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Sense of Place Philly: Download a World Cafe version of “Under A Rock” by Waxahatchee

Katie Crutchfield | Waxahatchee | Photo by Rocco Peditto
Katie Crutchfield | Waxahatchee | Photo by Rocco Peditto

Philly based Waxahatchee are one of this week’s Philly artists being featured on World Cafe’s special Sense of Place: Philly series. During the coming week, Cafe host David Dye uncovers the sounds of Philly both past and present.

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Katie Crutchfield, who performs as Waxahatchee, recently did a session for World Cafe. Since her early teens, she’s been writing songs. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she and her twin sister Allison performed in the band P.S. Eliot together. Katie started writing songs as Waxahatchee in her parents’ house in Alabama, and she and her sister relocated to Philly several years ago. Continue reading →

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Coming Next Week: World Cafe brings you Sense Of Place Philly

STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie
STS in the World Cafe studio | Photo by Rich McKie

After World Cafe‘s Sense of Place series has travelled all around the world, we decided to come home.  Starting Monday, we spend the week of our Sense of Place Philly scratching the surface of all the incredible music our home city has produced in the past, and particularly  right now.

Philadelphia is having a musical moment.  There are so many factors that support that. We asked our WXPN staff what they loved about our city and three things came up over and over.  The parks and open space: Philadelphia is home to Fairmount Park a giant system of green space.  The neighborhoods: affordable housing abounds whether you live in Fishtown, West Philadelphia or Mt Airy and we love our neighborhoods. The third item? Why, beer, of course. Philadelphia is craft brew heaven.

This environment has helped foster the bands we will hear this week. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Wilder (We’re Chained)” by Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile | Photo by David McClister
Brandi Carlile | Photo by David McClister

Singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile is back with a fantastic new album called The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Last month, she brought the new tunes to World Cafe with David Dye, who says “Brandi is 10 years and five albums into a career that includes the very successful 2007 album The StoryIt’s a good time in her life.”  Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Miles and Miles of Texas” by Asleep At The Wheel

Asleep At The Wheel | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Asleep At The Wheel | Photo courtesy of the artist

Texas country / swing band Asleep at the Wheelhas been around for 45 years, and last month checked in with World Cafe following their latest outing, Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. Founder Ray Benson talked with David Dye about keeping the band running and its collaborations with The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, Pokey LaFarge and Kat Edmonson on the new album. Listen to the interview in its entirety here, and download “Miles and miles of Texas” below. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party” by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese
Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese

The most awesome Courtney Barnett released her new album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit last Tuesday. The album has been getting rave reviews, including The Key’s John Vettese who said Sometimes I Sit is “a freaking arrival, a big rock record with catchy hooks and fierce playing from Barnett and her bandmates.” Continue reading →

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