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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Ryley Walker, Darla and more

Ryley Walker
Ryley Walker | photo courtesy of Folkadelphia

Folkadelphia has presented its session with Ryley Walker. The Chicago guitarist will release his sophomore LP Primrose Green at the end of March, but stopped by the WXPN studios last summer to record a few tracks as preview. You can now hear “Griffith Bucks Blues” off of the new LP (below), as well as a handful of others by visiting the Folkadelphia bandcamp page here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Wave Radio at Melodies Cafe, London Grammar at the Electric Factory, Julie Slick / Marco Machera at Hard Rock Cafe and more…

Wave Radio
Wave Radio | photo via Facebook

West Chester’s Wave Radio head down Lancaster Ave for a show at Melodies Cafe tonight. The indie rock trio took first place at last year’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live thanks their full, cinematic style that John Vettese compares to Jukebox the Ghost. Wave Radio the debut album was released in 2012 and is available as a name-your-own-price download on Bandcamp. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Hot Breakfast and Danielle and Jennifer can be found here. Listen to “I Wanted” below.

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PhilaMOCA releases full schedule for Philly Video Music Festival

A retrospective on MTV’s 120 Minutes will be part of PhilaMOCA’s Music Video Festival in February

The full schedule for the inaugural Philly Video Music Festival has been released and it will satisfy all of your music video needs, be they kitsch, classic, long-form or local. The event is co-curated by PhilaMOCA‘s Eric Bresler and music video historian Stephen Pitalo of The Golden Age of Music Video, with special guests (including The Key’s John Vettese and WXPN’s Robert Drake) hosting a few of the programs.

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Fire Museum presents Fursaxa, Tropical Rock and Itasca at The First Banana

Fursaxa
Fursaxa | photo courtesy of the artist

Fire Museum will present a line-up of avant-garde musicians at The First Banana in Kensington on February 21st. The concert will feature the meditative, acid-washed compositions of Philadelphia / upstate artist Fursaxa, supported by Brooklyn “cyberjungle” duo Tropical Rock and their minimalist electronic cassette 3 Lewej. L.A.’s Itasca brings her recent Unmoored by the Wind LP to life through intricate finger-picking and lo-fi folk songs, rounding out a night of natural-world inspiration and other-world exploration. More information can be found on the Facebook event page here. Listen to the artists below.

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Primal Scream return to The TLA on 5/19

Primal Scream
Primal Scream | Photo by Piper Ferguson

With decades of psych-rock twists and turns behind them, groundbreaking Glasgow natives Primal Scream kept things fresh on their 2013 LP More Light. Pitchfork called it their “most impassioned, holistic and ambitious album since XTRMNTR,” the record that marked a turning point in the band’s career as they began using their voice for more than just party-starting. Continue reading →

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Sufjan Stevens brings new record to the Academy of Music

Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens | photo via www.sufjan.com

Following the announcement of his first full-length in five years, Sufjan Stevens has released a tour schedule that brings him to Philadelphia on April 10th for a special performance at the Academy of Music. Tickets open to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 30th, with a pre-sale taking place on Wednesday, January 28th.

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Jo Kusy brings new tape Giant Black Dog In the Snow to Beautiful World Syndicate next week

Jo Kusy
Jo Kusy | photo courtesy of the artist

Jo Kusy will be performing an in-store session at Beautiful World Syndicate in East Passyunk next Friday, January 30th. The Far-Out Fangtooth guitarist released a solo cassette called Giant Black Dog In the Snow late last year on Brooklyn label Time Castle Tapes as his primary band wrapped up a European tour.

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