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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sinkane at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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Living in Sudan, London and Ohio would be an interesting way to grow up. Playing in session bands with the likes of Eleanor Friedberger, Caribou and Of Montreal would be interesting. Performing and recording music with such varying genre influences as free jazz, funk rock, krautrock and Sudanese pop is interesting. In full Ahmed Gallad, better known as Sinkane, is interesting, and tonight he will bring all these life experience and influences to Johnny Brenda’s. To get tickets or for more information head to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Bumper Jacksons


As opposed to recording a full length album, where you frequently have multiple tracking sessions, overdub sessions, a window for mixing and master, and a lot more too, most radio sessions, including our Folkadelphia Sessions, are recorded live in the studio without much “studio magic” during or after the fact. They’re a live representation of an artist – a musical snapshot, if you will. We basically are afforded one or two shots at a song, maybe an hour or so to get it right, to commit it to tape. Obviously musicianship, how adept the players are at performing in a live setting, and chemistry between band members is important and easily recognizable listening back. Less obvious is nitty gritty human stuff like how is the band feeling today, what mood is the group in, how long was the drive from their last location to the studio, and how rushed are they to get to soundcheck, for example. We love and appreciate the time every artist gives to us when they come in for a Folkadelphia Session, but sometimes folks have a rough day, ya hear?
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