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Folkadelphia Session: Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne

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Mark Rogers and Mary Byrne

As the season aims towards the autumnal, the temperature begins dropping, and perhaps an extra layer or two is added to the outfit repertoire, Folkadelphia is proud to present our latest in-studio session featuring duo Mark Rogers & Mary Byrne, partners beyond just music-making. Nearly a year ago, Mark and Mary were kind enough to visit us at WXPN where, with their music and easy-going attitude, they brought a renewed sense of warmth, intimacy, and kindness. As we finally make available their songs, we call upon these qualities again as this year begins its twilight period. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Joe Fletcher

Photo via Folkadelphia
Photo via Folkadelphia

Rhode Islander-turned-Nashvillian, that’s how Joe Fletcher is described. I’ve got to say, it’s reflected in his music too. Equal parts dark and brooding Appalachian to Music City charm, swagger, and country soul. Over the last few years, he’s been on the rockier end of the spectrum, releasing music with his band the Wrong Reasons. At the tail end of 2014, Fletcher put out a solo album You’ve Got the Wrong Man, fleshing out his gift for storytelling. Reminds me of Tom Waits, Sean Rowe, Nick Cave, and Deer Tick. The guy is also a road warrior, out with his music a lot of the year. Supporting this new album, Fletcher stopped by WXPN in Philly to track a bunch of fresh songs for us. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Hemming

Photo courtesy of Custard Records.
Photo courtesy of Custard Records

One of my favorite releases of the year comes from someone I know very well – don’t you just love that? The eponymous debut comes from Hemming, the moniker of Philly musician Candice Martello. Martello and I both attended college together (and, if we’re keeping score, so did James Clark Conner, our Folkadelphia partner and audio engineer). At the time, Martello started playing in a punk duo with Nick Fanelli called Omar (please give them a listen – they rule).

Anyway, life is crazy and random, especially if you’re viewing from the outside in. Martello and Fanelli ended up on the VH1 show Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project. Candice and her music rose to the top and helped secure her a deal with Perry’s record label, Custard Records. You can’t make this stuff up. Fast forward, Hemming has been playing shows left and right, going out on tour with Rachel Yamagata, recording an excellent Key Session, and now she’s currently out on tour with Chris Cornell – playing the Merriam Theater in Philly on 10/15 FYI. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Kina Grannis


Just because I’ve been late to the party doesn’t mean I’m denied the fun. That’s certainly the case while listening to singer-songwriter Kina Grannis. Grannis skillfully blends strong pop sensibilities – you know, songs that your whole body and mind can really fall into – with the classic singer-songwriter disposition. Channel this through excellent arrangements, a tight live group, and a strong sophomore album outting with Elements, and you’ve got something special on your hands.
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Folkadelphia Session: Joan Shelley

Joan Shelley | Photo courtesy of the artist
Joan Shelley | Photo courtesy of the artist

At the time of writing this post and airing this session, we’re on the verge of receiving one of the best record of 2015. It’s subtle, wholly beautiful, and a work of art in playing and songwriting. Soon we’ll have Joan Shelley‘s Over and Even to add to whatever “best of lists” you’re concocting (NPR has caught on and is streaming it in advance). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacob Augustine at Trinity Place, E. Grizzly at Kung Fu Necktie

Jacob Augustine | Photo by Shervin Lainez | via facebook.com/jacobaugustine
Jacob Augustine | Photo by Shervin Lainez | via facebook.com/jacobaugustine

Northern Maine singer-songwriter Jacob Augustine brings his band and his powerful voice to Philly tonight for a Folkadelphia showcase with promising locals Friendship. This spring, Augustine released a split single with Philly’s Bad Braids – listen to the emotive “Salvation” below and get more information on the show at its Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Mac McCaughan (of Superchunk & Merge Records)

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Mac McCaughan | Photo by Lisa Gotwals

Back in May, Folkadelphia teamed up with Drexel University’s Music Industry Program and a group of their insanely smart, inquisitive, and super helpful audio engineer students to live record a handful of in-studio sessions over a three day period. The results have been fantastic. We already shared one session with you, our encore with Christopher Paul Stelling. Now we bring you the second in this set – Mac McCaughan, best known for being the leader of Superchunk, Portastatic, and co-founder of Merge Records, which has brought you countless “this is my favorite album” albums. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Sessions: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Emilyn Brodsky, and vio/mire

Allegory of Music (de La Hyre)

My summer vacation has led to a summertime bounty for you. I am just returning from a road trip and have been less than active online, but as you know, the Folkadelphia in-studio sessions don’t stop airing – not for me or for anyone. That being said, today we present a special, one time only, three-for-the-price-of-one-and-that-one-was-totally-free-anyway deal. I’m pleased to present our three most recent Folkadelphia Sessions featuring Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Emilyn Brodsky, and vio/mire. I couldn’t have asked for three more diverse sets to show off the range of what we consider folk music and the amazing people creating it. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Lydia Loveless

Photo by Patrick Crawford
Photo by Patrick Crawford

Our love for Lydia Loveless is well documented. Off and online, we stood on top of any platform that would have us and shouted to the world “LISTEN TO SOMEWHERE ELSE, FALL HARD FOR LOVELESS!” Lydia and her band are pros at creating music that hits the sweet spot between country twang, rock with abandon, and pop sensibilities. There are songs to shout, songs to sing along to, and songs to feel deeply with. We were honored to welcome Lydia and her crew to the XPN Studios. The band took a load off and let Loveless perform as a duo with guitarist Todd May. Though the bark of the full band was absent, the bite inherent to the music was still very much there. Take a listen and go see Lydia Loveless support Ben Bridwell and Iron & Wine at Union Transfer on July 28th. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Bad Braids

Bad Braids | Courtesy of the artist.
Bad Braids | Courtesy of the artist.

We post up our newest Folkadelphia Session with Philadelphia’s Bad Braids in a bittersweet mood. Over the years, Megan Biscieglia, the constant in the collective, and her rotating cast of bandmates have produced a bounty of spaced-out, psych-tinged, folk-inflected close listening jams. While their music has evolved between three LPs and various releases, Biscieglia and co. have never strayed too far from that hypnotic sound, an audioscape as edgeless, mystical, and mesmerizing as if staring deeper and deeper into a stormy crystal ball. This year, Bad Braids allowed us to peer behind the veil again with an excellent new album EYE OF NIGHT, further fleshing out the full band sound and their untapped sonic potential. The name of the game is dynamics, and Megan and her band have honed their lunar-like powers of ebb & flow over what the listener perceives from second to second. They have created mini-epics, songs that swell up with power and dissapate with a shimmer, along with the occassional whirlpool that pulls you down under now and again. Continue reading →