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Download “Slow Knife” by Roadkill Ghost Choir

Roadkill Ghost Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist
Roadkill Ghost Choir | Photo courtesy of the artist

Roadkill Ghost Choir hail from Central Florida. The band is fronted by singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard, and they recently released, In Tongues, their debut full length album. The band released a very impressive debut EP in 2012, Quiet Light, that had a rootsy foundation, more than a handful of rocking moments, and well crafted songs. Continue reading →

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Download a 3 song sampler from UK trio Bear’s Den

Bear's Den | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Bear’s Den | Photo courtesy of the artist.

WXPN listeners got their first taste of the British trio Bear’s Den this past summer at the XPoNential Music Festival. Poignant, sentimental, and emotionally intense, the acoustic trio gave a heartfelt and poised performance. The trio, featuring Andrew Davie, Kev Jones & Joey Haynes play stunning, banjo infused acoustic music, feathered with beautiful, warm, ambience. Continue reading →

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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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