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Life Changes For Deer Tick’s John McCauley Lead To Negativity Their Most Personal Album Yet

December 12, 2013 - Deer Tick put out their fifth album Negativity this past fall. In the seven years the band has been together, this may be the most personal writing lead singer John McCauley has done yet.
In the winter of 1970, Neil Young played a series of solo shows at a small club in Washington, DC. It was a place called The Cellar Door, a room that closed its doors in 1981. The 200 person club played host to many artists that we would now consider legendary, names like Jackson Browne, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell, Tom Waits, and Neil Young.
If you follow the Philadelphia roots-rock scene over the past decade, you've undoubtedly seen Phil D'Agostino play bass. At various turns, he's performed with XPN favorites Hezekiah Jones, Chris Kasper, Mason Porter, Scot Sax, The Great Unknown, The Spinning Leaves and many more.

Somehow, in between all his other various musical commitments – which also includes working as a music teacher and recording as a session bassist – D'Agostino has found time to write and record his own songs. This fall he released Inlets, his latest solo outing and most sophisticated work, reaching beyond his folk-Americana comfort zone and into the more complex sounds and structures of funk, jazz and tropicalia. You can read more about the record, and the parks and waterways of Philly that inspired it, in his recent interview on The Key. This Friday, he joins us for a special holiday Free at Noon performance upstairs at World Café Live.


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World Cafe: Next - Galway’s Dott Play “Grunge In The Nicest Possible Way!”

December 10, 2013 - Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is a brand new band from Galway, Ireland called Dott.
Sense of Place Pittsburgh - Rusted Root Live From The Archive

December 11, 2013 - No way could we leave Rusted Root out of our Sense of Place Day Trip to Pittsburgh. The energetic, percussion heavy band has become synonymous with the city.
Sense of Place Pittsburgh – WYEP’s Cindy Howes Plays Us 5 6 Cool New Pittsburgh Bands

December 11, 2013 - Our World Cafe Sense of Place Day Trip to Pittsburgh is in collaboration with our affiliate there, WYEP.
Sense of Place Pittsburgh – Brother and Sister Jake and Casey Hanner And The Pop Rock Trio Donora

December 11, 2013 - We are taking a Sense of Place Day Trip to Pittsburgh. Today we are presenting a live session with a brother and sister indie pop rock trio called Donora.
Bill Callahan’s Deep And Deceptively Simple Dream River Played Live

Everybody who loves indie singer-songwriter Bill Callahan’s music has a favorite among his solo albums and the one’s he made before under the name Smog.
Vintage Cafe: Multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird in Session For Noble Beast From 2009

December 9 2013 - Andrew Bird is always welcome on The World Cafe. In a musical world of instant gratification his subtlety and prowess is a rare thing.
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