cover songs project. Donnelly is a founding member of The Figgs and an honorary member of NRBQ, and has performed with many musicians and bands including Tommy Stinson Graham Parker, and others. On any given night you might find him sitting in with Philly bands and he has been writing, performing, engineering and/or producing for a variety of artists, including John Legend, G. Love & Special Sauce, Amos Lee and Ben Arnold. Continue reading →

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Download Ben Smith’s holiday ode “Feast of Steven” (with respect to The Smiths)

Ben Smith | Old Man Winter, Vol, 4 | Artwork by Kristen Soleck | http://www.kristensolecki.com/
Ben Smith | Old Man Winter, Vol, 4 | Artwork by Kristen Soleck | http://www.kristensolecki.com/

Local singer-songwriter Ben Smith has gotten in the holiday spirit and released Old Man Winter, Vol. 4. It’s part of his long standing Old Man Winter series, and this time around featured two songs: Getting Coal For Christmas,” about a boy who doesn’t seem to mind his growing stockpile of coal, and “Feast of Steven,” about a boy alone at boarding school for the holidays, with nothing but his Smiths records to keep him company. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Don’t Wanna Lose” by Ex Hex

Ex Hex | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ex Hex | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie rocker singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mary Timony has been in a series of excellent indierock bands over the years. She formed Helium in the early Nineties, was a member of Wild Flag with Carrie Brownstein, Janet Weiss, and Rebecca Cole, and has recorded several solo albums. Her most recent band project is Ex Hex, a trio including drummer Laura Harris, and bassist Betsy Wright. Continue reading →

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Bob Dylan defies expectations at the Academy of Music

Bob Dylan | Academy Of Music | Photo by Jon Landman
Bob Dylan | Photo by Jon Landman

Bob Dylan opened up a three night stint at the Academy of Music on Friday night, and it was equal parts surreal and magical. As my concert going companion said, it was like watching “Dylan covering Tom Waits covering Dylan,” and as Dylan stood center stage, in a white suit and white hat, singing a selection of songs that barely touched on the familiar hits of his past, he looked like a ragtime era cowboy crooner. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Blood On Your Bootheels” by Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Caroline Rose | Photo courtesy of the artist.

This past summer, singer-songwriter Caroline Rose performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and it was captured by the World Cafe. During her set, she performed songs from her recent album, I Will Not Be Afraid. Continue reading →

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You’re invited to Helen Leicht’s Home For The Holidays holiday party

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

XPN’s Helen Leicht is celebrating the holidays with a special free Philly Local Home For The Holidays show on Saturday, December 14th at The Flash in Kennett Square. The show will include performances by Lizanne Knott, Dan May, Jen Creed, and Cole Redding. Doors open at 12:30PM; the show starts at 1PM. Continue reading →