Music for your Tuesday morning: Mixing orchestral arrangements with funk, soul, pop and rock, Janelle Monae covers it all. Listen to her perform live in the WXPN studios and chat with World Cafe host David Dye.
Watch Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield cover the 1950s country music tune “Dark Moon” – written by Ned Miller and popularized by Loretta Lynn, Elvis Presley and others – and download the acoustic session at WXPN’s The Key.
World Cafe: Next was designed to highlight up-and-coming artists; those who are on the precipice of buzz-band status or the cusp of becoming a household name. To bring you in on the fun, you’re invited to check out this sampler of 20 bands to watch in the coming years. All the songs have been handpicked by the minds behind World Cafe, who seem to have a knack for predicting who will make it big. World Cafe Next alumni include Fleet Foxes, St. Vincent, Dawes and Peter Bjorn & John, who have put out some of the best and most exciting albums of 2011.
For the month of October, download the entire sampler here.
“What Difference Does it Make?” by Stars // Live on WXPN - Nov.14th (2014)
Stars have often cited The Smiths as an early influence, so it’s no big surprise to hear Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman break off a solid acoustic cover of “What Difference Does it Make?”. It’s no surprise, but it’s certainly worth highlighting as is most any opportunity to spend time with an old favorite. The track was recorded at Philadelphia’s WXPN radio station earlier this month. Check it out from the station’s Soundcloud page.
John Mayer will be doing an interview with David Dye of the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia during the weekend of 5/17 - 5-19. Please note that JM will not be performing and the event is not open to the public (unless you happen to work for a non comm radio station)!
When London folk revivalists Mumford & Sons announced their two-night stand at Susquehanna Bank Center shortly after their sophomore LP Babel dropped in the fall, both shows sold out in seconds. For those who didn’t get tickets, WXPN is broadcasting the band’s set on Sunday night the 17th in its entirety. The night begins at 8 p.m. EST [click here to convert to your own time zone] with host Mike Vasilikos live from the Susquehanna Bank Center while Haim and Ben Howard warm up the crowd. When Mumford goes on, we turn the airwaves over to the stage as the band works through songs from Babel and its 2009 debut Sigh No More. Tune in on the radio at 88.5 FM in Philadelphia or online at XPN.org. Below, check out a video of the band performing “I Will Wait” sold-out show at Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn – clearly, the local crowd is in for a high energy mass-singalong whether it’s on-air on in the flesh.
Parquet Courts were on the bill for WXPN’s Non-Comm last week and played a bunch of new songs off their upcoming record, Sunbathing Animal. Their set was very different than most of the bands at the conference and in the best possible way. They were way louder and in-your-face than all the bands that played. I can’t wait for their record to come out in a few weeks. - Philadelphia, PA - 05/16/2014
Jon Simmons and Andrew Slaymaker of Doylestown / Philly punk outfit Balance and Composure give an acoustic performance of their song “Reflection” at WXPN studios for their Key Studio Session. The original version of the song appears on The Things We Think We’re Missing, the band’s sophomore album out now on No Sleep Records.