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The World Laughs: She-Devils play LIVE plus new Palm, Kevin Morby & Toro y Moi on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

She-Devils | Photo by Sarah O’Driscoll, courtesy of the artist

You’re in for a real treat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade. In fact, we all are! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN for a full two-hour show that’ll kick off with our latest IRHP Live Session. Joining us in the studio this time around is the Montreal duo She-Devils, whose self-titled debut came out earlier this year on Secretly Canadian. They’ll play selections from the album in our studio in new, amorphous arrangements.

Also in store tonight are a couple of spotlights on new releases, including the latest EP from recent studio guests Palm and Free at Noon alum Kevin Morby. New tracks in the mix as well, so preview them below:

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Free at Noon Flashback: Kevin Morby highlights City Music ahead of a holiday weekend

Kevin Morby | Photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Recalling Glen Campbell’s elaborate outfits, Kevin Morby stood at the center of the World Cafe Live stage dressed in a white suit with a cascade of music notes down the side and rhinestone initials on the lapels.

It may seem a little goofy, but it’s all about balance with the Texas native: lighthearted and charming on the outside, deep and introspective on the inside. Both qualities were on display today as he and and his band joined the Free at Noon crowd in support of his forthcoming City Music effort.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Britt at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Kevin Morby at Johnny Brenda’s, Cabbage at Everybody Hits and more…

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

Get warmed up for a wicked run of summer shows at Spruce Street Harbor Park with an evening with legendary Philly Producer/DJ King Britt. It’s all part of the opening weekend festivities for the season at the park, the first-annual UNIVESTival. The show is free and gets rolling at 7 p.m. King Britt is coming up on the June 16 release of After…, the next installment of his Fhloston Paradigm project, which typically dabbles in the techno realm while using futuristic, sci-fi themes. Give one of his live sets a listen below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s, Dead & Co at BB&T Pavillion, Kevin Morby at Boot and Saddle

Margaret Glaspy
Margaret Glaspy | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

She’s new to ATO Records, and soon she could be a household name. For now, we’re lucky enough to experience Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s where she’ll play tonight. Last Friday, she released her debut record Emotions and Math. In April, she stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session. Give it a listen below and head to the XPN Concert Calendar for all the details on tonight’s gig. Continue reading →

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An intimate affair with Kevin Morby and Ryley Walker at Boot and Saddle

Ryley Walker | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Ryley Walker | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

The house lights were still up and upbeat pop music was coming from the speakers hanging from the ceiling, when unannounced, a man in a coat and winter hat with its ear flaps down to his chin took the stage and began tinkering with a guitar. Just a couple minutes later another fellow emerged from the crowd and sat down behind the keyboard at center stage, seemingly adjusting its volume and softy warming up his fingers with different chords. At that moment, this show stated that it’d be an intimate affair.

Ryley Walker then stepped onto the stage in same way, picked up his guitar and sat down at his microphone before taking one last long pull from his can of beer. While he started plucking at his 12-string, his accompaniment seemed to get louder and the house lights dropped. Walker took a deep breath and murmured a relaxed “All right,” into the mic, as they set up the head of “Summer Dress.” Continue reading →

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Listen to “Slow Train” by Kevin Morby and Cate Le Bon (playing Boot & Saddle on 1/17)

Kevin Morby | photo via www.facebook.com/kevinrobertmorby
Kevin Morby | photo via www.facebook.com/kevinrobertmorby

East coast / west coast musician Kevin Morby (Woods, The Babies) released his debut solo record Harlem River in November.  In January, he’ll be stopping by Boot & Saddle to open for Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, and the two teamed up recently to record “Slow Train” for Morby’s LP.  The track is a slow burner, with smooth-pop arrangements and Morby’s easygoing vocals.  For her part, Le Bon’s smoky harmonizing gives “Slow Train” subtle dimension and depth.  Stream the song below and pick up tickets to their 21+ show on January 17th here.