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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Hemming, Minka and more…

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Hemming | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

Local musician Candice Martello has had a wild year; she appeared on VH1′s Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project, where her introspective, dynamic songwriting earned her a spot on Perry’s label. Now recording as Hemming, Martello previewed some songs from her forthcoming record in this week’s Key Studio Session. Check out “Some of My Friends” below and get the full set here.

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Archer Spade presents The Spectrum festival next month

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Archer Spade | photo courtesy of the artist

Next month, Archer Spade will present its inaugural festival The Spectrum in South Philadelphia. The two days of workshops and performances focused on improvisational music will feature over a dozen musicians and several approaches to performing; Archer Spade’s Dan Blacksberg and Nick Millevoi will be joined by Eric CarbonaraKyle Press and Ashley Tini, among others.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Spuyten Duyvil, Marcia Ball and more…

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Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | http://laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com/

Spuyten Duyvil, a band out of Yonkers, brought their new record The Social Music Hour Vol. 1 to Folkadelphia for a live session while on tour recently. The record reworks traditional songs and standards in a dynamic way, like on “Keep Your Skillet Good and Greasy” below. Download the full session here and catch the band at XFest today in Telford, PA or at the Philadelphia Folk Festival later this summer.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bad Plus at World Cafe Live, Rhye at Union Transfer, Birdstriking at Ortlieb’s and more…

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The Bad Plus | photo courtesy of the artist

Minnesota jazz trio The Bad Plus perform at World Cafe Live. The group is touring in support of its new collaboration with sax player Joshua Redman, a record that balances traditional jazz playing with funky explorations. Listen to Tom Moon review the album for NPR’s All Things Considered here and check out “Dirty Blonde” below. Tickets and information for the show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ben Kessler at Tin Angel, Shannen Moser at Ortlieb’s, Active Child at World Cafe Live and more…

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Ben Kessler | photo by Howard Pitkow | via https://www.facebook.com/benkesslermusic

Local singer-songwriter Ben Kessler performs at Tin Angel tonight. Though he’s still in high school, Kessler has already released a handful of EPs, sold out a show in Chicago and won the Philadelphia Songwriters Project competition last year. He’ll be performing some new, unreleased songs tonight in addition to fan favorites from last year’s So It Goes. Listen to “These Days” below and pick up tickets to the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Hey Marseilles at MilkBoy, The Felice Brothers at Ardmore Music Hall

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John the Conqueror | photo courtesy of the artist

John the Conqueror will take over Spruce Street Harbor Park for the first installment of this summer’s monthly music series, curated by The Key. The Waterfront Sessions will bring local music to the beautiful park setting next to the Delaware River all season long. John the Conqueror are a band of “blues-rock rabble rousers” that just got home from a European tour. Welcome them back at the free show tonight along with Song Dogs; more information can be found here.

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Watch Grace Potter premiere new songs, see her at #XPNFest in July

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Grace Potter | photo by Steve Garfinkel | garfinkelphotography.com

Grace Potter visited Dan Reed in the XPN studio for an on-air interview and acoustic performance yesterday. Potter discussed her surprising career trajectory, the musicians who inspired her path and the difference between being fueled by the art vs. the business. She also premiered new songs “The Miner” and “Empty Heart” from Midnight, a new record that will be out on August 14th.

Catch Grace Potter at the XPoNential Music Festival with George Ezra and The Wailers on Sunday, June 26th (tickets available here) and watch the video interview below.

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