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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Rise Up Singing” by Trigger Hippy

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Photo courtesy of the artist
This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Rise Up Singing,” by Trigger Hippy. The band features Joan Osborne, Jackie Greene, Tom Bukovac, Nick Govrik, and Black Crowes drummer Steve Gorman. They’ve previously released an EP, however on September 30th they are releasing their self-titled debut album. Trigger Hippy are playing the XPoNential Music Festival this weekend, Sunday, July 27th at Wiggins Park. They’ll also be performing at the Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, August 16th.

Below, listen to the first single from the band’s new album, a soulful rock and roller, “Rise Up Singing.”

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A free World Cafe download for you from #XPNfest rockers Old 97′s

Photo by Eric Schuman
Photo by Eric Schuman

Alt-country rockers Old 97′s return to town this weekend, playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, July 27th. Rhett Miller and the 97′s have a long standing history with XPN and the festival. The band first appeared at the festival in 1999, when the festival was called “Singer-Songwriter Weekend.” Always a crowd favorite, the 97′s recent release is Most Messed Up, and they made a stop at WXPN to record a session for World Cafe. Listen to their full session (interview and performance) here. Below, download a Cafe version of “Indefinitely.” Hope to see you this weekend at #XPNfest. Go here for tickets.

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The arresting indie-pop of the Los Angeles Police Department

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Los Angeles Police Department is the work of Ryan Pollie. LAPD has got a hint of Neutral Milk Hotel in the sound of this song, however, there’s also a delicate hint of Beach Boys harmonies. Former Philadelphian Ryan Pollie’s new project, Los Angeles Police Department, is releasing their self-titled debut album on September 5th on tape from Chill Mega Chill and on vinyl on Forged Artifacts. Before he moved West to chase his rock and roll dreams, Pollie was in a local band in Philly called Cereal Heroes. Below, download the catchy indie-pop song, “She Came Through (Again).”

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Watch Of Monsters and Men play an exclusive acoustic “Silouhettes” for World Cafe (plus other videos from Iceland!)

Of Monsters and Men recording for World Cafe in their practice space | Photo by John Vettese
Of Monsters and Men recording for World Cafe in their practice space | Photo by John Vettese

All this week, WXPN’s World Cafe has explored the music of Iceland in its Sense of Place series, and it culminated today with a video of poppy indie rock collective Of Monsters and Men performing an acoustic version of their song “Silhouettes” in their practice space in a remote location just outside of Reykjavik.

Originally appearing on the Hunger Games soundtrack, the song was performed live for the first time here, and the contemplative acoustic reinvention was a treat to hear. The performance was recorded on the fly by World Cafe producer Kimberly Junod after a red-eye flight and an early morning bike tour on the streets of Reykjavik; I shot video under similar conditions, while XPN digital content manager Rich McKie edited the final product together safely ensconced back here in Philly.

We’re pretty psyched about the final product, and you can check it out below.

This was just one of a series of videos featured this week from the Cafe’s travels in Iceland. After the jump, check out performances by haunting folk ensemble Árstíðir, ambient / classical composer Ólafur Arnalds and bright electronic pop outfit Sin Fang. Continue reading →

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Jersey rockers The Parlor Mob release a free download of an epic new track called “The Day You Were Born”

The Parlor Mob | photo courtesy of facebook.com/theparlormob
The Parlor Mob | photo courtesy of facebook.com/theparlormob

The Parlor Mob is a rock and roll band from nearby Asbury Park, NJ, that has phenomenal albums out: their debut, 2008′s And You Were A Crow, and the follow-up, 2011′s Dogs. After a brief hiatus, they’re set to release their third album, Cry Wolf, and they’ve released a free download of the single, “The Day You Were Born,” which you can check out below. The song is an epic 8-minute fury of everything great about modern rock music in the tri-state area. The download aside, the band is celebrating the end of their hiatus with a few local/East Coast shows in Asbury Park, Philly, New York and Boston. Tickets for the Philly show at the TLA can be found here.

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Parquet Courts, White Fence (playing UA 10/21), & Speedy Ortiz (playing OK Fest 8/2) releasing benefit singles

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Since 2012, the Famous Class LAMC series has been releasing 7″ splits from “under-recognized artists” to contribute to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save The Music. LAMC’s announced their next three hand-picked artists, which include White Fence, Parquet Courts and Speedy Ortiz.

On each split, the selected artist contributes an unreleased track and then handpicks another artist to appear on the B-side. So far, White Fence is first to put out a track, “Nero (Has A Lot To Think About),” which features LA’s Jack Name on the B-side with “Belly Full of Blood.” This split is due out September 2nd.

The second split, out September 16th, has a track from Parquet Courts called “This Is Happening Now,” and the Brooklyn boys have chosen fellow Brooklynites Future Punx to grace the B-side with “Spike Train.”

And last but not least, Speedy Ortiz will release a track called “Doomsday” for their split, which is coming out October 7th. The B-side single, “I Took it Off a Record,” comes from VT singer-songwriter Chris Weisman.

You can see White Fence performing at Underground Arts on October 21st with King Grizzard & The Lizard Wizard (information is on our concert calendar here), and Speedy Ortiz will be performing on Day 2 of OK Fest at Golden Tea House on August 2nd. Go here for the full OK Fest line-up. All the LAMC singles will be available to download on Famous Class’s Bandcamp page here upon release. Below, you can listen to the tracks from the White Fence/Jack Name split.

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Download #XPNfest artist Ginger Coyle’s Key Studio Session

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Singer-songwriter Ginger Coyle is one of the many local bands playing the #XPNFest presented by Subaru next weekend, July 25th-27th. Ginger plays on Sunday, July 27th at Noon. Coyle is a little bit bluesy, a little bit rock and roll, a little bit jazzy and she oozes charisma. Earlier this year, Coyle and her band recorded a Key Studio Session. Listen and download the entire Key Studio Session with Ginger here, or sample “Let It Burn” from the session below.

Single day tickets and weekend passes for the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru are available here.

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