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Download “We Come From The Same Place” by Allo Darlin’

Allo Darlin' | Photo courtesy of the band.
Allo Darlin’ | Photo courtesy of the band.

The indie-pop band Allo Darlin’ recently released their new album, We Come From The Same Place on Slumberland Records. The band is fronted by Australian-born, Florence-based singer Elizabeth Morris, while the rest of the band lives in London.

World Cafe host David Dye has this to say about the song via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation. Continue reading →

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Download “Burnt Offering” by The Budos Band

The Budos Band | Courtesy of Daptone Records
The Budos Band | Courtesy of Daptone Records

The Budos Band are a nine piece instrumental band formed in the 2005 that play blend together Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop into one funky musical stew. Never ones to shy away from pushing the boundaries of groove influenced music, their new album – Burnt Offering (Daptone Records) – brings together psychedelia, heavy funk, and “sword and sorcery metal,” all with a soundtrack vibe that Quentin Tarantino would likely groove to. Continue reading →

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Download by a World Cafe performance of “Mahogany Dread” by Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie

Hiss Golden Messenger recently visited the World Cafe studios. The North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina. Continue reading →

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Download Sondre Lerche’s “Bad Law”

Sondre Lerche | Photo by Eric Ray Davidson
Sondre Lerche | Photo by Eric Ray Davidson

Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche recently released a new album, Please. It’s a breakup album, about his divorce, filled with songs about loss and heartache, yet it’s a more musically dynamic collection of songs compared to his last studio self-titled release that came out in 2011. Continue reading →

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Download “The River” by Philly’s Son Little

Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Philly singer, songwriter and guitarist Aaron Livingston’s latest musical project is Son Little. He’s collaborated with RJD2 and The Roots and now he’s stepped out on his own with this new project. His six song debut EP, Things I Forgot is being released on Anti- on November 11th.

Jon Pareles, who reviewed Son Little’s show at CMJ this past week wrote in the New York Times:

His band uses electronics to toss in the odd percussive loop or synthesizer swoop; his guitar playing is laconic but pointed; and his lyrics mingle existential fears with his blandishments. At Rockwood Music Hall on Tuesday night, he started singing “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches” a cappella, almost like a spiritual, then turned it into a crawling blues-rock song jabbed by his dissonant guitar and stray sci-fi echo effects. The music had roots, but wasn’t looking back.

Last week, Son Little stopped by the WXPN studios to record a Key Studio Session. You can listen to the session and download songs here. Below, download “The River” via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation. “The River” was one of our recent Gotta Hear Songs of The Week, and The Key’s John Vettese called it “a barn-burning bootstomp jam, an utterly catchy song that’s a little bit electronic, a little bit soul, a little bit blues.”

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Bury Our Friends” by Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Brigitte Sire
Sleater-Kinney | Photo by Brigitte Sire

The rock and roll band Sleater-Kinney is back and rocking like no time has passed at all since their decision to to go on hiatus in 2004. A lot of people are very happy they’re back together, and releasing a new album, No Cities To Love on January 20th. Their show at Union Transfer on February 28th sold out quickly, and most of the recently announced tour is close to selling out. Continue reading →

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#885countdown Talk: What makes a song “the worst?”

Journey clowning around in the 80s. Many people think they wrote some of the worst songs ever, others stringently defend them. Or so we hear.
Journey clowning around in the 80s. Many people think they wrote some of the worst songs ever, others stringently defend them. Or so we hear.

As we’re winding down the 885 All Time Greatest Songs countdown playback, we’re also looking forward to part two of the countdown – the playback of the 88 Worst Songs. The notion of “best,” “greatest” and “worst” are, of course, quite subjective. Which will explain why (partial spoiler alert) there will be some songs on both the 885 All Time Greatest and 88 Worst Songs. As Paul Simon once said, “one man’s ceiling is another man’s floors;” or – to put it a slightly different way – “one person’s trash is another’s treasure.”

As we get ready to play the worst songs (as voted on by the WXPN community) tomorrow starting at 10 a.m., we want to know: “what exactly makes a worst song?” Continue reading →

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Download “Slow Train” by Streets of Laredo

Streets Of Laredo | photo courtesy of Streets Of Laredo
Streets Of Laredo | photo courtesy of Streets Of Laredo

Streets Of Laredo are an indie folk band based in Brooklyn via New Zealand. Formed by siblings Daniel and Dave Gibson along with Dave’s wife Sarahjane, the band’s new album, Volume I & II, on the Toronto based label Dine Alone Records, is a 70′s folk rock influence collection of ten songs with soft touches of Arcade Fire like flair. Continue reading →

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