The Key’s Year-End Mania: Watch the 5 most popular World Cafe videos of the year

Hop Along | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Hop Along | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2015 incredible. Today, XPN Program director Bruce Warren recaps five standout videos from the World Cafe YouTube channel.

Over two hundred bands were featured on World Cafe this year, many of whom have been featured on the show’s YouTube channel. Dawes, Hop Along, The Milk Carton Kids, Father John Misty and Kamasi Washington were the top five most-viewed performances of the year, with many more including Brandi Carlile, Josh Ritter, Son Little, George Ezra, Joss Stone and Mac DeMarco all delivering incredible performances.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Milk Carton Kids at World Cafe Live, Liz Longley at Burlap and Bean

milkcartonkids The California folk duo The Milk Carton Kids bring their heartfelt, contemplative story songs to the stage of World Cafe Live tonight. They recently released their new album, The Ash & Clay, in March. Within a word, their music is exquisite. The melodies lightly flutter over the senses, fading into an out of body dream like state, and their elegance is clear throughout the overall composition. The Ash & Clay is their third album on Anti-Records, while the previous two albums, Prologue and Retrospect are available for free download through their website. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Aofie O’Donovan can be found here. Below, watch The Milk Carton Kids play a delightful three song set (the songs they play are: “Michigan”, “Stealing Romance”, and “I Still Want a Little More”) for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.

Photo by Shervin Lainez

Liz Longley performs at Burlap and Bean tonight. Although now living in Nashville, Tennessee, the singer/songwriter is a Philadelphia native and will be coming home to play some of her songs in anticipation of her upcoming album entitled Liz Longley, and her new single “This Is Not The End” released on April 16th available through iTunes. She has also been The Local Pick Of The Day back in October 2010 with her song “Free”. Longley will be touring steadily through April, May, and June throughout the US. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with Seth Glier can be found here. Below, watch an acoustic session with Liz Longley playing her new single “This Is Not The End” from her upcoming album Liz Longley.


My Morning Download: “Hope Of A Lifetime” by The Milk Carton Kids (playing World Cafe Live on April 22nd)

milkcartonkids With two excellent albums that they’ve given away for free, and a growing loyal fan base around the country, the singer-songwriter duo The Milk Carton Kids release their debut on Anti- Records called The Ash & Clay on March 26th. From Los Angeles, The Milk Carton Kids are Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan. They formed in 2011 and simply put, they play gorgeous acoustic music very much in the tradition of Simon & Garfunkel. Their harmonies are magical, and their guitar playing is intricate and beautiful. The songs on their new album continue to wonderfully showcase their story telling and songwriting skills. The band perform at World Cafe Live on Monday, April 22nd.

Below, download “Hope Of A Lifetime” via NPR Music: Heavy Rotation – 5 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing, and watch the endearing video for the the title song of the record.


California folk duo The Milk Carton Kids release music video, announce tour (playing World Cafe Live on 4/22)

California duo The Milk Carton Kids are getting ready to release their album The Ash & Clay next month via Anti- Records. It’s their second proper LP (third overall, if you count the live release Retrospect), and it’s a charming slice of sixties American folk in the vein of The Byrds and Simon & Garfunkel. The band is heading out on a spring tour that bring it to World Cafe Live downstairs on April 22; tickets go on sale this Friday, February 15, at noon. The band premiered a new music video for the title track from The Ash & Clay today via Paste Magazine. Check it out below.