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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 →

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Download “I Saw A Dream Come True” by Gene Clark

Gene Clark | Two Sides to Every Stone album cover
Gene Clark | Two Sides to Every Stone album cover

Singer-songwriter Gene Clark‘s long out of print 1977 album, Two Sides To Every Story, has been reissued by High Moon records. Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, writing or co-writing several of the band’s hits including “Here Without You,” “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” and “Eight Miles High”. Clark, along with Roger McGuinn, also wrote “You Showed Me”, which became a hit song for the Turtles 1969. Clark was only with the band a couple of years before he went solo, although he rejoined The Byrds briefly, as he continued to pursue his solo career. Continue reading →

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File Under Amazing: Download “Picture You” by The Amazing

The Amazing | Photo courtesy of the band.
The Amazing | Photo courtesy of the band.

The Swedish band The Amazing have shared the title song, “Picture You,” to their forthcoming album, February 17th on Partisan Records, and it’s a beauty. For 9 minutes and 27 seconds, the Amazing craft a gorgeous, lush, guitar driven musical landscape that jangles and rocks and lays down a sprawling jazzy mid-section with flourishes of psychedelia and prog-rock. Continue reading →

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Listen to Eric Bazilian cover Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound”

Eric Bazilian | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Eric Bazilian | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | <a href=http://racheldelsordophotography.com/ target=”_blank”>racheldelsordophotography.com</a>

What were some of your favorite/best songs of 2014? As we head towards the end of the year, that a question that a lot of folks will be answering. At WXPN, we’re asking you to help pick the Top 200 songs of 2014.

We asked some of our Philly local musician friends what their favorite songs of the year are, and to record versions of them. One of those musicians, singer and songwriter Eric Bazilian, a member of The Hooters and collaborator with many local musicians including David Uosikkinen’ In The Pocket, recorded a version of “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities. Continue reading →

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The Punch Brothers announce new album, playing Union Transfer on March 4th

The Punch Brothers | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez
The Punch Brothers | Photo by Brantley Gutierrez

This past year Nickel Creek returned with a new album and a tour that brought them to the Tower Theatre this past May, as well as a stop at WXPN to play a Free At Noon. The Creek’s mandolinist, Chris Thile, is also a member of The Punch Brothers, who just announced the release a new album and a tour that starts in January. The band is playing in Philly on Wednesday, March 4th at Union Transfer. Tickets go on sale this Friday at Noon. Continue reading →

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Download “Start Over Again” by the Fort Collins, Colorado band, The 14ers

The 14ers | Ryan Kirkpatrick | Photo courtesy of the artist
The 14ers | Ryan Kirkpatrick | Photo courtesy of the artist

If you live in Colorado, chances are you’ll know that “14ers” are the state’s 58 mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet or more. If you’re from Fort Collins, Colorado, 14ers perhaps takes on a a different meaning in the form and and sound of The 14ers – the band. Fronted by Ryan Kirkpatrick, the 14ers specialize in catchy, breezy, acoustic based pop songs along the lines of Brett Dennen, Guster, Jack Johnson, and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Continue reading →

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