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Ben Hughes voices the struggles of the common man on this month’s album release

Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com
Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

New Jersey singer-songwriter Ben Hughes just released the next installment in his epic musical project. At the beginning of this year, Hughes decided that he would release one solo album per month, made up of previously unreleased recordings spanning 2005 to 2012. He reached the halfway point of his project with last month’s release, At the End of My Life. To kick off the next half of the project, he decided to switch gears his month and record an idea that’s been in his head for years. Continue reading →

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Download a sampler of new songs by Noah Gunderson

Noah Gunderson | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/noahgundersenmusic
Noah Gunderson | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/noahgundersenmusic

As a singer-songwriter, Seattle based Noah Gunderson more than wears his heart on his sleeve. Since 2008 – when he released his first EP – the confessional self-reflective singer and songwriter has built an impressive following with his intense live performances, pouring his heart and soul into making connections with his fans through his emotionally impassioned songs. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Nik Greeley

We’ve had our eyes on Philadelphia’s Nik Greeley for a little while now, and it’s always been clear that he is one driven and charismatic dude. His old band Black Stars gave him a solid start – the four-piece fused classic and modern rock, showing a heavy reverence for two of his favorites, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Rolling Stones. Even though that group’s recorded output never quite managed to equal the polish and precision of its live show, it got Greeley established in navigating the Philadelphia music scene.  Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of the classic “Sunshine” by Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards | Photo via http://www.newfrontiertouring.com/artist/jonathan-edwards/
Jonathan Edwards | Photo via http://www.newfrontiertouring.com/artist/jonathan-edwards/

The heritage singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards, who recently visited the World Cafe studios to record a session, was driving a truck when he wrote his big hit song “Sunshine” in 1971. Edwards, who’ll be on the radio show with David Dye on Monday, August 3rd, has a new album, Tomorrow’s Child, recorded in Nashville. On his new record, Edwards partnered with Darrell Scott and the collection features contributions from Allison Krauss, Shawn Colvin, Vince Gill, and Joe Walsh. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Stunner” by Milky Chance

Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist
Milky Chance | photo by James Kendall | courtesy of the artist

The German duo Milky Chance – Clemens Rehbein and Phillip Dausch – return to Philly tonight to headline the Skyline Stage at the Mann. The duo, still riding high with their with their global hit song, “Stolen Dance,” are touring with X-Ambassadors, who themselves have a hit song, “Renegades.” Continue reading →

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New Jersey’s YJY blends their unique brand of fuzz pop into the DIY community

YJY | photo by Jill Hendershott | courtesy of the band
YJY | photo by Jill Hendershott | courtesy of the band

Philadelphia may have an amazing music scene, but there’s an entirely different world across the pond in New Jersey. One of the megacenters of NJ’s music scene is the northern town of New Brunswick, although that’s nothing new – legendary shows have been going down there since the mid-20th century.

Countless bands, such as Thursday, Screaming Females, The Gaslight Anthem, Streetlight Manifesto, and even bigger rock acts like The Smithereens and Bon Jovi, got their start underground in crowded suburban basements. Later, they moved on to more official venues like the Court Tavern and the Starland Ballroom, which accelerated their fame. New Brunswick’s scene is apparently so well-known that it has its own Wikipedia article. You can explore that on your own time.

While those bands have risen to national prominence and beyond the tight-knit scene of New Brunswick, a new generation of underground bands is filling in the gaps at a record pace. One of these bands is fuzz pop four-piece YJY. I was lucky enough to listen to their stellar debut EP, COUCH SURFIN USA, and catch them just after the EP release show. Continue reading →

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Get to know #XPNfest artist Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez | Judson Baker/Courtesy of Press Junkie
Gina Chavez | Judson Baker/Courtesy of Press Junkie

Of the many bands we’re excited to see this weekend at WXPN’s XPoNential Music Festival, Texas native Gina Chavez is high on the list. The bilingual Latin-folk singer/songwriter blends cumbia, bossa nova, vintage pop, reggaeton, and folk injected with social commentary and her dynamic vocal range. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Alex G

It takes a moment to wrap your brain around the sheer volume of music on Alex G‘s Bandcamp page. Five full-lengths, three EPs and four standalone singles, all released in the past five years – most released in the past two – but recorded in fits and starts in various apartment bedrooms and suburban houses, ever since the man behind the project, Alex Giannascoli, was a teenager.

But he’s not just prolific for prolific’s sake; there seems to be a definite method to Alex’s madness, whether you’re talking about his DIY discography or his on-point live band. Instruments are arranged in a minimal but alluring manner – the interplay of chiming guitar lead with the chugging rhythm strums on “Black Hair” is intoxicating; the thumping floor toms on “Soaker” are moving and emotive. Then there are his lyrics, which are just as specific and descriptive as they are loose and mysterious – like “Wicked Boys,” and its mantra-like opening “real men walk / on the outside / and they take it for the team.” Continue reading →

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Download a live version of “Live By The Water” by Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear

Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Three days and counting! This weekend is the XPoNential Music Festival at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ. The festival starts this Friday, July 24th and features The Word, JD McPherson, Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, Dawes and more. Altogether there are 32 bands performing over the weekend including First Aid Kit, My Morning Jacket, George Ezra, Delta Rae, Indigo Girls, Calexico, Hop Along, St. Vincent, Field Report, The Word, Dawes, and many more. Continue reading →

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