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Ryan Adams was one of the most popular artists to emerge from the Nineties alternative-country scene, having led in the North Carolina band Whiskeytown before going solo in 1999. Notorious for his hard-drinking and mercurial temper, Adams nonetheless managed to turn out a prodigious catalog of acclaimed music, which ranged from gentle folk to soulful rock to hardcore punk.
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American singer-songwriter musician and actress. She was the primary vocalist of the indie rock band Rilo Kiley, and has released two solo albums.
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Dawes is a four piece American Folk-Rock band that emerged from the original band Simon Dawes after the departure of their lead singer and song writer.
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An XPN favorite since she appeared as an "Artist to Watch" in November of 2007, Ingrid Michaelson is currently touring to promote her newest studio album "Lights Out". The New York native's collaboration-filled set of tracks exhibits an "intellectual poppiness" personal to Ingrid and has already rivaled the success of her last release, "Human Again."

Minneapolis based singer-songwriter Jeremy Messermith came to fame in 2006 with the critical acclaim he received for his first album, The Alcatraz Kid.  Recently, he has been touring extensively and released his fourth album Heart Murmurs in Februrary 2014, which treats listeners to elegantly crafted, poignant love songs.

Hurray for the Riff Raff is Alynda Lee Segarra, a 26-year old of Puerto Rican descent with marked influences from doo-wop and Motown to New Orleans soul to traditional country and folk. NPR has said that Hurray for the Riff Raff's music "sweeps across eras and genres with grace and grit," uniting audiences of all backgrounds with a common musical thread.

When roots rock band Marah caught the ear of the Philly music scene in the late 90s, it was revered locally and internationally as an outstanding live band.  With their new album, Marah Presents Mountain Minstrelsy of Pennsylvania, Marah has once again captured the attention of listeners by arftully bringing folk music to song lyrics gathered by a local folklorist in the 1931 book Mountain Mintrelsy of Pennsylvania.

Strand of Oaks is the performing and recording name of singer-songwriter Tim Showalter. Featured as WXPN's Monthly Artist to Watch in June, Strand of Oaks has since released their new rock album Heal, featuring the bold single Goshen 97, and been featured on WXPN's The Key.

Based in Doylestown, PA, Commonwealth Choir has been busy touring in the Philadelphia area, making stops at venues such as Milkboy and Ortlieb's. They've shared the stage with bands such as Air is Human and Big Tusk, treating crowds to tracks from their self-produced and self-recorded EP Shirtless, which was released last summer.

Caitlin Rose is rightfully the current darling of the new young Nashville.  She recently released her second album, The Stand-In, which embraces the country music that she once resisted and is driven by her strong melodic sense. 

Our Griffins, headed by front man and Pennsylvania native DJ Brown, has been touring extensively in the Philadelphia area, making stops at Johnny Brenda's, The North Star Bar, and our own World Cafe Live. Last September, Our Griffins released their debut album Michael Boyd, which offers a deeply personal and introspective exploration of impernanence, mortality, and family.

Zydeco musician C.J. Chenier adds his own flavor to the genre with his accordion, creative covers, and energy through the roof; in fact, his new album is so jam packed with energy it could power a small city! His album Can't Sit Down was recorded in one live session at Rock Romano's Red Shack Studio in Houston, Texas, and is a testament to the kind of fast-paced excitement Chenier is sure to bring to a live performance.

Philadelphia native Dave Hause, known for his work in punk rock band The Loved Ones, has been busy recently with the release of his second solo album Devour in October 2013 and a North American Tour that ended with a packed hometown show at World Café Live.

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