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Watch G Love perform “Back to Boston” for World Cafe via VuHaus

G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie
G. Love in World Cafe Studio | Photos by Rich McKie

While out on the road in support of their latest effort, Philadelphia-born G Love & Special Sauce stopped by the World Cafe studio to record a live performance and interview with David Dye. Love Saves the Day is the band’s tenth album and follows 2014’s Sugar with a collection of songs that are chock full of guest appearances and classic G Love tales.

VuHaus was on hand to film a few songs during the session, including this clip of “Back to Boston.” Check it out below and tune into G Love’s World Cafe session on Friday, January 15th on 88.5 XPN.

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Catching up with G Love before his March shows at the TLA

via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

G Love has been a staple of the Philadelphia music scene for what seems like forever, with his first album, G. Love and Special Sauce, coming out nearly 21 years ago. But G. (born Garrett Dutton) never stopped making music and is back to the old touring grind this March with an extensive U.S. tour, which includes two stops in Philly at South Street’s Theater of the Living Arts, to promote his newest album, Sugar.

But this year’s Sugar Blues Tour is just the latest in G. Love’s storied music career; he’s basically toured nonstop over the course of the past 20 years, and doesn’t plan on stopping any time soon. In this interview for The Key, G. talks about his band hitting the drinking age, the return of original bassist James “Jimi Jazz” Prescott, and the grind that’s necessary to stay relevant in the music business. Continue reading →

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G Love releases new video for “Too Much Month”

G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce
G Love | photo via facebook.com/glovespecialsauce

Promotion continues for G Love & Special Sauce‘s new Sugar. The album, which was released last month, features the song “Too Much Month,” which has all the characteristics of a typical G Love track – sloppy, bluesy, yet splendidly cohesive. The song’s video features the band in an empty diner, with G Love decked out in his distinctive fedora, leather jacket, and harmonica (which he never even plays in the song, it just lies on his shoulders).  The black and whiteness of the video gives the song a particularly nostalgic feel as band members Jimi Jazz and Jeffrey Clemens jam along with him.

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Download a new G Love Song: “Fixin’ To Die”


One of our long-time faves G Love is releasing his new album Fixin To Die on February 22nd on Brushfire Records. The record was produced by The Avett Brothers at Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina. There’s a cover of Paul Simon’s “50 Ways To Leave Your Lover” and the stomping title song written by the legendary Bukka White.

As G says on his website:

“It was an emotional recording session and I was truly blown away by the level of focus, care and passion Scott & Seth brought to it. We felt connected the entire time – it was instantaneous. It always feels like crunch time in the studio but it never felt like that with these guys. It was a team thing, no drama, no agenda. It was a tremendously positive and encouraging experience. This is the most inspired I’ve ever felt making a record – let’s just put it that way. I’m still buzzing about it.”

Here’s the title song for you to download, compliments of G –

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Strand of Oaks releasing a collection of demos called Harder Love in January; listen to “Passing Out”

Strand of Oaks’ Harder Love | via Bandcamp

A good argument for arriving early to Strand of Oaks‘ three-night stand at Boot & Saddle this weekend: main man Tim Showalter will be selling limited edition vinyl copies of Harder Love — yes, you read that correctly, HardER. This is a new collection demos from the 2016 studio sessions for this year’s Hard Love.

The album comes out January 19th on Dead Oceans Records, and is limited to 500 copies. Continue reading →

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Watch Friendship’s sometimes-gritty, sometimes-idyllic video for “If You See My Beloved”

Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

The opening track off Friendship‘s Shock Out of Season is the rambling “If You See My Beloved,” which in its five minutes sets the tone for the soft and drifting narrative-driven album. The Philly indie folk outfit released their new LP last month and recently shared a video for “If You See My Beloved” that grounds the song’s dreamily ambient tones in everyday images shot around town on 35mm film. Continue reading →

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On this day thirty years ago, The Cars were rocking Philly’s beloved venue, The Spectrum

The Cars | photo via artist’s Facebook page

“Happy 30th anniversary, The Cars!”

“Thanks, but, eh, for what exactly, random lady shouting at me?” I can only imagine the alarmed power pop icons would answer in question.

“For playing Philly’s The Spectrum thirty years ago, ya loons!” I’d respond emphatically before sprinkling a handful of confetti. Then we’d part ways. End scene. Continue reading →

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The Suffers show off their instrumental chops and groove hard on new single “I Think I Love You”

The Suffers | photo courtesy of the artist
The Suffers | photo courtesy of the artist

With a big band mentality and a passion for extending into a huge range of genres, The Suffers are back with a contagious new jam “I Think I Love You.” The single is the ten-piece Houston multi-instrumentalist collective’s first release since their impressive self titled debut in 2016. There are very few groups today that boast such a large spectrum of instruments while still being able to adequately cover genres all the way from reggae to trap, and The Suffers nail it across the board. Continue reading →