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Georgie James: Melodic and Harmony-Drenched

John Davis formed Georgie James with Laura Burhenn after his inventive post-punk band Q and Not U disbanded in 2005. Both of them abandoned the sounds of their previous musical outlets in favor of indie-pop that draws on The Cowsills and Cheap Trick.

The unlikely pair went to work in Washington, D.C., with Davis going back and forth between drums and guitar, while Burhenn stuck to her Fender Rhodes. After six hours at Brookland Studios (the Community Arts Center that houses Georgie James' practice space), they began turning out a slew of melodic, harmony-drenched songs steeped in '60s and '70s rock-pop nostalgia.

The two wanted their collaboration to evoke androgyny and a bit of glam, and they agreed on Georgie James. The band released its full-length debut, Places, last year.

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David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe® since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.