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A free World Cafe download for you from #XPNfest rockers Old 97′s

Photo by Eric Schuman
Photo by Eric Schuman

Alt-country rockers Old 97′s return to town this weekend, playing WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival on Sunday, July 27th. Rhett Miller and the 97′s have a long standing history with XPN and the festival. The band first appeared at the festival in 1999, when the festival was called “Singer-Songwriter Weekend.” Always a crowd favorite, the 97′s recent release is Most Messed Up, and they made a stop at WXPN to record a session for World Cafe. Listen to their full session (interview and performance) here. Below, download a Cafe version of “Indefinitely.” Hope to see you this weekend at #XPNfest. Go here for tickets.

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The arresting indie-pop of the Los Angeles Police Department

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Los Angeles Police Department is the work of Ryan Pollie. LAPD has got a hint of Neutral Milk Hotel in the sound of this song, however, there’s also a delicate hint of Beach Boys harmonies. Former Philadelphian Ryan Pollie’s new project, Los Angeles Police Department, is releasing their self-titled debut album on September 5th on tape from Chill Mega Chill and on vinyl on Forged Artifacts. Before he moved West to chase his rock and roll dreams, Pollie was in a local band in Philly called Cereal Heroes. Below, download the catchy indie-pop song, “She Came Through (Again).”

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Download #XPNfest artist Ginger Coyle’s Key Studio Session

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Singer-songwriter Ginger Coyle is one of the many local bands playing the #XPNFest presented by Subaru next weekend, July 25th-27th. Ginger plays on Sunday, July 27th at Noon. Coyle is a little bit bluesy, a little bit rock and roll, a little bit jazzy and she oozes charisma. Earlier this year, Coyle and her band recorded a Key Studio Session. Listen and download the entire Key Studio Session with Ginger here, or sample “Let It Burn” from the session below.

Single day tickets and weekend passes for the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru are available here.

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Rose’s Pawn Shop: not your average roots rock alt-country band

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Rose’s Pawn Shop are a swirling vortex of rock and roots music from Los Angeles. The band releases their new album, Gravity Well, on September 9th. Blending bluegrass and folk with rock and alt-country, Rose’s debuted in 2006. While frontman Paul Givant leads the five piece through various musical styles on the new album, those styles – and influences – coalesce nicely into a unified voice on their songs. There’s a lot of very talented bands performing a similar kind of music as Rose’s Pawn Shop, yet this highly charged band manage to create their own unique sound, in large part due to the craftiness of the songwriting, their storytelling and the musical virtuosity.

Below, download the high energy “What Were You Waiting For.”

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The Key Studio Sessions: Taylor Dunn

Philly-bred MC Taylor Dunn got his start in music while playing basketball at LaSalle University, and his rap style has a coolness and focus that probably came in just as handy on the court as it does behind the mic. He debuted in 2011 with the Daydreamin’ mixtape (the one with the catchy Where the Wild Things Are cover art) and followed it up the following year with On the Contrary. Skillful with wit, wordplay and pop culture references – listen to his Key Studio Sessions set for references to Sister ActCarissa Explains it All, the Branch Dividians, old school Nintendo games and more – Dunn’s rhymes are free-associative and fun, and he has impeccable taste in music to mine for beats (with all due credit to his producer and creative partner Philth Spector).

Samples of Erykah Badu, The Roots and old soul records pepper his songs, giving him the vibe of a classic rapper who might have come up at the same time as A Tribe Called Quest and Digable Planets; “Orange Juice and NowAndLaters,” on the other hand, is positively crunk, and his overall sound and style recalls a young Jay Z…seriously. See below for a video of Dunn performing that last one in our studio, download the entire set and hear more on the new Collective Theory mixtape, available for download now at Soundcloud.

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Download “Wrapped” by the indie dream pop band Letting Up Despite Great Faults

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Photo courtesy of the artist

The Austin based indie dream-pop band Letting Up Despite Great Faults was founded by Mike Lee in 2006. Since then the band has released three albums, with a new record, Neon, coming out on August 12th. Letting Up make beat-driven, super catchy songs that result in jangly indie rock anthems. It’s been two years since the band’s last record, and during that time Mike Lee moved from Los Angeles to Austin which he said gave him a renewed sense of creativity. On Neon, as with their previous releases, the shimmering, shiny guitars, keyboards and drums lock in with precision and Lee continues to write joyously melodic songs. If you’re a fan of Death Cab, Passion Pit, and Ride, you should dig into Letting Up’s catalogue. You can start by download “Wrapped” below.

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Iceland export: download Mafama’s electro flavored indie pop song, “Chaingang”

Photo courtesy of the band.
Photo courtesy of the band.

This week is Sense of Place: Iceland week on World Cafe with David Dye. Recently the Cafe traveled to Reykjavík for sessions with several bands including Of Monsters and Men, Sin Fang, Ólafur Arnalds, and others. Check out the entire week of sessions and interviews here.

Mafama are an electro flavored indie pop band from Iceland. They’re from the town of Akureyri, located North of the more well known Reykjavík. Mafama, currently working on their debut album, are one of a number of new bands to emerge from the town.

Below, download “Chaingang” by Mafama.

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