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Folkadelphia Session: Chuck Ragan


Chuck Ragan‘s voice has been in my head for years, probably at least a decade at this point. For others, it has been even longer. Ragan, who over the last handful of years, has released some excellent Americana-flavored solo albums, like 2014’s Till Midnight, is also the singer for stalwart Gainesville, FL punks Hot Water Music. It’s funny to think that someone you don’t know and that you might never meet has been a significant part of your life. Perhaps that’s why we’re drawn to live appearances, meet-and-greets, and other opportunities to connect with artists; these people have affected us tremendously, so there is this gravity pulling us towards them. All accounts I’ve ever heard about Chuck Ragan is that he’s the most down-to-earth guy, a total sweetheart, and a gracious, enthusiastic performer. When we had Chuck in to the WXPN Studio to perform for Folkadelphia, we found that these accounts were 100% true.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chuck Ragan at The TLA, Baths at Union Transfer and Ryan Montbleau at Tin Angel

Photo via chuckraganmusic.com
Photo via chuckraganmusic.com

Tonight at the TLA, singer-songwriter/guitarist Chuck Ragan will celebrate his new record Til Midnight. Despite the hard edge and grit of his earlier work – both solo and with Hot Water Music –  there’s no shortage of love songs or intimacy on his latest effort. Watch “Something May Catch Fire” (which definitely has a Springsteen vibe) below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Boy at World Cafe Live, Chuck Ragan’s Revival Tour at the TLA, SpaceGhostPurrp at Underground Arts

BoyXPN welcomes Boy to World Cafe Live tonight. Celebrating their first US tour, the Swiss-German duo will be bringing their unbelievably happy medley of indie music to the quaint stages of World Cafe. The duo envelopes themselves within upbeat rhythms and sounds in the same vain as iconic indie groups such as Phoenix and Feist, with a little bit of Vampire Weekend thrown into the mix. Coupling with their debut tour in the US, the band will also be treating fans with tracks off their debut album Mutual Friends, which was released in 2011.  Tickets and information about their show with Ari Hest can be found here. Below is a video for their hit track “Little Numbers” off of Mutual Friends.

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