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Katie Frank returns with fiery rocker “Through Your Window”

Katie Frank | via the artist's Facebook page
Katie Frank | via the artist’s Facebook page

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Philly singer and songwriter Katie Frank. That changes now; she and her band just recently made a return to the stage at Ortlieb’s earlier this month, and she just shared “Through Your Window,” her first new single since 2014. Where she’s only flirted with blues rock in the past, she comes out guns blazing here, and it results in one of the most exciting tracks we’ve heard from her yet. Stream it below. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Shannen Moser


Word of mouth is still the best way to find out about music, so I am entirely and constantly indebted to John Vettese of WXPN and The Key for cluing me (and many blog readers and radio listeners) in to amazing artistic endeavors, especially when it comes from our hometown of Philadelphia, like this week’s in-studio session featuring Shannen Moser and our first collaboration with The Key. In the past, music sometimes did not make it to listeners because of gatekeepers; if you weren’t signed to a label, weren’t played on a radio station, weren’t part of the music biz mechanism, you might not be heard. Nowadays the problem is an excess of content, as the Internet people would say. Try to take in all of the art, music, writing, videos online and you quickly become an oversoaked sponge. That’s why people like John Vettese are so crucial. So I’ll repeat, I am entirely and constantly indebted to John Vettese for pointing us to Shannen Moser.
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Hear Strand of Oaks discuss and play tracks from Hard Love on World Cafe

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com
Strand of Oaks | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

If you haven’t been able to get enough of Strand of Oaks since the release of their brand new album Hard Love, World Cafe has you covered. The band’s Timothy Showalter recently sat down with David Dye to discuss the process of recording the album and the events that inspired it. In between stories, you can hear performances of some of the album’s tracks from the band’s recent Free At Noon performance at World Cafe Live, including a heartbreaking take on the whisper-quiet “Cry”. Check out the whole interview now below, via NPR. Continue reading →

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Hear Kississippi play new songs on Audiotree Live

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Ever since We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed dropped in late 2015, we’ve been eagerly anticipating new Kississippi tunes. The band has teased us here and there, from a demo they dropped on their Bandcamp last September to a recent Daytrotter performance of new track “Once Good,” but now, we’re getting something a little more substantial with the band’s new Audiotree Live session, which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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Tigers Jaw announce new record spin and US tour with the popping power of “Guardian”

Tigers Jaw | courtesy of the artist
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

Scrantonites Tigers Jaw are freaking back, and man are they better than ever. The duo announced their fifth full-length spin, due out on May 13th through producer Will Yip’s new Atlantic Records imprint Black Cement Records. The announcement also came with a behind-the-scenes music video for the record’s first single “Guardian” and plans for a full US tour set to hit Union Transfer on June 23rd.

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Mars Parker returns with the late-night reflection of “Flowers”

 

Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Local R&B / hip-hop mastermind Mars Parker hits us with new tune “Flowers,” the first peak into his new Bryson Spiller mixtape.

Perfectly in tune with the spring weather just around the corner, Parker laces his auto-tuned voice between the flowing warmness of producer Petemann. “When I’m around you, baby, I can’t touch the sky / You make the temperature rise” swoons Parker over the regret of ignoring and ultimately losing love, throwing him onto the crowded bus of Drake-vibes and internal emotional prying. It’s another late-night reflection track for the inconsolable millennial, only truly appreciated with a cig in one hand and doubt in the other.

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PREMIERE: Driftwood Soldier unveil new EP with “Wake Up Sinners” single

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Driftwood Soldier | photo by Kyle Cassidy | courtesy of the artist

The self-styled gutter folk duo Driftwood Soldier is back with its second studio album, a seven track EP called Blessings & Blasphemy that navigates the split perspectives of religion and atheism. The record’s Friday, March 24th release will be accompanied by a special one-off collaborative show (details after the jump), but today we’re premiering album cut “Wake Up Sinners” a few days early.

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Pay tribute to the great Nina Simone in Eville’s album, House of the Rising Sons

House of the Rising Sons EP cover | photo via evillesoauink.bandcamp.com

For local rapper, Eville, authenticity is not an option, but a necessity. Curating a collection of four albums and a number of collabs, Eville produces meaningful, retro-leaning rap that he describes as “firmly attached to the golden age of hip-hop when you had to actually rap to be a rapper.” In his recent Bandcamp release, Eville returns with frequent collaborator, German mixer, Zpu Zilla, on the prolific album House of the Rising Sons, which is a tribute to the great Nina Simone. Continue reading →