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Kurt Vile performs an meditative live version of “Gold Tone” for Volcom

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Surf / skate company Volcom has released a new video in its “True To This” series featuring Kurt Vile playing “Gold Tone” off of last year’s Wakin On A Pretty Daze.  The clip shows Vile playing the song live in the studio as he talks about the meditative and soothing nature of both skateboarding and playing guitar. Continue reading →

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Watch Double Decker Music Series vol. 3, featuring Noun and Rat Catching

Double Decker Music Series
Marissa Paternoster | photo by Bob Sweeney

This month’s Double Decker Music Series featured performances by Noun (Marissa Paternoster of Screaming Females) and Rat Catching.  As the intimate audience rode around Philadelphia on the top level of an open-air tour bus, the musicians provided an alternative soundtrack to the historical sights.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler at First Unitarian Church, Glenn Tilbrook at Tin Angel, Reagan Youth at Underground Arts and more…

Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler
Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler | photo courtesy of the artist
Locals Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler open for Nico Muhly and Richard Reed Parry at the First Unitarian Church tonight.  The harp / guitar / synth duo released its debut full-length Slant of Light last Tuesday, an LP that was recorded during the city-stopping snowstorm of last winter.  Lattimore and Zeigler have been performing live together for a few years now, but this release expands on the droning, exploratory, freeform pieces they have played in the past to include subtler, more introspective works as well.  Listen to “The White Balloon” below and get information for the show here. Continue reading →
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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. The Hold Steady, Cookie Rabinowitz, Sugar Tongue Slim

The Hold Steady
The Hold Steady | Photo by Kelsey Stange for WXPN

XPN members at the Special Producers level got a treat from The Hold Steady recently when they performed and recorded an interview with David Dye live for World Cafe.  You can listen to the full World Cafe appearance here, which includes performances of “Stuck Between Stations,” “Sequestered in Memphis,” and “The Ambassador.”  ”I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You” is available as a free download below. Continue reading →

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Philebrity’s Joey Sweeney picks his five All Time Worst Songs for the 885 Countdown

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Foo Fighters

With voting for the XPN’s 885 countdown ending tomorrow, we’re bringing you some local celebrity lists to help inspire your own picks for the 885 All Time Greatest (and Worst) Songs.  Philebrity editor (and local musician) Joey Sweeney zealously submitted, in all caps, his five choices for All Time Worst Songs, which you can check out below.  Contribute your own All Time Best and Worst songs list here before voting ends tomorrow.

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6ABC’s Matt O’Donnell picks his five All Time Greatest Songs for the 885 Countdown

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Asia

It’s time for another countdown, and we invited 6 ABC Morning News Anchor Matt O’Donnell to give us a list of his top five picks for XPN’s 885 All Time Greatest Songs.  You can contribute too, but voting ends tomorrow so go here to get your list of the best (and worst) songs in today.  Check out Matt’s five favorites below and stay tuned for the countdown playback, beginning October 20th. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Kalob Griffin Band, Delta Spirit, Shark Tape

Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios
Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios

This week’s Key Studio Session highlights the Kalob Griffin Band, a local group with a strong following for its rootsy Americana.  For this session, Griffin and his band struck all angles of their sound – mournful, humorous, and sentimental.  Stream and download “Whiskey My Love” below and get the three-track set here.

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Listen to Chris Ward’s dark remix of “The Silent Beach, the Bowl of Stars” by Joshua Stamper

Joshua Stamper
Joshua Stamper | photo courtesy of the artist

Over the last several months, local composer Joshua Stamper has been rolling out remix tracks of his latest effort the skin, the sea, the sound (released last spring).  The collection of remixes, collectively titled a righter rain will fall, features contributions from Lushlife, Papertwin, Anthony LaMarca and now Chris Ward.

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