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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Cuddle Magic, Verbatum Jones, Delta Spirit

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Cuddle Magic | photo courtesy of Folkadelphia

Folkadelphia once again eschews the traditional definitions of “folk” in this week’s session with Cuddle Magic.  Eclectic and all over the maps in terms of genre, the Brooklyn / Philadelphia group recorded four songs for this session that move from pop to avant-garde folk and back again.  Listen and download the set below.

With its debut record Trains and Aeroplanes firmly under its belt, local indie pop / rock outfit Modern Inventors have begun to release a new chapter of material.  ”Selfish Generation” is the first post-LP single, and its super catchy hook and balance between observational songwriting and party-starting arranging will make you listen again and again.  Grab a free copy below.

Local rapper Verbatum Jones stopped by this week’s Key Studio Session.  Over the course of twenty minutes, Jones performed several tracks off of his debut (.winter) LP complete with commentary between each song.  It’s one of the more personal sessions, the kind that lets you really get into the head of the performer to understand what went into to creating the songs.  Check out “Palm Trees” below and get the full session here.

Earlier this week we posted a free download of “Don’t Call No Ambulance” by Selwyn Birchwood, who you may have seen perform at yesterday’s Free at Noon.  The Tampa Bay blues rock musician has released a new record of the same name on Alligator Records, and you can hear several more tracks off of the LP by listening back to the FAN audio here.  Download the studio version of the title track below.

XPN favorites Delta Spirit are prepping for the release of its next record Into the Wide, which will be out on September 9th.  In anticipation of the LP the band teamed up with Noisetrade to share a seven song sampler of tracks, including new tune “From Now One” and Delta Spirit’s entire debut EP.  Download the compilation below and catch the band live at Union Transfer on October 4th.

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Delta Spirit streams a song from their new album, Into the Wide, on Esquire

Delta Spirit | photo courtesy of the artist
Delta Spirit | photo courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn indie-Americiana band Delta Spirit is back with a new album called Into the Wide, and today debuted the first track from the album via Esquire Magazine. “From Now On” is catchy, likable, and gets you excited to hear the rest of the album, which is set to drop September 9th. Also, be sure to read the interview that’s also on the website, which talks about the band’s move from California to New York, the darker direction their latest songs have taken, and why their rehearsal space is nicknamed the Rat Cave. Don’t miss Delta Spirit as they head south down I-95 for a Philly concert on October 4 at the Union Transfer on Spring Garden Street. Pick up your tickets here.

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Delta Spirit releasing new album; WXPN Welcomes them to Union Transfer in October

Photo credit Matthew Pandolfe and Styling Ashley Owens
Photo credit Matthew Pandolfe and Styling Ashley Owens

Delta Spirit are releasing a new album, Into The Wide, on September 9th, and have announced a tour with a stop in Philly. WXPN Welcomes Delta Spirit to Union Transfer on Saturday, October 4th. Into The Wide is a sonically rich jump ahead for the band, whose last album was their 2012 self-titled release. The album was written in their new hometown of Brooklyn, was recorded in Atlanta, and is on a new label, Dualtone Records. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, watch a teaser from the album with a snippet of the new song “Live On.”

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Five reasons why the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival will be awesome (XPN Welcomes Appel Farm tomorrow)

AppelFarm2013 500x500 artwork for webrevised FINALV2_0 Tomorrow is the Appel Farm Arts & Music Festival at Appel Farm in Elmer, New Jersey. Tomorrow’s weather looks sunny and hot for a great day of music (lineup is above). You can get tickets and directions here. Below, five reasons why Appel Farm is bound to be great. See you in Elmer, New Jersey!


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Delta Spirit and family make the TLA feel like home (photos, recap)

It wouldn’t be far-fetched to compare the three touring bands on Friday night’s TLA bill to members of a family. The quasi-dysfunctional, generally loving kind one might have seen eating Thanksgiving dinner the day before.

Los Angeles-based garage punk opener FIDLAR ripped through its set like an angsty, intoxicated teenager. Two-piece hazy rock outfit JEFF The Brotherhood, like a token stoner 20-something, took the stage to a cloud of smoke and played multiple tracks from their summer release, “Hypnotic Nights.”

Then, to a mass of colorful lights and a wall of reverb, headliners Delta Spirit invited the audience on to what felt like a rock-and-roll UFO. In the family mix, the band would be that weird uncle, heartbroken and laden with the scars of life, who always put on the best records and had the best stories to tell. Continue reading →

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Watch JEFF the Brotherhood perform “Staring at the Wall” on Conan (opening for Delta Spirit on 11/23)

Nashville grunge-rock band JEFF the Brotherhood stopped by Conan the other night and performed “Staring at the Wall” while modeling the latest in winter hat-wear.  Ok, so maybe the hat was just an interesting accessory.  But the brothers really did perform the track off of their new Dan Auerbach-produced record Hypnotic Nights, complete with a jazz flute solo by Conan’s house band-member Jerry Vivino.  JEFF the Brotherhood (minus the flute player) will open for Delta Spirit on Friday, November 23rd at The TLA.  Tickets and information are available here.

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Watch JEFF the Brotherhood’s Video for “Leave Me Out;” Playing TLA 11/23

Tennessee grunge band Jeff the Brotherhood, playing at Theatre of the Living Arts on November 23rd with FIDLAR and Delta Spirit (ticket information available here), have released a new video for “Leave Me Out” from this year’s Hypnotic Nights. The video is a teleport to an ’80s A/V club dream, complete with every green-screen background you could ever want: a car chase, a tropical oasis (with waterfalls!), hot air balloons, psychedlic swirls, a war zone, slot machines, and fireworks. Check it out below.

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Beware of drinking expensive beer or FIDLAR will find you (playing The TLA on 11/23)

LA punk band FIDLAR show off their rage for anything than their drink of choice in the new music video for “Cheap Beer.” The video features a riotous biker terrorizing those drinking anything other than beer “with a bag around it” in a rampage of violence and explosives. FIDLAR will be supporting Delta Spirit with JEFF the Brotherhood at Theatre of the Living Arts November 23rd; tickets are available here. Watch the video for “Cheap Beer” below.

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Hear a new FIDLAR song featuring Kate Nash (playing the TLA on 11/23)

Last week L.A. rock group FIDLAR started streaming a new track, “AWWWKWAARRRDDD,” from their Tumblr. The song features British singwer/songwriter Kate Nash, and you can listen to it here. Catch Fidlar playing with JEFF the Brotherhood and Delta Spirit at Theatre of the Living Arts November 23rd; ticket information for that show is available here. Below, check out FIDLAR’s video for “No Waves.”