This weekend, up in northern Montgomery County, Philly Folk Fest reigned under mostly sunny weather. The 53rd annual gathering treated the crowd to its trademark mix of sounds and styles: heavy on the promising up-and-coming acts (El Caribefunk, Sturgill Simpson) and locals (Kicking Down Doors, Ryan Tennis, Katie Frank and the Pheromones), but also showcasing scene favorites (Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow) and heritiage artists back for another set in front of familiar faces (Janis Ian, Loudon Wainwright III). Our photographer Michelle Montgomery was at the festival for all three days, and shot an immense amount of pictures capturing the scenes, the sights, the sound-makers and, most vividly, the folk folks. We whittled down her photos to our favorite 150, encompassing three days and nights of lively festivity and high spirits. Continue reading →
2014 Non-COMM performer Lydia Loveless stopped by World Cafe earlier this year to talk about her Ohio roots and her new record Somewhere Else. You can listen back to the full interview here and get a free download of “All I Know” below, as recorded for the session.
Pop / rock favorites Guster are back with a new record and Tuesday’s My Morning Download featured a free MP3 of “Long Night” from the LP. Its an atmospheric and floating song, with enticing echoes and mellower tempo. Check it out below. Continue reading →
Old Crow Medicine Show are releasing their new album, Remedy, on July 1st on ATO Records. Listen to the album in its entirety here via NPR Music. Stephen Thompson of NPR Music writes:
Remedy may well be the group’s farthest-reaching, most ingratiating record yet. From the opening strains of “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” on, Old Crow Medicine Show plays loud and fast and loose, while remaining in complete control of every ramshackle moment. The songs get speedier from there — cue “8 Dogs 8 Banjos” for a pace of the breakneck variety — before dipping into slower and more earnest fare like “Dearly Departed Friend.”
Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor copes with friendship and loss in “Dearly Departed Friend,” a song from the band’s new album Remedy, on July 1st. A chorus of “21 guns for 21 years and American flags in the wind,” paints the picture that the friend lost his life in war, and the tender, mid-tempo country song illustrates the narrator’s grave-site reminiscences at the funeral and his attempts to deal with his friend’s death. Remedy, Old Crow’s fourth album, was recorded at Sound Emporoum studios in Nashville. The band is playing the Philadelphia Folk Festival on August 15th; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival announced their lineup today. The 53rd annual festival is August 15-17th at Old Pool Farm in Schwenskville, Pennsylvania. Some of the highlights of this year’s lineup include Old Crow Medicine Show, The Lone Bellow, Sarah Jarosz, Loudon Wainwright III, Janis Ian, Shemekia Copeland and over 25 additional musicians including Natalie MacMaster, Tempest, the Rebirth Brass Band, The Slide Brothers and more. WXPN’s Helen Leicht will host a Philly Local stage with Kwesi K, Ryan Tennis, Mutlu, and Irene Molloy, David Dye will be doing World Cafe sessions with Caroline Rose and Parsonsfield. Go here for tickets and more information. Below, sample a few of the artists who are performing during the weekend.
Tennessee roots rockers Old Crow Medicine Show have come full throttle since they began recording in 1998. After the release of their smash hit “Wagon Wheel” in 2004, it was a steady upward slope. Now they have just come out with their most recent album, Carry Me Back; a new step in their raw country rock sound. With four albums under their buckled belts and a slew of sold out performances, these boot stompin’ folksters have made their signature mark on Americana rock music with a slice of bluegrass. They play at the Electric Factory tonight with very special guests, The Lumineers who performed at our XPoNential Festival a couple weeks ago (you can listen to that entire performance here).
R5 Productions summer concert series at Morgan’s Pier continues tonight with a performance from Jukebox the Ghost. This show is totally free but apologies young’uns, you must be 21 to enter. The show kicks off at 6 p.m. Jukebox also played our free at noon in June, you can listen to it here (via the XPN media player). Special guests tonight also include Norwegian Arms, who you can read more about here (and listen to in the player below).
Ian Bavitz, who goes by the moniker Aesop Rock, practices hip hop while jumping the fence to a new wave underground sound. He’s an indie rapper, a hip hop producer, a San Franciscan. And you can catch him tonight at Union Transfer along with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz. Tickets to this all ages show are $15-17; doors open at 8 p.m. Below watch a video for “Zero Dark Thirty” off his latest album Skelethon.
Tonight at the Tin Angel, WXPN welcomes John Francis. He wrote his first album, Strong Wine & Spirits while living in Philadelphia in 2005, and then followed with his sophomore album The Better Angels after relocating to Nashville. Francis takes inspiration from Johnny Cash and other blues rock influences. He performs tonight at 7:30 p.m., this show is 21+ and tickets are $10, grab yours here.