World Cafe host David Dye was on NPR’s Morning Edition this morning, talking about a song he’s got in Heavy Rotation, “Devil’s Whisper” by Atlanta musician Raury.
About the song, Dye says “He’s part of a new group of musicians called young Atlanta, and he feels that with his music everything is equal - hip hop is next to folk, next to some kind of funk, next to rock. It all makes sense as one music. You really hear that in this song. He talks about the church, he talks about that he’s not a reverend, but as he does that his rap gets more and more intense and you want to say Amen at some point.” Continue reading →
This year, Sam Beam of long running indie folk project Iron & Wine got together with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to produce Sing Into My Mouth, a record of covers from Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” to Pete Seeger’s “Coyote, My Little Brother.” Tonight, they headline Union Transfer; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Philadelphia may have an amazing music scene, but there’s an entirely different world across the pond in New Jersey. One of the megacenters of NJ’s music scene is the northern town of New Brunswick, although that’s nothing new – legendary shows have been going down there since the mid-20th century.
Countless bands, such as Thursday, Screaming Females, The Gaslight Anthem, Streetlight Manifesto, and even bigger rock acts like The Smithereens and Bon Jovi, got their start underground in crowded suburban basements. Later, they moved on to more official venues like the Court Tavern and the Starland Ballroom, which accelerated their fame. New Brunswick’s scene is apparently so well-known that it has its own Wikipedia article. You can explore that on your own time.
While those bands have risen to national prominence and beyond the tight-knit scene of New Brunswick, a new generation of underground bands is filling in the gaps at a record pace. One of these bands is fuzz pop four-piece YJY. I was lucky enough to listen to their stellar debut EP, COUCH SURFIN USA, and catch them just after the EP release show. Continue reading →
Lancaster six piece Ton-Taun are getting set to perform at Tellus360 in Lancaster this Saturday as part of Taste of Xponential, but not without giving new listeners a taste of their live sound. The experimental indie rock band recently linked up with Lancaster Online as part of their 411 Series to play a few songs and sit down for a Q & A. You can check out the whole piece here. Continue reading →
He wrote “Girls Just Want To Have Fun,” and on his own, hometown hero Robert Hazard broke out of the Philly music scene in the early 80s with his incredible live shows anchored by songs like “Escalator of Life” and “Change Reaction.” In 1983 Hazard and his band appeared on American Bandstand, and were interviewed by Dick Clark. Continue reading →