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Singer songwriter Angel Snow has a secret you want to know about

Angel Snow | Photo by Fairlight Hubbard
Angel Snow | Photo by Fairlight Hubbard

Originally from Chickamauga, Ga., Angel Snow has started to make some waves in the singer-songwriter scene, based out of Nashville. A serendipitous encounter with bluegrass and country star Alison Krauss allowed Snow to give Krauss a copy of Snow’s album, which led to an opportunity most musicians rarely get – a meeting with Krauss, her brother bassist Viktor Krauss. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ill Fated Natives

We don’t know a tremendous amount about Philly’s Ill Fated Natives – they’re very new to the Philly music scene – but we can tell you with no uncertainty that they rock, and they rock hard. The local power trio is made up of drummer “Joey Stix” Pointer, singer-guitarist O. Thompson and bassist Bets Charmelus. They first caught our ear in April with their debut single, a bluesy slow-burn called “That Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You.” Our Katrina Murray described the single as “tough love at its finest.” Continue reading →

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Download Ben Smith’s holiday ode “Feast of Steven” (with respect to The Smiths)

Ben Smith | Old Man Winter, Vol, 4 | Artwork by Kristen Soleck | http://www.kristensolecki.com/
Ben Smith | Old Man Winter, Vol, 4 | Artwork by Kristen Soleck | http://www.kristensolecki.com/

Local singer-songwriter Ben Smith has gotten in the holiday spirit and released Old Man Winter, Vol. 4. It’s part of his long standing Old Man Winter series, and this time around featured two songs: Getting Coal For Christmas,” about a boy who doesn’t seem to mind his growing stockpile of coal, and “Feast of Steven,” about a boy alone at boarding school for the holidays, with nothing but his Smiths records to keep him company. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Alvvays, Caroline Rose, The Fleeting Ends and more

Alvvays

Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman

Alvvays recorded a special live session for this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade.  The Toronto outfit was in town a couple of weeks ago to support its self-titled debut and performed two cuts from the LP along with an unreleased new one called “New Haircut.”  Stream and download the session below.

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Blood On Your Bootheels” by Caroline Rose

Caroline Rose | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Caroline Rose | Photo courtesy of the artist.

This past summer, singer-songwriter Caroline Rose performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival and it was captured by the World Cafe. During her set, she performed songs from her recent album, I Will Not Be Afraid. Continue reading →

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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 Psychedelic Furs records. “People keep comparing my voice to Richard Butler, 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 Furs – 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 →