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Download a 5 song sampler by Torres

Torres | Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Torres | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Torres is Brooklyn based singer-songwriter Mackenzie Scott. In a stunning essay that NPR Music’s Ann Powers wrote about Torres’s music, Powers says, “Scott’s skill and ambition as a lyricist thrills, especially given her young age, 24.” Continue reading →

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Let it Ride! Legendary shoegazers return to Philly in September

Ride | Credit: Piper Ferguson
Ride | Credit: Piper Ferguson

When British rockers Ride came on the music scene in the late Eighties on the legendary Creation Records label, they changed the musical landscape.

Breaking out of Oxford, the band – guitar-playing singers Mark Gardener and Andy Bell, drummer Laurence ‘Loz’ Colbert and bassist Stephen Queralt – met at North Oxford Art College. Their first EP, released in January, 1990, was a fresh blast of blistering, reverberated, wall of sound melodic rock. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Listen to a new song by Dar Williams, “Something To Get Through”

Dar Williams | Photo via Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial
Dar Williams | Photo via Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams, is releasing her new album, Emerald, tomorrow. The acclaimed singer and songwriter recorded the album around the country in Nashville, Los Angeles, Philadelphia; New York; and Weehawken, New Jersey, with an incredible list of guest musicians and co-writers, including Richard Thompson, Jim Lauderdale, Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman of the Hooters, Suzzy and Lucy Wainwright Roche, The Milk Carton Kids, and Jill Sobule.

Emerald is Wiliams’ first new album since 2011′s In the Time of Gods, a series of songs that melded the imagery and narratives of classical mythology with modern day issues and themes. It’s also her first album that she is releasing independently, as she decided to crowd-fund the album via Pledge Music. Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Prince Rama

Prince Rama | Photo by Katie Tapman
Prince Rama | Photo by Katie Tapman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with a band that has had no problem standing out in the crowded landscape that is modern music. Formed by sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson, Prince Rama have been releasing immersive, expansive albums at a steady clip since 2008. With Taraka on vocals and Nimai on drums (and Sasha Lord joining on keys), Prince Rama’s music is a kaleidoscopic collision of electronic, Indian, gospel and whatever other genres they can think of. Out on tour with Dan Deacon, Prince Rama stopped by our studios to play some songs from their in-progress new album.

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The Now Age: Prince Rama plays LIVE on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Prince Rama | GIF by Julian Bozeman
Prince Rama | GIF by Julian Bozeman

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is ready to make your brain move tonight. Tune in at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after Making Time RAD-io with Dave P) for a full two-hour mix of brand new tracks and moldy old favorites. We’ve got a special treat direct from parts unknown (Brooklyn): Prince Rama will premiere songs from their in-progress new album, live in our studio!

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Download a four song EP by Shelby Lynne

Shelby Lynne | Photo by Alexandra Hedison
Shelby Lynne | Photo by Alexandra Hedison

Since 2000, when she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist for the success of her album, I Am Shelby Lynne, singer-songwriter Shelby Lynne has explored a musical world where country, soul, R&B, and pop collide. Continue reading →

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Eric Slick creates Selects Mix for Singles Club, chats about Ludwig Drums

Eric Slick
Eric Slick | photo by Shervin Lainez

We already know that Eric Slick (drummer for Dr. Dog / half of the Lithuania duo) is a creator of great music. The release of his latest Selects Mix via the music journal Singles Club proves that he’s a curator of great music as well.

Singles Club describes Slick’s compilation of eight tracks as “a breezy half-hour set to get you through those mid-week blues.” Slick’s nod to Philly is “Gooseneck” from Hermit Thrushes, a band that he once dubbed his “favorite band in Philadelphia” for KCRW. It’s a relatively calm mix, overall, and we thank Slick for mellowing us out for a bit. Continue reading →