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Download Sturgill Simpson’s World Cafe performance of “Long White Line” from Philly Folk Fest

Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Reto Sterch
Sturgill Simpson | Photo by Reto Sterch

This past August, at the Philly Folk Festival, World Cafe host David Dye recorded a couple of sessions on the festival campgrounds; one with Caroline Rose and one session with Sturgill Simpson. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheerleader and The Ataris at MilkBoy, Sturgill Simpson at the Ardmore Music Hall, BITBY Summer Sounds Showcase at The TLA and more…

Cheerleader
Cheerleader | photo courtesy of artist.
Local haze-pop group Cheerleader join Kristopher Roe of alt-rock stalwarts The Ataris at MilkBoy tonight for the venue’s 15th anniversary.  Cheerleader released a new video for its crystalline pop single “Perfect Vision” earlier this month, a track that will be on the full-length follow-up to this year’s self-titled debut EP.  The song moves away from the pure haziness of the EP and pulls production influences from radio pop songs, making it a perfect summer anthem alternative.  Meanwhile, Kristopher Roe of The Ataris has embarked on a solo acoustic tour of the States, performing fan favorites and requests in intimate settings.  Watch Cheerleader’s video for “Perfect Vision” below and get more information about the free show here.
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Five artists to discover at the 2014 Philadelphia Folk Festival

El Caribefunk is playing Philadelphia Folk Fest
El Caribefunk | via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker

Anybody who’s ever attended the Philadelphia Folk Festival can attest that the best part about it is the surprises you’ll find within. Sure, Old Crow Medicine Show is going to be great in their Friday night headlining slot, and singer-songwriter icon Janis Ian will dazzle the Saturday audience, but to truly experience this half-century running celebration of global roots music, we recommend getting away from the nighttime main stage sets. Here are our picks for five artists you won’t hear discussed as much, but who should make it a point to catch. You’ll go away from the festival loving them. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Folk Festival adds Jason Isbell, and World Cafe recording sessions with Sturgill Simpson and Caroline Rose to the lineup

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The already packed 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup is getting four more additions, including singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who will be a headliner on Sunday night of the festival. A former member of the band Drive-By Truckers, singer-songwriter Isbell has a southern rock, alternative country influenced sound. The festival also added a bonus concert exclusively for All-Festival Camping Ticket holders on Thursday, August 14 — the night before the festival official starts. The concert will be held in the campgrounds and hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. The night will feature bluegrass and country music singer Sturgill Simpson, vintage country songstress Caroline Rose and roots band Parsonfield. For more information about the festival and tickets, go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival website here. Below, listen to Isbell perform “Live Oak” from his Free at Noon concert from August 2013.

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April’s Communion Showcase hosts The Lawsuits, Banned Books, Gretchen Lohse and more

Gretchen Lohse | photo by Thomas Hughes
Gretchen Lohse | photo by Thomas Hughes

Following this month’s strong showing at the Communion Club Night at Underground Arts, the monthly event has announced the bill for the next installment, taking place on April 3rd.  NYC pop artist Johnny Stimson headlines, with support from local indie rockers The Lawsuits, Kentucky country bard Sturgill Simpson, and Philly experimental rock duo Banned Books.  XPN and The Key are pleased to welcome local folk musician Gretchen Lohse as April’s featured artist as well.  Check out songs from each musician below, and get more information on the show here.

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