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The already packed 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup is getting four more additions, including singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who will be a headliner on Sunday night of the festival. A former member of the band Drive-By Truckers, singer-songwriter Isbell has a southern rock, alternative country influenced sound. The festival also added a bonus concert exclusively for All-Festival Camping Ticket holders on Thursday, August 14 — the night before the festival official starts. The concert will be held in the campgrounds and hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. The night will feature bluegrass and country music singer Sturgill Simpson, vintage country songstress Caroline Rose and roots band Parsonfield. For more information about the festival and tickets, go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival website here. Below, listen to Isbell perform “Live Oak” from his Free at Noon concert from August 2013.
Burlington-based singer-songwriter Caroline Rose headlines World Cafe Live tonight. The Burlington, VT singer-songwriter debuted last year with a lovely album called America Religious that Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel compared in equal parts to Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt and Carole King. “It’s Americana and it’s not,” Knittel wrote, introducing Rose’s Folkadelphia session. “It’s rock-and-roll and it’s not, it’s rootsy and it’s not. Her music exists somewhere at the confluence of these styles, but also carries the ambiguities of living without of these genres.” Tickets and information on Rose’s show tonight can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, stream her Folkadelphia session, and download it at Bandcamp.
Calling all fans of live folk and acoustic music: this is your week(end)! Throughout the radio show, we’ll preview a few of the more notable concert choices you can make as we close the book on February. You’ll hear from roots-rocker Caroline Rose (playing World Cafe Live on Thu. 2/27), raucous electric country from The Whiskey Gentry (playing Milkboy Philly on Fri. 2/28), and indie folk star Sera Cahoone (supporting Band of Horses at the Merriam Theater on Sat. 3/1). While we aren’t playing Mark Fosson or Nathaniel Earl Bowles, we also recommend their evening of American Primitivism folk at the Rotunda this Friday, 2/28. Listen to Caroline Rose and Sera Cahoone’s previous Folkadelphia Sessions:
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Veteran hip-hop four-piece Bone Thugs-N-Harmony will play at the TLA tonight. Bone Thugs have been relatively quiet lately aside from September’s catchy “Everything 100″ single release that has kept fans eagerly anticipating a new LP. They’ve always been melodic enough for the radio and gritty enough for the streets; a recipe that shot them to stardom in the mid-’90s. Watch “Everything 100″ below and get tickets here.
Shaking Through premiered their latest recording this week, a collaboration spearheaded by Lushlife‘s Raj Haldar with several other local musicians. The end result, Toynbee Suite, is a 10+ minute hip hop symphony circling the mysterious Toynbee Tiles that are inlaid throughout hte city. Watch the Shaking Through episode here.
Local musician Chris Kasper brought his band in for this week’s Key Studio Session. Kasper recently released his fourth solo record Bagabones and performed tracks from that LP for this session. Joining him for these takes are Phil D’Agostino, Kiley Ryan, Jerry Bernhardt and Daniel “Scrappy” Bower. Check out “Don’t Want to Lose Your Way” below and get the full set here.Continue reading →
Is serendipitous musical discovery still possible? With most listening being done on computers and mobile devices that have access to endless catalogs and discographies, that utilize advanced matching algorithms for recommendations, can we randomly happen upon our new favorite record? There are a billion arts & culture blogs that will point you to the latest, the greatest, and the up-and-coming. What’s left to discover? Is there no free-will in unearthing what you will love? Conversely, I personally think that there will always be a human, spiritual, or je ne sais quoi element to finding new things, especially in music, literature, poetry, art, and anything culturally rooted. Algorithms predict future patterns based on past history. Blogs are curated by people with their own set of ideals, opinions, and tastes, all of which are constantly in motion. However nothing can prepare you for the short and long term effects that an unheard, read, or seen work can have on you until you internalize it. Sometimes you are unknowingly or unwittingly drawn to a bookcover or album art, a song title or sculpture, even an artist’s name, by a cosmic force. I’ve found some of my favorite pieces, in music and art, in this matter, through this gravitational field. What can this be if not wonderful happenstance? I’m thankful for it and I sincerely hope we don’t construct an algorithm that crushes all of the mysterious qualities out of discovery.
A recent occurance of this phenomenon took place when I found Caroline Rose‘s album America Religious. Being part of a radio station, you are often inundated with those pesky plastic disks which are often sent in bulk and litter every flat surface with their jewel casings. I’m certainly not complaining about my wide access and privledge to new and old releases, but it’s hard to navigate these waters with limited time. It was in one of these piles that I spotted and subsequently snagged America Religious. With no preconceptions and, admittedly no expectations, I loaded that bad boy into my Discman, just kidding, my laptop and quickly became absorbed. As the songs go by, you realize that Rose is a true American songwriter like Dylan, Van Zandt, or King – different stylistically, but all touch on something inherently continental. Rose spins stories with a sense of adventure, a certain badass swagger, and devil-may-care attitude. It’s Americana and it’s not, it’s rock-and-roll and it’s not, it’s rootsy and it’s not. Her music exists somewhere at the confluence of these styles, but also carries the ambiguities of living without of these genres. Truly, a refreshing album to be drawn to for a listen. Was it fate? Was it mathematical equations? Was it ancient aliens? Perhaps it be sheer luck? I’d rather think that my environment, personality, mood, weather, and the universe, in its infinite wonderment, conspired together to get that CD in my hands. Thanks guys.
Caroline Rose and her sideman Jer Coons recorded this Folkadelphia Session on September 3rd in advance of their late summer tour and concert at The Fire in Philadelphia.