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Dar Williams playing New Hope Winery tomorrow night

Dar Williams | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial
Dar Williams | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/DarWilliamsOfficial

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams is playing tomorrow evening at the New Hope Winery in support of her recent album, Emerald.

Since the release of her 1993 debut, The Honesty Room, Williams remains one of the genre’s most enduring story tellers with a catalog of  wonderful songs including “Are You Out There,” “Iowa (Traveling III),” “The Christians and the Pagans” and more. Continue reading →

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Meet World Cafe: Next artists The Jack Moves

The Jack Moves | via http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2015/11/23/457114548/world-cafe-next-the-jack-moves
The Jack Moves | via http://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2015/11/23/457114548/world-cafe-next-the-jack-moves

The Newark based soul group The Jack Moves are singer, producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Zee Desmondes, and drummer, producer (and former pro skater) Teddy Powell. The duo recently released their self-titled debut album on Wax Poetics Records, and were recently chosen by World Cafe host David Dye as one of his weekly World Cafe: Next emerging artists to watch. Continue reading →

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Download “Hating Nothing” by new Philly project Heart Harbor

Heart Harbor 0 Jessica Kourkounis
Heart Harbor | Photo by Jessica Kourkounis | courtesy of the artist | Kourkounis.com

Heart Harbor is the new project from Kerry Hallett, a long-time Philly / Portland singer-songwriter who has worked with Ali Wadsworth and members of Northern Arms. “Hating Nothing” comes to us from Heart Harbor’s debut Tender Trap EP, a collection of songs produced by Erin McKeown and recorded at Miner Street. Continue reading →

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The Best of 2015: Download a World Cafe version of “Wilder (We’re Chained)” by Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile | Photo for WXPN by Rocco Peditto
Brandi Carlile | Photo for WXPN by Rocco Peditto

As we begin to look back at the year in music, one of our favorite albums of 2015 was singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Earlier this year, Carlile, and “The Twins” – Tim and Phil Hanseroth – were on World Cafe with David Dye.

Listen to her World Cafe session below, and download “Wilder (We’re Chained)” from the session below. And make sure you watch her Cafe performance of “The Eye.” Continue reading →

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Download “The World Ender” by Lord Huron from their World Cafe session

Lord Huron | WXPN Free At Noon | Photo by Rocco Peditto
Lord Huron | WXPN Free At Noon | Photo by Rocco Peditto

As we head into the last month of the year, next week WXPN will begin asking for your best songs of 2015 for WXPN’s Best of 2015 week, when XPN hosts will be sharing with you our favorite songs and albums and new music discoveries, as well as playing back the Top 100 songs of the year as voted on by the XPN community. One of our favorite albums of 2015 was Strange Trails by Lord Huron. Continue reading →

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Download Foxing’s appearance on the World Cafe: Next podcast, see them at Union Transfer

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

St. Louis indie rock five-piece Foxing recently released its second studio album, Dealer, and was featured this week as a World Cafe: Next artist. You can stream and download the segment below in this week’s podcast from NPR, which features two tracks from the album.

First is the calm and intricate “Night Channels,” a heart-wrenching tune that features a somber hook begging “future love, don’t fall apart.” The second song, “Weave,” was written as a response – or better yet a closure – to the five-piece’s debut record The Albatross. “Weave” creates beautiful imagery on top of layered atmospheric guitars. Continue reading →

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