Indie folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger take over Johnny Brenda’s tonight following the recent release of their fifth album Lateness of Dancers. Former members of heavy punk band Ex-Ignota and alternative rock group The Court & Spark, MC Taylor and Scott Hirsh have been performing together for over two decades, and broke off to try their hand at a different genre. Their first album Country Hai East Cotton was released in a limited edition of 500 records produced on Taylor’s personal record label. For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their recent performance of title track “Lateness of Dancers.” Continue reading →
Philly soul tribute group The York Street Hustle bring their third annual Holiday Spectacular to World Cafe Live on December 20th to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Pediatric Cancer Center. The 10-piece supergroup features musicians from Dr. Dog, Aaron & The Spell and members of Heyward Howkins’s band performing classic songs from the Four Tops, The Temptations and more alongside holiday favorites. Tickets and information for the all-ages benefit concert can be found here. Last year during XPN’s 12 Days of Local Christmas, Helen Leicht featured The York Street Hustle’s track “Christmas Eve Dream” – stream and download the song below.
It’s time once again for our annual 12 Days Of Local Christmas, our holiday gift of song from artists in the local music scene. XPN mid-day and Philly Local host Helen Leicht reached out to a number of local musicians to write original holiday songs. Each weekday through Christmas we’ll be offering these songs to you for free, compliments of the bands to download (and we’ll have some bonus tracks, too!). We’ll be playing them on WXPN for our My Morning Download feature with XPN’s Morning Show host Michaela Majoun in the 9AM ET hour and on Helen’s Philly Local pick of the day in the 1PM ET hour. Some of the artists include Ryan Tennis, Good Old War, Ben Smith, Deb Callahan and others. The first song in our series is from the very soulful singer-songwriter Aaron Brown, Brown is one of our favorite new voices on the local music scene. He released an excellent album this past summer with his band The Spell called Sing. For this song, “Christmas Eve With You,” Brown records with his soul revue, the York Street Hustle featuring Allison Polans. The song was recorded for Helen Leicht’s 4th Annual Philly Local Home for the Holidays show that airs December 18th at 10pm. This Friday, December 7th Aaron Brown & the York Street Hustle have their 2nd Annual Holiday Spectacular at World Café Live. Go here for tickets to the show. Below, download “Christmas Eve With You.” Go here for the complete track listing for the 12 Days of Local Christmas and to download the full compilation. In case you missed it, go here to download The Key Studio Session with Aaron and The Spell.