My Morning Download: “Real Love” by Beach House (from a limited time only collection of World Cafe downloads)

Photo by Liz Flyntz
Photo by Liz Flyntz
The final free World Cafe downlpad that is being offered this month (until Midnight tonight) is a Cafe performance of “Real Love” by Beach House.” You can listen to the Baltimore duo’s appearance on the show with David Dye here.

This month World Cafe is offering free downloads of performances from bands including Calexico, Lord Huron, the Afghan Whigs, Alt-J, John Fullbright, Freelance Whales, Stars, Nick Waterhouse, Allen Stone, The Kopecky Family Band, Sea Wolf, Trey Anastasio, Minus The Bear, Father John Misty, and others. Download the entire collection, while they last until Midnight tonight, here.


The Week So Far: 14 must-read stories on The Key

Photo by Eric Ashleigh |

Interview: Talking wood nymphs and a show at Ortlieb’s with Brooklyn’s Savoir Adore. [link]

Hear a new song from Nothing, sign up to be in their Key Studio Sessions audience. [link]

Interview: Craig Hendrix of Philly’s Auctioneer on songwriting and Shaking Through. [link]

Lehigh Valley jazz-psych duo XVSK stop by to record a Key Studio Session. [link]

Photos of a spellbinding night at Union Transfer with Beach House. [link]

Breaking down the numbers of WXPN’s 885 Songs that Rock countdown. [link]

Watch a jangling new music video from Low Cut Connie, filmed at the North Star Bar. [link]

Get a taste of the new record from Freeway with his Freedom of Speech mixtape. [link]

Listen to The Dead Milkmen recorded live on WXPN…25 years ago. [link]

Download a free mixtape from Black Dub’s Trixie Whitley. [link]

Watch Rap City, the WHYY documentary on Philly’s hip-hop scene circa 1988. [link]

Couldn’t make it to Austin City Limits? Neil Young and Crazy Horse‘s entire set is streaming. [link]

Also in Austin, Philly sons The War on Drugs played a killer “Arms Like Boulders.” [link]

Jack White dances and beatboxes in his music video for “I’m Shakin’.” [link]


Photo Recap: Beach House at Union Transfer

Baltimore dream-pop three piece Beach House brought the tour in support of its latest album – the elegant Bloom, released earlier this year – to Union Transfer last night. Check out a photo recap of the show in the gallery above.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beach House at The Trocadero, Gregory Alan Isakov at Johnny Brenda’s

Beach House

Sure, Beach House‘s Teen Dream is—like the band’s previous efforts—an excellent atmospheric album to play in the background while sitting around your living room and having a discussion about how, like, you’re totally over bands that make atmospheric background music. But how does it hold up in a live setting, where—instead of lounging around on your comfy couch and only kind-of listening to the band’s lo-fi dream-pop—you’re expected to stand on your own two feet and pay close attention for the full duration of the performance? The jury is still out. By many accounts, Teen Dream is the Baltimore duo’s most dynamic and engaging album to date, a critical success that has earned the band not only a larger fan base, but the predictable backlash. Of course, “dynamic” and “engaging” are pretty subjective terms, especially when applied to a band like Beach House. If you haven’t already purchased a ticket to tonight’s show at The Trocadero, however, you won’t have to bother deciding whether or not to see the live show for yourself—it’s sold out. Beach House performs with Papercuts at 8:30 p.m. at The Trocadero; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.

Also playing: Gregory Alan Isakov performs with Emily Arin at 9 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $12.