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The Key Studio Sessions: OCD: Moosh & Twist

It wasn’t all that long ago that DeQuincy “Moosh” Coleman McRae and Oliver “Twist” Feighan were Haverford High School kids matching up beats with their rhymes and envisioning one day when they’d be rocking massive crowds with their party-positive jams. In just about five years, OCD: Moosh & Twist has grown from being an after school hobby of two dudes who have been friends since sixth grade to becoming their legit careers. They’ve put out a string of well-received mixtapes - The Welcome Mat in 2011, The Vestibule in 2012, and Back to the Basement in 2013 – and last year dropped their first official album, Living Out Loud. Continue reading →

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Meet the gritty, suave Philly crooner Sean Burke on the Stuck In My Head EP

Sean Burke | via seangerardburke.bandcamp.com
Sean Burke | via seangerardburke.bandcamp.com

Stuck In My Head, the second album from singer and multi-instrumentalist Sean Burke, combines a variety of genres including rock, jazz, and blues. The arrangements of electric guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, all played by Burke himself, are used in many ways throughout this varied and surprising five-song EP. Burke displays exceptional versatility with his voice and instrumentals, from the upbeat track “Thunderstorms” to the mourning sound of “Sounds Like Heaven,” to the rap in “Must Be.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Vita and the Woolf cover Jefferson Airplane on XPN’s Like A Version

Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese

On last night’s weekly Like A Version segment, Jennifer Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Philly soul-rock trio Vita and the Woolf to play a haunting rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” with keyboards, acoustic guitar and Pague’s powerful voice. While on the show, she chatted with XPN host Dan Reed about her band’s forthcoming trip to SXSW in Austin, a crowdfunding effort for her new EP and more. Listen to the cover and their conversation with Reed below. Continue reading →

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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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Download a new song by Pokey LaFarge, “Something In The Water”

Pokey LaFarge | Photo courtesy of the artist
Pokey LaFarge | Photo courtesy of the artist

PokeyLaFarge just wants you to have a good, good time with his mix of country blues, Western swing, Bluegrass, and old time jazz. Since 2006, when he released his debut album, Marmalade, and over the course of seven albums LaFarge has been putting smiles on faces. 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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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 →