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Download a live World Cafe performance of “War Paint” by Ex Hex

Ex Hex | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Ex Hex | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Ex Hex are indie rocker singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag) drummer Laura Harris, and bassist Betsy Wright. They recently released their debut full length, Rips – on Merge Records. It’s a album that lives up to its name, and rips through 35 minutes of punk rock inspired jams. The band were recently on World Cafe with host David Dye. Continue reading →

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Download Work Drugs’ new holiday single “Nicholas” to give your Christmas a synth-filled soundtrack

Work Drugs | Photo by Matthew Davis
Work Drugs | Photo by Matthew Davis

Philly electropop group Work Drugs released a new track for this holiday season called “Nicholas.” Utilizing waves of synthesizers and drifting vocals in the usual Work Drugs fashion, it keeps classic with drums accented with jingle jangle tambourines and sleigh bells. The song is an upbeat reminder of the important things and surely a nice break from the usual Christmas tunes that are repeated incessantly throughout December. Continue reading →

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Download “Music For Touching” by Cookies

Cookies | Photo courtesy of the artist
Cookies | Photo by Emily Keegin | courtesy of the artist

Each week on the World Cafe, host David Dye puts the spotlight on an emerging band worthy of your attention. This week, it’s the Brooklyn based duo Cookies, led by led by Ben Sterling (formerly of Mobius Band) and featuring Melissa Metrick on vocals. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Ford Econoline” by Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Prophet has been at this musician thing for a long time. Trace back to the mid-Eighties, you’ll find Prophet becoming a member of the legendary alt-country psychedelic rock band Green On Red for their 1985 release, Gas Food Lodging, staying with the band until they dissolved. Continue reading →

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Download a blistering live World Cafe version of “Native Stepson” by Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth | Photo by Brittany Salerno for WXPN
Sonny Landreth | Photo by Brittany Salerno for WXPN

Born Clyde Vernon Landreth, guitarist Sonny Landreth is a guitarist’s guitarist. Born in Mississippi, his family settled in Lafayette, Louisiana. His first professional gig was as a guitarist with the legendary Clifton Chenier in the Red Beans and Rice Revue in the Seventies, before he stepped out on his own as a solo artist. Landreth released two albums in the Eighties which led to his being called upon by John Hiatt who enlisted his services on Hiatt’s classic 1988 Slow Turning album. A pair of excellent albums in the Nineties, 1992′s Outward Bound, and 1995′s South Of I-10, garnered Landreth even more praise and notoriety, and he went on to collaborate with Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Jimmy Buffett. Continue reading →

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Singer songwriter Angel Snow has a secret you want to know about

Angel Snow | Photo by Fairlight Hubbard
Angel Snow | Photo by Fairlight Hubbard

Originally from Chickamauga, Ga., Angel Snow has started to make some waves in the singer-songwriter scene, based out of Nashville. A serendipitous encounter with bluegrass and country star Alison Krauss allowed Snow to give Krauss a copy of Snow’s album, which led to an opportunity most musicians rarely get – a meeting with Krauss, her brother bassist Viktor Krauss. Continue reading →

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Download Ben Smith’s holiday ode “Feast of Steven” (with respect to The Smiths)

Ben Smith | Old Man Winter, Vol, 4 | Artwork by Kristen Soleck | http://www.kristensolecki.com/
Ben Smith | Old Man Winter, Vol, 4 | Artwork by Kristen Soleck | http://www.kristensolecki.com/

Local singer-songwriter Ben Smith has gotten in the holiday spirit and released Old Man Winter, Vol. 4. It’s part of his long standing Old Man Winter series, and this time around featured two songs: Getting Coal For Christmas,” about a boy who doesn’t seem to mind his growing stockpile of coal, and “Feast of Steven,” about a boy alone at boarding school for the holidays, with nothing but his Smiths records to keep him company. Continue reading →

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