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With each Dr. Dog record there is an immediate reminder of why we became fans, yet also that inspiration you get from a band that continues to search for new and interesting ways to make music. For over a decade the Philadelphia band has been putting out albums and their latest, B-Room, is as consistent as it is adventurous.
The Athens, Georgia psychedelic pop outfit Of Montreal has dabbled in a chameleon-like range of styles and approaches to songwriting in its 17-year run.

The ever-evolving project of singer and songwriter Kevin Barnes has at turns been lo-fi and breezy; big, bright and glam; cacophonous and weird; and back to pop. Its twelfth album, Lousy with Sylvianbriar, was released this month, and it brings Barnes full circle to a computer-free, garage-pysch oriented sound. The band visits us for Free at Noon before headlining Union Transfer on Friday night, October 25th. Tickets for the show are still available.


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Recent Release: Lousy With Sylvianbriar
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Label: Polyvinyl Records

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Christian McBride, a jazz bassist, is put to the test by his idol,
Sam Phillips Keeps Changing How She Makes Music Leading To New Album Push Any Button

October 16- 2013 - We have always loved the music of LA based singer songwriter Sam Phillips. Originally a Christian singer as Leslie Phillips, Sam changed her name and started working with T-Bone Burnett who later became her husband.
Latin Roots: Aaron Levinson Highlights Little Known Style Choro

Choro is yet another style of Brazilian music that is hybrid of European and African Influences. It started in the 19th century as the Portuguese flooded into Rio. Aaron Levinson is here to play a couple of examples for us. One from the mid-40’s has a kind of “Hot Club of France” jazz feel. The more modern example is actually from Israel where bands are keeping the form alive.

Latin Roots is made possible with a grant from The Wyncote Foundation.
Irish Singer Foy Vance Finds Inspiration In A Move To The Scottish Highlands

Irish singer songwriter Foy Vance is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland. When he was a kid he travelled the Southern U.S. with his preacher father.
World Cafe: Next – Irish Singer-Songwriter Declan O’Rourke Poised for US Release October 14, 2013 - Declan O’Rourke’s third album Mag Pai Zai is coming out in the States. The Dublin based writer has already garnered praise abroad for his third album
Vintage Cafe: Levon Helm Of The Band in 2008 Plus Midnight Ramble Performances

October 14, 2013 - One of the more poignant performances in our Vintage Cafe series.
The Clash Discuss Exhaustive 12 disc Sound System Box Set.

October 11, 2013 - The surviving members of “the only band that matters,” Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Toper Headon of The Clash join us today in a lively conversation on the occasion of the release of Sound System the new 12 disc box set.
October 2013 CD of the Month
Depending on how you look at this, the paths of Elvis Costello and The Roots represent a much more natural crossing that it seems.
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