Category Archives: Philadelphia

Laughter to Tears: Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy show a range of emotions at World Cafe Live

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Laughter to Tears: Phoebe Bridgers and Soccer Mommy show a range of emotions at World Cafe Live

Phoebe Bridgers | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

A country song began to play. Like the very commodified, mainstream country radio kind of song. The kind of breezy, late summer day, wind-blowing-through-your-hair-as-you-drive-your-pickup-truck kind of country song.

I heard the phrase “parked out by the lake” more than a few times, but didn’t think much of the glossy genre’s fairly standard fare. The question of why Phoebe Bridgers chose this track in particular to walk onto stage to though — that nagged at my noggin. I mean, there are so many options, Pheebs. Poised at the mic, she even began ...

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Free At Noon Flashback: Caitlyn Smith gives Starfire a solo makeover

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Free At Noon Flashback: Caitlyn Smith gives Starfire a solo makeover

Caitlyn Smith | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Caitlyn Smith released her debut full-length record Starfire last month, but her songs have already been topping the charts for years – sung by the likes of Dolly Parton, Meghan Trainor, James Bay, Lady Antebellum, and so many more. Smith has refocused her songwriting expertise on her own life, crafting vivid, powerful lyrics from the stories and experiences that she’s collected while living and working in Nashville.

For today’s Free At Noon show, Smith’s already intimate tracks were made even more so during the solo performance. With the record’s production ...

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Work Drugs switches lanes on the open-road drive “The Edge of Forever”

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Work Drugs switches lanes on the open-road drive “The Edge of Forever”

Work Drugs | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Local pop rock crew Work Drugs have release a new single, the second to appear on upcoming LP Holding On To Forever. Following up the fervent lead single “Miami Nights,” “The Edge of Forever” sonically switches lanes, downshifting into an unhurried pace, perfectly set for a late-night, open road drive.

Nostalgic, contemplative, and clocking in at just under 5 minutes, the band allows room for the instrumentation (and emotions) to breathe. Echoing, reverb-drenched drums act as the support system holding the song together, assisted by a ...

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The Breeders’ “Nervous Mary” is an impassioned anthem with a classic sound

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The Breeders’ “Nervous Mary” is an impassioned anthem with a classic sound

The Breeders | Photo by Marisa Gesualdi

Iconic alt-rockers The Breeders brought their almost decade-long recording hiatus to an end recently with the news that they’d be releasing a new full-length album this spring — All Nerve, out March 2, is the band’s first LP since 2008’s Mountain Battles. Now, the band has shared another single from the forthcoming album, following first single “Wait in the Car” and title track “All Nerve,” an XPN Gotta Hear Song of the Week in January.

“Nervous Mary” is full of the classic Breeders sound we’ve missed so much over the years. ...

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Listen to Belly’s shimmering new single “Shiny One,” from their first album in 23 years

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Listen to Belly’s shimmering new single “Shiny One,” from their first album in 23 years

Belly | photo by Chris Gorman | courtesy of the artist

After a couple decades of absence, it makes sense that legendary 90s alt-rockers Belly would keep us waiting to hear the details of their long-awaited return, building anticipation with each announcement. The band first broke the news of their reunion in 2016 with a short, nostalgia-packed tour. Then, last fall, they announced that a new album was in the works, along with an upcoming string of tour dates that includes a stop at Union Transfer on September 28. They also released their first recording in over 20 years, a ...

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Queen of Jeans suffer through unrequited love in music video for “More to Love”

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Queen of Jeans suffer through unrequited love in music video for “More to Love”

Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney

If you’ve ever crushed on someone who wasn’t into you, or had your texts to your crush go unanswered, Queen of Jeans feels your pain. The video comments on the lows of these modern dating phenomena as the band uses an online dating app to meet the girl of their dreams, and end up being completely ignored. The video comes to an awkward, hilarious end as they all run into said woman at a house show (That’s so Philly).

Check out the video for “More to Love” ...

