Live & Direct Session

Buffalo Rose posing with the live & direct logo (text) above them

Live & Direct: Buffalo Rose

Pittsburgh folk band Buffalo Rose formed in 2016 as a one-off project, recording a cover of the song “Momma Have Mercy” for the FoundSound Songwriter Series. The band’s chemistry was immediately evident, however, and they decided to see where the music would take them. 6 years later, with a new lineup, the band released their sophomore album Again, […]

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Musician Bartees Strange sitting in a chair wearing a coat and playing the guitar

Live & Direct: Bartees Strange

When you listen to a song, you’re hearing the distillation of the artist’s experience and emotions. It could be recent events that directed the creative process, it could be the result of accumulating years. In the case of Bartees Strange and his new album “Farm to Table,” it’s both. His childhood living in various countries, […]

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Live & Direct: The Lone Bellow

The Lone Bellow have been making music together for more than a decade, something that becomes apparent in their casual interactions between the trio whether performing or sharing stage banter. You can hear it in their close harmonies, and how they pick up on each other’s musical cues. What’s also obvious is they’ve lost none […]

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Live & Direct: The Heavy Heavy

The Brighton, UK-based band stopped by WYEP on September 26th, 2022 at 1:15 pm for a Live & Direct Session with Kyle Smith. Learn more & discover The Heavy Heavy

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Live & Direct: Bungee Jumping with The Beths!

The Beths stopped by to play some songs and chat with Joey Spehar about their upcoming album “Expert in a Dying Field”

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Indigo De Souza sitting

Live & Direct: Finding Hope with Indigo De Souza

On June 22nd, 2022, Joey Spehar had the opportunity to chat with R&B/Soul Singer-Songwriter Indigo De Souza. Listen to Indigo De Souza’s top tracks here: Discover Indigo De Souza Website Twitter Instagram Facebook Looking for more Live & Direct Sessions? You can find them here.

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Live & Direct: Honky-Tonk Jukebox

Hear Jon Bindley and Pete Freeman from the Honky-Tonk Jukebox perfom live at WYEP.

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Live & Direct: The Commonheart

Hear some songs from The Commonheart’s forthcoming album, “For Work or Love” performed live at WYEP.

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Live & Direct: Christian Lee Hutson Is No ‘Quitter’

Christian Lee Hutson stops by the studio for a Live & Direct Session with Mid-Day Mix Host, Kyle Smith, in support of his new album, Quitters.

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Things Are Great for Band of Horses

Band of Horses returned with “Things Are Great” early in 2022. Ben Bridwell joins Morning Mix host Joey Spehar to talk about the new record.

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From Sick Spouses to Crypto, Alt-J’s “The Dream” Feels Very Now

Alt-J released its latest album earlier this month. The songs on “The Dream” run the gambit, from drinking pop to cryptocurrency and murder.

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Tears For Fears Has Something to Say on “The Tipping Point”

Afternoon Mix Host Rosemary Welsch recently chatted with Curt Smith about the new release, his relationship with Roland Orzabal, and fame at such a young age.

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Neal Francis Made “In Plain Sight” While Living In A Church

Neal Francis will be playing at Club Cafe Feb. 20, 2022 at 8 p.m.

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Spoon’s “Lucifer on the Sofa” Is a Rock Album Inspired by Austin

Spoon released its new record “Lucifer in the Sofa” just last week. Lead singer Britt Daniel recently chatted with Evening Mix Host Liz Felix about the album. Daniel said it was a long journey creating this record, between the pandemic, releasing a greatest hits album and a tour with Beck. Eventually he ended up in […]

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The Words Came “Out Of Me Very Rapidly” For Elvis Costello Writing “The Boy Named If”

Elvis Costello released his debut album 45 years ago, and he just released his 32nd album, “The Boy Named If.” And despite the challenges of the pandemic, Costello says creating “The Boy Named If” came out pretty organically. “When you come back to pick up the electric guitar again, as I did in the summer […]

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Sting On ‘The Bridge’ And The Pandemic

In November 2021, Sting released his 15th solo album “The Bridge.” He chatted with Afternoon Mix Host Rosemary Welsch about the new album and life in a pandemic. “The Bridge” feels like the quintessential album for a world facing existential crises. Whatever it is that’s haunting you at night, there’s probably a companion song for […]

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Live & Direct (from home): Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks – the moniker for songwriter Timothy Showalter – released their 7th album, In Heaven, this year. Showalter joins Joey Spehar for a conversation about the new record and how older songs fit into the Strand of Oaks repertoire, his recent immersion into the world of visual arts, and more including live (from home) performances […]

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Live & Direct (from home): Clinton Clegg

The Commonheart’s Clinton Clegg sings some songs, including two new single, ahead of his show at Mr. Smalls on Black Friday.

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Live and Direct (from Home): Amythyst Kiah

In her interview with Afternoon Mix host Rosemary Welsch, Amythyst Kiah spoke of her songwriting evolution, the emotional toll of racism within the music industry, and the healing power of music. 

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Live & Direct (From Home): Adia Victoria

by Rosemary Welsch Adia Victoria‘s third album, “A Southern Gothic,” tackles issues of racism and growing up black in the American south. Afternoon Mix Host, Rosemary Welsch, had the chance to talk with Adia in a WYEP Live & Direct (from home) Session about the new release, her experiences in the music industry, and how […]

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Live & Direct (From Home): José González

Swedish musician José González joined Morning Mix Host, Joey Spehar, from his home studio to talk about the new album Local Valley and share some songs with WYEP listeners.

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Live & Direct (From Home): Yola

Rosemary Welsch is joined by Yola to talk about her album, “Stand For Myself,” and her role in the Elvis biopic.

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Live & Direct (From Home): Jon Batiste

Afternoon Mix Host, Rosemary Welsch, is joined by Academy Award-winning musician and 2021 WYEP Artist of the Year, Jon Batiste, for a Live & Direct (from home) interview.

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Live & Direct (From Home): The Hold Steady

Craig Finn and Franz Nicolay from The Hold Steady join Morning Mix Host, Joey Spehar, to talk about the band’s new album Open Door Policy.

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Live & Direct (From Home): Lake Street Dive

WYEP’s Evening Mix Host, Liz Felix, is joined by Mike ‘McDuck’ Olson and Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive for a Live & Direct Session from home.

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