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Folkadelphia Session: Cuddle Magic


Back at the end of 2012, Folkadelphia recorded a stripped down set in the auxiliary broadcast room at WXPN with folk goddess Anais Mitchell. During this session, we met an excitable, highly passionate, and imaginative individual named Ben Davis who was playing in Mitchell’s band (alongside Rachel Reis). As they played, we were privy to just a glimpse of the insane brilliance that Davis brings with him everywhere he goes. He also told us about his own project Cuddle Magic. How could we not listen after all of what we witnessed? Continue reading →

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Listen Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s celestial new song “I Ain’t Waiting”

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Constance Mensh

With a full band debut release set for October with Intensity Ghost, local experimental rockers Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel band have shared the first song from the record with “I Ain’t Waiting.”  The 5-track LP will be out on October 28th through No Quarter and follows Forsyth’s 2013 Solar Motel effort.

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Download Modern Inventors new single “Selfish Generation”

Modern Inventors | photo by Ryan Farber | www.facebook.com/ryanfarberphotography
Modern Inventors | photo by Ryan Farber | www.facebook.com/ryanfarberphotography

Local indie pop / rockers Modern Inventors have released a new single called “Selfish Generation,” the first studio follow-up to last year’s debut LP Trains and Aeroplanes.  We first heard the track in the band’s 2013 Key Studio Session, and you can download both versions below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Verbatum Jones

VerbatumJones
Photo by John Vettese

As you can see in the above photo, Verbatum Jones performed his Key Studio Session seated. This rarely happens for us, at least with non-pianists – musicians are used to standing onstage when they perform, and that carries over to recording as well. But Verb smiled, shrugged, and said “hey, this is a radio thing, I want to get the full radio experience.” He’s a lively and outgoing dude, and by the end of our hour together, I felt like I really got to know him. But that’s exactly what makes him connect so much as a rapper – he knows how to connect as a person. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Sacred Papercuts,” the first single from Dumhi’s Soft Pretzel Power Ballads

Dumhi | via facebook.com/dumhi
Dumhi onstage in 2011 | via facebook.com/dumhi

Philly hiphop collective Dumhi returns this month with the latest installment of its Loosies series, amusingly titled Soft Pretzel Power Ballads. It’s a funny title, but these dudes are for serious – producer Haj at the helm and his regular bevy of collaborators, including Reef the Lost Cauze (his January single “Early on my Born Day“), Random, Murs, Burke the Jurke and more. Continue reading →

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Watch Commonwealth Choir’s new “Along the Peak” performed at The TLA

Commonwealth Choir onstage at The TLA
Commonwealth Choir

On Friday night, Philly rockers Commonwealth Choir performed at The TLA on South Street on the seven-artist lineup of the Bands in the Backyard Summer Sounds showcase. The band’s well-received EP Shirtless is coming up on a year old, meaning they’ve been working more and more unreleased material into their setlist of late, including from their XPoNential Music Festival set last month to their performance on Friday night. Continue reading →

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Watch Dave Hause cover Jenny Lewis’ “Just One of the Guys” in the Czech Republic

Dave Hause
Dave Hause

Philly’s Dave Hause is a touring machine. Following a knockout XPoNential Music Festival set with his band, he promptly headed overseas for a European headlining tour, where he’s about to play the UK’s storied Reading Festival this weekend. In between, he took a few minutes by a placid lake in the Czech Republic one afternoon to shoot a cover of fellow XPNFest artist Jenny Lewis: an acoustic rendition of her super-catchy “Just One of the Guys,” the single from this year’s The Voyager. Continue reading →