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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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Download 12 free songs from Amy Ray of The Indigo Girls

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

One half of the Indigo Girls along with Emily Saliers, singer-songwriter Amy Ray has had a prolific solo career, and founded her own record label, Daemon Records, in 1989.

In addition to an excellent body of work Ray has recorded with Saliers as the Indigo Girls, Ray has released a handful of solo albums, since her debut, Stag, came out in 2001. Her recent album, Goodnight Tender, was released in January of this year. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Keep On The Firing Line” by Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives | Photo courtesy of the artist
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives | Photo courtesy of the artist

Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives recently stopped by the World Cafe studios for an interview with Cafe host David Dye and performance in the WXPN studios. Stuart and his top notch band – Kenny Vaughan on guitar, bassist Paul Martin and drummer Harry Stinson – performed songs from their fantastic gospel-influenced double album, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning. Continue reading →

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