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Listen to Ana Tijoux and Eco Del Sur from their Latin Roots Live! concert at World Cafe Live

Ana Tijoux | Photo by John Vettese
Ana Tijoux | Photo by John Vettese

Last month, on April 16th, at World Cafe Live, Ana Tijoux and Eco Del Sur played the inaugural Latin Roots Live! for WXPN and World Cafe’s Latin Roots series. The show is part of a live Latin music series over the next several years, made possible by the William Penn Foundation.

Tijoux, the Grammy nominated French-Chilean hip-hop artist played to a capacity crowd, captivating and energizing the audience with a set of songs from her albums, Vengo, and 1977. The locally based group Eco Del Sur (Echoes of the South), opened the show. They brought a more traditional slant to the show, and played a dazzling, beautiful set of songs featuring indigenous and contemporary instruments including pan-pipes and wooden flutes created by Pre-Columbian civilizations and string and percussion instruments. Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Speedy Ortiz

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with the Massachusetts-based band Speedy Ortiz. Formed in 2011 as the solo project of singer/guitarist Sadie Dupuis, Speedy Ortiz currently features drummer/vocalsist Mike Falcone, guitarist Devin McKnight and bassist Darl Ferm. Having spent countless dates on the road following 2013′s Major Arcana, Speedy Ortiz released their second album, Foil Deer, earlier this year on Carpark Records. They stopped by our studio to play songs from the new album right after a show at Johnny Brenda’s.

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Totally Boss: Speedy Ortiz plays LIVE on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

You’ve missed it and it’s missed you. The Indie Rock Hit Parade is BACK tonight at 11pm on XPN! Tune in for a grand two-hour show, featuring some really special stuff you won’t want to miss. First and foremost, we’ve got a killer new IRHP LIVE Studio Session with Speedy Ortiz! The Massachusetts band recently dropped by our studio to play songs from their new album, Foil Deer. The performances are raw, honest and not to be missed. We’ll also spotlight the new album from California guitarist Mikal Cronin, MCIII! All that, plus a few of these new tracks that have been itching to infiltrate your ears:

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Watch Pattern is Movement record their final song in a church for Shaking Through

Pattern Is Movement | Photos by Peter English | via weathervanemusic.com

It’s no secret that Philadelphia experimental rock duo Pattern is Movement is calling it quits. But before they announced their break-up, they promised to go out with a bang – and part of that bang was recording a song for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. Continue reading →

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Gear up for summer with “Cape Coast” by Del Sur

 

Del Sur | photo by Tori Nawalinksi at The Hotbox | courtesy of the artist
Del Sur | photo by Tori Nawalinksi at The Hotbox | courtesy of the artist

Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to assemble that perfect playlist for beach bumming or road tripping.

Here’s a track that should probably make your list: “Cape Coast” by Del Sur, an up-and-coming Philly surf pop band. This song has had a long journey, so show it some love. Continue reading →

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Ben Hughes conquers a medley of storming emotions on May’s album release

Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com
Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

Over the past few months on The Key, we’ve been tracking New Jersey singer/songwriter (and member of A Little Affair / Night Windows) Ben Hughes’ latest venture: opening his personal time capsule of music. He’s releasing an album each month of 2015, consisting of lo-fi solo material he recorded from 2005 through 2012.

This month’s release, Beautifully Made, finds Hughes in the spring of 2011. This was his first solo album where he included more effects, electric guitar and bass, and he didn’t play drums on all tracks. Continue reading →

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Watch Cayetana perform “Madame B” for World Cafe

Augusta Koch (left) and Allegra Anka (right) of Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Augusta Koch (left) and Allegra Anka (right) of Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Cayetana visited the World Cafe this week for Sense of Place Philly, host David Dye’s inside look at the past and mostly present Philly music scene.

During the week on the show, some of Dye’s guests will be The War On Drugs, The Districts, Dr. Dog, Hop Along, STS, Waxahatachee, a special one hour show on The Sound of Philly, and more. You can listen to sessions from the show here. Continue reading →

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Sense of Place Philly: Download brand new songs from Pine Barons and Kate Faust

Pine Barons | via https://www.facebook.com/pinebarons
Pine Barons | via https://www.facebook.com/pinebarons

To celebrate the Sense of Place: Philly series on World Cafe this week, we’re bringing you free downloads from up-and-coming Philly area artists.

Today’s downloads are BRAND NEW! The spotlight is on rock n’ roll four-piece Pine Barons and singer-songwriter Kate Faust.

Pine Barons were on tour with PA favorites The Districts this winter, and it makes sense why the Districts boys chose them as an opener. Their songs have a classic rock base, indie rock pop and bop, and off-the-wall live energy. Their debut record, which they are currently recording, has enough fresh dynamics, chemistry, and psychedelic power to last a couple spins per day. They will also be performing at this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company