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Listen to Stars cover The Smiths on WXPN’s Like A Version

Stars on WXPN's Like A Version | Photo by Eric Schuman
Stars on WXPN’s Like A Version | Photo by Eric Schuman

Even the most casual fan of Canadian indie pop torch-bearers Stars has to pick up on the band’s evident reverence for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths. So it’s totally fitting that, when Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman of the band stopped by Dan Reed’s show on WXPN this Wednesday for the Like A Version segment, they unpacked an acoustic guitar and dusted off a Smiths classic. After the jump, listen to their rendition of “What Difference Does It Make?” from The Smiths’ self-titled 1984 album, and listen to their full conversation with Dan Reed. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: John Fogerty responds to alleged “controversy,” Ryan Adams writes music for new Al Pacino movie, and Patti Smith to perform at the Vatican

Tommaso Boddi/Getty
Tommaso Boddi/Getty

John Fogerty has responded to the “so-called” controversy, created by some over the performance by Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl & the Zac Brown Band’s of Fogarty’s CCR classic: “Fortunate Son” at the Concert for Valor on Veterans Day in front of military veterans in Washington. Continue reading →

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Fiancé release summery new video for “Climb the Stairs”

Fiancé
Fiancé | photo by Nicholas Fusca

Fiancé‘s new video for “Climb the Stairs,” premiered this week on Wondering Sound, documents a group of friends enjoying what is perhaps the last house party of the summer.  The band is playing in the living room while the fire pit is sparking on the deck, shenanigans are happening in the kitchen and kids are throwing in a last-ditch effort to make some memories.  ”Climb the Stairs” is taken from the Newark, DE’s debut EP1 and follows the video for “Era.”

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Folkadelphia Session: Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth


Reading, PA’s Caroline Reese and the Drifting Fifth – for our recording session, the Fifth was just one, Mark Watter – help to remind me why we’re here doing this whole Folkadelphia thing. All of this music we take in and care about isn’t just about virtuosity, pedigree, accolades, and next steps, it’s also, and maybe mostly, about having fun and spreading that infectious joy around. The duo was able to coax out that joy that exists, but is sometimes dormant, in the studio during an evening in late May. I think that speaks a volumes about Reese’s future as a performer.
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Listen to Crimson Wave’s Say / Calling You 7″

Crimson Wave
Crimson Wave | photo by Jeffrey Lash

Baltimore’s Crimson Wave will be in town on November 29th for a show at PhilaMOCA.  Recruited by locals No Other, fans of that band’s deep energy will find a fitting counterpart in Crimson Wave.  The quartet writes low key “bummer pop,” going against the grain of a genre that tends to favor a heavy dose of distortion with tracks that don’t bury their individual components.

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XPN Morning Show MusicNotes: #XPNVinylatHeart – “Zoomed-out” classic album covers; Stream TV on the Radio’s new “Seeds” & Bruce Springsteen & Dave Grohl perform controversial cover of “Fortunate Son”

via Stereogum.com
via Stereogum.com

Stereogum is showing that perhaps they’re “Vinyl at Heart” with a montage of what some classic album covers might look like if you zoomed out a little farther!   Check out several below and a bunch more here. Continue reading →

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Meet Goones: Philadelphia’s musical painter

Goones | via goones.bandcamp.com
Goones | via goones.bandcamp.com

There isn’t a set criteria into making art. As long as the creator is using their medium to express themself in some way, the creation could be considered art. Philadelphia’s Goones takes an artist approach to music on his new album Healing. The project of songwriter and electronic musician Sean Negron, Goones blends dream pop, synth pop, and alternative dance like different color paint on an abstract mural. When you listen to the album, you can barely hear what’s being said by Goones, but the sound he incorporates creates a transcendent picture filled with different types of colors and shapes. Check out the song “We’ve Changed” and experience a small sample of Goones’ musical paintings, and download the album for free at his Bandcamp page. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: You Do You

As I was saying yesterday, funky Philly five-piece You Do You are true party rockers. I don’t necessarily mean that in the LMFAO sense, but it’s not too far off, in that these eclectic music heads from Pennsport take a wide assortment of sounds and styles – from disco to jam rock – mix them in the proverbial blender set to puree and cut the results with a healthy dose of Sly Fox. Continue reading →

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Happy EP release day to You Do You! Hear their Key Session on WXPN tonight

You Do You | via facebook.com/YouDoYouMusic
You Do You | via facebook.com/YouDoYouMusic

It’s probably an exercise in futility to pin down Philly five-piece You Do You to a single genre. Unless, of course, we can call “PARTY” a genre. Fitting somewhere in the interzone between Parliament, Chic, The B-52s, Lady GaGa and the more upbeat moments of Phish, the Philly five piece can be anything from disco to pop to jammed-out funk. Band leader Katie Feeney’s vocals are powerful and soulful; drummer Aaron Boczkowski rocks a fierce dancefloor rhythm. The other players – Drew Parker on guitar, Crills Wilson on keys, Alex Baranowski on bass – keep the energy high, trading solos, adding texture and harmonizing. And it all comes together with brilliant energy on the new I Got Time EP, available today via Bandcamp. Continue reading →