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Kevin Morby shows off his range, shares the mic with Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield, at Union Transfer

Kevin Morby and the Oh My God Band | photo by Emily DeHart for WXPN

The clouds had settled on stage and flowers were in place: Kevin Morby was back for his first show in Philly since 2017. Touring in support of his acclaimed album Oh My God, Morby and his powerful backing band ran through a Sunday night set touching on all five of his neo-folk rock albums for a modest, yet enthusiastic Union Transfer crowd. Continue reading →

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Waxahatchee teamed up with Kevin Morby to record a Velvet Underground cover

Waxahatchee | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

In between a crazy months-long tour that took Waxahatchee across the US and Europe this year, and with a fall tour that kicks off in just a few weeks, Katie Crutchfield found time to record a cover of The Velvet Underground’s “After Hours.” Crutchfield is joined by singer-songwriter Kevin Morby on the recording; the duo toured together last spring.

“After Hours” appeared on The Velvet Underground’s 1969 self-titled album. Crutchfield posted the home-recorded cover on her Tumblr, and tweeted, “the world is a dark place. here’s a cover of ‘after hours’.” Listen here. The Waxahatchee bandleader’s familiar voice takes center stage on the stripped-down version, and Morby chimes in to sing a verse. Continue reading →

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The World Laughs: She-Devils play LIVE plus new Palm, Kevin Morby & Toro y Moi on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

She-Devils | Photo by Sarah O’Driscoll, courtesy of the artist

You’re in for a real treat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. In fact, we all are! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with our latest IRHP Live Session. Joining us in the studio this time around is the Montreal duo She-Devils, whose self-titled debut came out earlier this year on Secretly Canadian. They’ll play selections from the album in our studio in new, amorphous arrangements.

Also in store tonight are a couple of spotlights on new releases, including the latest EP from recent studio guests Palm and Free at Noon alum Kevin Morby. New tracks in the mix as well, so preview them below:

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Free at Noon Flashback: Kevin Morby highlights City Music ahead of a holiday weekend

Kevin Morby | Photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Recalling Glen Campbell’s elaborate outfits, Kevin Morby stood at the center of the World Cafe Live stage dressed in a white suit with a cascade of music notes down the side and rhinestone initials on the lapels.

It may seem a little goofy, but it’s all about balance with the Texas native: lighthearted and charming on the outside, deep and introspective on the inside. Both qualities were on display today as he and and his band joined the Free at Noon crowd in support of his forthcoming City Music effort.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Britt at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Kevin Morby at Johnny Brenda’s, Cabbage at Everybody Hits and more…

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

Get warmed up for a wicked run of summer shows at Spruce Street Harbor Park with an evening with legendary Philly Producer/DJ King Britt. It’s all part of the opening weekend festivities for the season at the park, the first-annual UNIVESTival. The show is free and gets rolling at 7 p.m. King Britt is coming up on the June 16 release of After…, the next installment of his Fhloston Paradigm project, which typically dabbles in the techno realm while using futuristic, sci-fi themes. Give one of his live sets a listen below. Continue reading →

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Defending folk’s good name, Kevin Morby pulls out the stops at Boot and Saddle

Kevin Morby| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Kevin Morby| Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Six months ago, a friend of mine suggested I check out a guy named Kevin Morby. “Sounds like Bob Dylan,” I remember thinking to myself. Since then, I’ve seen Morby and his band three times, each show more rockin’ than the last. His Monday night set at Boot and Saddle was different for a couple reasons; it was my first time seeing him both outside of a festival setting, as well as my first time seeing him following the release of his 3rd LP, Singing Saw, this past April.

Monday night’s set brought with it a few more firsts. Morby played—for the first time ever, he told us—a 30 second-long song he wrote about Philly street names to the tune of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Blues Run The Game” (“Meet me down at Broad,” he sang). It was also my first time hearing a new Morby tune called “Tiny Fires,” which sounded more like early Wilco than Dylan.

But what’s best about a Kevin Morby show is not the new, but the old (or rather, the sounds old); mellower tracks like “Miles, Miles, Miles,” “Parade,” and “Black Flowers” (which, along with a cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “No Place To Fall,” he played solo) would feel right at home at The Gaslight Café (of Greenwich Village). CBGB might be a better fit for tunes like “I Have Been to the Mountain” and “The Ballad of Arlo Jones,” on which guitarist Meg Duffy (whose solo on “Destroyer,” may I add, lead me believe that she is some sort of real-life guitar goddess) dug in and let loose. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s, Dead & Co at BB&T Pavillion, Kevin Morby at Boot and Saddle

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Margaret Glaspy | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

She’s new to ATO Records, and soon she could be a household name. For now, we’re lucky enough to experience Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s where she’ll play tonight. Last Friday, she released her debut record Emotions and Math. In April, she stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session. Give it a listen below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for all the details on tonight’s gig. Continue reading →

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Point, Counterpoint: Kevin Morby talks expanding his sonic palette on the new Singing Saw

Kevin Morby | Photo courtesy of the artist
Kevin Morby | Photo courtesy of the artist

A piano was left behind in the house that Kevin Morby moved into in the Mount Washington neighborhood of Los Angeles in the fall of 2014. He began using it to write new songs, and he may not have realized it at first, but it would play a major role in carving out his latest album, Singing Saw.

Morby’s new tool for writing allowed him to explore a new way of adding layers to his music, rather than just using a piano for texture. It combined with his then new home had afforded him more time and space he needed for writing an album much more lush and thought-out. It’s one that shines a brighter light on the poignant folk singer-songwriter through additional orchestration. Continue reading →