Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live

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Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live

Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live | Photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN | koofibi.com

Following last year’s ArtScience, Jazz pianist Robert Glasper brought his quartet of experimental jazz instrumentation with hip-hop (and a little bit of everything else) undertones back to Philly for a show at World Cafe Live on June 20th. Glasper hit the stage after a dynamic performance from Philly trio Spank, led by musician, producer and world renowned drummer George “Spanky” McCurdy. Check out what went down in the gallery below.

Photo by Koof Ibi Umoren

Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live
Photo Recap: The crowd gets Spanked before Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live

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Former Family Band member Arjan Miranda returns with Spiritual America LP

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Former Family Band member Arjan Miranda returns with Spiritual America LP

A still from Arjan Miranda’s “Fire & Ice” official music video.

You may recognize Arjan Miranda from Family Band, the duo of Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin that called Philadelphia home circa 2012. After a move to the west coast and a few years off from the public music life, Ollsin is back as Arjan Miranda and has a new solo effort in tow.

Spiritual America dropped on the summer solstice via The Wild Unknown, Krans and Miranda’s artistic, spiritual, and now musical outlet. It’s the label’s inaugural offering, more of which will be shared on each solstice and equinox for a ...

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Jeff Tweedy reworks Wilco favorites on acoustic Together At Last, out now

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Jeff Tweedy reworks Wilco favorites on acoustic Together At Last, out now

Jeff Tweedy | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

Earlier this week Bob Bumbera reported on Jeff Tweedy‘s solo record during the XPN Morning Show, sharing a video of the Wilco frontman performing album cut “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” on Late Night With Seth Myers. Yes, you already know that Wilco classic and yes it is appearing on Together At Last – that’s because the new effort, out today, features a number of Tweedy favorites, from main projects and side projects, done in an intimate, acoustic style.

Other Wilco tunes getting a makeover include “Dawned On Me” and “Sky ...

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New Music Releases: Imagine Dragons, Shawn Mendes, Haim, Jaded, and More Release New Tunes

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Featured Image by Ruby Mora

Its our favorite day again and that means round up the best and the brightest in Philly music and beyond to help YOU get down on #NewMusicFriday. Check out all our picks to get you moving and shaking for times to come!

New Singles to Jam to

Jaded, “The Greatest [Prod. Syndrome]”

This Philly artist has only started making music ONE YEAR AGO. All we got to say is DAYUM. Check out this awesome track below!

Rita Ora, “Your Song”

British pop songstress Rita Ora has released the video for “Your Song” and ...

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Free at Noon Flashback: A rollercoaster ride with Imelda May

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Free at Noon Flashback: A rollercoaster ride with Imelda May

Imelda May – Free At Noon 6/23/17 | Photo by Rich McKie / WXPN

If it’s good enough for Bob Dylan, it’s sure as heck good enough for us. In an interview on his own website, the legendary singer/songwriter listed Imelda May‘s new record in the same breath as Iggy Pop, Valerie June and The Stereophonics – and boy do we understand why.

The Dublin-born singer took us on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride at today’s WXPN Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live. Though her complete 7 piece band preceded her stage entrance, May started off her set with “Call ...

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Free at Noon Flashback: A rollercoaster ride with Imelda May

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Free at Noon Flashback: A rollercoaster ride with Imelda May

Imelda May – Free At Noon 6/23/17 | Photo by Rich McKie / WXPN

If it’s good enough for Bob Dylan, it’s sure as heck good enough for us. In an interview on his own website, the legendary singer/songwriter listed Imelda May‘s new record in the same breath as Iggy Pop, Valerie June and The Stereophonics – and boy do we understand why.

The Dublin-born singer took us on a musical and emotional roller coaster ride at today’s WXPN Free At Noon Concert at World Cafe Live. Though her complete 7 piece band preceded her stage entrance, May started off her set with “Call ...

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I Want More CAN: An Indie Rock Hit Parade Special

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I Want More CAN: An Indie Rock Hit Parade Special

Can | Photo courtesy of the artist

On this week’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, we highlight the music and legacy of the celebrated German experimental band Can. To coincide with the release of a new, career-spanning singles box set, our show features some of Can’s best-known and pioneering works alongside a few contemporary bands who keep their spirit alive.

