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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jesca Hoop at Boot and Saddle, Mike Doughty at World Cafe Live, JD McPherson at World Cafe Live at the Queen

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop heads to Boot and Saddle for performance with Brooke Annibale. Her newest Sub Pop released record Memories Are Now finds a simplistic and intimate sound that would make Lorde jealous, posing the evening to be a wonderful anxiety-breaker. The show is 21+, and tickets/more information can be found on the XPN Concert Page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop at Union Transfer, Palehound at PhilaMOCA, The Milk Carton Kids at Strand Capitol

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Singers and songwriters Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop bring their collaborative LP Love Letter for Hire to Philly tonight for a headlining show at Union Transfer. Last week, they dazzled the crowd at XPN’s NonCOMM-vention. Listen to their set here, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Intimate bliss from Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | <A href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Jesca Hoop stood left, with her worn-out suspenders, deep blue jeans, and white low-top sneakers. Sam Beam stood right, with his guitar, suit coat and luscious beard. Hoop had her water, and Beam, so fittingly had a glass of wine. For the duration of their set, nothing else seemed to matter, as an intimacy filled the room.

Beam would look into the crowd, and I can only imagine he locked eyes with the others as he did with me. He joked about the age of the audience — when Hoop said it felt like we were back in the ’70s, Beam quipped that some may never have left that decade. Continue reading →

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My Morning Download: “Born To” by Jesca Hoop (playing the TLA April 24th with the Punch Brothers)


Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop returns with a new album on June 25th called The House That Jack Built. Hoop is now three albums in to her acclaimed career and is currently on tour opening shows for the the Punch Brothers. Hoop plays the TLA next Tuesday, April 24th. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. Below, download “Born To” from Jesca’s forthcoming release.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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New Music Show Preview w/ Iron & Wine, Alvvays, & more!

Bedouine Press Photo 2 by Polly Antonia Barrowman HIRES

Monday nights mean new music discovery on WXPN, and tonight we get back in the studio to share some great recent finds.  The show starts at 8pm and on the menu we’ve got new albums from Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie, plus Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Gov’t Mule.  Also, the band Deer Tick are set to release TWO new albums, we’ll hear a new song from each of them.  The Philly music scene keeps cooking, we’ll play you new Waxahatchee, The Districts, and Son Little.  Plus, check out a few more new tunes we’ll spin this evening.

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Iron & Wine Announces New Album and Releases Lead Single

Photo by Kate McCann

With a name like Beast Epic, Iron & Wine’s just-announced album set to be released August 25th promises to be some type of amazing. It has been four years since Sam Beam’s last record solely as Iron & Wine, Ghost on Ghost, but he has released a number of live recordings and collaborations such as last year’s project Love Letters for Fire with Jesca Hoop.

In conjunction with the album announcement came its lead single “Call It Dreaming,” an appropriately dreamy and quietly moving track with a “we’re in this together” premise. Beam also released an accompanying music video in which he can be seen strumming his guitar and riding around in the back of a pick-up with no driver, picking up different people in need along the way. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Sleepy Hollow’s favorite songs of 2016

Angel Olsen | Photo by Amanda Marsallis
Angel Olsen | Photo by Amanda Marsallis

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, the hosts of WXPN’s Sleepy Hollow – Julian Booker, Keith Kelleher and Chuck Elliot – share their favorite quiet songs of 2016

We all know that 2016 was a difficult year for music fans. It will forever be remembered as the year we lost David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen, among many others. But we can be thankful that it also yielded a surplus of excellent recordings (two of which were released by Bowie and Cohen themselves). From Allen Toussaint’s somber swan song American Tunes and undeniably consistent releases from David Crosby and Brian Eno to unexpected collaborations between Neko Case, k.d. Lang and Laura Veirs, Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop, and Billy Bragg and Joe Henry to potentially career-defining albums from young artists like Angel Olsen and Michael Kiwanuka, this year had a lot for which to be thankful. Take a listen to this Spotify playlist featuring all three of our hosts’ favorite songs of the year, and check out our take on a few of the releases that we thought deserved particular attention below. Enjoy! -JB. Continue reading →

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Sleepy Hollow’s Best of 2016 (so far)

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Paul Simon | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | instagram.com/hellerhound

As we move beyond its halfway point, 2016 has proven to be filled with a wealth of new musical treasures. We’ve been treated to unexpected and rich collaborations between Dawn Landes & Piers Faccini (Heaven’s Gate EP), Sam Beam (of Iron & Wine) & Jesca Hoop (Love Letter for Fire), and the self-titled albums from Colvin & Earle and case/lang/veirs (both of whom are performing the weekend of our XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ).

Well-established artists like Paul Simon (Stranger to Stranger), Bill Frisell (When You Wish Upon a Star) and Lucinda Williams (The Ghosts of Highway 20) have offered some of the best recordings of their careers, while Allen Toussaint’s swan song (American Tunes, produced by Joe Henry) serves as both a perfect coda, as well as poignant elegy to the pianist/singer/songwriter’s incredible life.

Country is alive and well with a high-profile release from Sturgill Simpson (A Sailor’s Guide to Earth) and the long overdue recognition of Karl Blau (Introducing Karl Blau). And guitar-centric releases from William Tyler (Modern Country), Steve Gunn (Eyes on the Lines) and the forthcoming release from Ryley Walker (Golden Sings That Have Been Sung) are keeping the six-string relevant in an era increasingly awash (for better and worse) with “electronic” instruments.

And as we await to hear what great music awaits us, enjoy this playlist of some of the Sleepy Hollow hosts’ favorite recordings from the first half of 2016.

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