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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Radiator Hospital, Roadkill Ghost Choir, and Toy Soldiers

Americana rock outfit Toy Soldiers have made their catalog of EPs and singles available as free downloads on their Bandcamp.  The Philadelphia band puts on quite a live show, so if you take advantage of the free tunes try to make it to their gig at World Cafe Live on December 22nd.  Tickets and more information are available on the new XPN Concert Calendar, powered by The Swollen Fox.  Stream and download “Heart in a Mousetrap” below.

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The Week So Far: Eight must-read stories on The Key


Lancaster’s The Stray Birds perform “Dream in Blue” for Folk Alley’s backstage sessions [link]

Sellersville progressive hip-hop group I&I record an adventurous Key Studio Session [link]

Get a free song from Florida’s rootsy Roadkill Ghost Choir in My Morning Download [link]

Philly punk four-piece The Menzingers released an acoustic version of “Casey” [link]

Meet rootsy Philly group The Naked Sun in their new Bands in the Backyard video [link]

Philly country-rockers The Lawsuits released a new EP and a new music video [link]

Quirky rockers Eels announced a fall tour with a Philly stop in March, and a new song [link]

Founding Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha played Free at Noon on Black Friday [link]

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My Morning Download: “Beggars Guild” by Roadkill Ghost Choir


If you’re following trends in music these days, it’s easy to get excited by the latest indie-rock or electronica or what’s hot on the music blogs. Over the last several years the most exciting trend in music has been the revitalization of rootsy/singer-songwriter/acousticana music. Underneath the success of bands like Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, The Avett Brothers and The Civil Wars lurk lesser known, yet as exciting bands like David Wax Museum, He’s My Brother, She’s My Sister, Field Report, Lindi Ortega, Angel Olsen, The Last Bison and more. One more name I’ll add to this list is the Florida based Roadkill Ghost Choir. The band came out of the Orlando music scene just a couple of years ago. Get past the name, and you’ll be exposed to a fantastic collection of songs that pay respect to folk-rock tradition yet transcend them. They recently released their Quiet Light EP. The six piece is fronted by Andrew Shepard, whose voice sounds a tad like Jim James of My Morning Jacket, but the resemblance to MMJ stops there. Musically, Ghost Choir have staked out their own singular claim on the roots music landscape. The songwriting is accomplished and the playing is excellent. There are times when the band dips into musical flourishes that bring to mind The Band and American Beauty-era Grateful Dead, yet they are also capable of entering symphonic Arcade Fire-like territory and driving, beautifully surging Southern rock on songs like “Drifter.” Below, purchase the EP or download the song “Beggars Guild” for free. Continue reading →

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