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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Mean Lady, Neko Case, Katie Frank & The Pheromones

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

Katie Frank & The Pheromones brought songs from their upcoming Counting Your Curses record to a Key Studio Session this week.  The Elizabethtown native and her rootsy Americana band will release the debut LP in August.  Get the full session here and catch them at MilkBoy on July 17th.

Nebraska singer-songwriter Joshua James provided this week’s Folkadelphia Session, which included songs off of his 2012 full-length From the Top of Willamette Mountain.  Folkadelphia’s Fred Knittel described James’ work as “spine-tingling” and “complex” – check it out for yourself here.

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My Morning Download: “Man” by Neko Case

Photo by Jason Creps
Photo by Jason Creps
Neko Case releases a new album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, on Anti- Records on September 3. The album is the singer-songwriter’s first new album since Middle Cyclone came out in 2009. The Worse Things Get features guest appearances from M. Ward, Howe Gelb (Giant Sand), Tucker Martine, members of The New Pornographers, My Morning Jacket, Calexico, and Los Lobos. WXPN Welcomes Case to the ELectric Factory on September 25. Go here for tickets. Below, download “Man,” via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.

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The Week So Far: 11 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Steve Gunn Trio, W.C. Lindsay, Disclosure and more)

Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com
Father John Misty | Photo by Noah Silvestry | silvestography.tumblr.com

Relive the weekend’s live music with reviews and photos of The National, Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, The Bailey Hounds and Of Monsters and Men [link]

The Steve Gunn Trio recorded a Key Studio Session while on tour with Kurt Vile [link]

War on Drugs bassist and Nightlands frontman Dave Hartley returns to The Top of The Key with a look at basketball nicknames [link]

New Jersey’s Aspiga premiered a new song called “Direction” from an upcoming 7″ split [link]

Take an in-depth look at Break It Up‘s debut self-titled LP, featured this week on Unlocked [link]

Stream the exclusive premiere of W.C. Lindsay‘s super fun Tree EP [link]

WXPN announced the daily line-up for this summer’s XPoNential Music Festival [link]

We have a Gotta Hear Song from Disclosure and a Gotta Watch Video of Steve Martin and Edie Brickell this week [link and link]

PhilaMOCA announced their second annual ERASERHOOD FOREVER celebration of David Lynch and the venue’s Callowhill neighborhood [link]

Last Good Tooth teamed up with Folkadelphia for this week’s live session [link]

Sigur Ros, Kate Nash and Neko Case announced Philly shows for the fall

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Just Announced: Neko Case will play the Electric Factory on 9/25

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Singer-songwriter Neko Case has announced a show at the Electric Factory on September 25th.  The New Pornographers member released her last solo album called Middle Cyclone in 2009 and contributed vocals on the Canadian indie rock group’s 2010 effort Together.  Now working on a solo follow-up, Case has been profiled by NPR Music’s Morning Edition over the last year to get a glimpse into her recording process.  According to the second installment of the profile, Case was inspired by sea novels Moby Dick and Shadow Divers while writing the album and has tentatively named it The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight.  The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, June 14th at noon.  More information will be available here.  Below, stream Case’s new song “Man” and watch her perform “This Tornado Loves You” on Late Night with David Letterman.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: XPN Welcomes Neko Case and My Morning Jacket at The Mann Center

Neko Case is the rare singer-songwriter who manages both to fulfill and confound expectations. Her music—a blend of big-voiced folk and poetic pop—isn’t typical by any indie-rock standard. And yet, the songs aren’t simply esoteric attempts to prove Case’s vocal chops or songwriting skills (which she certainly has), they’re genuinely powerful. When Case sings, you forget that you’re listening to a record. It’s more like tuning into someone’s diary—if their diary were a whirlwind of narratives, metaphor and anthemic, poignant choruses. All of which makes Neko Case a good match for headliners My Morning Jacket, and so far on this tour she’s joined frontman Jim James on several duet covers. Neko Case performs with My Morning Jacket at 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Center; tickets to the all-ages show are $29.50–$44.50. 

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Watch Neko Case and My Morning Jacket (playing Mann Center Aug. 23rd) cover Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks

My Morning Jacket’s current tour with Neko Case is shaping up to be more than just the typical latest-album-replicating circuit. Last week in Pittsburgh, MMJ lead singer Jim James was joined on stage by Neko Case for a cover of the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet “Islands In the Stream.” Now, thanks to a fan video, we get to see the two take on the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers song “Stop Dragging My Heart Around,” originally performed with Stevie Nicks. Watch below, via Anti- Label Blog.

My Morning Jacket and Neko Case will be performing at the Mann Center on Tuesday, August 23rd. Tickets range from $40 – $55.40 and are available here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4CQmOfoHCo

 

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My Morning Jacket and Neko Case (performing at the Mann Center Aug. 23rd) cover “Islands In The Stream”

Watch tour-mates Jim James (lead singer of My Morning Jacket) and Neko Case duet at last night’s stop in Pittsburgh, via Stereogum. During the show’s encore, the capable pair covered “Islands In The Stream,” a song written by the Bee Gees and originally performed by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rodgers in 1983.

My Morning Jacket and Neko Case play the Mann Center together August 23rd; tickets are $29.50-$44.50.