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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five, Gracie, David Poe and more

Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five | Photo by Cameron Pollack

It’s a retro Key Studio Session this week courtesy of Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five.  The local group performs jazz and blues standards with nostalgic authenticity, passing off instrumental solos between the brass and string players with Reed’s gently confident voice gliding through.  Take a listen to “Basin Street Blues” below and get the full set here.

Philly born, Brooklyn based project Gracie released a new single called “Spilt Milk.”  It’s the first recording with a new live band for frontman Andrew Balasia, who blended his signature pop synths with the depth of live instrumentation on this eighties-influenced track.  Stream and download it below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at Union Transfer, The Roots Picnic at Festival Pier, Thee Idea Men at MilkBoy and more

Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

Scranton punk favorites The Menzingers will headline Union Transfer tonight. Just last month, the band released its fourth full-length album Rented World with a surprise CD release show at Golden Tea House, followed by an acoustic set in WIlkes-Barre. Their new album takes a surprising new direction, with nods to 90s alt rock, but still contains the Menzingers’ signature pop-punk hooks. Check out their previous studio session and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calender. 

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fresh Cut Orchestra at Underground Arts, The Chelsea Kills at MilkBoy, David Poe at Tin Angel and more

via facebook.com/thefreshcutorchestra
via facebook.com/thefreshcutorchestra

Philly based jazz ensemble Fresh Cut Orchestra formed in fall of 2012 when the Painted Bride Arts Center commissioned a performance by trumpeter Josh Lawrence, bassist Jason Fraticelli and drummer Anwar Marshall. The orchestra recently released their debut album, From the Vine, while the core trio hosts a monthly concert series at the Painted Bride, featuring other guest artists and educational workshops. In December 2013, the orchestra was awarded the Kimmel Jazz Residency, through which they played a work-in-progress performance and hosted two educational workshops at the SEI Innovation Studio. They will play a finished performance on June 21st. Join FOC at Underground Arts along with the Dan Monaghan Quartet and Ensemble Novo for a night of jazz innovation; get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Download a new David Poe song, “Lonely Like Me”

Photo by Marina Chavez
Photo by Marina Chavez

Since his excellent T-Bone Burnett produced, self-titled debut was released in 1997, David Poe has applied his craft as a traditional “singer-songwriter,” on a handful of studio albums. His songs have been recorded by Daryl Hall, Grace Potter, Curtis Stigers, Duncan Sheik and others. He has written scores for dance and theater projects (The Copier: Music for Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet and Shadowland: Music for Pilobolus), films, television shows (Nashville) and has produced records by various musicians including Regina Spektor. Poe is releasing his new studio album, God & The Girl on August 10th. He plays the Tin Angel tonight. Go here for tickets and more information about the show.

Below, download “Lonely Like Me” from David’s new album. It’s a gorgeous, intimate, acoustic based love song. If you’re familiar with David’s studio recordings, it’s a classic David Poe song that showcases his excellent sense of melody and arrangement. If you’re not familiar and you’re a fan of Paul Simon’s early solo work, and James Taylor, this should strike the right chord with you.

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