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Sound and Vision: King Britt and friends bring their Missed Guided Tour to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Sound and Vision: King Britt and friends bring their Missed Guided Tour to the Philadelphia Museum of Art

King Britt composes in front of Kelly’s Seine | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Footsteps ping from floor to ceiling in Gallery 175 of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but they aren’t distracting King Britt. He is focused on the artwork in his line of sight, and the musical gear at his fingertips.

The Philadelphia electronic artist, producer and DJ is composing a new piece in the museum, stationed at a long table covered in an array of gadgetry – synthesizers, samplers, and a laptop plugged into a mixing console. Stereo speakers are set up on ...

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Watch Eagles center and baritone sax player Jason Kelce sit in with students at Central High School

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Watch Eagles center and baritone sax player Jason Kelce sit in with students at Central High School

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Before he wowed Philadelphia sports fans with an uninhibited victory speech, before he even popped up on the XPN airwaves covering Jason Isbell, Philadelphia Eagles Center Jason Kelce was balancing music and sports at Cleveland Heights High School, where he was both a linebacker and a baritone sax player for the symphonic and jazz bands.

Yesterday, the Cleveland Heights jazz band stopped by Philadelphia’s Central High School on a winter tour, and Kelce sat in and jammed with both ensembles. Watch video below, and get the story via CBS 3.

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The Art of Being Self Aware: Hurry talks coffee, dad hats, The Oneders, and their infectious new Every Little Thought

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The Art of Being Self Aware: Hurry talks coffee, dad hats, The Oneders, and their infectious new Every Little Thought

Hurry | photo by Chris Sikich | courtesy of the artist

It’s about 5:30 pm on a particularly dreary Monday afternoon and Matt Scottoline is sitting across from me, politely trying his darndest fest to hide his feelings of horror towards news I just shared with him. “I always tell people that if you want to buy better coffee, the best thing you can do is only buy coffee that has a roast date printed on the bag,” he offers half-optimistically, half-pitifully, attempting to guide the low-life caffeine junkie that I am towards a more moderately respectable life direction.  

We’re chatting at a small table at Fishtown’s ReAnimator Coffee — Philly’s premiere specialty micro brew roaster, where Scottoline works when he’s ...

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Two To Tango: The Fantastic Imagination’s Josh Meakim and Prowler’s Keith Greiman

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Two To Tango: The Fantastic Imagination’s Josh Meakim and Prowler’s Keith Greiman

Josh Meakam of The Fantastic Imagination and Keith Greiman of Prowler | photos courtesy of the artists

When two veterans of the Philly odd-tronica scene get together for a party, there’s always the promise of menace and mayhem. For neither Prowler‘s Keith Greiman (and his brand of boogie-space-glam) nor A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Josh Meakim and his wonky electronic The Fantastic Imagination are easy listens. That’s why they’re each brilliant in their own way.

While Prowler is currently out-and-about with a new EP whose release is celebrated at Ortliebs on February 24, The Fantastic Imagination is still recovering ...

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Remember Sports transforms personal loss in their new single “Up From Below”

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Remember Sports transforms personal loss in their new single “Up From Below”

Remember Sports | photo by Carly Hoskins | via facebook.com/remembersportsband

Local indie rockers Remember Sports just announced their new album Slow Buzz, dropping May 18th on Father/Daughter Records. The four-piece formed back in Ohio in 2012, where they just called went by Sports and only saw themselves as a college band with “a meaningless, haphazardly chosen name” and “no expectations of continuing to make music together after graduation.” Their 2015 album All of Something was basically a farewell to that life; now, they’re in Philadelphia and thriving.

In “Up From Below,” guitarist and vocalist Carmen Perry’s personal lyrics about ...

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Camp Candle’s smooth beats and mesmerizing vocals in “Feelin A Way” will get you grooving

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Camp Candle’s smooth beats and mesmerizing vocals in “Feelin A Way” will get you grooving

Camp Candle | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Philadelphia duo Camp Candle gets seductively groovy with their newest single “Feelin A Way”. The band’s last track, “RUN,” dropped in 2017, and now Nu Ra and Hetepsa are back with an abstract yet simple track that incorporates hip-hop accented electric-pop elements.

