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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Kalob Griffin Band, Delta Spirit, Shark Tape

Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios
Kalob Griffin Band in WXPN Studios

This week’s Key Studio Session highlights the Kalob Griffin Band, a local group with a strong following for its rootsy Americana.  For this session, Griffin and his band struck all angles of their sound – mournful, humorous, and sentimental.  Stream and download “Whiskey My Love” below and get the three-track set here.

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Download a World Cafe version of “Push It” by Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit | Photo by Matthew J. Pandolfe/Courtesy of the artist
Delta Spirit | Photo by Matthew J. Pandolfe/Courtesy of the artist

Delta Spirit just released their new album, Into The Wide, and recently were on World Cafe. Into The Wide is the band’s fourth album, and was recorded at Maze Studios in Atlanta. Originally formed in San Diego, and fronted by vocalist/guitarist Matt Vasquez, Into The Wide finds the band evolving towards a more tougher, soaring and expansive sound than on their previous releases. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Cuddle Magic, Verbatum Jones, Delta Spirit

Cuddle Magic
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. Continue reading →

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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.