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Download “Shadow Of A Man” by neo folkies NEULORE

Photo by Rory White

Photo by Rory White

NEULORE are the Nashville based duo of lead singer Adam Agin and William T. Cook. They met in 2008 and released their debut EP, Apples & Eve, in 2010. The newest song, “Shadow of a Man,” was featured in Grey’s Anatomy and in May they’ll be on the Communion Music Tour with a stop in Philly at Underground Arts on Thursday, May 8th. Also on that bill are Bootstraps, Busy Living, Cub Sport, Joey Sweeney & the Long Hair Arkestra, Heyward Howkins and Our Griffins. Fans of Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons and American Authors will delight in both the “folksiness” and the hyper melodicism of this new song by NEULORE.

Below, download the anthemic “Shadow Of A Man.”

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Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Cat Popper are Puss N Boots; hear them live at NonCOMM

Photo credit Richard Ballard

Photo credit Richard Ballard

After playing together live since 2008, singer-songwriters Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper have recorded an album under the name Puss N Boots, No Fools, No Fun, out July 15th on Blue Note Records. The album features a handful of original songs and covers of songs by Neil Young (“Down By The River”), Wilco (“Jesus, Etc.”), The Band (“Twilight”), Jeb Loy Nichols (“GTO”), Tom Paxton, Rodney Crowell and Roger Miller.

While Norah Jones is the most recognizable name of the trio, Sasha Dobson and Cat Popper each have released solo records. Dobson, originally from Santa Cruz, is based in New York. She’s toured with Norah Jones and released her debut album in 2006. Popper was a member of Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, toured and recorded with Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, recorded with Joseph Arthur and Mike Doughty, and most recently has worked with Jack White.

Puss N Boots are making an appearance at WXPN’s Non-Commvention in May, and play the TLA on July 18th. Below, listen to solo material from Sasha Dobson and watch a live performance of Puss n Boots covering “Down By The River.”

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Get rowdy with #xpnfest artists Old 97s on their new album Most Messed Up

Photo by Allison Smith

Photo by Allison Smith

Old 97′s return with another collection of alt-country raucous rock and roll on Most Messed Up on Tuesday, April 29th. The album was recorded in Austin and features Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses). Old 97′s are playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival the weekend of July 25-27th. Tickets for WXPN members are on sale now. Go here for more information.

Below, stream Most Messed Up. Highlights include “Give It Time,” “This Is The Ballad,” “Nashville,” and “Guadalajara.” Rhett Miller and company continue to be an enduring force in alt-country and show no signs of ending that streak with this collection of classic Old 97′s songs.

Download “Slow Motion” by PHOX

Photo by Jade Ehlers via facebook.com/phoxband

Photo by Jade Ehlers via facebook.com/phoxband

The World Cafe session with the Wisconsin band PHOX this past March in Austin, Texas, was one of our SXSW highlights. The band did an early morning session in front of an audience, performing new material from their forthcoming self-titled album, out on June 24th. The band is fronted by Monica Martin, a charming and charismatic front woman and musically they’re an inventive indie-folk and pop band. PHOX are playing Boot & Saddle on July 21st. Tickets and more information here.

Below, download “Slow Motion,” the first single from PHOX’s forthcoming album. It’s only available for 24 hours, so be sure to download it now.

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Lance Jr.” by Courtney Barnett

Photo by Lisa Sorgin

Photo by Lisa Sorgin

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Courtney Barnett was barely a blip on the American rock and roll radar when she played the College Music Journal (CMJ) conference in the Fall of 2013, but after a handful of positive reviews including this one by New York Times music critic Jon Pareles, music fans started to take notice. Barnett self-released her album, The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas, to fairly glowing reviews October, 2013 and since then she’s been signed to a label deal in the States (Mom + Pop), did a tour including a sold out show in Philadelphia at Union Transfer, played at Coachella, and is playing the Firefly Music Fstival on June 19th. The Australian rocker was featured recently on World Cafe in an interview and performance on April 11, 2014. You can listen to the entire session here. Below, download her World Cafe performance of “Lance Jr.” and watch her perform “Avant Gardener” in the cafe studios.

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Seasons (Waiting On You)” by Future Islands

Photo courtesy of the artist.

Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Baltimore synth-pop band Future Islands are currently riding a wave of increasing popularity, based on the strength of their new album, Singles, and their charismatic lead singer Samuel T. Herring. They band is currently on a tour of mostly sold out shows, including their Philly show at the First Unitarian Church on Tuesday, April 29th.

Future Islands formed in 2006 in Greenville, North Carolina and have since released several albums, EP’s and singles. During the first week of March, the band were on the Late Show With David Letterman and this performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You)” became a viral hit. With some incredible dance moves, Future Islands’ lead singer Herring meme’d his way into the digital hearts of music fans with both a fantastic performance and a tumblr gif (see below) that had everyone sharing.

“Seasons (Waiting On You)” is 3 minutes and 47 seconds of pure, glorious, confident New Wave influenced synth pop. It leads off the album, but only hints at the musical depth of the entire record. Below, download the song via NPR Music.

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First Listen: Rodrigo y Gabriela, playing #XPNFest, stream new album, 9 Dead Alive

Photo by Jim Mimna/courtesy of the artist

Photo by Jim Mimna/courtesy of the artist

Rodrigo y Gabriela release their new album, 9 Dead Alive, on Tuesday, April 29th. The duo are part of the over 30 band lineup for WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival being held on July 25-27th on the Camden Waterfront.

Writing about the new album for NPR Music, Jasmine Garsd says:

In their newest album, 9 Dead Alive, return to their roots, reminding listeners why they fell in love with the Mexican duo in the first place. The album finds them at the peak of their musical flexibility, dexterously weaving elements of heavy metal with flamenco.

These Mexico City natives are an if-at-first-you-don’t-succeed parable. As heavy metal musicians, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero had trouble launching their careers. Making it in one of the biggest music scenes in the Spanish speaking world is as pivotal as it is nightmarish: if you break through in Mexico, you’ve made it in Latin America, but succeeding in an environment that is frequently reluctant to take risks can also be an impossible task. So they picked up to go busk in Ireland, where they perfected the guitar licks that have made them famous.

Listen to 9 Dead Alive here. Purchase tickets to the XPoNential Music Festival here.