The smoothness in lead singer Hetepsa’s voice is mesmerizing. Her alluring vocals are laid on top of some dreamy synth chords and a minimalistic beat by Nu Ra that makes you feel right in the moment and chills you out. Take a listen below; for more, get with Camp ...

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Course Correction: Philly four-piece Corey Flood plays with menacing moods and vulnerable lyrics

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Course Correction: Philly four-piece Corey Flood plays with menacing moods and vulnerable lyrics

Corey Flood | photo by Emily Lyon | courtesy of the artist

Few things ever go according to plan, as the members of West Philly four-piece Corey Flood know all too well. Less than a year ago, their band emerged from a series of fortuitous course corrections: The spin-off of a Ween cover band switched up its lineup and started writing dark pop originals. Soon after, their hasty first stab at recording demos earned them a deal with Fire Talk and became their debut EP, Wish You Hadn’t. That EP, due out on February 23, comprises four songs that feel ...

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Tyler The Creator and Vince Staples go big, introspectively, at the Liacouras Center

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Tyler The Creator and Vince Staples go big, introspectively, at the Liacouras Center

Tyler The Creator | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Vince Staples and Tyler, The Creator are showing serious growth from the now-disbanded Odd Future crew. With more attention spent on interactive stage settings at the Liacouras Center last week, each artist was able to deliver a more introspective set then we’ve seen from them in the past.

Tyler The Creator and Vince Staples go big, introspectively, at the Liacouras Center

Vince Staples | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Following a huge collaboration with Kendrick Lamar for the Black Panther soundtrack, Vince Staples was in command of the stage. Silhoutted by an automated LED/Video screen wall and engulfed in a ...

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Nostalgia Ultra: Rising Philly star Orion Sun fuses decades of classic music into something new and bold

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Nostalgia Ultra: Rising Philly star Orion Sun fuses decades of classic music into something new and bold

Orion Sun | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Ever since seeing her open up for Daniel Caesar at the Rotunda, my friends and I have been hooked on Orion Sun. The one-woman project of Jersey-born, Philly-based singer, producer, and multiinstrumentalist Tiffany Majette crafts music that is relatable, and cathartic. With clever lyrics and mellow beats, it feels like she’s soundtracking my tumultuous young adult life. She makes songs to dance to, cry to, fall in love to. I recently got the chance to sit down with her and ask her all about it.

Nostalgia Ultra: Rising Philly star Orion Sun fuses decades of classic music into something new and bold

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Rapsody releases powerful new video for “Chrome (Like Ooh)”

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Rapsody releases powerful new video for “Chrome (Like Ooh)”

Rapsody | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Roc Nation rapper Rapsody recently released a music video for her song “Chrome (Like Ooh),” and it’s a powerful short film about violence, revenge and abuse of power.

The video opens in grayscale, with the only color being lights on a police cruiser and red lit individual shots. In the video, a group of young men steal a car, and when someone comes back for revenge, the police get involved and a shoot out occurs. The most interesting aspect of the video is that it transitions to full color as ...

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Todd Rundgren is hitting the road to Utopia this spring

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Todd Rundgren is hitting the road to Utopia this spring

Todd Rundgren’s Utopia | Courtesy of Live Nation

Todd Rundgren is going on tour this spring with Utopia, his progressive rock band formed in 1973. They are playing two shows in the area; Saturday, May 5th at the Tower Theatre in Upper Darby, and they open the tour at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA, on Wednesday, April 18th. The reunion features Rundgren, original members Kasim Sulton (bass) and drummer Willie Wilcox of Utopia and keyboardist Ralph Schuckett of Todd Rundgren’s Utopia.

Fans of the band should be on the lookout for a seven CD collection – The Road ...

