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Lily & Madeleine showcase the mature new sound of Canterbury Girls at World Cafe Live

Lily & Madeleine | photo by Emily De Hart for WXPN | dehartvisuals.com

The legacy of family bands in American folk music dates back as far as the genre itself. The story goes something like this: two (or more) siblings sing together around the house. It’s cute and maybe even in tune. Flash forward, and the family band secures a recording and releases it into the world. This is the basic origin story for folk-turned-pop due Lily & Madeleine. The Indiana-born singers recorded themselves singing cover songs in high school on YouTube and quickly caught the attention of producer, Paul Mahern. Their EP, Lily & Madeleine, was released in 2013 on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty records, and they sold out their first live shows in their hometown of Indianapolis.

Zoom forward six years, and Lily & Madeleine have just released their forth album, Canterbury Girls, on New West Records with the help of co-producers Ian Fitchuck and Daniel Tashian who worked Kacey Musgrave’s Grammy-award winning album, Golden Hour. The sisters, now 21 and 23 years old, have crafted a poignant new record that reflects on life’s hard lessons and beautiful but fleeting moments. They weave narratives about falling in and out of love, leaving their hometown and feeling lost across the world, and how sadness is a reality of an empathetic life. Their career has pushed on the trope of the family folk band and has now raised the question: what happens when the family band grows up?

Lily & Madeleine performed at the World Cafe Live this past Friday, along with opening act Brother Bird. After taking the stage, Madeleine remarked that this they have performed at the World Cafe Live during every album cycle of the career. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Lily & Madeleine bring new album and lots of feeling to World Cafe Live

Lily & Madeleine | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Sister singer-songwriter duo Lily & Madeleine celebrated the release of their new album, Canterbury Girls, at today’s Free at Noon concert. The duo have released music together since 2013 and each of their albums since then sparkles with deeply personal lyrics, lush harmonies, and meditations on who they are in an ever-changing world. The album title refers to Canterbury Park in the sisters’ hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. However, the young songwriters — ages 21 and 23– have burst out of their hometown bubble this past year. They moved to Brooklyn and recorded their new album in Nashville in collaboration with Tashian and Fitchuk, the co-producers behind Kacey Musgraves’ Grammy-award winning album, Golden Hour. Their new album explores this experience of leaving home, loving and losing, and searching for who you are along the way. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Celebrate ten years of Brandi Carlile’s The Story with Dolly Parton, Jim James, The Avett Brothers, Adele and more

Brandi Carlile | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Ten years ago, Brandi Carlile vaulted into the music scene with her 2007 breakthrough album The Story. Now, a new tribute covers album is on the way called Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates Ten Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child.  It features a bevy of well-known artists including Dolly Parton and her wonderful cover of Brandi’s “The Story.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Phantogram at The Fillmore, Lily & Madeleine at Union Transfer, and Har Mar Superstar at Underground Arts

Phantogram | courtesy of the artist
Phantogram | courtesy of the artist

Synth pop duo Phantogram is currently on tour in support of their brand new album Three, and tonight, they’ll make a stop The Fillmore. Featuring the singles “Cruel World” and “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”, the album has a decidedly darker tone while still maintaining the anthemic pop sensibilities that makes them who they are. Read our interview with the band’s Josh Carter here, and find tickets and more information on the all ages event here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Moor Mother at ROCKERS, Madalean Gauze and Three Man Cannon at Kung Fu Necktie, Madeleine Peyroux at World Cafe Live and more

Moor Mother Goddess
Moor Mother | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN | sikichphotography.com

Philly’s Camae Defstar is the longtime organizer of the ROCKERS series, and also creates aggressive spoken-word sound-art under the name Moor Mother, which just signed to Don Giovanni Records. Tonight, the final ROCKERS happens at Community Futures Lab Everybody Hits, and Moor Mother performs along with The Kominas and Ghetto Songbird. More information can be found at Facebook; listen to “Deadbeat Protest” below.

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