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  • My Morning Download: “For Anyone” by Star Anna MP3

    Photo by Brian Kaznyik. Seattle based singer-songwriter Star Anna just released a new album, Go To Hell. She was recently featured as one of David Dye’s World Cafe: Next artists; go here to download a two song podcast from her new album. Below, download “For Anyone.” For Anyoneby Star Anna from Go To Hell Download “For Anyone” by Star Anna (official music video) from Coalter Digital on ...

    29.11.2013

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  • The Key Studio Sessions: Daylight MP3

    Doylestown heavy rock four-piece Daylight moves fast. Their Will Yip-produced debut LP Jar was  only released in April, but the band has worked it tremendously hard, touring in the summer with The World Is A Beautiful Place…, trekking down to Gainesville for Fest in the fall and currently taking a jaunt across Australia (our James Breslin gives you the scoop on that and on their new music video here...

    26.11.2013

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  • XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Lost It To Trying” by Son Lux MP3

    Photo courtesy of the artist http://sonlux.tumblr.com/ This week’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week is by musician and producer Ryan Lott, who performs and records as Son Lux. Lux recently released an excellent new album, Lanterns, on the Indianapolis indie-rock label Joyful Noise Recordings. Lott is classically trained and accomplished at mixing together indie-rock, post-rock, hip-hop, and electronica, dotting his ...

    25.11.2013

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  • The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Lushlife, The Chelsea Kills, Caroline Rose MP3

      Raj Haldar tracking piano for the 4th movement of Toynbee Suite | Photo by Phil Bradshaw Shaking Through premiered their latest recording this week, a collaboration spearheaded by Lushlife‘s Raj Haldar with several other local musicians.  The end result, Toynbee Suite, is a 10+ minute hip hop symphony circling the mysterious Toynbee Tiles that are inlaid throughout hte city.  Watch the Shaking Thro...

    23.11.2013

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  • The Key Studio Sessions: The Downtown Club MP3

    All photos by Abi Reimold | abireimoldphoto.com Dark and danceable, The Downtown Club sound like they arrived from a different era of downtown Philly. Dan Welsh’s hammering rhythms and Travis Regan’s wandering bass are tight and compact, cooking up a brooding new wave brew reminiscent The Cure and Siouxie and the Banshees. Nailing in that latter comparison is April Harkanson’s soaring voice a...

    26.06.2013

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  • The Key Studio Sessions: Light Heat MP3

    All photos by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com Philly psychedelic rock outfit Light Heat popped up unexpectedly last summer, but they certainly didn’t come out of nowhere. Frontman and songwriter Quentin Stoltzfus is a longtime player in the local scene (and beyond); his knockout band Mazarin released a string of stellar albums in the early 00s, and before that he was in the dreamy 90s outfit Az...

    19.06.2013

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  • My Morning Download: “Woodland” by The Paper Kites MP3

    Photo by Kim Cartmell The Paper Kites are a five piece from Melbourne, Australia, formed by Sam Bentley and Christina Lacy. They recently released its Woodland Young North EP Box Set on Nettwerk Records and are set to release their debut full length in the Fall. Strummy and light hearted with shimmering guitars and layered harmonies, American audiences will get their first taste of the indie-folk band when they tou...

    18.06.2013

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  • The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Steve Gunn, The Shouting Matches, Tedeschi Trucks Band MP3

    Photo by John Vettese Brooklyn-via-Philadelphia guitarist / singer-songwriter Steve Gunn was the focus of this week’s Key Studio Session in advance of his upcoming Time Off LP.  Backed by a bassist and drummer, Gunn performed three tracks off the album – stream and download “Old Strange” below and get the full set here.  He’ll be headlining Johnny Brenda’s on June 2...

    16.06.2013

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  • My Morning Download: “Back To The River” by Lily and Madeleine MP3

    Photo by Allister Ann Here’s an indie-folk/singer-songwriter duo you need to listen to: Lily and Madeleine (last name: Jurkiewicz, however, they go by their first names). Described on their Facebook page as “sisters with distinct and ethereal harmonies reminiscent of a bygone era of popular music,” they just released their debut EP The Weight Of The Globe on Asthmatic Kitty Records. The sisters are...

    14.06.2013

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  • The Key Studio Sessions: Steve Gunn MP3

    When Steve Gunn and his band pulled up to WXPN on a sunny Saturday afternoon, he was at the tail end of a busy tour. Not only was the guitar virtuoso on the road opening for fellow Lansdowne native Kurt Vile, he also played in Kurt’s band The Violators – and their sets were averaging about two hours. (Read more about Gunn’s experience on the tour in Elliott Sharp’s Village Voice interv...

