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Download a 5 song sampler from Lily & Madeleine

Lily & Madeleine | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Lily & Madeleine | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sisters Lily & Madeleine Jurkiewicz are set to release their sophomore album, Fumes, on October 28th, on Asthmatic Kitty records. The folksy pop duo from Indianapolis released their debut EP in 2013, and was followed by their self-titled debut full length. They also have collaborated with Son Lux on “Lost It To Trying,” one of our favorite songs from last year. Like The Roches and First Aid Kit, Lily & Madeleine have close, rich and beautiful harmonies that anchor the warmth and allure of their songs. Continue reading →

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Holy Ghost Tent Revival have the Right State of Mind and you can have it too

Holy Ghost Tent Revival | photo by Caitlin McCann
Holy Ghost Tent Revival | photo by Caitlin McCann

Roots rockers Holy Ghost Tent Revival recently released Right State Of Mind, recorded right here in Philly at Waking Studios. Produced and recorded by Bill Moriarty and Joe Bisirri, Right State Of Mind is Holy Ghost’s fourth studio album since the self-release of their 2008 debut album. From North Carolina, the six piece have built their reputation mainly on their live shows, and with the new album have captured the essence of their live performance with a collection of well crafted tunes. Continue reading →

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The New York duo Governors release their mesmerizing debut single

Governors | Photo courtesy of the band.
Governors | Photo courtesy of the band.

This week, a new New York City based duo, Governors, made their debut with a mesmerizing song, “Is This Love.” The duo, singer Madison Seely and vocalist/producer Matt White, only recently joined Facebook and the number of their twitter followers has yet to hit 20. But that’s about to change with the powerful new song they’ve released. What we know about the duo is they’re both seniors at Columbia and both members of the Nonsequitur a cappella group. Continue reading →

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With traces of Jeff Buckley, Zeppelin and CSN&Y, get to know Greylag

Greylag | Photo by Chloe Aftel
Greylag | Photo by Chloe Aftel

Based in Portland, Oregon, Greylag are an indie rock trio featuring Andrew Stonestreet (lead vocal, acoustic guitar), Daniel Dixon (lead guitar, keyboards), and drummer Brady Swan. Their self-titled debut full length album, out on Dead Oceans on October 14th, was produced by Phil Ek (Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Modest Mouse, The Shins). It’s a beguiling collection of roots and rock music from a band that’s been quietly growing a nice following in their hometown over the last four years. Continue reading →

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Download “Lighthouse” by Philly indie rockers The Burgeoning

The Burgeoning | Photo courtesy of the band
The Burgeoning | Photo courtesy of the band

Bensalem, indie rockers The Burgeoning have a new EP, Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm, being independently released on October 14th. The four piece includes lead singer Logan Thierjung on rhythm guitar, his brother Alex on bass, drummer Brandon Bradley and Mark Menkevich on lead Guitar, keyboards and synthesizer. The band has an admiration for many things British indie-rock, especially Bloc Party, and they sure do enjoy their guitar effects pedals. The Burgeoning formed in 2011 and have been increasingly playing out in the local clubs. Logan’s ethereal vocal range is slightly reminiscent of Coldplay’s Chris Martin and the guitar interplay between him and Menkevich is intricate yet never overplayed. Continue reading →

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Download “Medicine Hat” by XPN Artist to Watch Fly Golden Eagle

Fly Golden Eagle | Photo by Semi Song
Fly Golden Eagle | Photo by Semi Song

WXPN’s Artist to Watch for October is the Nashville based band Fly Golden Eagle. The band releases their sprawling, 26 song sophomore album, Quartz, on Tuesday, October 14th. For the band’s second release, lead singer and songwriter Ben Trimble looked towards a 1973 movie called The Holy Mountain for inspiration. The film is a Mexican-American avant-garde drama directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film was produced by Beatles manager Allen Klein, and was funded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and George Harrison. Inspired by the movie, Trimble found himself writing the songs that would become Quartz. Continue reading →

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Download “Eyes Of The Muse” by King Tuff from NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation

King Tuff | Photo courtesy of the artist
King Tuff | Photo courtesy of the artist

King Tuff has a new album, Black Moon Spell that’s a fun filled collection of fuzzy power pop songs.

“Eyes Of The Muse,” from the album, is David Dye’s pick for NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation. Here’s what Dye, host of the World Cafe, has to say about the song: Continue reading →

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Download “Some People Will Tell You” by Sarah Jaffe

Sarah Jaffe | Photo by Dutch Rall | Courtesy of the artist
Sarah Jaffe | Photo by Dutch Rall | Courtesy of the artist

Singer-songwriter Sarah Jaffe recently released her sophomore album, Don’t Disconnect. From Denton, Texas, Jaffe debuted in 2008; Don’t Disconnect is her third full length album. Where her earlier work with marked with a sense of singer-songwriter traditionalism, she’s evolved her sound towards a more dreamy, lush direction. Working with McKenzie Smith, the drummer from Midlake on the production of the album, it veers into an artsy, well conceived, and creative landscape where musicians like St. Vincent and Feist practice their craft. Continue reading →

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Download a live version of Marc Broussard’s “Hurricane Heart”

Marc Broussard | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marc Broussard | Photo courtesy of the artist

Marc Broussard recently released a new album, A Life Worth Living. The son of Louisiana Hall of Fame guitar player Ted Broussard (The Boogie Kings), the younger soul singer and songwriter’s recent release conveys a remarkable sense of place, both musically and culturally. Continue reading →

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Download Sturgill Simpson’s World Cafe performance of “Long White Line” from Philly Folk Fest

Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Reto Sterch
Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Reto Sterch

This past August, at the Philly Folk Festival, World Cafe host David Dye recorded a couple of sessions on the festival campgrounds; one with Caroline Rose and one session with Sturgill Simpson. Continue reading →

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