THROWING SHADE

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Totally amazing new album from Living Colour, Shade, just out. I'm a huge fan and this sounds like, in some ways, the follow-up to Vivid. The band is rocking harder than I've heard in quite a while, with Corey Glover sounding like he's 25 again. Three strong covers including songs from Robert Johnson, Biggie and Marvin Gaye. The BRC is very much still relevant and still necessary. Strong and important messages, huge drums and aggressive guitars make these songs as powerful as any band coming out of New York could be. Their use of sound bites and interview segments is better than ever. Check out "Preachin' Blues", "Program", "Who Shot Ya", "Blak Out", "Who's That" with horns. Actually the entire record hangs together and flows as an album should, with…
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SUSAN WERNER – An American in Havana

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For her thirteenth studio recording, the woman named by NPR “The Empress of the Unexpected” has created yet another unique concept album. This time, it’s An American In Havana, a collection of original songs written during Susan Werner’s recent travels to Cuba. Featuring performances and arrangements by legendary Cuban percussionist Mayra Casales (Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente), the record blends the pulsing rhythms of Cuban music with Werner’s trademark wry, poetic lyrics. Werner’s songs have been covered by Tom Jones and Michael Feinstein among others, and she is composer/ lyricist of the forthcoming Broadway production “Bull Durham, The Musical.” With An American In Havana, she confirms her reputation as, in the words of the Chicago Tribune, “one of the most innovative songwriters working today.” “Werner, a clever songwriter and engaging performer,…
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ANGELS BEND CLOSER

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Angels Bend Closer is the first new album in the USA from Jane Siberry in over five years.  Siberry crafts her storytelling while genre skipping through Folk, Gospel, Jazz, R&B, Rock, Electronic, Pop and at times a bit of Celtic.  Her voice is charismatic, vulnerable, soulful, sultry, intimate and powerful, often with an evocative quality that only great singers posses.  http://www.janesiberry.com When Siberry began crafting Angels Bend Closer, she set a clear goal: connecting with the “wider world.” Instead of going for original and esoteric, Siberry sought renewed mainstream accessibility. To achieve it, she went in the exact opposite direction: off the grid. Siberry, it turns out, spends most non-winter months living without running water or electricity at her remote North Ontario log cabin. “It’s so quiet,” she says, “it can actually…
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FAVORITES OF 2016

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Here's a random list of my favorite albums and songs from the year.  As always, thankfully, I have no trouble finding new music I love, that will live far beyond the calendar year. David Bowie - 'I Can't Give Everything Away' Band of Horses - 'In a Drawer' The Stray Birds - 'Sabrina' Day of the Dead - 'Cassidy' Tedeski Trucks Band - 'Anyhow' Phish - 'Miss You' Rag 'n Bone Man - 'Human' Parquet Courts - 'Dust' Big Thief - 'Masterpiece' Karl Blau - 'Falling Rain' Animal Collective - 'Floridada' Kyle Craft - 'Eye of a Hurricane' Jim James, Adia Victoria, Chance the Rapper, Margaret Glaspy, Kishi Bashi, Mitski, Norah Jones, A Tribe Called Quest. Some records I returned to regularly over the year included The New Pornographers 'Twin…
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GHOST OF YOUR CHARMS ARRIVING

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NEW COUNTRY REHAB love it here. Spearheaded by lead singer and fiddle player John Showman, joined by bandmates Anthony da Costa on guitar, Ben Whiteley on double bass and Roman Tome on drums and backing vocals, the Toronto based collective is back for another extensive run across the US.  With dates already in Nashville, Asheville, Raleigh and now at Grey Fox Bluegrass for the weekend, the band heads back out to Montpelier, Boston, Portland in the next two weeks.  Luxury Motel, the second full record from New Country Rehab, has just been released in the US, and will be supported with touring thru September. Maverick magazine’s Russell Hill describes the band’s sound as ”Successfully merging the old and new in a rambunctious way”and describes the band as having”their feet planted firmly on the ground, this Canadian…
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HEAR THE HARMONIES HERE

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TIN BIRD CHOIR - The second album from the band, Homesteady, will be released on July 2 and celebrated with a show at Concerts Under the Stars on Sunday July 14 with WXPN.  The new album is a bold evolution of their signature 'barn rock' sound.  The album, fully funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, was recorded in the band's barn in Coventryville, Pennsylvania by Kevin Killen, and includes the work of Heather and Eric Hurlock, with bass player Josh Sceurman and drummer Ellen Houle.  With literate lyrics, organic harmonies, urgent melodies, Tin Bird Choir is intelligent and original, simple, fun, often quirky, and sometimes even a little haunting. BURNING BRIDGET CLEARY - The young Celtic powerhouse band is just back from another successful festival showcase, and preparing to spend…
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#1 on FOLK-DJ for the month

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  SUSAN McKEOWN - "Everything We Had Was Good" was the #1 most played song for the month of February on the FOLK-DJ charts, which include 150+ DJ's from the US, Canada and Europe.  Fantastic reaction from all corners to this duet with James Maddock.  This is in my opinion Susan's best record in many years, and is filled with songs of passion, vulnerability and conviction.  You should also hear "Patience" and "On the Bridge to Williamsburg". BEN ARNOLD - Just mailed Ben's new album, Circle 'Round the Sun last week.  This Philadelphia writer continues to make solid record after solid record, and the new album is no exception.  Great new songs include "The More Things Change", "Thankful", "January's Gone" and "Float Down Stream" which WXPN just put into rotation…
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music on both sides

Live Performance, Music, News, Photos, Radio, Tour, Uncategorized, Video
LINDI ORTEGA - "Murder of Crows" - The second emphasis track from Cigarettes and Truckstops, serviced this week via allaccess.com digital delivery systems.  You should have received an email on Wednesday with a link to the track.  This is the most played song at Americana radio.  Lindi continues her tour this month with dates in Charlotte, Atlanta, Nashville,  and then a headlining run across Canada and then dates in the UK and Europe.  The press continues to build with stories this week in the New York Times and Philadelphia Inquirer. RAH RAH - "Prairie Girl" - Second single from the album, the poet's DEAD.  First single from the album was a Top 30 track on CMJ College 200.  They continue to tour the US, including dates at SXSW this year. …
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Birdie Busch cover story in City Paper

Live Performance, Music, Radio, Tour
Birdie was interviewed in this week's Philadelphia City Paper about the upcoming Philly Opry III at Johnny Brenda's next Friday night.  She had a chance to talk about the recording process for the new album, her fundraising campaign with PledgeMusic, the packaging and artwork, and her plans to find a distributor for the recording, Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night.
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BIRDIE FEATURE ALBUM – WXPN

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We are honored to be selected for the WXPN Feature Album of the Week this week.  With her fourth album, Birdie Busch & the Greatest Night, Birdie has created a muscular, angular and band psychedelphia of beautiful melodies, honest lyrics and engaging rhythms all cut live to tape in the studios of Dr Dog's engineer, Nathan Sabatino.  Birdie and her band the Greatest Night will debut the album at her Philly Opry event at Johnny Brenda's on Friday January 18 at 9pm with Jason Loughlin and Joy Kills Sorrow.  Some tickets are still available for this show.  Birdie was chosen last week as part of the Pledge Music favorite albums of the year by the staff and founder Benji Rogers.  Love that.
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