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Mike Bell and the Movies release “American Christmas, Idiot!”

Mike Bell and the Movies at the backstage door | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com
Mike Bell and the Movies at the backstage door | Photo by Peter Murray | petermurrayphotography.com

Philadelphia power-pop group Mike Bell and the Movies released an original punk Christmas song this week called”American Christmas, Idiot!” The band, which features members from Algernon Cadwallader, Dogs on Acid, and The Weaks is donating all proceeds of sales from the song will go to local music education nonprofit Rock to the Future. The program works with over 300 Philadelphia students each year through after school and in-school programs, and summer camps. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Thin Lips, Sympathy and the Lion and more

Thin Lips
Thin Lips | Photo by Yowei Shaw

Thin Lips made their Key Studio Session debut this week. A spin-off of former Philly outfit Dangerous Ponies, Thin Lips refocuses the latter’s carnivalesque energy into high-octane punk. For this session they recorded two tracks from a 7″ called Gemini Moon. Catch the band playing new material at Johnny Brenda’s on New Year’s Eve with Hop Along and check out the title track to the 7″ below.

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Download a World Cafe performance by Ethiopian musican Hailu Mergia

Hailu Megria and Low Mentality | Photo courtesy of the artist
Hailu Megria and Low Mentality | Photo courtesy of the artist

Hailu Mergia is a keyboard player and Ethiopian music star who now lives in the U.S. He came to World Cafe‘s attention through Awesome Tapes From Africa, the website where Brian Shimkovitz posts cassette tapes of African music he discovers. That’s what led Shimkovitz to Mergia. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Thin Lips

Before Thin Lips, there was Dangerous Ponies. Frontwoman and songwriter Chrissy Tashjian, her brother Mikey on the drums and bassist Kyle Pulley were all part of Philly’s premiere indie rock carnival from 2008 till about 2013. That band was a total blast and a spectacle; glitter, brightly colored costumes, singalong hooks, big arrangements. When that crew split, Tashjian refocused her energy into a more simplified, straightforward punk rock direction. Continue reading →

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Introducing Melbourne, Australia rockers The Outdoor Type

The Outdoor Type
The Outdoor Type | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Outdoor Type is a new band from Melbourne, Australia, who recently released their debut single, “Are You Happy.” The band will be releasing their debut EP in early 2015 with a full length to follow. The band is the work of singer and songwriter Zach Buchanan, and the song was produced and mixed by Colin Leadbetter. Continue reading →

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Download “Leaps of Love” by Lancaster duo Sympathy and the Lion

Sympathy and the Lion
Sympathy and the Lion | photo via Facebook

Lancaster, PA’s Sympathy and the Lion have a new record called Remnants coming out in January. The cello / guitar duo of John Shavel and Michael Burke have been playing together since 2011 after meeting online.

“Leaps of Love” is a stand-out song from the upcoming four-track EP, down-tempo and full of atmosphere. The sparse arrangements evoke a feeling of a rural countryside covered in snow, while the vocals take the dreaminess of Lord Huron into stripped-down folk territory.

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Motherless Child (Love’s Not For War)” by Elephant Stone

Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman
Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman

Elephant Stone is a Montreal based psychedelic influenced indie rock band fronted by sitarist, bassist, and singer Rishi Dhir. The other members of the band include Miles Duprie on drums and backing vocals, and Gabriel Lambert on guitars and backing vocals. Formed in 2009 by Dhir, they debuted with The Seven Seas. Dhir has been a highly sought out sitar players in the psychedelic music scene, and has recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and many more. Continue reading →

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Download “Witches of Ulster” by Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento | via facebook.com/marco.benevento
Marco Benevento | via facebook.com/marco.benevento
Some of you might remember seeing / hearing the jazzy Benevento / Russo Duo when they opened for My Morning Jacket at an XPN-broadcasted concert in December of 2006. As a solo artist in his own right, Marco Benevento’s sound is very eclectic; he covered MMJ and The Knife on his 2009 solo album Me Not Me, and his more recent psychedelic / synthesizer-oriented material was described by Entertainment Weekly as “somewhere in between Dan Deacon and Animal Collective.” Continue reading →

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