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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 →

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Listen to Dave Hause play Jenny Lewis, Leonard Cohen, D’Angelo and more on his WXPN #guestDJ set

Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Dave Hause | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Philly-born rocker Dave Hause took to the airwaves on WXPN last night with a guest DJ set during the Philly Local show, showing off his wide-reaching musical tastes. He played a moving Leonard Cohen song right next to a searing Restorations jam, a blissed-out War on Drugs anthem next to an aggressive Run the Jewels gut-punch and kept the hour lively and unpredictable. Continue reading →

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Strength in Weakness split: The Weaks’ “Call Me Away” is released

Photo via facebook.com/TheWeaks
Photo via facebook.com/TheWeaks

Philly pop punkers The Weaks, are one of five bands involved in the charitable split EP from Lame-O Records, Strength in Weakness. The split comes out Feb. 3, and The Weaks’ track “Call Me Away” is the second to last song the label has shared (we’re still waiting on Beach Slang). All proceeds from this charity split will be going to United Cerebral Palsy fund. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new EP by Church Girls, see them Saturday at MilkBoy

Church Girls  | via Facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic
Church Girls | via Facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic

After the latest release of the gritty, adrenalin pumping single “Young Planes,” local four-piece Church Girls has just released their self-titled EP filled with a handful of indie-punk tracks. ”Hymn” proves that Mariel Beaumont can conquer soothing vocals, while “Powder Keg” epitomizes the darker, energetic sound of “Young Planes.” Continue reading →

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Hear an archival performance from Richie Havens and new sets by Kicking Down Doors and Lover’s League on Sunday’s Folk Show with Gene Shay

Richie Havens | Photo by Heinrich Klaffs
Richie Havens performing in 1972 | Photo by Heinrich Klaffs

This past Sunday night on WXPN, long-time Folk Show host Gene Shay took his penultimate turn at the microphone with a show that, once again, mixed the old with the new.

While Gene dug into the archives for a 1967 interview with the legendary Richie Havens, as well as a 1977 interview with Germantown’s own Lew London, the show also contained performances by two standouts in the Philadelphia folk scene of today: Lover’s League and Kicking Down Doors (both of whom play the Winter Doldrums Festival at World Cafe Live on February 7th). Continue reading →