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Download “Runner” by Laura Stevenson

Laura Stevenson | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Laura Stevenson | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Singer-songwriter Laura Stevenson was born and raised on Long Island with music in her blood. Her grandfather Harry Simeone a successful composer (“Little Drummer Boy”, “Do You Hear What I hear”) and her grandmother Margaret McCravy a singer for bandleader Benny Goodman. Stevenson’s a punk rocker dressed in singer-songwriter clothers with a unique point of view. Like Sharon Van Etten, Sarah Jaffe, and Thao Nguyen (of The Get Down Stay Down), she’s a refreshing take on the singer-songwriter genre; reflective, original and sassy. Continue reading →

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The kind of poison you’ll want a large dose of from Chicago singer and songwriter ELIJAH

ELIJAH | Photo courtesy of the artist.
ELIJAH | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Singer and songwriter ELIJAH (Elijah Noll) comes our way from Chicago, via Portland, Maine. A little bit Citizen Cope, a little bit The Neighbourhood, ELIJAH’s new song “Poison,” is one of those instantly embraceable songs that balances the singer-songwriter genre with pop and electronica. Continue reading →

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Download “Birds Don’t Sing” by TV Girl

TV Girl are a Los Angeles based group led by singer and songwriter Brad Petering and Jason Wyman, who along with Brad does the production, mixing, and mastering. The mixtape minded, multi-instrumentalists were once dubbed by the San Diego Reader, “bubblegum pop for the children of chillwave.” The band first caught the attention of music bloggers in 2010 with their Todd Rundgren sampling “If You Want It”, but even though the folks at Rundgren’s label weren’t happy with the band’s use of the sample, it didn’t stop the song from helping the band establish itself amongst music fans. Following several EP’s, they released first full length, The Wild, The Innocent, The TV Shuffle was offered as a free download by Stereogum in 2012, and sample heavy songs on it like I Wonder Who She’s Kissing Now,”, the album came off as a lo-fi spiritual cousin to Paul’s Boutique (Beastie Boys) and 3 Feet High and Rising (De La Soul). Continue reading →

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Download “We Come From The Same Place” by Allo Darlin’

Allo Darlin' | Photo courtesy of the band.
Allo Darlin’ | Photo courtesy of the band.

The indie-pop band Allo Darlin’ recently released their new album, We Come From The Same Place on Slumberland Records. The band is fronted by Australian-born, Florence-based singer Elizabeth Morris, while the rest of the band lives in London.

World Cafe host David Dye has this to say about the song via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation. Continue reading →

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Download “Burnt Offering” by The Budos Band

The Budos Band | Courtesy of Daptone Records
The Budos Band | Courtesy of Daptone Records

The Budos Band are a nine piece instrumental band formed in the 2005 that play blend together Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop into one funky musical stew. Never ones to shy away from pushing the boundaries of groove influenced music, their new album – Burnt Offering (Daptone Records) – brings together psychedelia, heavy funk, and “sword and sorcery metal,” all with a soundtrack vibe that Quentin Tarantino would likely groove to. Continue reading →

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Download by a World Cafe performance of “Mahogany Dread” by Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie

Hiss Golden Messenger recently visited the World Cafe studios. The North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina. Continue reading →

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Download Sondre Lerche’s “Bad Law”

Sondre Lerche | Photo by Eric Ray Davidson
Sondre Lerche | Photo by Eric Ray Davidson

Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche recently released a new album, Please. It’s a breakup album, about his divorce, filled with songs about loss and heartache, yet it’s a more musically dynamic collection of songs compared to his last studio self-titled release that came out in 2011. Continue reading →

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Download “The River” by Philly’s Son Little

Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Philly singer, songwriter and guitarist Aaron Livingston’s latest musical project is Son Little. He’s collaborated with RJD2 and The Roots and now he’s stepped out on his own with this new project. His six song debut EP, Things I Forgot is being released on Anti- on November 11th.

Jon Pareles, who reviewed Son Little’s show at CMJ this past week wrote in the New York Times:

His band uses electronics to toss in the odd percussive loop or synthesizer swoop; his guitar playing is laconic but pointed; and his lyrics mingle existential fears with his blandishments. At Rockwood Music Hall on Tuesday night, he started singing “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches” a cappella, almost like a spiritual, then turned it into a crawling blues-rock song jabbed by his dissonant guitar and stray sci-fi echo effects. The music had roots, but wasn’t looking back.

Last week, Son Little stopped by the WXPN studios to record a Key Studio Session. You can listen to the session and download songs here. Below, download “The River” via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation. “The River” was one of our recent Gotta Hear Songs of The Week, and The Key’s John Vettese called it “a barn-burning bootstomp jam, an utterly catchy song that’s a little bit electronic, a little bit soul, a little bit blues.”

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