Explore Mount Moriah’s interactive lyrical map ahead of their Boot and Saddle gig

North Carolina alt-country rockers Mount Moriah just released their new album How To Dance, and to coincide with its release the band has put together a interactive map about the album on their website.

Pretty cool, huh? While visiting Durham last week, the World Cafe team visited Merge Records (Mount Moriah’s label), met the band, and recorded a session with them at their home studio. While there, they saw the picture above on the band’s wall and believed it to be a tour route. Close but no cigar. Continue reading →


Worm City: Sun Club LIVE, new King Gizzard & Mount Moriah on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Sun Club | Photo by Andrew Piccone
Sun Club | Photo by Andrew Piccone

You’re in for a real treat on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tune in to WXPN at 11pm ET (or better yet, stay tuned after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese) for a full two-hour show that’s jam-packed with special somethings. First up, it’s a live session with Baltimore’s Sun Club. The five-piece just released their debut album, The Dongo Durango, and joins us to play some of the new songs live in our studio. We’ll also spotlight the new album from the prolific Australian psych-pop collective King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard. All that plus a few of these in the mix:

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Sallie Ford and The Outside Sound and Mount Moriah played the North Star Bar

ford11All photos by Chris Sikich |

Sunday night at North Star saw a paring of artists touring off of two of the year’s greatest albums: headliners Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside and openers Mount Moriah. Ford was making a return trip to Philly after their July gig at MilkBoy was truncated due to the sweat factor (see my Key photos and review here). And while autumn may have been in full swing outside, Ford and the Sound Outside still brought some heat with their blistering set of retro rock. With a voice seemingly right out of the ‘50s, Ford drove the crowd into a dance frenzy with tracks from Untamed Beast and their forthcoming Summer EP. Opening with the brilliant “Shivers,” where Ford unleashes the word shivers into the ears with a hint of seduction and the new, and taking the audience on a ride that culminated with the hip-shaking “Party Kids” and the incendiary instrumental “The Eagle Has Landed.”

Mount Moriah have a much different sound than Sallie Ford, one of a yearning and loss draped over Heather McEntire’s soulful vocals. With a precise ferocity McEntire strummed her guitar and wove the spellbinding tales of her band’s 2013 masterwork Miracle Temple, and even sandwiched in a brilliant cover of Neil Young’s “Revolution Blues” for good measure.

There may be a gulf of space (Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside hail from Portland, Ore, while Mount Moriah trekked out from the Durham and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina) and sound between these two bands, but their trajectory of greatness is highly apparent and those who witnessed the occasion on Sunday will have many fine memories to savor. And, if they saw the first band, South Jersey’s Pine Barons, they also got an eclectic mix of psychadelic, country, and even Robert Smith.

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WXPN to broadcast and webcast Non-COMMvention performances featuring Tom Jones, Tom Tom Club, Foxygen, Kurt Vile, Wild Belle, Laura Mvula and more

This Wednesday, May 15 through Friday night May 17, the 13th annual Non-COMM industry and music conference is being hosted at WXPN. Many of the bands performing over the three days will be broadcast and webcast on XPN. Below is the schedule (subject to change).

Wednesday, May 15
7 – 7:25 p.m. Gabriel Kelley
7:30 – 8:10 p.m. Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (video webcast)
8:10 – 8:35 p.m. John Murry
8:40 – 9:20 p.m. Tom Tom Club (video webcast)
9:25 – 9:55 p.m. Kurt Vile
10:00 – 10 :45 p.m. Phoenix (Phoenix will NOT be broadcasted live)
10:50 – 11:20 p.m. Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside

Thursday, May 16
12:00 p.m. – A Special Mississippi Blues Project Free At Noon 12 featuring
the Homemade Jamz Blues Band and Super Chikan and The Fighting Cocks (video webcast)

7 – 7:20 p.m. Mount Moriah
7:25 – 7:55 p.m. Mavis Staples (video webcast)
8 – 8:20 p.m. Wild Belle
8:25 – 9:05 p.m. Tom Jones (video webcast)
9:10 – 9:40 p.m. The Last Bison
9:45 – 10:15 p.m. José James
10:20 – 10:55 p.m. David Wax Museum
11 – 11:45 p.m. Robert Randolph
11:50 -12:20 a.m. Foxygen

Friday, May 17
12 – 1:00 p.m. Free At Noon Concert: The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Bobby Long

