Conversations with artists of all kinds, intimate musical performances, in-depth discussions on performing, touring, recording, and just generally being. Based in Philadelphia, new episode every two weeks, with your host Dan Drago.
Summer 2021 Playlist
Summer is here, live music is happening, and that means a lot of music has been dropping over the last month or so. Dan puts together a playlist of top-notch Philadelphia bands and artists that have new music out now, and you can view the whole playlist complete with links over at 25oclockpod.com. Featuring Hurry, Grace Vonderkuhn, Omar's Hat, Kississippi, Bad Shapes, and more.
Matt Taglang (Athensville)
Dan interrupts Matt Taglang's New England vacation to talk about Athensville, their new record, 'Undressing Minds for Show', and the loaded term 'Dad band'. Matt talks about his days in his Penn State bar band, traveling the world as a teacher, meeting the Athensville guys later in life, and helps put to bed the old notion that you get more conservative as you get older. 'Undressing Minds for Show' is out now and available wherever you get digital music.
Dan takes the advice of a past guest (Susan Werner) and talks with slide guitar master Mike Brenner. Dan and Mike talk about his 90s band, The Low Road, Mike's countless credits (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Company, Marah, Wild Pink, John Train, etc.), his anticipation of upcoming shows, and his time in India where he studied the chaturangui (an Indian slide guitar). Mike is out on tour with Wild Pink this fall in support of their new record, 'A Billion Little Lights'.
Brian Walker #2
Dan talks to Brian Walker (A Day Without Love) about his upcoming documentary, 'Safe x Sound', filmed during his 2019 Storytellers tour by Briana Spause. They discuss the themes like safe spaces, consent, acceptance, community, as well as DIY touring, sponsorships, and the future of DIY booking now that live shows are starting to happen again.
Dan celebrates his 200th episode with a very special guest: Helen Leicht of WXPN and Philly music champion of many, many years. Helen got her start at KYW news, worked at WIOQ, and came to XPN in the early 90s where she featured Philly artists and helped strengthen the growing music community. Dan and Helen talk about helping break Tom Petty at WIOQ, hearing folk like Amos Lee and Melody Gardot for the first time, her love of The Beatles, and so much more.
Spring 2021 Playlist
On the eve of the 200th episode, Dan takes yet another opportunity to highlight some great Philly music. Featuring new tunes from Dave Cope and the Sass, Emily Drinker, Ali Awan, Sophie Coran, Erin Fox, and more. Check out the clickable playlist at 25oclockpod.com with all the artists links.
This podcast is nothing short of incredible. The exposure for Philly artists is incredible and as a someone who strives to find new music across all genres this is one of the most amazing podcasts to do so! If you haven’t subscribed already, do so immediately.
The opening theme, the interviews, and the host Dan Drago, make this podcast Great! Even not being from Philadelphia, Dan does a fantastic job creating an interest in the music scene, and art world, around the Philadelphia area. It has helped me find some great local music acts to listen to. In the sad continental desert that the commercial music scene has become, Dan marks the small pockets of oasis that is being born in the Philli area. Check it out, and find some new things you might otherwise not find without the Drago compass that is, 25 O’clock.
Excellent peak into the Philly music scene. Great interviewer, great guests, great pod.