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Download a World Cafe session with Toronto singer-songwriter Basia Bulat

Photo by Caroline-Desilets
Photo by Caroline-Desilets

Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat visited the World Cafe last November to perform songs from her recent album, Tall Tall Shadow. Bulat was part of the World Cafe’s Sense of Place Toronto music series. During her session she performed intimate versions of songs from her recent album. Download all four songs from the session below, in exchange for your e-mail address via Noisetrade.

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Download the new Work Drugs single, “Half Love”

Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

“Half Love” is the latest single from Philly’s Work Drugs, from their recent album Insurgents. It’s not a live recording, but “Half Love” starts out with audience cheering that fades quickly into an 80′s synth-pop driven near anthem, where Work Drugs channel their inner Steve Winwoood circa “While You See A Chance.” Download the song below and check out the video featuring footage of a young Michael J. Fox from the movie Teen Wolf. Work Drugs start a short six city tour and play Boot & Saddle tomorrow, Friday night, April 11th with Teen Men. Go here for more information.

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G. Love still has that special sauce

Photo by Michelle Carroll Stancil
Photo by Michelle Carroll Stancil

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the major label debut from Philly’s G. Love & Special Sauce. Released in May, 1994, the band’s debut featured the popular songs “Cold Beverage,” “Baby’s Got Sauce,” and established what would become a significant career for G in Philly and worldwide. G. Love (born Garrett Dutton) grew up in Philly and attended Germantown Friends High School. After high school, his move to Boston to do some activist work and play music led to his meeting drummer Jeffrey “The Houseman” Clemens and bassist Jim “Jimi Jazz” Prescott. Influenced by Dylan, John Lee Hooker, hip-hop, New Orleans’ legend The Meters, and blues, G and Special Sauce have reunited and are releasing Sugar on April 22nd. The album features guest appearances from Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, soul/R&B singer/songwriter Marc Broussard, and the legendary vocalist Merry Clayton (best known for her duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter”). Below, download a six song sampler via Noisetrade. The sampler features three live songs and three new songs from Sugar. The reunited trio are also on a 45 city tour with a stop in Philly at the Festival Pier on Saturday, August 2nd.

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And to think, he’s only 14: Meet Charlie Hickey

Photos courtesy of the artist
Photos courtesy of the artist

Charlie Hickey is only 14 years old, yet sounds wise beyond his years. With a tip from Buzzbands.LA we’ve been introduced to the music of Hickey, who releases his EP on Friday, April 11th. His web site cites some of his influences as Sufjan Stevens and Elliot Smith; Prince, Nirvana and Neutral Milk Hotel. According to Kevin Bronson, who writes at Buzzbands.LA:

His full name is Charlie Dworsky-Hickey and he is the son of songwriters Chris Hickey and Sally Dworsky, both of whom have released wonderful solo albums and were bandmates in the underrated trio Uma (see 1997′s “Fare Well”). Hickey’s EP was made in collaboration with local songstress Phoebe Bridgers, cellist Alison Chesley (Poi Dog Pondering, Bob Mould, Broken Social Scene), guitarist Dylan McKenzie (of Derde Verde), bassist Garret Lang and producer/engineer Jim Lang.

We hope you’re as knocked out as we are. Listen to a few songs on his soundcloud here, including a cover of “Disarm” by the Smashing Pumpkins. Below, download “Odds.”

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S. Carey draws inspiration from the Sierra Nevada mountains on “Crown The Pines”

S. Carey |  Photo by Cameron Wittig
S. Carey | Photo by Cameron Wittig

Wisconsin native S. Carey (“S” for Sean) is a songwriter and composer whose new album, Range Of Light, was influenced by American naturalist John Muir and the California Sierra Nevada mountain range Muir named.

On his second studio release, Carey has crafted a beautiful collection of songs with roots in classical, jazz and pop music. A trained jazz and classical musician, Carey attended University of Wisconsin, and soon after his graduation joined Bon Iver’s band and has been a member of it since the release of Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago. On his own, Carey’s solo music distinguishes himself by having a compositional approach to the songwriting. The instrumentation is warm and inviting, emotion waxes and wanes, and special attention is paid to musical detail.

Carey plays Boot & Saddle a week from today, Monday, April 14th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download “Crown The Pines.”

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Download a collection of singles from Those Darlins

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Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Nashville rock and roll band Those Darlins began when several of the band’s members met at a girls rock and roll camp near Nashville, and released their self-titled debut in 2009. Three albums, a number of singles and one EP on, the band bring together country, classic rock and punk. Their most recent album, Blur The Line, came out out in September, 2013, and they are playing several high profiles festivals this summer including Bonnaroo and Pickathon. Below, in exchange for an e-mail address, download a collection of the band’s singles via Noisetrade.