7 – 7:25 p.m. Wild Feathers
7:30 -8 p.m. Laura Mvula
8:05 – 8:35 p.m. The Lone Bellow
8:40 – 9:10 p.m. Free Energy
9:15 – 9:45 p.m. Kopecky Family Band
9:50 – 10:30 p.m. The Olms featuring Pete Yorn
10:35 – 11:05 p.m. Marie Miller
11:10 – 12:00 a.m. The Relatives


The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. The Postal Service, Grandchildren, Joseph Arthur, Mount Moriah, and more

photos by Myriam Santos
Photo by Myriam Santos
XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week featured Joseph Arthur and his new song “Saint of Impossible Causes.” The track comes from Arthur’s upcoming album The Ballad of Boogie Christ. Stream and download the song below, and learn more about Ballad here.

Wednesday’s My Morning Download featured a quartet from Nashville called The Features and their song “The Disorder.”  The band is a musical chameleon, drawing their quirky sound from classic rock, indie rock, southern soul and more with ease.  They’ll be at MilkBoy Philly on Wednesday, May 8th; go here for info.

Mount Moriah delivered a stirring performance for this week’s Folkadelphia session.  The North Carolina band performed songs from their recent Miracle Temple LP – download the full set on Folkadelphia’s Bandcamp here, and listen to “White Sands” below.

We got a double dose of Key Studio Sessions this week.  Liz & the Lost Boys turned in a preview of their upcoming LP on Wednesday, with jazzy harp-playing and theatrical vocals.  Thursday saw the release of the Key Studio Sessions Vol. 7, featuring tracks from Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans and more.  Download the compilation here, grab the full Liz & the Lost Boys appearance here and stream their song “I’ll Stay” below.

In advance of its release on May 7th, Grandchildren‘s Golden Age was the topic of this week’s Unlocked series.  The in-depth look at the local band’s new album kicked-off with a download of “End Times.”  Revisit the full feature here and download “End Times” here.

Finally, The Postal Service are celebrating the 10th anniversary release of its album, Give Up. From it, download one of the two new songs from re-release, “A Tattered Line Of String.”


The Week So Far: 9 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Kurt Vile, Grandchildren, Khari Mateen and Dave Hartley’s Top of The Key)


Grandchildren‘s Golden Age is featured in this week’s Unlocked series [link]

It’s been a big week for show announcements, with The Monkees [link], Patty Griffin [link], Pet Shop Boys [link] and The Olms [link] unveiling Philly dates

Joe Pug played a show at Johnny Brenda’s this week – check out a free download of five tracks from the Chicago singer-songwriter [link]

Khari Mateen will kick-off Brewerytown’s summer jazz concert series on May 15th [link]

Take a listen back to this year’s Key Studio Sessions with Volume 7, featuring Waxahatchee, Pissed Jeans and Ruby the Hatchet [link]

Kurt Vile shares a new video for “Never Run Away” – he’ll be at Union Transfer on May 18th [link]

Dave Hartley presents an overview of the NBA playoffs in a new edition of Top of Key [link]

Mount Moriah highlighted their sophomore album Miracle Temple during this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]

Download a compilation of music from local bands including Cheers Elephant, Roof Doctor and Norwegian Arms c/o Beat the Indie Drum [link]


Folkadelphia Session: Mount Moriah (and the energetic songs from their ‘Miracle Temple’)

On Mount Moriah‘s sophomore album Miracle Temple the band distills and expands upon the more countrified elements that made their eponymous 2011 debut such an exciting listen and that separated the group from that pleasant, but innocuous upbeat rock style that becomes a pitfall for many would-be awesome acts. It’s a credit to the Mount Moriah’s musicianship and inventive songwriting that they rise above the noise floor. A point of differentiation exists in Mount Moriah’s not-so-secret weapon, frontwoman Heather McEntire who croons, quivers, quakes, and generally does everything she can to tug and pull at your heartstrings. It’s a joy to listen to McEntire jump from brash to beautiful instantly and effortlessly. The full band experience, which translates into a powerful live show, exists at the crossroads of twangy southern rock, postpunk indie rock, and heartland americana creating a patented sound, perhaps country music for the youthful underground scene.

We captured Mount Moriah’s energetic live dynamics here at the WXPN Performance Studio before their show at Johnny Brenda’s on March 26th. Enjoy these four takes from Miracle Temple.