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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Macy Gray at World Cafe Live, Delco Pacers at MilkBoy, Astronauts Really Fly at The Blockley, and more

Photo by Jan Prunk
Photo by Jan Prunk

Ohio bred R&B artist and actress Macy Gray brings her unique vocals and whimsical musical sense to World Cafe Live tonight for the 14th anniversary of her 1999 release On How Life Is. Gray has released six album in the years since then, most recently appearing in 2012 with a full-album cover of Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book. Find tickets for tonight’s show here. Watch her Jay Leno performance of Stevie’s “Tuesday Heartbreak.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Little Green Cars at Johnny Brenda’s, Lucero/Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer, Owen at First Unitarian Church

LittleGreenCarsIreland’s Little Green Cars arrive to Johnny Brenda’s to provide their indie/fifties influenced style tonight. The band has recently been touring to promote the release of their EP Harper Lee throughout the United States.  Coupling the release of their EP, the band has been hard at work and will be celebrating their forthcoming debut album Absolute Zero.  Set to hit stores and iTunes July 15th, the band will no doubt be playing songs off the record during their set tonight.  The album is already available for pre-order on the band’s website here.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Dan Croll and The Quelle Source can be found here.  As fans await the release of Absolute Zero, enjoy the music video for “Harper Lee”.

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Memphis Sense of Place: Download two songs from Lucero’s session at Ardent Studios

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, we listen in on the World Cafe session recorded with Memphis indie band Lucero at famed Ardent Studios (Big Star, Al Green, etc.). Download performances of “Slow Dancing” and “Nobody’s Darling” below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio. Continue reading →

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Memphis Sense of Place: Watch David Dye get a walking tour of Memphis with Brian Venable of Lucero

All week on World Cafe with David Dye, the Sense of Place series is exploring the city of Memphis and its musical heritage. Today, David takes a walking tour of Memphis with Brian Venable, guitarist of Lucero. They grab lunch, go record shopping, check out a skateboard shop and stroll through Venable’s neighborhood; watch it in the video below. You can listen to the Sense of Place series on WXPN at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday all this week, or at 7 p.m. on XPN2: Singer-Songwriter Radio.

Sense of Place Memphis – Brian Venable from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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My Morning Download: “Sometimes” by Lucero (playing Union Transfer in April)

 The Memphis band Lucero has a new album called Women & Work coming out on March 13th. The album is the band’s debut for ATO Records and was recorded at the legendary Ardent Studios in Memphis. The band plays Union Transfer on Sunday, April 22nd with J Roddy Walston And The Business. In exchange for your e-mail address  you can download the song “Sometimes” from the forthcoming album below.

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