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Folkadelphia Session: Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk & Merge Records)

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Mac McCaughan | Photo by Lisa Gotwals

Back in May, Folkadelphia teamed up with Drexel University’s Music Industry Program and a group of their insanely smart, inquisitive, and super helpful audio engineer students to live record a handful of in-studio sessions over a three day period. The results have been fantastic. We already shared one session with you, our encore with Christopher Paul Stelling. Now we bring you the second in this set – Mac McCaughan, best known for being the leader of Superchunk, Portastatic, and co-founder of Merge Records, which has brought you countless “this is my favorite album” albums. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Madalean Gauze

Philadelphia singer and songwriter and badass rocker Madalean Gauze has been quietly making a name for herself for the past couple years. Last spring, she released the American War EP on Bandcamp. It was her first, but had quite a team behind it: recorded with Brian McTear at Miner Street Studio, it featured instrumental contributions from Dean Sabatino and Dandrew Stevens from Dead Milkmen; Pat Berkery from more bands than you can shake a stick at (most prominently The Bigger Lovers, Danielson and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah); and Dave Hartley from The War on Drugs. Let’s stop right there, though, and point out that while she had some heavy hitters working with her, Gauze could have made that EP with anybody and it would have been just as great – the strength is in the songs and the singing, and she’s a remarkable writer with a voice full of power and emotion. Continue reading →

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Watch Kopecky play “Heartbeat” at XPNFest via VuHaus

Kopecky | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Kopecky | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

XPN favorites Kopecky returned to Wiggins park this year for the XPoNential Music Festival – and though they only played one set this time, it was a knockout.

The band covered The Weeknd’s hit “I Can’t Feel My Face” and delivered a strong mix of cuts from their debut Kids Raising Kids and the new Drug for the Modern Age, not to mention their trademark rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk.”  Continue reading →

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Morning Sessions: Listen to Alessia Cara’s performance and interview on WXPN

Alessia Cara | Photo by Eric Schuman
Alessia Cara | Photo by Eric Schuman
Emerging Canadian singer-songwriter Alessia Cara played her debut concert in Philadelphia last night at Underground Arts. During the afternoon, she stopped by the XPN studios to chat with Mike Vasilikos about the immediate positive reception her music has received, as well as her songwriting process, her signing to the iconic Def Jam Records and more. She also performed “Here” and the title track of her debut EP, Four Pink Walls, out this Friday, August 28th.. Listen to it below. Continue reading →