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Get ready for The Lone Bellow’s Free at Noon with their new Then Came Morning

The Lone Bellow | via Facebook.com/thelonebellow
The Lone Bellow | via Facebook.com/thelonebellow

This Tuesday, Brooklyn-based trio The Lone Bellow released their sophomore album, Then Came the Morning, showcasing their critically-acclaimed bluesy, Americana sound.

The group is no stranger to Philly, rocking a main stage slot at the 53rd annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in August.  Their anticipated show at Underground Arts is set for March 24. And they just announced a performance at XPN’s Free at Noon concert next Friday. (RSVP here.) Continue reading →

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Watch Joe Jack Talcum of The Dead Milkmen recorded live to vinyl for The 78 Project

Joe Jack Talcum at International House | Photo by John Vettese
Joe Jack Talcum at International House | Photo by John Vettese

There was an ominous silence at the International House earlier this month as Joe Jack Talcum of Dead Milkmen prepared to play “Railroad Bill.”

On Jan. 15, the International House in Philly screened the documentary The 78 Project, a film in which New York-based folk music and field recording enthusiasts Alex Steyermark and Lavinia Wright traveled the states capturing performances by various musicians in gardens, bedrooms, and other non-traditional locations.

After the screening, the 78 project team did a live recording and pressing of Philly-based Joe Jack Talcum playing the Bob Dylan cover on acoustic guitar and harmonica. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: OCD: Moosh & Twist

It wasn’t all that long ago that DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan were Haverford High School kids matching up beats with their rhymes and envisioning one day when they’d be rocking massive crowds with their party-positive jams. In just about five years, OCD: Moosh & Twist has grown from being an after school hobby of two dudes who have been friends since sixth grade to becoming their legit careers. They’ve put out a string of well-received mixtapes - The Welcome Mat in 2011, The Vestibule in 2012, and Back to the Basement in 2013 – and last year dropped their first official album, Living Out Loud. Continue reading →

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Meet the gritty, suave Philly crooner Sean Burke on the Stuck In My Head EP

Sean Burke | via seangerardburke.bandcamp.com
Sean Burke | via seangerardburke.bandcamp.com

Stuck In My Head, the second album from singer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Burke, combines a variety of genres including rock, jazz, and blues. The arrangements of electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, all played by Burke himself, are used in many ways throughout this varied and surprising five-song EP. Burke displays exceptional versatility with his voice and instrumentals, from the upbeat track “Thunderstorms” to the mourning sound of “Sounds Like Heaven,” to the rap in “Must Be.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Vita and the Woolf cover Jefferson Airplane on XPN’s Like A Version

Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese

On last night’s weekly Like A Version segment, Jennifer Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Philly soul-rock trio Vita and the Woolf to play a haunting rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” with keyboards, acoustic guitar and Pague’s powerful voice. While on the show, she chatted with XPN host Dan Reed about her band’s forthcoming trip to SXSW in Austin, a crowdfunding effort for her new EP and more. Listen to the cover and their conversation with Reed below. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Ryley Walker

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Throughout the year, you’ll be inundated by bloggers, curators, and personalities telling you that “so-and-so” musician is going to have a big 2015, keep your eyes and ears opened. Hype slingers. What separates Folkadelphia from them? Well, maybe conviction, maybe nothing. But check this out – I want to tell you about a guy, I want to tell you about Ryley Walker. Maybe my conviction, but definitely his music, can convince you.
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25 locals (plus!) come together to sing for retiring XPN Folk Show host Gene Shay

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Photo by Lisa Schaffer

“Sing For Gene Shay” is a new tribute song to the “Dean of Folk DJs” Gene Shay in honor of his retirement this Sunday, February 1st as the host of WXPN’s Folk Show. Written, recorded and produced under the name of “Friends Of Gene,” 25 local musicians and a team of four producers and engineers came together to pay a loving tribute to Shay, who has been on the air for 50+ years hosting folk music in Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Funky Philly seven-piece Darla makes an elegant entrance with Darla Forever

Darla | via facebook.com/darlaphilly
Darla | via facebook.com/darlaphilly

Seven piece funk band Darla make their entrance on the scene a memorable one. Last week the band released its second album Darla Forever! - a multifaceted instrumental blend – and played a lively show at The Fire. Mastermind Michael Morrongiello composes the tunes that evoke a desire to dance; in the track “Sooz Clues,” the guitars, bass and drums shape the structure of the song. Jake Fabian and Will Schade blend their saxophone melodies together groovily. The mixing of the song is done so elegantly; it resembles the retro funk sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ortolan at Kung Fu Necktie, John C. Reilly and Tom Brosseau at Sellersville Theater, Abi Reimold at Bourbon and Branch

via facebook.com/OrtolanMusic
via facebook.com/OrtolanMusic

Ortolan is a whimsical indie folk band of three sisters and one sister-in-law, bred in Delran New Jersey and based currently in Philadelphia. Last year, they released their second album, Covered In Black, recorded with Daniel Smith of regional favorites Danielson. The album is playful, poppy and brightly arranged, reminiscent of aughties indie favorites like Architecture in Helsinki, Los Campesinos! and Bright Eyes. Tonight the band plays Kung Fu Necktie; more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Bottle’s Broken” from Covered In Black. Continue reading →