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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Avid Dancer at Chameleon Club, Steve Gunn at Boot & Saddle, Black Thought at The TLA

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Avid Dancer | photo via Facebook

Avid Dancer opens for Delta Spirit at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA tonight. This is a case of the band name perfectly matching the mood of the music, as Avid Dancer’s shimmering indie pop songs are dance floor ready. The LA project of Jacob Summers released a handful of songs on last year’s I Want to See You Dance EP, including the mellow “Stop Playing With My Heart” and the retro-sounding title track. Check out the video for that song below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 18+ show here.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Steve Gunn, Left & Right and more

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Photo by Laura Jane Brubaker | http://laurajanebrubaker.tumblr.com/

Guitarist and singer Steve Gunn was the focus of this week’s Folkadelphia Session. The Philadelphia native performed songs from last year’s Way Out Weather, a record that put his boundary-pushing guitar playing in the spotlight. Check out “Milly’s Garden” below and get the full session here.

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Folkadelphia Session: Steve Gunn


You knew it was coming, we prepared you for this moment. At the end of 2014, we pulled together a collection of some of our favorite in-studio sessions for our 2nd Folkadelphia Sessions compilation. We also previewed what was to come in 2015. That’s when you got your first taste of this week’s brand new session from Steve Gunn‘s visit to our studio. Today you hear the full thing.
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Download an in studio Folkadelphia version of “Milly’s Garden” by Steve Gunn

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Yesterday saw the release of Folkadelphia Volume II, a collection of in-studio performances from WXPN’s weekly Folkadelphia radio show, hosted by Fred Knittel.

One of the many standout tracks is a version of “Milly’s Garden” by singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Gunn. Gunn, originally from Lansdowne, released one of 2014′s best albums, Way Out Weather. Now based in Brooklyn, Gunn was a guitarist in the Violators, Kurt Vile’s band, and has been releasing solo records since 2007. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Steve Gunn at PhilaMOCA, Kopecky Family Band at Union Transfer, and The Jawn at Bourbon and Branch

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Brooklyn-based guitarist Steve Gunn will be playing PhilaMOCA tonight. Known for dabbling in different genres, Gunn has incorporated various styles into his eclectic sound including psychedelic, Gnawa and classical Indian music. He’s had a steady stream of new releases since his initial appearance on the scene and shows no sign of stopping, with this year alone producing three separate albums: a collboration with guitarist Mike Gangloff, Melodies for a Savage Fix; another with Mike Cooper, Cantos de Lisboa; and just this month, his solo album, Way Out Weather. Be sure not to miss this music maniac tonight! For more information, head to the XPN Concert Calendar. You can check out his NPR Tiny Desk Concert performance below. Continue reading →

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Travel to Mongolia in Steve Gunn’s new “Way Out Weather” video

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensch
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensch

Steve Gunn has released a new video for “Way Out Weather,” the title track of his latest effort, which is set for release early next month on Paradise of Bachelors.  The clip follows up the album’s first single “Milly’s Garden” and presents the record as a thoughtful, contemplative take on experiencing all corners of the globe.

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Stream a new Steve Gunn song, “Milly’s Garden”

Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh
Steve Gunn | photo by Constance Mensh

Steve Gunn will release the follow-up to last year’s excellent Time Off. Way Out Weather is scheduled for release on October 7th on Paradise of Bachelors.

The Philadelphia native stepped into somewhat of a new role with Time Off, becoming more of a bandleader rather than a solo artist or collaborator.  And with “Milly’s Garden” it feels like Gunn’s confidence, both in this new role and with his singing, has reached an all-time high.

It wouldn’t be a Steve Gunn jam without an impressive showing of instrumental dexterity, though, and “Milly’s Garden” has that in spades thanks to an expanded backing band that introduces Nathan Bowles (Black Twig Pickers), James Elkington (Jeff Tweedy) and Jimy SeiTang (Psychic Ills) to the already established mix of Jason Meagher, Justin Tripp and John Truscinski.  Philadelphia favorite Mary Lattimore also appears on the record to round out the crew.

Gunn will be in town on August 26th for a show at Underground Arts with Kevin Morby.  Tickets and information can be found here. Below, listen to “Milly’s Window.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: David Wax Museum at Ardmore Music Hall, Plastic Little at Underground Arts, Wake Owl at MilkBoy and more

David Wax Museum classifies their own sound as “Mexo-Americana,” claiming a uniqueness that blends Americana folk and Latin influences into one. Upon the release of their fourth album, Knock Knock Get Up, they were named WXPN’s Artist to Watch  – and for obvious reasons you can hear for yourself tonight at Ardmore Music Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. and the $18 tickets can be purchased here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lee Ranaldo and the Dust at Boot & Saddle, Kevin Devine at Musikfest Cafe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band at World Cafe Live and more

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust | photo via www.facebook.com/leeranaldoandthedust
Lee Ranaldo and the Dust | photo via www.facebook.com/leeranaldoandthedust

Lee Ranaldo and the Dust headline Boot & Saddle tonight.  The founding member Sonic Youth has created an impressive solo career over the last couple of decades, most recently releasing Between the Times and the Tides in 2012 (ahead of an XPoNential Music Festival appearance) and Last Night on Earth in 2013.  In-between, Ranaldo has performed the works of John Cage in intriguing and experimental ways (check out an interview about it here).  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Steve Gunn can be found here.  Watch Ranaldo and his band perform “Lecce, Leaving” on Conan below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes Toy Soldiers at Johnny Brenda’s, Steve Gunn at Little Berlin, XPN Welcomes Shovels & Rope at Union Transfer and more

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Toy Soldiers celebrate the release of The Maybe Boys at Johnny Brenda’s.  The local roots / rock outfit recorded the LP with Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man) this year,  capturing most of the songs in a live set-up.  Live is the best way to experience the band – they’ve clocked in hundreds of shows on the road and know how to get the crowd invested.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Check out Toy Soldiers’ Key Studio Session from earlier this week here and watch them perform “Tell the Teller” and “Forget How it Used to Be” below.

Steve Gunn returns to his home city for a show with Cian Nugent and Chris Forsyth at Little Berlin tonight.  The guitarist / singer has reached a new audience with his latest Time Off release, which he put out earlier this year through Paradise of Bachelors.  As he proved at the record’s release show in June, Gunn has a knack for blending playing styles from all over the world in an enthralling and transcendent way.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Below, watch Gunn’s Tiny Desk Concert, presented by NPR Music.

Cold Roses headline MilkBoy Philly tonight.  The gravely-voiced local band released its debut EP The Georgia Fugue earlier this year and recently followed it up with August’s “The One You Love” single, taken from an upcoming LP.  Cold Roses echo the hard-lived grit of deep country rock but temper the edge with upbeat, danceable melodies.  Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here.  Listen to “Lose That Man” below.

XPN welcomes Shovels and Rope to Union Transfer.  The husband and wife duo have toured with Dawes, Jack White and Justin Townes Earle since releasing their debut LP O’ Be Joyful but are striking out on a headlining tour across the States this fall.  Based in South Carolina, Shovels & Rope perform foot-stomping , twangy and heartfelt country that is easy to sing along to.  Tickets and information for the show can be found here.  Watch the band perform “Gasoline” below.

Also happening: Hard Skin at Boot & Saddle; Randall Bramblett at the Sellersville Theater; Cheers Elephant at Ortlieb’s.  Tickets and information for all shows can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.