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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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Download a live World Cafe performance by Sylvan Esso of “Play It Right”

Sylvan Esso | Photo by Brittany Salerno
Sylvan Esso | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Durham, North Carolina electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso put out one of our favorite records of the year. Their self-titled debut, released in May, is a textured, lively electronic pop outing that, like tUnE-yArDs, is catchy and poppy, but with innovative arrangements and an eclectic sensibility that fuses bits of dance music, hip-hop and jazz. Singer Amelia Meath (of Mountain Man) and producer Nick Sanborn (of Megafaun) recently appeared on World Cafe (listen here) with an interview and live session recorded at the duo’s Free at Noon concert (listen here). Below, download their World Cafe performance of “Play It Right.” Continue reading →

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Download a live World Cafe performance of “War Paint” by Ex Hex

Ex Hex | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Ex Hex | photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Ex Hex are indie rocker singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mary Timony (Helium, Wild Flag) drummer Laura Harris, and bassist Betsy Wright. They recently released their debut full length, Rips – on Merge Records. It’s a album that lives up to its name, and rips through 35 minutes of punk rock inspired jams. The band were recently on World Cafe with host David Dye. Continue reading →

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Download “Music For Touching” by Cookies

Cookies | Photo courtesy of the artist
Cookies | Photo by Emily Keegin | courtesy of the artist

Each week on the World Cafe, host David Dye puts the spotlight on an emerging band worthy of your attention. This week, it’s the Brooklyn based duo Cookies, led by led by Ben Sterling (formerly of Mobius Band) and featuring Melissa Metrick on vocals. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Ford Econoline” by Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Chuck Prophet | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Chuck Prophet has been at this musician thing for a long time. Trace back to the mid-Eighties, you’ll find Prophet becoming a member of the legendary alt-country psychedelic rock band Green On Red for their 1985 release, Gas Food Lodging, staying with the band until they dissolved. Continue reading →

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Download a blistering live World Cafe version of “Native Stepson” by Sonny Landreth

Sonny Landreth | Photo by Brittany Salerno for WXPN
Sonny Landreth | Photo by Brittany Salerno for WXPN

Born Clyde Vernon Landreth, guitarist Sonny Landreth is a guitarist’s guitarist. Born in Mississippi, his family settled in Lafayette, Louisiana. His first professional gig was as a guitarist with the legendary Clifton Chenier in the Red Beans and Rice Revue in the Seventies, before he stepped out on his own as a solo artist. Landreth released two albums in the Eighties which led to his being called upon by John Hiatt who enlisted his services on Hiatt’s classic 1988 Slow Turning album. A pair of excellent albums in the Nineties, 1992′s Outward Bound, and 1995′s South Of I-10, garnered Landreth even more praise and notoriety, and he went on to collaborate with Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Jimmy Buffett. Continue reading →

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Singer songwriter Angel Snow has a secret you want to know about

Angel Snow | Photo by Fairlight Hubbard
Angel Snow | Photo by Fairlight Hubbard

Originally from Chickamauga, Ga., Angel Snow has started to make some waves in the singer-songwriter scene, based out of Nashville. A serendipitous encounter with bluegrass and country star Alison Krauss allowed Snow to give Krauss a copy of Snow’s album, which led to an opportunity most musicians rarely get – a meeting with Krauss, her brother bassist Viktor Krauss. Continue reading →

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