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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 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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Download “Start Over Again” by the Fort Collins, Colorado band, The 14ers

The 14ers | Ryan Kirkpatrick | Photo courtesy of the artist
The 14ers | Ryan Kirkpatrick | Photo courtesy of the artist

If you live in Colorado, chances are you’ll know that “14ers” are the state’s 58 mountain peaks that exceed 14,000 feet or more. If you’re from Fort Collins, Colorado, 14ers perhaps takes on a a different meaning in the form and and sound of The 14ers – the band. Fronted by Ryan Kirkpatrick, the 14ers specialize in catchy, breezy, acoustic based pop songs along the lines of Brett Dennen, Guster, Jack Johnson, and Toad The Wet Sprocket. Continue reading →

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Download “Suit Up” by Austin rocker A. Sinclair

A. Sinclair | Photo courtesy of the artist
A. Sinclair | Courtney Chavanell/Courtesy of the artist

Singer, songwriter and rocker A. Sinclair (Aaron Sinclair) has several notable highlights on his rock and roll resume. Originally from Houston, he moved to Boston, where he was a member of punk rock band, The Lot Six. Sinclair also made a name for himself with his own band, Frank Smith, which showcased his more rootsier side. In 2007, Sinclair made the decision to move back to Austin to start a new band with a new name. He recently released his debut on Dangerbird Records, Pretty Girls. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. You Do You, Field Report, Damien Rice and more

You Do You
You Do You | Photo by Carina Giamerese

You Do You had a big week, celebrating the release of their new I Got Time EP on Tuesday and premiering their Key Studio Session on Wednesday.  The latter features a track off of the new record, as well as an unreleased number and a few older jams.  Listen to “Island Rat” below and get the full set here.

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Stoned” by Macy Gray

Macy Gray | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Macy Gray | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Macy Gray recently released a new album, The Way. The Canton, Ohio born R&B singer and songwriter is currently on tour, and along the way made a stop into the World Cafe studios for an interview and performance with Cafe host David Dye. Continue reading →

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Meet Lazy Salon: Explosions In The Beach Boy Sky

Lazy Salon
Lazy Salon

Foggy post-rockers Lazy Salon sound like a cross between the Pet Sounds-era Beach Boys and any-era Explosions In The Sky. The new project is the brainchild of Sean Byrne, who some of you might remember as 1/2 of the band Twin Atlas, and as drummer for several Philly bands including Lenola, Mazarin, Matt Pond PA, Audible, and BC Camplight. Continue reading →

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