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3.29.2017

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Dan had to go get some lawn chairs to seat everybody around the desk, but it was all worth it to talk to James, Jake and Samoeun of Ju-Taun. These guys have been singing together since they were kids, and it shows. They talk about their origins: James and Jake working behind the scenes at concerts for their father, a Philadelphia producer and promoter; Samoeun coming to America as a child, escaping the Khmer Rouge with his parents. They detail their beginnings as a band: hustling their CDs and performing to crowds on the street, running afoul with the...

6.22.2016

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I really didn't know what to expect when I sat down with David Sweeny, who might be better known around Philadelphia as Johnny Showcase and his band, The Mystic Ticket. When we had talked over e-mail, he asked me if I wanted David or Johnny. I wanted David, because I really was intrigued about talking about a stage persona in the third person with the person who invented him. 

It was a really enjoyable hour or so with David. I had never met David before, only Johnny. And, to be fair, I've never met Johnny personally, just seen him onstage from the audie...

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