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Listen to Lotus revive rock for the Gilded Age

Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist
Lotus | photo courtesy of the artist

Through their extensive discography, Philly jam band Lotus have hit almost every possible genre (and created some unique sounds along the way). They recently released their newest album, Gilded Age. The album is a followup to last year’s hip-hop based Monks, which had a decidedly futuristic feel to it. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Chairman Dances reconstruct The Death of Samuel Miller

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Philly indie-folk outfit The Chairman Dances released their newest album The Death of Samuel Miller last month. It’s a period piece type of album, tracing the life of a fictional character, single-parent Samuel Miller, from 1952 up to 1990. The album is a  follow-up last year’s Michael and the Prophetess. Earlier this year, the group released the video for “Dance to the Neighbor’s Stereo”. Continue reading →

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Going through a breakup? Philly’s Mark Lanky is here to help

Mark Lanky/ courtesy of the artist
Mark Lanky/ courtesy of the artist

Philly singer-songwriter Mark Lanky is the definition of dark and brooding. With a guitar in hand and a deep baritone voice (reminiscent of The National’s Matt Berninger), Lanky embodies a world of melancholy and anguish. It’s the simplicity of his music that is his overall appeal. He doesn’t need much to pull the listener in — a natural talent, if you will. Although the music is simple, Lanky’s lyricism isn’t. His words are deep and complex while capturing the emotional roller coaster of heartbreak and despair, especially in his song, “That Morning Sun.” Written about a breakup, Lanky’s echoey voice and the dreamy melody characterize a life that was as they fade away with the relationship. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Saturday Song” by Hiss Golden Messenger

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Photo courtesy of the artist

This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is “Saturday Song” by singer-songwriter Hiss Golden Messenger, a folk and country flavored band fronted by M.C. Taylor. His forthcoming album, Lateness of Dancers, is being released on September 9th (Merge Records). The album is HGM’s fifth release, takes its name from a story by acclaimed Southern author Eudora Welty. Joining Taylor on the album are It Megafaun’s Phil and Brad Cook, Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man, guitarist William Tyler (The Lambchop, Silver Jews), and longtime member Scott Hirsch. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Brushy Mountain Cojungal Trailer” by Old Crow Medicine Show

Photo by Andrea Behrends
Photo by Andrea Behrends

Old Crow Medicine Show returned to the World Cafe last week to perform songs from their new album, Remedy. Listen to the full interview and performance of Old Crow with World Cafe host David Dye here. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Man Man brings the Marina Stage to a close with some quintessential antics

Man Man | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Man Man | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

What better way to wrap up the Marina Stage run at the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival than with Philadelphia’s beloved ever-changing art-rock ensemble Man Man.  From Honus Honus’ rock star entrance, to his “costume changes” that included an iridescent cape and white fur coat, the band that consistently brings us far-out, way fun experimental songs absolutely rocked the crowd to their feet.

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XPNFest Recap: Lake Street Dive get soulful on the River Stage

Lake Street Dive  | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lake Street Dive | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Eclectic Boston faves Lake Street Dive played a stellar, high-energy set on the XPoNential Music Festival River Stage on Sunday Afternoon. Easily crowd favorites of the weekend, the band was led by the dynamic frontwoman Rachael Price, who sang, danced and simply exuded enthusiasm while delivering jazzy pop songs with soulful vocals. Continue reading →

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XPNFest Recap: Diego Garcia plays to a swooning crowd on the Marina Stage

 

Diego Garcia | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Diego Garcia | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Diego Garcia reprised his 2012 festival appearance with a stripped down set on the Marina Stage.  The New York musician performed intimate songs from 2011′s solo debut Laura and last year’s follow-up Paradise.  Interspersing some colorful stories about the songs and events in his life over the last several years, Garcia was his usual charming self up on stage.

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