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Download a Key Studio Session recording of “Palace” by #XPNfest artist Commonwealth Choir

Commonwealth Choir Key Studio Session | Photo by Ryan Boswell RBCameraWorks.com
Commonwealth Choir Key Studio Session | Photo by Ryan Boswell RBCameraWorks.com

One of the many local bands playing the XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru is Commonwealth Choir. The Doylestown indie-rockers will be opening up the day on Saturday, July 26th at 12:30. Earlier this year, the band recorded a Key Studio Session, performing songs from their recent EP and a couple of new songs. Below, download “Palace,” and make sure you watch the video of their performance of “Pacers.”

Commonwealth Choir are playing World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, tomorrow evening, Friday, July 11th at the New Sweden record release party. And you’ll be seeing them at #xpnfest on Saturday, July 25th. Go here for tickets to the fesyival.

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Produced by Phosphorescent: meet Heaven’s Jail

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New York rock and roll trio Heaven’s Jail, recently featured as a World Cafe: Next are releasing a new album, Ace Called Zero, on August 26th. The album was was produced by Matthew Houck – AKA Phosphorescent. Houck says about the band:

“I had heard some of these songs in-progress at Heaven’s Jail shows,” says Houck, “and I wanted to be involved with the record that they were going to make. Francesco is my favorite kind of songwriter: sensitive but not sappy, smart but not precious. He has the ability to casually sneak complex imagery and metaphor into a deceptively simple package. It’s just great songwriting. Simple as that.”

Along with that great songwriting comes inspired playing and singing. There’s no pretension here; just straight forward rock and roll storytelling with a slight country fried sensibility. Fronted by singer and guitarist Francesco Ferorelli, the band includes James Preston on bass/harmonies, and Ethan Schmid on drums. With a sound that draws on the spirits of Lou Reed and Warren Zevon, Heaven’s Jail often sounds like a spirited clash between Drive By Truckers and Velvet Underground.

Below, download “Mother Mary Madonna.”

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Download Chrissie Hynde’s World Cafe performance of “You Or No One”

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Chrissie Hynde recently released her solo debut album, Stockholm. It’s been 35 years since the Pretenders released their incredible self-titled debut, and stepping out on her own, Hynde collaborated with Björn Yttling, of the Swedish pop band Peter Bjorn and John, on Stockholm. Hynde was recently on World Cafe with Cafe host David Dye. They talked about the new album, the process of collaborating with Bjorn, and performed four songs during the session. Listen to the entire session here.

Below, download a World Cafe performance of “You Or No One.”

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Download “Matamoros” by The Afghan Whigs

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The Afghan Whigs | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com

One of the best rock albums of 2014 so far is Do To The Beast, the first album of all new album in 16 years by The Afghan Whigs. On Friday October 3rd, WXPN Welcomes the Whigs to Union Transfer. In May, the band played a blistering set at XPN’s Non-COMMvention. Below, watch a video of their classic “Fountain and Fairfax” from the show, and download “Matamoros,” a song from the new album.

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Download “America The Beautiful” by Keb’ Mo’

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In the spirit of the July 4th holiday, blues musician Keb’ Mo’ has recorded a solo acoustic version of “America The Beautiful,” that you can download for free here. Mo’ has recorded the standard before on his Big Wide Grin album, and has re-recorded a passionate, soulful solo version of the song. Mo”s new album, Bluesamericana, is a collection of acoustic based blues songs influenced by gospel and R&B.

Download “American The Beautiful” here, and Happy July 4th!

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Download “Under These Hands” by Dum Dum Girls

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Photo by James Orlando

“Under These Hands” is another slice of jangly shoegazing rock and roll from the Dum Dum Girls’ recent release, Too True. The band were recently on World Cafe. Listen to the session here. Below, download “Under These Hands.”

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Download Roses & Revolutions’ catchy indie-folk “Take Me With You.”

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Roses & Revolutions are the singer & songwriter duo of Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt. From Rochester, NY, R&R recently released a strong self-titled collection of catchy folk-pop songs that bring to mind The Civil Wars and Delta Rae. The up and coming duo are starting to gain attention with their new self-titled EP that you can download below via Noisetrade. Be sure to check out their animated video for “Take Me With You,” featuring a number of celebrities including the World Cafe’s David Dye (see if you can spot him!).

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