Trixie Whitley goes solo for Free at Noon (photos, audio, setlist)

Soulful singer Trixie Whitley gave a downtempo performance during today’s Free at Noon concert. With her bandmates under the weather, she played songs from her new album Fourth Corner on either acoustic guitar or Rhodes keyboard, with a guitarist accompanying her only on “Undress Your Name.” See photos from the show in the gallery above, check out the setlist below and listen to the performance in its entirety here (via the WXPN media player).

Silent Rebel Pt. 2
Gradual Return
Fourth Corner
Undress Your Name
Hotel No Name
Oh, The Joy
Breathe You In My Dreams


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Buke & Gase at Johnny Brenda’s, Edison at Ortlieb’s Lounge, Lindi Ortega at The Tin Angel, Trixie Whitley at World Cafe Live, Sera Cahone at Burlap and Bean

Photo by Grant Cornett

Brooklyn experimental duo Buke and Gase play Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Evolving out of punk / noise band Hominid, Buke and Gase members Arone Dyer and Aron Sanchez make angular, dissonant post-rock with with elements of chamber folk.  The outfit followed up 2010’s debut LP Riposte with General Dome, released this past Tuesday.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Norwegian Arms and Ahleuchatistas can be found here.  Below, stream “Hiccup” from General Dome.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Trixie Whitley, Bobby Long, The 12 Days of Local Christmas

The 12 Days of Local Christmas are back this year, kicking off with a track called “Christmas Eve With You” by Aaron Brown & The York Street Hustle.  Mid-day host Helen Leicht has curated a great compilation of original holiday songs by local musicians, featuring music by Good Old War, Deb Callahan and more – go here to download the full set, and listen in to XPN to hear the songs played back during My Morning Download with Morning show host Michaela Majoun in the 9 a.m. ET hour and on Helen’s Philly Local pick of the day in the 1 p.m. ET hour.

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Folkadelphia Session: Trixie Whitley

Photo by Anton Coene

Welcome to the Folkadelphia Sessions, a weekly feature focusing on the in-studio performances recorded by the Folkadelphia crew. Here, folk musicians and singer-songwriters are given the opportunity to share songs that we have recorded in a live, intimate, and often stripped-down fashion at the WXPN studios. There is a real truth and beauty in the rawness of the whole set-up that we hope you’ll hear and enjoy!

You may not have realized it, but when you were rocking out to Black Dub, the Daniel Lanois– collaborative recording project, the vocal piping in, strong and clear, belonged to Trixie Whitley, the subject of today’s Folkadelphia Session. Trixie, in her short time on this planet (b. 1987), has been making her mark on the music and arts community. The daughter of the late singer-songwriter Chris Whitley, Trixie has been carving her own soulful songwriting niche- releasing two EPs and gearing up for a proper debut full-length Fourth Corner, which will see a U.S. release on January 29th. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Social Distortion at the Electric Factory, Trixie Whitley at Milkboy Philly, Bibliodiscotheque Dance Party at 215 Festival/Underground Arts, Parsnip Revolt Record Release at World Cafe Live, Diego Garcia at Tin Angel

Creating the iconic image for Orange County punk bands, Social Distortion exploded onto the music scene in the ’80s with hits like “Mommy’s Little Monster” and “Mass Hysteria,” forever changing the path for West Coast garage bands. The group, currently on tour supporting their 2011 Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, is playing tonight at the Electric Factory. Tickets for the 8:30 show are available here. Below, check out the video for their 1990 classic, “Story of My Life.”

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My Morning Download: “Morelia” by Trixie Whitley from The Burgundy Stain Sessions via World Cafe

Photo by Anton Coene

This week for our My Morning Downloads, we’ve been featuring performances from the Burgundy Stain Sessions concert series recently showcased on World Cafe with David Dye. Keyboardist and songwriter Thomas Bartlett, who performs as Doveman, is the both host and accompanist for the Burgundy Stain Sessions series held at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. The sessions are intended to be an informal, fun and intimate in-the-round live concert experience where the musicians play backup to each other as well as perform their own material. Some of the musicians featured during these sessions included Glen Hansard, Hannah Cohen, Sam Amidon, Trixie Whitley, and Loudon Wainwright III. You can download a five song sampler here.
Below, download “Morelia” by Whitley; a studio version of this song will appear on her forthcoming debut album, Fourth Corner, on January 29, 2013.


The Week So Far: 14 must-read stories on The Key

Photo by Eric Ashleigh |

Interview: Talking wood nymphs and a show at Ortlieb’s with Brooklyn’s Savoir Adore. [link]

Hear a new song from Nothing, sign up to be in their Key Studio Sessions audience. [link]

Interview: Craig Hendrix of Philly’s Auctioneer on songwriting and Shaking Through. [link]

Lehigh Valley jazz-psych duo XVSK stop by to record a Key Studio Session. [link]

Photos of a spellbinding night at Union Transfer with Beach House. [link]

Breaking down the numbers of WXPN’s 885 Songs that Rock countdown. [link]

Watch a jangling new music video from Low Cut Connie, filmed at the North Star Bar. [link]

Get a taste of the new record from Freeway with his Freedom of Speech mixtape. [link]

Listen to The Dead Milkmen recorded live on WXPN…25 years ago. [link]

Download a free mixtape from Black Dub’s Trixie Whitley. [link]

Watch Rap City, the WHYY documentary on Philly’s hip-hop scene circa 1988. [link]

Couldn’t make it to Austin City Limits? Neil Young and Crazy Horse‘s entire set is streaming. [link]

Also in Austin, Philly sons The War on Drugs played a killer “Arms Like Boulders.” [link]

Jack White dances and beatboxes in his music video for “I’m Shakin’.” [link]


Download a free mixtape from Black Dub’s Trixie Whitley (playing MilkBoy on 11/3)

You might know Trixie Whitley as the singer of Black Dub, the soul-pop project of producer Daniel Lanois, which released its self-titled debut in 2010. A singer-songwriter with a few EPs under her belt before pairing up with Lanois, the Belgium-born Whitley has been working on her own debut LP in the time since. Fourth Corner will be released sometime in early 2013, and this week, we got a taste of the direction she’s taking her solo material with a free mixtape, downloadable from the folks at NoiseTrade. Continue reading →