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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Kalob Griffin Band, Delta Spirit, Shark Tape

Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios
Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios

This week’s Key Studio Session highlights the Kalob Griffin Band, a local group with a strong following for its rootsy Americana.  For this session, Griffin and his band struck all angles of their sound – mournful, humorous, and sentimental.  Stream and download “Whiskey My Love” below and get the three-track set here.

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The Ghost In You welcomes autumn with nostalgic “Ten Thirty One”

The Ghost In You
The Ghost in You | photo courtesy of the artist

While many people are trying to hold on to what’s left of the summer by spending one last weekend down the shore or having a final family barbecue outside, some of us are ready to step into the next season.  Local bedroom project The Ghost In You is certainly ready, releasing a new single called “Ten Thirty One” in honor of next month’s spooky holiday.

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Meet Philly’s Good Girl: Four ladies with a 90s sound

Good Girl | photo via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl
Good Girl | photo via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl

Who doesn’t love music from the 90s? For those who grew up in that decade, there’s a certain feeling we get when we hear its music. It makes us reflect on the great memories we had during those times. What’s even better is new music that sounds like it came from the 90s, especially hip hop or R&B. This is why Philly R&B group Good Girl is important for this generation. These lovely ladies – Megan Nicolle, Morgan (J.L.), Courtney (Bobbie) and Arielle – not only have a sound that has been missing for years, but they also showcase authentic talent to their listeners and audience. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Kalob Griffin Band

Yesterday, we came across a YouTube video of a Philadelphia television newscast circa 1979, profiling The Grateful Dead and their fans during a performance at The Spectrum, and there seemed to be a common refrain. This was music that made its audiences feel good. These were songs that tugged at your heartstrings, had bittersweet moments, but ultimately uplifted listeners into a positive space. I don’t bring this up to reductively infer that the Dead and this week’s Key Studio Session featured artist, Kalob Griffin Band, necessarily sound alike – though there is an undeniably 60s influence on their very “I Shall Be Released”-esque ballad “A Song For You” that closes the set. Instead, I mention it because of the effect each band has on its audience. Continue reading →

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The psychedelic guitar-groove rock of Brazil’s Wannabe Jalva

Wannabe Jalva | Photo credit: Biel Gomes
Wannabe Jalva | Photo credit: Biel Gomes

Wannabe Jalva are a rock band from Brazil with elements of psychedelia and space rock. The foursome include Rafael Rocha (Vocals, Guitar), Tiagao Abrahão (Bass, Guitar), Fernando Paulista (Drums and Percussion) and Felipe Puperi (Vocals, Guitars, Keys). They release their new record Collecture, on October 15th, 2014. The band began playing their self-proclaimed “uterus space-groove rock” in 2010. In the summer of 2011 they released their debut EP, Welcome To Jalva. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe version of “Push It” by Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit | Photo by Matthew J. Pandolfe/Courtesy of the artist
Delta Spirit | Photo by Matthew J. Pandolfe/Courtesy of the artist

Delta Spirit just released their new album, Into The Wide, and recently were on World Cafe. Into The Wide is the band’s fourth album, and was recorded at Maze Studios in Atlanta. Originally formed in San Diego, and fronted by vocalist/guitarist Matt Vasquez, Into The Wide finds the band evolving towards a more tougher, soaring and expansive sound than on their previous releases. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company