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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Magic Man, Christopher Paul Stelling, Our Griffins

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Folkadelphia shared its session with Christopher Paul Stelling, a musician from New York who is quick-fingered and impassioned.  Stelling performed songs from his new False Cities LP, including “Every Last Extremist,” which you can stream and download below.  Grab the full set here and tune into XPN’s Folk Show with Gene Shay on September 15th to hear more from Stelling.

Our Griffins‘ debut Michael Boyd LP was the focus of this week’s Unlocked series.  The Lehigh Valley project of DJ Brown has grown since its Conversations EP was released in 2012, expanding its introspective hushed sound to a Bon Iver-esque proportions.  Stream and download the “Blood On My Sleeves” below and check out the full feature here.

Kate Faust stopped by for a Key Studio Session recently.  The local singer and collaborator  released her solo Crucial Companion EP this year and performed three songs from the record for this session.  Soaring and personal, the tracks, alongside two new ones, are stellar introductions to Faust and her new band.  Stream and download “Crucial Companion” below and get the full set here.

Wednesday’s My Morning Download was a track from This Frontier Needs Heroes called “It’s Over Now.”  Based in Brooklyn, the brother-sister duo came down to Philly to record Hooky at Dr. Dog’s studio.  Tight vocals and trickling drums float between sitar-sounding melodies, bridging Americana and psychedelic worlds in a delicate and memorable way.  Stream and download the song below.

XPN was happy to premiere Magic Man’s new single “Every Day” this week after getting to know the New England-based band with a My Morning Download earlier this year.  It’s a colorful electro-pop track featured on Magic Man‘s new You Are Here EP, set for release this Tuesday, September 10th.  Download “Every Day” via Noisetrade below.

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