Plenty has already been written about Can and their unconventional approach to music. The band has been the subject of tribute concerts, archival reissues and art installations, and a multi-volume biography from music journalist Rob Young ...

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Dreams of Pavement: New Broken Social Scene, Japanese Breakfast and spotlight on CAN on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Broken Social Scene | Photo courtesy of the artist

On tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade, you’re going to hear some new things. That might not come as much of a surprise, but bear with me. The show starts at 11pm ET on XPN and will feature a whole bunch of newly released tracks, as you might expect. We’ll hear the latest from Broken Social Scene, Dent May, Saint Etienne and more. Then things get wild in the second hour.

In lieu of a spotlight on a newly released album or two, we’ll instead give a close listen to the music of the iconic German experimental rock band Can. There is, in fact, a “new” release from the group: a career-spanning box set of singles was released this month. We’ll hear some of those pioneering tracks interspersed with contemporary bands who keep Can’s spirit alive today.

Here’s a preview of some of the new things in the mix tonight:

Last week, we were joined in the studio by the Montreal duo She-Devils for a live performance. Check out the whole session HERE.

And listen to the full show playlist on Spotify:

See you tonight at 11pm ET for the Indie Rock Hit Parade on XPN!

Bel Heir announces new EP, listen to lead single “California High”

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Bel Heir announces new EP, listen to lead single “California High”

Bel Hier | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly indie pop band Bel Heir have released a new single just in time for your weekend beach getaways (and next weekend’s, and the weekend after that, and your daily commutes, because this single has “summer jam” written all over it). Premiered by Paste Magazine, “California High” is the lead single in advance of the trio’s upcoming EP Washed Up which is slated for a July 21st release and described by the band as “an entire EP of trashy, surfy, beach punk bangers.”

In their exclusive with Paste, the group says ...

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Step into PhilaMOCA in Littler’s new “Out of Your Rib” music video

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Step into PhilaMOCA in Littler’s new “Out of Your Rib” music video

Littler | Photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Indie rockers Littler released their EP Bad Hand in February following their attention-grabbing debut Of Wandering in 2016, and the four-piece has now interpreted three of the four tracks on the EP via music video with today’s release of “Out of Your Rib.”

The video features Littler’s performance of the wailer of a track at PhilaMOCA juxtaposed with film reels of statues and pieces of the crowd. The video was directed by Philadelphia’s Dylan Hansen-Fliedner with cinematography by Kenny Suleimanagich. Littler currently works out of the West Coast, but they have maintained Philly ...

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The Dove and the Wolf talk life in Paris and play a new song on 25 O’Clock

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The Dove and the Wolf talk life in Paris and play a new song on 25 O’Clock

The Dove & the Wolf | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Dan Drago’s 25 O’Clock Podcast has long been a favorite listen for us here at The Key. Now on its 73rd episode, the podcast frequently features guests from all over scene, diving deeper into their life than we can see from the surface. Over the years, Philly music’s finest has been a consistent presence on the pod, the latest guest being Paloma Gil and Louise Hayat-Camard of The Dove and the Wolf.

As usual, it’s a fun conversation between Dan, Paloma and Louise, with topics ranging from ...

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Watch Alice Bag documentary, We’re Here, We’re Present: Women in Punk

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Watch Alice Bag documentary, We’re Here, We’re Present: Women in Punk

Alice Bag | photo via press release

If you’re a woman in rock music, you’ve got to deal with a whole lotta bullshit. For every resilient stride of kickassery being taken to combat this issue, it seems there is an defeating account of sexism to match it — showing that the long and mighty journey towards equality still has a ways to go.

Thinking of how difficult it still is to be a woman in rock music oftentimes makes me wonder how courageous and badass female punk pioneers must have been; when there were no prior examples or role models to look up ...

