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Listen to Vita and the Woolf cover Jefferson Airplane on XPN’s Like A Version

Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese
Vita and the Woolf performing on WXPN | Photo by John Vettese

On last night’s weekly Like A Version segment, Jennifer Pague and Bobby Cleveland of Philly soul-rock trio Vita and the Woolf to play a haunting rendition of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” with keyboards, acoustic guitar and Pague’s powerful voice. While on the show, she chatted with XPN host Dan Reed about her band’s forthcoming trip to SXSW in Austin, a crowdfunding effort for her new EP and more. Listen to the cover and their conversation with Reed below. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Ryley Walker

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Throughout the year, you’ll be inundated by bloggers, curators, and personalities telling you that “so-and-so” musician is going to have a big 2015, keep your eyes and ears opened. Hype slingers. What separates Folkadelphia from them? Well, maybe conviction, maybe nothing. But check this out – I want to tell you about a guy, I want to tell you about Ryley Walker. Maybe my conviction, but definitely his music, can convince you.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Marshall Crenshaw at The Sellersville Theater, Citizen at Electric Factory, The Retinas at North Star Bar and more

Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner
Marshall Crenshaw | Photo by Lisa Tanner

Power pop favorite Marshall Crenshaw and his band The Bottle Rockets take the stage at The Sellersville Theater tonight. Sprouting up in the early 80s amid iconic pub rockers Elvis Costello and Joe Jackson, Crenshaw had a hit with his 1982 self-titled album and it’s single “Someday, Someday” but continued releasing records consistently across the 80s and 90s and into the aughts. His most recent offerings were two EPs in 2014, Red Wine and Move Now, and his show tonight will likely be a delightful mix of old and new. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar and watch a vintage performance of “Someday, Someday” on Letterman below. Continue reading →

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25 locals (plus!) come together to sing for retiring XPN Folk Show host Gene Shay

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Photo by Lisa Schaffer

“Sing For Gene Shay” is a new tribute song to the “Dean of Folk DJs” Gene Shay in honor of his retirement this Sunday, February 1st as the host of WXPN’s Folk Show. Written, recorded and produced under the name of “Friends Of Gene,” 25 local musicians and a team of four producers and engineers came together to pay a loving tribute to Shay, who has been on the air for 50+ years hosting folk music in Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by Pokey LaFarge, “Something In The Water”

Pokey LaFarge | Photo courtesy of the artist
Pokey LaFarge | Photo courtesy of the artist

PokeyLaFarge just wants you to have a good, good time with his mix of country blues, Western swing, Bluegrass, and old time jazz. Since 2006, when he released his debut album, Marmalade, and over the course of seven albums LaFarge has been putting smiles on faces. Continue reading →

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Funky Philly seven-piece Darla makes an elegant entrance with Darla Forever

Darla | via facebook.com/darlaphilly
Darla | via facebook.com/darlaphilly

Seven piece funk band Darla make their entrance on the scene a memorable one. Last week the band released its second album Darla Forever! - a multifaceted instrumental blend – and played a lively show at The Fire. Mastermind Michael Morrongiello composes the tunes that evoke a desire to dance; in the track “Sooz Clues,” the guitars, bass and drums shape the structure of the song. Jake Fabian and Will Schade blend their saxophone melodies together groovily. The mixing of the song is done so elegantly; it resembles the retro funk sound. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ortolan at Kung Fu Necktie, John C. Reilly and Tom Brosseau at Sellersville Theater, Abi Reimold at Bourbon and Branch

via facebook.com/OrtolanMusic
via facebook.com/OrtolanMusic

Ortolan is a whimsical indie folk band of three sisters and one sister-in-law, bred in Delran New Jersey and based currently in Philadelphia. Last year, they released their second album, Covered In Black, recorded with Daniel Smith of regional favorites Danielson. The album is playful, poppy and brightly arranged, reminiscent of aughties indie favorites like Architecture in Helsinki, Los Campesinos! and Bright Eyes. Tonight the band plays Kung Fu Necktie; more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, listen to “Bottle’s Broken” from Covered In Black. Continue reading →