Listen to the Latest Episode of Folkadelphia (ft. William Tyler, Balto, Matt Sucich and more)


This week’s episode of Folkadelphia is now available to stream on SoundCloud, and brings you a new studio session by William Tyler (of Lambchop). Also featured on the two hour playlist is Portland-based folk collective Balto and singer-songwriter Matt Sucich, who both recorded a track for XPN2 Singer-Songwriter Radio. Listen to the show and check out full playlist below. You can catch Folkadelphia Sundays 3-5 p.m. and Mondays 9-11 p.m. live on XPN2.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Big Footprints Project, Make Music Philly, Light Heat)


Photo by Nina Sabatino
Photo by Nina Sabatino

The Dead Milkmen continue their sudden streak of new recordings with Welcome to Undertown [link]

Light Heat recorded a psych-rock Key Studio Session with some help from members of The Walkmen and Fleet Foxes [link]

Local musicians give back to the community with Modern Baseball-frontman Brendan Lukens’ new label Big Footprints Project [link]

Balto and Holly Williams turn in a pair of great live sessions for Folkadelphia [link and link]

Get to know Sylvia Platypus, Vikesh Kapoor and more in our Make Music Philly Spotlight [link]

Stream Rosu Lup‘s new Currents EP ahead of their record release show at The Fire on July 13th [link]

Scottish rockers Frightened Rabbit announced a fall show at the Electric Factory on October 27th [link]

The Key highlights the Firefly Festival undercard with The Key’s week-long Firefly Under the Radar feature [link]

Third Thursdays Live and Local kicks off tomorrow night at Race Street Pier with Dice Raw, Lushlife and more [link]

Stephen Marley remixes his father’s “Three Little Birds” for a new collaborative release in the latest installment of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week [link]

Check out recaps and reviews of this week’s live concerts, including The Postal Service and Junip [link]

Catnaps say goodbye with a new EP called Forget About It [link]


Folkadelphia Session: Balto (performing at Lickety Split this Friday)


Because you love to discover great music, this week we’ll be debuting 3 new Folkadelphia Sessions for you to fall in love with. We’re going to focus on songwriters of varying styles – each come to the art of crafting a song in different ways, but the results are equivalently enriching for the body, heart, mind, and soul.

On Sunday, you heard from Nashville based Holly Williams, channeling her family’s legacy and carving her own musical path – stream & download the songs (all culled from her latest full-length The Highway) from that session here. Check back Thursday to hear our session with New Yorker Matt Sucich.

Now, let’s introduce you to Daniel Sheron and his evolving musical collective called Balto. Like many songwriters before him, Sheron gathers his influences from what he see and feels- the wonder of the road, what can be discovered upon introspection, the modern American mythology. Balto’s songs came together through Sheron’s experiences and they are told in earnest and meaningful tones. On his latest album Monuments, we hear Sheron’s major progression as an artist.

Sheron was able to stop by the WXPN Performance Studio while he was on the East Coast back in March. Here he presents tracks from Monuments. Balto returns to Philadelphia on Friday, June 21st to perform at Lickety Split.