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Listen to Aaron Parnell Brown perform a stripped-down Daytrotter Session

Aaron and the Spell | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Aaron and the Spell | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Philly soul singer-songwriter Aaron Parnell Brown recently stopped by Daytrotter to record some tunes. The four-track session features songs from both of Parnell’s albums, Soul and The Tin Man.

For an artist whose music is usually filled with sultry sax lines and gospel vocal harmonies, Brown’s Daytrotter session is much more stripped-down by comparison. His only instrument over the course of the entire session? An acoustic guitar. Continue reading →

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Port Arthur share new Daytrotter Session

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Port Arthur | photo by Ian Watson | courtesy of the artist

While touring in support of their debut LP Everything’s Incredible last summer, Port Arthur stopped by Rock Island, IL to record a session at the Daytrotter studios. The local folk rock brass outfit performed three tracks from the record along with the newer “Frozin,” showing their strength as a live band. Check out the jangling “You Once Were Mine” below and listen to the full session here. Port Arthur play Bourbon & Branch on February 28th with Laney Jones and the Spirits and Hanging Hills; more information can be found here.

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Download Creepoid’s Daytrotter session, see them break in the Foundry at The Fillmore

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Creepoid Daytrotter illustration | via daytrotter.com

Philly-based heavy psychedelic rockers Creepoid have been favorites of ours since The Key launched five years ago, and with their new Cemetary Highrise Slum, they are beginning to make waves in bigger and bigger circles. This is evident more than ever when with the band’s first Daytrotter Session. Continue reading →

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Lauryn Peacock plays The Random Tea Sessions and Daytrotter

Lauryn Peacock | Photo courtesy of the artist
Lauryn Peacock | Photo courtesy of the artist

Former Philadelphian Lauryn Peacock recently went out on tour in support of her awesome new record Euphonia, and stopped by The Random Tea Sessions when she was in Philly to perform her song “Six Month Quandry.”  The very intimate performance included an accompanying violin which propelled Peacock’s somber vocals and guitar strums to new levels, both despairing and beautiful.

Oh her way back to Nashville, Peacock also spent some time in Rock Island, Illinois, playing a couple songs at Daytrotter Studios. Continue reading →

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John Oates gives the gift of a Daytrotter Session two days after his birthday

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney | Courtesy of daytrotter.com
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney | Courtesy of daytrotter.com

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. John Oates of Rock and Roll Hall of Famers (as of tomorrow) Hall & Oates, recently recorded a Daytrotter Session released today as a small present to fans from Oates who turned 65 on April 7.

Typically, the Rock Island-based Daytrotter sessions series features musicians are up and coming artists, but Oates is an obvious exception. With over 18 albums during his duo days, he released Good Road to Follow this past March which features three EPs with collabos from Vince Gill, Hot Chelle Rae and Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic.

His recorded Daytrotter session features “Stone Cold Love,” “Edge of the World, ” “This Is the Life,” and “Lose It In Louisiana” off of the new release as well as a cover of John Hurt’s “Stack O Lee.”

And in case you haven’t had enough of John Oates this week, check his guest appearance with other Philly favorites The Roots on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this week. Take note of his Phillies guitar.

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Stream Up The Chain’s Daytrotter session

Courtesy of the artist
Courtesy of the artist

Philly folk artist Up The Chain (aka Reed Kendall) recently visited Illinois to play a set at Daytrotter Studio. Kendall released his sophomore album Seeds and Thorns in October and celebrated its release at Ardmore Music Hall. Citing Ryan Adams, Neil Young, and Amos Lee as influences, he maintains simplicity in his live performances to honor the original form of his songs. Listen to the set here and watch his video for “The Horse’s Course” below.

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Listen to Toy Soldiers’ new Daytrotter Session (playing the Strand Capitol on 10/26)

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Toy Soldiers have always been an active band (they played a couple hundred shows in 2012 alone) so it’s no surprise the news keeps rolling out of their rootsy and rocking camp.  Today’s installment is the Philly band’s Daytrotter Session, recorded a few weeks ago in Rock Island, IL while on tour supporting their debut full-length The Maybe Boys.  The five-track live session pulls content from that LP and includes a new song called “Street Sweeper” (which Ron Gallo and his troupe also recorded for their September Key Studio Session).  Daytrotter members can listen to and download the set here.  Below, stream and download the KSS take of “Street Sweeper.”  XPN welcomes Toy Soldiers to the Strand Capitol Theater in York, PA on October 26th, and the boys will be back in town at The Ardmore Music Hall on December 14th.  Tickets and information for both events can be found here.

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Listen to Norwegian Arms’ new 7″ and Daytrotter Session (playing Union Transfer on 10/24)

Illustration by Johnnie Cluney
Illustration by Johnnie Cluney

Norwegian Arms won’t release their new 7″ until October 15th, but the three-track EP is up for streaming on the “weirdo folk” duo’s Bandcamp now.  The A-side features a new recording of “Jitterbug,” while the B-side places live recordings of “The Iceman” and “Kiva Ivka” back-to-back (the latter two tracks were recorded during Norwegian Arms’ Brighton Sound Session earlier this year).  The Jitterbug 7″ follows 2012’s debut full-length Wolf LIke a Stray Dog, recorded after frontman Brendan Mulvihill returned from a sojourn in Siberia.

On top of the new release, the Philly band just shared a Daytrotter Session that was recored during their late-summer tour earlier this month.  The session includes live takes of “Jitterbug,” Stray Dog‘s “Soviet Bicycle” and “EZ A LVR Goes West” as well as a new song called “New Sky.”  Daytrotter members can stream and download the session here.

Norwegian Arms will support Pattern is Movement at Union Transfer on October 24th; tickets and information can be found here.  Listen to the 7″ below and get your pre-order in here.

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Download The National Rifle’s Daytrotter session, see them tonight at Benefit For Boston

TNROn the rise with their dynamic layers of synth heavy melodies, dance-pop rhythms, eccentric bass lines, and adamant energy, The National Rifle brought their electro space-rock sound to Rock Island, Illinois for a live-studio session in the Daytrotter’s Horseshack. Now available for members to download, the session contains 6 total tracks, including their singles “Coke Beat” and “Glass Line.” You can see The National Rifle play tonight at the North Star Bar at the Benefit for Boston. Find information and tickets for tonight’s show here. Listen and download The National Rifle’s Daytrotter session here. Watch their performance of “Street Burn” at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year below.

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Daytrotter releases Work Drugs session

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It seems as though Work Drugs never cease to release new recorded material.  In the past three years, they’ve already released three albums and have a new one coming out next week.  And even while recording all of this new material, the group found time to record a new session via the incredible Daytrotter, which came out today.  Work Drugs create an infectious blend of smooth indie rock and dream pop that could easily fit in with any modern discotheque.  The Daytrotter Session features four songs, from different albums in their discography, each song tighter and more danceable than the next.  Listen to the session here and look for their new album, Mavericks June 18th as well as a free concert at Morgan’s Pier July 10th.