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Firefly on Film: Reflections of a weekend in the Woodlands on 35mm

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Firefly on Film: Reflections of a weekend in the Woodlands on 35mm

Firefly 2017 | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Important thing to remember this festival season: a fifty percent chance of rain is also a fifty percent chance of no rain. It could be a fifty percent chance of scorching sun and dry heat. Reality might not line up with your anticipations, and the best approach is to be prepared for anything and expect the unexpected.

This is something that came up at several intervals last weekend at Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival; I went in expecting to get soaked and instead I got sunburnt, I’d read media murmurs about ...

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tigers Jaw at Union Transfer, Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Geisha Facade at The Barbary and more…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tigers Jaw at Union Transfer, Cheerleader at Johnny Brenda’s, Geisha Facade at The Barbary and more…

Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

Scranton’s Tigers Jaw make their highly anticipated appearance at Union Transfer tonight. Touring in support of this year’s spin, the duo recently filmed a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR Music; watch that set below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show with Saintseneca and Smidley here.

Local pop act Cheerleader are playing Johnny Brenda’s tonight on the heels of releasing two new singles. The catchy, summertime jams are a quick treat to hold us over while the band takes some time in the studio ...

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New Recordings: Lorde, Fleet Foxes, Big Boi

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Being wise beyond your years gets old before you know it, Lorde finds out on Melodrama. The New Zealand songwriter was 16 in 2013 when she took the charts by surprise with "Royals," a song that signaled that she was an uncommonly accomplished teenage craftswoman not the least bit interested in the accoutrements of commercial success. "Gold teeth, Grey Goose . . . ball gowns, trashin’ the hotel room": the singer born Ella Yelich-O’Connor was having none of it.

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The Epic Return of Fleet Foxes:

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The Epic Return of Fleet Foxes:

Crack-Up | via Nonesuch Records

Everyone, stay calm. Take a deep breath. (Or don’t, because I know I haven’t since the first signs of real studio work began appearing on social media last year). It’s finally here: Crack-Up was released last week via Nonesuch Records, the third studio album from Fleet Foxes who after nearly six years have returned in a decidedly grand fashion. Crack-Up is an epic of complex, smart, and just plain beautiful tracks that go better together, making sense musically and lyrically in context of the record yet feel slightly incomplete alone.

Following 2011’s Helplessness Blues, the five-piece indie folk-rock ...

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Matt Pond PA just announced pretty much everything

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Matt Pond PA just announced pretty much everything

Matt Pond PA | courtesy of the artist

Matt Pond PA announced a 12th studio album Wednesday called Still Summer. It’s due out August 11 on Pond’s own label, 131 Records, and will be the last release under the name Matt Pond PA, a name that’s been going strong since its Philadelphia inception nearly 20 years ago. Yet over time, more songs will be added in the future to both Still Summer and Pond’s December 2016 release Winter Lives. It’s confusing, but cool.

Matt Pond PA also announced the immediate release of two new songs — but they’re not part of ...

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The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking

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The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
The Key Studio Sessions: Captain, We’re Sinking
A product of the remarkably fertile pop punk soil in Scranton, the gentlemen of Captain, We’re Sinking release their third LP this Friday. The King Of No Man, out on Run for Cover Records, is a reflective set of songs about mortality, loneliness and disconnection, and it finds the band’s craft in top form. Which makes sense, as they’ve been at it for a decade.

Co-singers and songwriters Bobby Barnett and Leo Vergnetti released their first collection of music, The Animals are Out, in 2007. A string of singles and EPs followed, splits with Spraynard and the like, ...

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Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel

Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel

LCD Soundsystem | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

LCD Soundsystem isn’t having a bad year for a band that’s been dead for the better part of a decade. Last night in Brooklyn, they played the 5th show of their 2nd New York residency this year. With a world tour culminating in a 3rd, 10-day stand at new venue Brooklyn Steel, they’re really laying it on thick. All told, that’s 22 shows at the venue that the christened back in April, with the original 5-night run. I have yet to meet a single person in real life who’s mad that LCD is playing so many shows — and why would they be? This is a band that was an absolute standardbearer for the oughties fledgling indie/dance/whatever-core scene that they now reign over as ensconced legends.

