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Download a World Cafe performance by Ethiopian musican Hailu Mergia

Hailu Megria and Low Mentality | Photo courtesy of the artist
Hailu Megria and Low Mentality | Photo courtesy of the artist

Hailu Mergia is a keyboard player and Ethiopian music star who now lives in the U.S. He came to World Cafe‘s attention through Awesome Tapes From Africa, the website where Brian Shimkovitz posts cassette tapes of African music he discovers. That’s what led Shimkovitz to Mergia. Continue reading →

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Introducing Melbourne, Australia rockers The Outdoor Type

The Outdoor Type
The Outdoor Type | Photo courtesy of the artist

The Outdoor Type is a new band from Melbourne, Australia, who recently released their debut single, “Are You Happy.” The band will be releasing their debut EP in early 2015 with a full length to follow. The band is the work of singer and songwriter Zach Buchanan, and the song was produced and mixed by Colin Leadbetter. Continue reading →

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Download “Leaps of Love” by Lancaster duo Sympathy and the Lion

Sympathy and the Lion
Sympathy and the Lion | photo via Facebook

Lancaster, PA’s Sympathy and the Lion have a new record called Remnants coming out in January. The cello / guitar duo of John Shavel and Michael Burke have been playing together since 2011 after meeting online.

“Leaps of Love” is a stand-out song from the upcoming four-track EP, down-tempo and full of atmosphere. The sparse arrangements evoke a feeling of a rural countryside covered in snow, while the vocals take the dreaminess of Lord Huron into stripped-down folk territory.

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Motherless Child (Love’s Not For War)” by Elephant Stone

Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman
Rishi Dhir of Elephant Stone | Photo by Eric Schuman

Elephant Stone is a Montreal based psychedelic influenced indie rock band fronted by sitarist, bassist, and singer Rishi Dhir. The other members of the band include Miles Duprie on drums and backing vocals, and Gabriel Lambert on guitars and backing vocals. Formed in 2009 by Dhir, they debuted with The Seven Seas. Dhir has been a highly sought out sitar players in the psychedelic music scene, and has recorded and toured with the Black Angels, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Horrors, the Soundtrack of Our Lives, and many more. Continue reading →

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Amy Ray pays tribute to Duane Allman on Folkadelphia, Volume II

Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Amy Ray | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Leyla McCalla, Coal Town Miners, Slowey and the Boats are just a few few of the artists that appear on the recently released Folkadelphia Volume II, a collection of in-studio performances from WXPN’s weekly Folkadelphia radio show, hosted by Fred Knittel.

Recorded last April, singer-songwriter and guitarist Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls stopped by to do a session and she and her band performed material from her recent Americana/country leaning Goodnight Tender. Continue reading →

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Download “Witches of Ulster” by Marco Benevento

Marco Benevento | via facebook.com/marco.benevento
Marco Benevento | via facebook.com/marco.benevento
Some of you might remember seeing / hearing the jazzy Benevento / Russo Duo when they opened for My Morning Jacket at an XPN-broadcasted concert in December of 2006. As a solo artist in his own right, Marco Benevento’s sound is very eclectic; he covered MMJ and The Knife on his 2009 solo album Me Not Me, and his more recent psychedelic / synthesizer-oriented material was described by Entertainment Weekly as “somewhere in between Dan Deacon and Animal Collective.” Continue reading →

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Download an in studio Folkadelphia version of “Milly’s Garden” by Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Yesterday saw the release of Folkadelphia Volume II, a collection of in-studio performances from WXPN’s weekly Folkadelphia radio show, hosted by Fred Knittel.

One of the many standout tracks is a version of “Milly’s Garden” by singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Gunn. Gunn, originally from Lansdowne, released one of 2014′s best albums, Way Out Weather. Now based in Brooklyn, Gunn was a guitarist in the Violators, Kurt Vile’s band, and has been releasing solo records since 2007. Continue reading →

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Download “Work It Out” by Arkansas indie rockers Knox Hamilton

Knox Hamilton | Photo credit: Matt Rozzell
Knox Hamilton | Photo credit: Matt Rozzell

Knox Hamilton are an indie rock group hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas that includes brothers Boots (lead singer) and Cobo (drums) Copeland, keyboardist Brad Pierce and bassist Drew Buffington. The love of song – melodies and hamronies – came to the Copeland brothers as young kids raised in their father’s church. Moving beyond the church songs to the likes of Beatles, Hall & Oates, and Phil Collins, the Copeland brothers continued to work on their songwriting craft and self-released an independent EP last year, The Great Hall. They are currently working on their debut album set for release in early 2015. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “I Was Born In An Ashram” by Peter Matthew Bauer

Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Peter Matthew Bauer, a former member of the The Walkmen, released his excellent solo album this year, Liberation! After spending 14 years playing bass and keyboards with The Walkmen, he began playing guitar, singing and writing the songs that led to his debut. Continue reading →

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