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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Other Lover” by Mikaela Davis

Mikaela Davis | Photo Credit: Jacalyn Meyvis | Courtesy of Rounder Records

Mikaela Davis came out of of the Rochester, New York music scene. A classically trained harpist and singer-songwriter, Davis studied at the Crane School of Music at SUNY-Potsdam, was raised on the Salzedo method of harp playing and studied under Grace Wong, principal harpist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for nine years. Davis releases her debut for Rounder Records, Delivery, on July 13th. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Healing Tide” by The War and Treaty

The War and Treaty | Photo courtesy of the artist and label.

After an exhilarating live performance at the Americana Music Association’s music festival last September in Nashville at Cannery Ballroom, husband and wife musical duo The War and Treaty – Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter – became one of the most talked about sets at the festival by a whole lot of people. Had I not been there to experience it for myself, I would have doubted the hyperbole. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Troublemaker” by Devon Gilfillian

Devon Gilfillian | Photo by Lindsey Patkos | Courtesy of the artist

Nashville-based R&B and rock singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian is the latest Philly native to be signed to a major label, Capitol Records. Gilfillian, from Morton, PA, draws musical influences from Al Green, Ray Charles, and Jimi Hendrix. He released his debut EP in May, 2016, and is currently working on his debut full length. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Typical” by Nightmares on Wax featuring Jordan Rakei

Nightmares on Wax | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

At a recent Free at Noon at World Cafe Live, Nightmares On Wax created a living room onstage with couches and chairs where the band lounged, performing songs from their new album, Shape The Future. George Evelyn, the man behind NOW, has been making records, producing, DJ’ing and keeping hip-hop music moving forward since the debut Nightmares On Wax album in 1991. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Suzanne” by Bermuda Triangle

Bermuda Triangle | Photo by Harvey Hale | courtesy of the artist

Bermuda Triangle is an Americana trio including Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, and singer-songwriters Becca Mancari and Jesse Lafser. Since their debut at the Basement East in Nashville last July, the trio have been slowly releasing music, including “Rosie” featuring Lafser on lead vocals, and “Suzanne” featuring Howard on lead vocals. Continue reading →