After five years in the grave, a shot at finally seeing a band that defined my early twenties made my heart leap. I impulse-bought a ticket to Wednesday night of the run and shortly after, a Megabus roundtrip get me there. I know, I know, in his note explaining the 2nd residency that James Murphy told everyone that the shows “certainly aren’t worth getting on a plane for. it’s NOT a finite resource.” And even when they announced the world tour a few days later, with two nights here in town at the Fillmore in December, I knew that it was going to be worth it. To see the kings, holding court in their hometown. Twenty-two nights only, in Brooklyn. Besides, I’ll just go to both of those Fillmore shows, anyways.

Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel

LCD Soundsystem | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

And as the lights went down and the DJ’s mix slowly faded out, my head swam and I knew it had all been worth it. Changing things up a bit from previous residency nights that I’d read about, the band opened with new track “Call the Police” instead of ripper “Us vs Them.” After that, it was hit after hit after hit. You wanted a hit? Good, the band that doesn’t do hits has got plenty. With a fully transparent encore of all new music announced, the joint started to thin out. This is the best part! Hearing the jams is fine — great, even! — but getting to see new songs worked out live right in front of you, that’s magic. One of the things that made me fall in love with LCD Soundsystem, back when a friend showed me Shut Up and Play The Hits was how barely-contained everything about them seemed. How, at any given moment these absolutely massive songs could come rocketing apart because they’re so bursting at the seams with life and energy and raw sound. And even though I didn’t know a word or note to new ones like “Change Yr Mind” or latent banger “Emotional Haircut,” the way that the band can tread that dangerous line of ironic carelessness and screaming, reckless abandon anew is enthralling.

Ears ringing and throat sore from screaming along to “All My Friends” at the end of the set, I picked up my camera bag and headed out into the Great American Night. It’s still hard to believe that this seminal band is not only back, but out for blood, once more.


Miss the train to NYC for these shows? Philly fans have to wait a bit, but can still get their LCD fix with back to back shows on December 5th and 6th at The Fillmore.  More info on the XPN Concert Calendar.


Brooklyn Steel 6/21 Setlist:

Call The Police
Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
I Can Change
Get Innocuous!
You Wanted a Hit
Tribulations
Movement
Someone Great
Home
New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down

Encore 1:

Change Yr Mind
Tonite
Emotional Haircut
American Dream

Encore 2:

Dance Yrself Clean
All My Friends

Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel
Actually Maybe Do Call It A Comeback: LCD Soundsystem at Brooklyn Steel

PREMIERE: Get a taste of Noise & Silence’s Cycle Theory EP, out Friday on Exotic Fever

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PREMIERE: Get a taste of Noise & Silence’s Cycle Theory EP, out Friday on Exotic Fever

Noise and Silence | Photo by Camille Remeur | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Matt Fleming and Bob Hunter bridge the worlds of aggressive rock and atmospheric soundscaping in their experimental duo Noise and Silence, which releases its debut EP Cycle Theory this Friday on Philly imprint Exotic Fever Records.

Today we’re happy to bring you a taste of that EP with a two-song preview. Opener “Vitamins” roars out the gate with expressive open chord guitar playing and soaring, reverb-tinged vocals, reminiscent at turns of Explosions In The Sky’s The Earth Is Not a Cold, Dead Place and Deftones’ ...

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Pick up an ACLU benefit featuring Sad13, Purling Hiss, Louds, and more

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Pick up an ACLU benefit featuring Sad13, Purling Hiss, Louds, and more

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Philly and Minneapolis-based label Dirty Pillows just released a compilation featuring local artists from both of their homes. Titled ACLU Benefit Vol. 1 Phl/Mpls, the compilation is the first in a series of benefit releases that will split its tunes between two cities, and then donate the proceeds to those local community’s ACLU chapters.

This a-side of this first installment boasts Philly artists (woo we’re #1!) including Sad13, Louds, Dulls, Harsh Vibes and Purling Hiss. Making up the b-side are Minneapolis-based artists France Camp, Sasha ...

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