The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Dice Raw, Ape School, Diego Garcia


Folkadelphia presented an otherworldly session from Dana Falconberry this week.  The Austin-based musician performed songs from her latest Leelanau LP alongside two tracks .  Stream and download “Crooked River” below and visit the Folkadelphia Bandcamp page here for the full session.

Local rapper Dice Raw is the subject of this week’s Key Studio Session.  The socially conscious artist has a new record called Jimmy’s Back, a project that looks at race and the U.S. prison system in a catchy and narrative style.  Dice Raw’s session pulls songs from the new album as well as two tracks from The Roots’ catalog.  Stream and download “Marching to the Beat of a Drum” below and get the full session here.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Elvis Costello, Psychic Teens, The Quarterly Project)

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Listen to new local music from Family Vacation, Purling HissThe Lawsuits and more [link]

Light Heat, Bardo Pond and Chris Forsyth will play August’s installment of the Race Street Pier free music series [link]

New show announcements include Elvis Costello, Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck and Willy Mason

Legendary New Jersey venue Maxwell’s closes after 35 years [link]

The Head and the Heart share a new song called “Shake” off of their upcoming LP [link]

Brian Wilensky Unlocks Psychic Teens‘ new record COME with a new song, review and more [link]

Get caught up on the weekend’s shows with John Diliberto’s review of Yes at Susquehanna Bank Center and photos from the 2nd Street Festival [link and link]

Dana Falconberry stopped by for this week’s Folkadelphia Session [link]

My Morning Downloads featured tracks from Saint Motel and Deer Tick [link]

Celebrate undiscovered local music with the Broad Street Music Group‘s launch party on 8/17 [link]

The Quarterly Project will released a charity compilation and will host a listening party / benefit concert at PhilaMOCA on 8/29 [link]


Listen to the Latest Episode of Folkadelphia (Featuring Dana Falconberry, Jason Anderson, and More)

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This week’s episode of Folkadelphia, available to stream on SoundCloud, features a studio session from Texas-based pop-folk musician Dana Falconberry. Also this week you can hear music from Jason Anderson (he is playing at Kung Fu Necktie with Little Big League on August 13th), an acoustic tune from Against Me! and a track from recent XPN fest performers Phosphorescent. Stream this week’s episode below, and check out the playlist, and tune into XPN2’s online Singer-Songwriter Radio for Folkadelphia every Sunday 3-5 p.m. and Mondays from 9-11 p.m.

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Folkadelphia Session: Dana Falconberry

Like a cool breeze off the waterfront, we present Dana Falconberry and her Folkadelphia Session, recorded at the beginning of May and saved for a special time in the summer. Recently, here in Philadelphia, the heatwave has seemingly passed, the temperature has fallen, and time spent outside doesn’t feel like swimming through thick molten air any longer. Now is the season for kicking back and taking your sweet ol’ time; enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.

On her latest record, Leelanau, Dana translates nature sounds into wonderous musical worlds – bird chirps are emulated by joyous bursts of vocal harmonization, wind rushes are transformed into gentle acoustic guitar strums, and the forest spirit is captured by lush orchestral parts. Be it that most of her songs are directly or indirectly titled or about landscape, geography, animals, and places, but I cannot help but mentally transport myself to a river bank or a hillside, perhaps like the Leelanau’s album art or to one of the idyllic photos that Dana snaps on tour.

Refresh yourself, drink in the ice cube crowded glass of rejuvenating lemonade that is Dana Falconberry’s Folkadelphia Session. Dana and her band recorded this session on May 11th the day after her performance at the Tin Angel.


My Morning Download: “Lake Charlevoix” by Dana Falconberry (opening for Heartless Bastards in October at Union Transfer)

Singer-songwriter Dana Falconberry releases her new album, Leelanau on Antenna Farm Records on October 9th. The Michigan native – who moved to Austin, Texas in 2004 – was inspired by her memories and stories of growing up in Michigan, especially spending her childhood summers in rural Michigan with her family. Falconberry is a delicate folk artist whose records sound lovingly handmade. She has an intimate, childlike vocal style that is wonderfully showcased on “Lake Charlevoix,” from her forthcoming album. Download the song below. Dana is opening for the Heartless Bastards at Union Transfer on Monday, October 29th.