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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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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Mason Porter, Roof Doctor, Strand of Oaks

Roof Doctor | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Roof Doctor | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Local five-piece Roof Doctor stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session, recording four songs taken from their new Mobile Freedom Home LP.  Get a free download of “Bulldog” below and check out the full set here, along with upcoming show dates.

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Download a free World Cafe session with #XPNfest band Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack

One of the bands we’re super psyched to see this weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival is Philly’s Strand Of Oaks, fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. Tim’s new album, HEAL, has been getting universal acclaim for its strong narrative, songs that are biographical in nature, and the albums’ stylistic nod to classic rock and postpunk. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Roof Doctor

If you just went by Roof Doctor‘s irreverent personalities, their tongue-deep-in-cheek social media presence (Twitter handle: @roof_deezy), the fact that they once tried to start a beef with Conor Oberst, you’d have no reason to take them seriously. But consider their chops and multi-instrumental prowess. Chet Williams has a knack for juggling sax, keyboard, percussion, bass and vocals; Kevin Paschall delivers intricate rhythmic accompaniment from behind the drumkit (I’m still wrapping my brain around the beat at the beginning of “Bulldog,” which they played in their Key Studio Session); Mark Harper reigns in everything that’s going on and arranges it into ultra catchy tunes. These dudes are so serious. Continue reading →

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Download 6 free songs by Shovels & Rope

Photo by Molly Hayes
Photo by Molly Hayes

Husband and wife roots rockers Shovels & Rope are releasing their fabulously fun new album, Swimmin’ Time, on August 25th, and WXPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer on Wednesday, September 24th. Continue reading →

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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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