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Bridging fairy tales and hip-hop with MC Frontalot at the North Star this Friday

MC Frontalot | Photo by Ben Trivett
MC Frontalot | Photo by Ben Trivett

Back in 1985, when all the other kids were at recess playing kickball, 11-year-old Damian Hess was hanging out by himself in the school library obsessing over books of fairy tales. That interest stuck with Hess over the next three decades, and at 40, now known as nerdcore hip-hop pioneer MC Frontalot, he’s offering his own take on ten classic stories on his sixth album, Question Bedtime (Level Up). He’ll bring songs from the album and the rest of his catalogue to North Star Bar on Friday. Continue reading →

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Kicking back with Vita and the Woolf at Spice House Sound

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Jen Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

On one of the last warm days this summer, I ventured past my usual points of familiarity in Fishtown to the newly opened Spice House Sound on Wilt Street. Suddenly finding myself somewhat lost in a tiny alley next to St. Laurentius, I stare at the address on my phone again and frantically call Jen Pague, frontwoman of Vita and the Woolf, explaining I think I’m at the wrong place. She laughs and tells me to stay where I am.  Continue reading →

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Watch Hozier cover the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?”

Hozier | Photo via BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e3gbj5
Hozier | Photo via BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e3gbj5

Singer-songwriter Hozier took to the BBC Live Lounge, performing his hit song, “Take Me To Church,” along with a cover of the Arctic Monkeys’ “Do I Wanna Know?” With two EP’s to his name, Hozier is releasing his self-titled debut on October 7th, and is playing a sold out show at the Trocadero on Saturday, October 1st. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) w/ new album/tour, Doors’ film “Feast of Friends” finally out, and how to get rid of U2′s “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes

via consequenceofsound.net
via consequenceofsound.net

Yusuf Islam, who attracted millions of fans when he was known as Cat Stevens is releasing a new album called “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” on October 27 and also doing his first tour in 25 years. Find out some of the guest artists & listen to the new song “Dying to Live” Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe version of “Push It” by Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit | Photo by Matthew J. Pandolfe/Courtesy of the artist
Delta Spirit | Photo by Matthew J. Pandolfe/Courtesy of the artist

Delta Spirit just released their new album, Into The Wide, and recently were on World Cafe. Into The Wide is the band’s fourth album, and was recorded at Maze Studios in Atlanta. Originally formed in San Diego, and fronted by vocalist/guitarist Matt Vasquez, Into The Wide finds the band evolving towards a more tougher, soaring and expansive sound than on their previous releases. Continue reading →

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Listen to Strand Of Oaks cover The National’s “Pink Rabbits”

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

Strand of Oaks frontman Tim Showalter just released a powerful cover of The National’s “Pink Rabbits,” a song from the Brooklyn epic rock band’s 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me. The Oaks version is immediately original from the get-go, drawn out in layered synths and 80′s-style backbeats and centered around Showalter’s raw vocals. Noted by Stereogum for its powerful nature, Showalter alludes to the song’s personal relevance in his life. Continue reading →

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Download a new Shark Tape song, “Marathon”

Shark Tape | Photo courtesy of the band.
Shark Tape | Photo courtesy of the band.

Philly rock and roll trio Shark Tape release their debut full length album, on November 18th. It’s been almost two years since the band’s EP Eyes On You was released and the band spent over a year writing and performing new material. The band worked with two of Philly’s finest producers on the record; Jeff Zeigler (The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile) and Grammy Award winning Phil Nicolo (The Police, Bob Dylan, John Lennon). Continue reading →

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Listen to Ryan Adams open up about life and hash out new tunage on World Cafe

Photo by David Black
Photo by David Black

Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer Ryan Adams is back in the music game. After a stellar set at our XPoNential music festival this summer and the release of his new self-titled album, Adams recently appeared on NPR’s World Cafe and had a wide-ranging interview with host David Dye. Continue reading →