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The Key Studio Sessions: Nik Greeley

We’ve had our eyes on Philadelphia’s Nik Greeley for a little while now, and it’s always been clear that he is one driven and charismatic dude. His old band Black Stars gave him a solid start – the four-piece fused classic and modern rock, showing a heavy reverence for two of his favorites, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones. Even though that group’s recorded output never quite managed to equal the polish and precision of its live show, it got Greeley established in navigating the Philadelphia music scene.  Continue reading →

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Dogs on Acid toy with delightful slacker rock on “Make It Easy”

Dogs on Acid | via facebook.com/DogsonAcid.us
Dogs on Acid | via facebook.com/DogsonAcid.us

Local hotshots Dogs on Acid released another new track, “Make It Easy”, off their debut LP yesterday. The record is due on August 28 via Jade Tree.

Featuring Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader, Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, and Nate Dionne of Snowing/Glocca Morra, they’re the scene’s most underground supergroup to date. And it’s an understatement to say that there’s major hype for this upcoming album. Continue reading →

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Here are all our favorite covers from this past weekend’s XPN Fest

George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
George Ezra | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Missed out on the festivities this past weekend? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. As entertaining as it was seeing some of our favorite bands play some of our favorite songs at XPN Fest, it was equally fun seeing them play some of their own favorite songs. Without fail, there is always a fantastic collection of covers played by the various performers throughout the festival, and we’re here to break down the best of the weekend for you. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of the classic “Sunshine” by Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards | Photo via http://www.newfrontiertouring.com/artist/jonathan-edwards/
Jonathan Edwards | Photo via http://www.newfrontiertouring.com/artist/jonathan-edwards/

The heritage singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards, who recently visited the World Cafe studios to record a session, was driving a truck when he wrote his big hit song “Sunshine” in 1971. Edwards, who’ll be on the radio show with David Dye on Monday, August 3rd, has a new album, Tomorrow’s Child, recorded in Nashville. On his new record, Edwards partnered with Darrell Scott and the collection features contributions from Allison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, Vince Gill, and Joe Walsh. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Watch the quietly moving “Never For Nothing” video by The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds | Photo by Doug Seymour
The Stray Birds | Photo by Doug Seymour

Folk trio The Stray Birds traveled a long way to make this video. In fact, they spent fifteen hours on a train from South Carolina to New York City in order to bring song “Never For Nothing” to life. Their travels were worth it. The video features Canadian musician Taylor Ashton of the group Fish & Bird as he performs on subway platforms to audiences of children and in fields to the open air. It’s a beautiful song and an equally beautiful video.  Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Lushlife and friends reinterpret “Gymnopedie 1.2″ in new video

Lushlife
Lushlife | photo by Isaac Remsen | www.IsaacRemsen.com

Despite having to reach all the way back to 2012 to find his most recent record, Lushlife has been busy during the last three years with projects like an expansive Shaking Through session and an innovative, Reddit-style art website called Designflow.

But now, as we draw closer to a release day for his follow-up to 2012′s Plateau Vision, Raj Haldar returns to that effort with a new live video for “Gymnopedie 1.2.”

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Watch Ton-Taun perform “Lucky Guy” and “Strangers” live, see them at Lancaster’s Taste of XPoNential

Ton-Taun | Photo via Facebook.com/tontaun
Ton-Taun | Photo via Facebook.com/tontaun

Lancaster six piece Ton-Taun are getting set to perform at Tellus360 in Lancaster this Saturday as part of Taste of Xponential, but not without giving new listeners a taste of their live sound. The experimental indie rock band recently linked up with Lancaster Online as part of their 411 Series to play a few songs and sit down for a Q & A. You can check out the whole piece here. Continue reading →

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Hear Dave Hause cover Joe Strummer’s “Coma Girl” on WXPN’s Copy That with Dan Reed

David Hause | Photo By Andrew Stuart
David Hause | Photo By Andrew Stuart

Before rocking Union Transfer on Wednesday night (see photos here), Philly-born punk rocker Dave Hause joined Dan Reed on the air on WXPN for his Copy That segment. Backed by his brother Tim, Dave covered Joe Strummer’s “Coma Girl” – a song from 2003′s Streetcore, his final album with The Mescaleros. Hause touched on the influence songwriters such as Strummer have had on him, what it’s like moving away from Philly, how his shows change when he doesn’t have a full band behind him, and more. Hause is currently still on a nationwide tour in support of his sophomore solo release, Devour. Check out the full interview along with the cover below. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Lydia Loveless

Photo by Patrick Crawford
Photo by Patrick Crawford

Our love for Lydia Loveless is well documented. Off and online, we stood on top of any platform that would have us and shouted to the world “LISTEN TO SOMEWHERE ELSE, FALL HARD FOR LOVELESS!” Lydia and her band are pros at creating music that hits the sweet spot between country twang, rock with abandon, and pop sensibilities. There are songs to shout, songs to sing along to, and songs to feel deeply with. We were honored to welcome Lydia and her crew to the XPN Studios. The band took a load off and let Loveless perform as a duo with guitarist Todd May. Though the bark of the full band was absent, the bite inherent to the music was still very much there. Take a listen and go see Lydia Loveless support Ben Bridwell and Iron & Wine at Union Transfer on July 28th. Continue reading →