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NON-COMM Recap: Sibling trio Bailen bring stellar energy to the PRX Stage

Bailen | photo by Emily DeHart for WXPN

Family trio Bailen put on an electrifying performance for NonCOMM Tuesday night. Their six-song set on the PRX stage upstairs at World Cafe Live highlighted songs from their most recent release, Thrilled To Be Here, out now on Fantasy Records. Drawing inspiration from The Staves and Fleet Foxes, Bailen have crafted their own unique sound and are keen to reveal it to the world. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Bailen makes a name for family bands at World Cafe Live

Bailen | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

While the phrase “family band” may conjure images of the Trapp Family Singers or your most cringeworthy piano recital, Bailen, a sibling trio from NYC, is here to reclaim the genre. The group is comprised of Julia (vocal/guitar), Daniel (vocals/bass), and David (vocals/drums) Bailen, whose classically trained parents raised them on a musical diet of Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, and Carole King. The three siblings immersed themselves in their parents record collections which has led them, twenty years later, to release their first album, Thrilled To Be Here, with the help of Grammy-award winning producer John Congleton (St.Vincent, War on Drugs). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John K Samson at World Cafe Live, Nakatani Gong Orchestra at Icebox, Project Space Bailen at World Cafe Live and more

John K. Samson | via johnksamsonmusic.bandcamp.com
John K. Samson | via johnksamsonmusic.bandcamp.com

John K. Samson & The Winter Wheat make a stop at World Cafe Live Downstairs for a gig with Worriers. His indie singer/songwriter chops house a little quirk, a little unorthodox folk, and bookish lyrics, setting the night up to be a night of discovery for anyone looking for something a little different. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Amos Lee is getting personal on his upcoming LP My New Moon

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

No one is more excited about the release of Philly rooted singer-songwriter Amos Lee’s new LP My New Moon than us here at WXPN. The XPNFest and NonComm veteran will be releasing his seventh studio album on August 31st via Dualtone Records.

The folk/soul rock artist has had a lot of success over the years, with his last record, 2016’s Spirit, debuting at number three on the Billboard Rock. For the upcoming LP, he has taken a more personal approach by molding the collection of tracks to reflect struggles throughout a recent period of his life period of his life. Produced by Tony Berg (who has worked recently with Phoebe Bridgers, and Andrew Bird), My New Moon features a number of collaborators such as Blake Mills, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Ethan Gruska, and more. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Dove and The Wolf at Ortlieb’s, Jessy Lanza at Johnny Brenda’s, The Snails at World Cafe Live at the Queen

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The Dove & The Wolf | photo by Colin Kerrigan | courtesy of the artist

Fresh off the June release of their new EP I Don’t Know What to Feel, duo The Dove and The Wolf will play Ortlieb’s tonight. Dirt Dollhouse and Bailen play in support. Comprised of French citizens Lou Hayat and Paloma Gil, The Dove and The Wolf started in 2014 and is now based right here in Philly. Listen to the harmonies of “The Smell Of Us” below, and be sure to stop by the XPN Concert Calendar for all the details you need on tonight’s show. Continue reading →

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Bandade hosting series of benefit concerts with The Dove & The Wolf, Bryant Eugene Vazquez and more

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The Dove & The Wolf | photo by Colin Kerrigan | courtesy of the artist

After a kick-off show at Milkboy in March, Nashville-born charitable organization Bandade officially set-up shop here in Philadelphia. The operation, which raises funds for the American Cancer Society through concerts and merchandise, has now announced a series of benefit shows happening here in town over the next few months.

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