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You’re invited to Helen Leicht’s Home For The Holidays holiday party

Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com
Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com

XPN’s Helen Leicht is celebrating the holidays with a special free Philly Local Home For The Holidays show on Saturday, December 14th at The Flash in Kennett Square. The show will include performances by Lizanne Knott, Dan May, Jen Creed, and Cole Redding. Doors open at 12:30PM; the show starts at 1PM.

Helen’s Home for the Holidays radio special has become an annual tradition on WXPN. This year Helen gathered Lizanne, Dan, Jen and Cole – all performing at the the live event at The Flash in Kennett Square – along with Eric Bazilian (The Hooters), Alexis Cunningham, Vita and the Woolf, Elise Dadourian, Sam Gongol of Marian Hill, John Conahan and Lauren Hart all together at Morningstar Studios with producer Glenn Barratt to record an hour of holiday music. It airs on Tuesday, December 16th at 8PM. It will also be rebroadcast during Robert Drake’s The Night Before on December 24th.

The event at The Flash is free, however you need to RSVP for the event here.

Below, watch Cole Redding cover the Beach Boys and Lizanne cover Randy Newman.

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Download “I Saw A Dream Come True” by Gene Clark

Gene Clark | Two Sides to Every Stone album cover
Gene Clark | Two Sides to Every Stone album cover

Singer-songwriter Gene Clark‘s long out of print 1977 album, Two Sides To Every Story, has been reissued by High Moon records. Clark was a founding member of The Byrds, writing or co-writing several of the band’s hits including “Here Without You,” “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” and “Eight Miles High”. Clark, along with Roger McGuinn, also wrote “You Showed Me”, which became a hit song for the Turtles 1969. Clark was only with the band a couple of years before he went solo, although he rejoined The Byrds briefly, as he continued to pursue his solo career. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Dark Blue

While setting up for his Key Studio Session, John Sharkey III of Dark Blue remarked that he’d just revisited some of his old Echo and the Bunnymen records. “People keep comparing my voice to Ian McCulloch, so I figured I should listen,” he said. “Man. They wrote some fantastic songs.” While it might be a stretch to call Dark Blue a direct descendent of the Bunnymen – or any post punk band specific, despite what your Joy Division meter might be telling you – one commonality they share is placing mood and ambiance at an equal level of importance as tight songwriting. Continue reading →

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File Under Amazing: Download “Picture You” by The Amazing

The Amazing | Photo courtesy of the band.
The Amazing | Photo courtesy of the band.

The Swedish band The Amazing have shared the title song, “Picture You,” to their forthcoming album, February 17th on Partisan Records, and it’s a beauty. For 9 minutes and 27 seconds, the Amazing craft a gorgeous, lush, guitar driven musical landscape that jangles and rocks and lays down a sprawling jazzy mid-section with flourishes of psychedelia and prog-rock. Continue reading →

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Listen to Eric Bazilian cover Capital Cities’ “Safe And Sound”

Eric Bazilian | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | http://www.racheldelsordophotography.com/
Eric Bazilian | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | <a href=http://racheldelsordophotography.com/ target=”_blank”>racheldelsordophotography.com</a>

What were some of your favorite/best songs of 2014? As we head towards the end of the year, that a question that a lot of folks will be answering. At WXPN, we’re asking you to help pick the Top 200 songs of 2014.

We asked some of our Philly local musician friends what their favorite songs of the year are, and to record versions of them. One of those musicians, singer and songwriter Eric Bazilian, a member of The Hooters and collaborator with many local musicians including David Uosikkinen’ In The Pocket, recorded a version of “Safe And Sound” by Capital Cities. Continue reading →

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Discover the smooth, solemn punk-folk of Scranton transplant Cave People in “Cluster”

Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography
Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography

Scranton transplant Cave People announced this week that they will be releasing their debut EP Older on December 9th via their new label, Stereophonodon Records. In addition to the EP announcement, Cave People is also streaming “Cluster”, the first track off of Older via Stereogum. Singer/songwriter David Tomaine, the artist behind Cave People, creates a smooth, solemn folk track with tinges of punk rock coloring it nicely. Continue reading →

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The Districts are headlining Union Transfer on Valentine’s Day, Chameleon Club on 2/13

The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber
The Districts | Photo by Ryan Farber

Philly rock faves The Districts just announced their winter tour in support of their their latest full-length, A Flourish And A Spoil, and it has them playing a headlining show at Union Transfer on February 14th. It’s something of an adopted hometown show for them; their O.G. hometown show takes place two days earlier, at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club on February 13th. Tickets for both shows go on sale this Friday, November 21st. Continue reading →