    12.06.2013

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  • Unlocked: Download “Amplify Me” by Break It Up MP3

    It didn’t take long to figure out that I was a fan of Break It Up. When their energizing, inspiring debut single “Excavate” popped up on Bandcamp in summer of 2011, I promptly asked the indie-punk power trio them to swing by the station and record for us, even though it was the only piece of music I heard from them. Turned out they had at least three other songs of equal awesomeness in their repert...

    10.06.2013

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  • The Key Studio Sessions: Mic Stewart MP3

    Philly rapper Mic Stewart isn’t an easy guy to pin down. He’s a tall, somewhat scruffy fellow with a long ponytail – but as the hook in “Peaceworld (Outro)” goes, “long hair / don’t care.” Like as if to say he won’t let himself to get caught up in your backpacker pigeonholes, something he addresses more directly in the snappy single “I’m Not...

    05.06.2013

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  • My Morning Download: “Eggshells” by Divers from their Key Studio Session (playing Johnny Brenda’s on 6/6) MP3

    Photos by Abi Reimold | www.abireimoldphoto.com This week’s Key Studio Session is the “new” band Divers. They’re “new” as in recently formed, however they band includes seasoned musicians whose great work has been a part of the local Philly scene for a while. Divers is Emily Ana Zeitlyn (The Weeds), Tom Bendel (Buried Beds) and Todd Erk (Hoots and Hellmouth), and Ross Bellenoit, ...

    31.05.2013

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    31.05.2013

  • The Key Studio Sessions: Divers MP3

    They’re a band made up of seasoned Philly scene vets, but thankfully for Divers, “seasoned” doesn’t rule out cranking their amps and having fun. First, let’s take stock of who’s who. On bass is Todd Erk – he plays in Hoots and Hellmouth, Auctioneer and many others. On drums, there’s Thomas Bendel of Buried Beds, and occasionally of Lauryn Peacock’s ...

    29.05.2013

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  • Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night releasing latest LP on vinyl, donating proceeds to charity MP3

    Photo by Lisa Schaffer | skylerbug.com Local singer-songwriter Birdie Busch has announced plans to release her latest Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night LP on vinyl in a partnership with PledgeMusic.  The Philadelphian used the crowd-sourcing platform to fund the recent project, successfully reaching the goal and releasing the album earlier this year.  Now, PledgeMusic CEO Benji Rogers has chosen the alb...

    28.05.2013

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  • My Morning Download: “He Took You In His Arms” by Bill Ryder-Jones MP3

    British guitarist and singer-songwriter Bill Ryder-Jones, the former lead guitarist of The Coral recently released a new album, A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart on Domino Records. “He Took You In His Arms” is a pensive, piano based song that is warm and melodic. Download it below. He Took You In His Armsby Bill Ryder-Jones from A Band Wind BlowsDownload Purchase A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart here.

    28.05.2013

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  • Listen / Download: “Walking” from NONA’s Through the Head (playing the First Unitarian Church on 6/21) MP3

    Coming out of the suburbs of Philadelphia, NONA are a pop / punk trio formed by former Spraynard drummer Pat Ware, guitarist / vocalist Mimi Gallagher and bassist / vocalist Michael Haller.  The local band has drawn comparisons to The Replacements (for their honest and personal lyrics) and the Smashing Pumpkins (for their larger-than-life riffs) and turned in a killer opening set at Plow United’s reunion /...

    22.05.2013

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    22.05.2013

  • The Key Studio Sessions: Literature MP3

    All photos by Abi Reimold | Abireimold.22slides.com About a year ago, the snappy and warped psych-pop band Literature relocated to Philadelphia from Austin, Texas with an awesome LP called Arab Spring in tow. Hard tourers, sharp dressers and a buzzing name on the indiepop circuit, they specialize in a sound that’s a bit more direct than the washed-out hazy dazy Pain of Being Pure At Heart aesthetic ...

    15.05.2013

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    15.05.2013

  • Listen / Download: “Fifth in Line to the Throne,” a new song from Camera Obscura (opening for She and Him and The Mann Center in July) MP3

    Scottish melancholy pop five-piece Camera Obscura released another new single today from their fourthcoming 4AD Records offering Desire Lines. Unlike the jaunty lead single “Do It Again,” this one is a haunting, heartrending waltz with delicate and reverbed-out vocal harmonies a la Neko Case. From Camera Obscura singer Tracyanne Campbell: Fifth In Line To The Throne” is a song about someone in a see...

    15.05.2013

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  • My Morning Download: “She Will” by Savages MP3

    photo by French photographer Richard Dumas http://www.agencevu.com/photographers/photographer.php?id=32 Today’s download is from London’s Savages, who just released its debut album, Silence Yourself. Savages formed in the Fall of 2011, and played their first live show in January, 2012. Over 11 powerfully and fiercely played songs, the all female post-punk band fronted by Jehnna Beth are already receivin...

    10.05.2013

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