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Rolled Gold flaunts his new skills on “Night Owls Theme” with Ai-Que and Reef The Lost Cauze

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Rolled Gold flaunts his new skills on “Night Owls Theme” with Ai-Que and Reef The Lost Cauze

Rolled Gold | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly hip hop producer Rolled Gold just reworked and dropped a single called “Night Owls Theme” from an upcoming project, featuring local MCs Ai-Que and the revered Reef The Lost Cauze. The title “Night Owl Theme” is an appropriate match for the lyrics that deal with themes of hard work and the kinds of pensive thoughts you have at night time.

Ai-Que takes the first verse, spitting lively bars about aspirations and work ethic. Reef The Lost Cauze is the icing on the cake, rapping about things like gentrification and personal growth with ...

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Listen to Glen Hansard’s intimate showcase of Between Two Shores on World Cafe

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Listen to Glen Hansard’s intimate showcase of Between Two Shores on World Cafe

Glen Hansard | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

From leading Dublin rock band The Frames for 25 years to winning an Oscar for Best Original Song, Glen Hansard‘s earnestly transcendent vocals have the ability to deliver an arresting effect.

Talking with host Talia Schlanger on today’s episode of World Cafe, Hansard talked about the journey to his latest record, Between Two Shores, and performed three songs from the record during a live session at Reservoir Studios in New York City. Listen to the performance below.

Hansard has released multiple self produced albums such as his most recent ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight

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The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight
The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight
The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight
The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight
The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight
The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight
The Key Studio Sessions: I Think Like Midnight

This week’s Key Studio Session is for those who love to hear artists venture outside their comfort zone.

West Philly guitarist Andrew Chalfen spent the late 80s and early 90s playing raucous power pop in The Wishniaks, around the same time that keyboardist Joe Genaro and drummer Dean Sabatino made weird and wonderful rock music in the Dead Milkmen. As the years passed, Chalfen shifted his focus to the soaring indie tones of The Trolleyvox and connected with folk-leaning bassist Josh Newman, who played with Philly scene staples American Altitude and Heyward Howkins.

The collective project of those four musicians, I Think ...

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See Live At The Fillmore Recreate The Magic of the Allman Brothers

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To Lou Maresca, founder of the incomparable Allman Brothers Band tribute Live At The Fillmore, the ABB were in a league of their own in rock music. “They more or less invited the style… of a double guitar lead, the harmonies, Duane Allman’s slide guitar style,” he says in a phone interview with Rock On Philly. “They are considered the innovators of southern rock, but their music wasn’t just that. The thing that was unique about the Allman Brothers is that they incorporated rock and roll, blues, jazz and country together.”

Maresca, who takes on the vocals and guitar ...

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The Week Ahead: Raekwon, Grace Vonderkuhn, Hurry, Two Piece Fest and more

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The Week Ahead: Raekwon, Grace Vonderkuhn, Hurry, Two Piece Fest and more

Raekwon’s The Wild | via twitter.com/raekwon

Starting Wednesday with the latest in a series of tributes to Philly jazz great Sun Ra and running through Monday and a Princeton performance by orchestral pop mastermind Andrew Bird, this week’s concert picks touch on rock, hiphop, funk, punk and more. Read on for 20 shows to see in Philadelphia this week

Wednesday 2/21: Satellites are Spinning Sun Ra Tribute at Johnny Brenda’s

Satellites are Spinning: A Sizzling Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra hits Johnny Brenda’s Wednesday night. Featuring The Willow Trio with a large ensemble of featured guests, this is the 4th ...

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St. Vincent brings her Fear The Future tour to the Queen

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St. Vincent brings her Fear The Future tour to the Queen

St. Vincent | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

St. Vincent added additional dates to her Fear The Future tour this week, this time making a regional stop in Wilmington. The project of songwriter-guitarist Annie Clark will bring her frenetic instrumental skills and angelic vocals to the Queen Theater on May 25th.

The indie rock goddess’ tour centers around her most recent album MASSEDUCTION, which was released at the end of 2017. In a unique one-woman show, where Clark and her guitar are just about the only things onstage the entire night, she shows truly showcases ...

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