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Download a free collection of Mike Doughty’s songs

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

The Furthermost of Mike Doughty is a nine song retrospective of Mike Doughty’s 14-year solo career. The former lead singer and founder of Soul Coughing has a Pledge Music campaign to fund the making of a new solo album alongside the release of a live album of Soul Coughing songs played on his 2013 tour. This collection includes some of Doughty’s best work including “Looking at the World from the Bottom of a Well” and “27 Jennifers,” a duet with Rosanne Cash, a cover of John Denver’s “Sunshine,” and several re-imagined Soul Coughing songs like “The Idiot Kings” and “Sleepless.” Download the 9 song collection below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Noah and the Whale at the TLA, Birdie Busch at Ortlieb’s, Islands at Johnny Brenda’s and more

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English rockers Noah and the Whale will rock the TLA stage tonight. The band released its fourth album, Heart of Nowhere, last month via Caroline Records (it came out in the UK back in May). Their melodic alt-rock anthems are memorable and easy to enjoy. Get a taste of what to expect at tonight’s show below and get tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Norwegian Arms at City Hall, Low at World Cafe Live, Song Dogs at North Star Bar, Tigers Jaw at First Unitiarian

Norwegian Arms | Photo by John Vettese
Norwegian Arms | Photo by John Vettese

Local indie folk outfit Norwegian Arms are pairing up with the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia for a special City Hall Series performance. It’s all a part of Make Music Philly, which will be bringing you free music all day, all across the city. Norwegian Arms released a great, quirky, emotive album earlier in 2013, Wolf Like a Stray Dog, that both displays a variety of styles but maintains a unique, cohesive sound.The Jazz Orchestra was founded by renowned trumpet player Terell Stafford, who also happens to be Temple University’s Director of Jazz Studies.These two great acts will be holding down City Hall from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Check out “My New Toy Piano” from Norwegian Arms below.

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Low release new video for “Plastic Cup” (playing World Cafe Live 6/21)

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Slowcore pioneers Low have just released a new video for the track “Plastic Cup”, off their most recent, Jeff Tweedy produced album, The Invisible Way, which is currently out via Sub Pop. The black and white, Ryley Fogg-directed video features the band decked out in black-tie formal wear, playing instruments that appear to be covered entirely in tin-foil. Did I mention the floating glitter everywhere? If that somehow wasn’t enough, in addition to the band, the video also stars a group of guys in strange hoods passing around what looks like a crystal ball…and doing some other strange things, too. Despite its avante-garde aesthetic, the video does hone in on a conceivable plot towards the end (kind of). Low will be making a stop in Philly, on June 21st, at World Cafe Live for a show with Mike Doughty. Tickets and information can be found here, and watch the “Plastic Cup” video below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kingsfoil at Chameleon Club, By Surprise at The Barbary, Black Thought at The Blockley, Mike Doughty at The Tin Angel, Moosh and Twist at the First Unitarian Church

York County pop-rock four-piece Kingsfoil is wrapping up its 2012 with a headlining show tonight at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster. The band put out its sophomore album this year, the hooky and emotive A Beating Heart is a Bleeding Heart, and recorded a Key Studio Session with us on the eve of Hurricane Sandy. Opening the show is fellow Central Pennsylvanian Jesse Baker, whose LP Tearing Down the Walls is available as a free download here. More information on tonight’s show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; below, watch the video for Kingsfoil’s very catchy single “What Your Mother Taught You.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bloktoberfest, Swans at Union Transfer, Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live, Mike Doughty at WCL at The Queen, Marco Benevento at The Blockley

The culmination of music, beer and food in one spectacular celebration known as Bloktoberfest returns to Philadelphia today on South Street between Broad and 18th. The event, now in its fourth year, will have two stages set up with live acts including Toy Soldiers and Grandchildren; the full line-up can be found here. While participants must be 21 for a Beer Bracelet, Bloktoberfest is an all-ages free event, and it begins at noon. More information can be found here. Below, download Toy Soldiers’ single “Been Here All My Days.”

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Mike Doughty plays Low, Red House Painters, John Denver on covers album (coming to World Cafe Live at The Queen)

Consummate music nerd Mike Doughty has always been known for impromptu song renditions and pop-culture references that punctuate his live set. This fall, he’s recorded them for posterity, and will release them as the album The Flip Is Another Honey on Snack Bar / Megaforce Records on November 6. The set will feature versions of songs by John Denver, Red House Painters, Low and Cheap Trick, as well as two new originals. Check out his version of “Take Me Home Country Roads” and the opening original track “Sunshine” below, as well as the full LP track listing. WXPN Welcomes Mike Doughty to World Cafe Live at the Queen on Saturday, October 13. The all-ages show begins at 8 p.m., tickets and information are available here.

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