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Listen to Cheerleader’s deliciously hazy new single “Tomorrow Always Knows”

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Cheerleader | Photo via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Local Philadelphia indie pop quintet Cheerleader has released a new track “Tomorrow Always Knows” off of their upcoming EP On Your Side. We’ve been living in Cheerleader-land for a while now, especially after they stopped by to treat us to a live Key Studio Session, and much like their performance, their new single does not disappoint. It’s upbeat with lyrics “You can dream, dream, dream, dream,” catchy with frequent melodic “ooooos” and tied together with a perfectly hazy tone. Continue reading →

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Listen to Joshua Thomas’ passionate piano-centric single “Beast”

Joshua Thomas | photo via facebook.com/jthomasmusic
Joshua Thomas | photo via facebook.com/jthomasmusic

Sometimes less is more, and the latest from Joshua Thomas is certainly one of those times. The talented local singer and songwriter has released a track titled “Beast” off his upcoming EP The Harboring. The tune is beautifully and simply composed, with the only pieces being Thomas’ strong voice and his expert tickling of the piano keys. Continue reading →

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Download 12 free songs from Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls

Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

One half of the Indigo Girls along with Emily Saliers, singer-songwriter Amy Ray has had a prolific solo career, and founded her own record label, Daemon Records, in 1989.

In addition to an excellent body of work Ray has recorded with Saliers as the Indigo Girls, Ray has released a handful of solo albums, since her debut, Stag, came out in 2001. Her recent album, Goodnight Tender, was released in January of this year. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Listen to the new song from The Who, watch Norah Jones sing George Harrison and Neil Young to release his 35th album

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The Who have put out their first new song in 8 years called “Be Lucky” which will be featured on their soon to be released album “Who Hits 50!” celebrating the band’s 50th anniversary. It’ll feature hit songs that span the Who’s 11-album career, starting with their first recordings as The High Numbers. The two CD set will be out October 27th.  Read more here. Listen to “Be Lucky” after the jump. Continue reading →

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Rebellum bring Afrofuturism to the Painted Bride on 9/27

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Rebellum | photo by Nisha Sondhe

When Greg Tate founded Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber in 1999, the amorphous ensemble was conceived as a turn-of-the-21st century evolution of the electric funk-jazz maelstrom of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, filtered through the ideas of the Black Rock Coalition (of which Tate was a co-founding member) and the explosion of hip-hop culture. The band became known for its sprawling, utterly unclassifiable group improvisations, executed under the rules of Butch Morris’ conduction system and drawing on influences from Jimi Hendrix to George Clinton to Sun Ra and who-knows-what in between.

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Living through Pure Reality with Dark Blue’s John Sharkey III

Dark Blue | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dark Blue | Photo courtesy of the artist

It’s Wednesday night in the first week of September and John Sharkey III is in his Kensington screen-printing studio. He’s working on tote bags for local punk band, No Other. But he’s never printed tote bags before.

The next day, Sharkey leaves for Ireland, where his wife is originally from, for some family obligations for about two weeks. When he returns, he’ll release Pure Reality, the first full-length album from his newest project Dark Blue.

It’s an eight-song haul in the shoes of a blue-collar man raising his second child, relocating his entire family across continents and returning to an old, yet new home. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Keep On The Firing Line” by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives | Photo courtesy of the artist

Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives recently stopped by the World Cafe studios for an interview with Cafe host David Dye and performance in the WXPN studios. Stuart and his top notch band – Kenny Vaughan on guitar, bassist Paul Martin and drummer Harry Stinson – performed songs from their fantastic gospel-influenced double album, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Continue reading →

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Download a cover of Hall & Oates’ “Fall In Philadelphia” by Cookie Rabinowitz

Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz
Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Philly soul singer Cookie Rabinowitz has done the unthinkable: he’s covered a song, that, in my opinion, should never be covered. He’s taken on the Hall & Oates classic, “Fall In Philadelphia.” Continue reading →

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