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Still Freaky After Thirty Years: Revisiting Philly’s fearless EDO ahead of their School of Rock gig

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Still Freaky After Thirty Years: Revisiting Philly’s fearless EDO ahead of their School of Rock gig

Edo, circa 1994

Philadelphia always gets typecast as the underdog, this city of illusion-of-grandeur miscreants that drastically wants to be NYC or D.C. or whatever else but can’t. You probably know of the “6th Borough” label or the Rocky lovable loser trope or any of the articles that question why anybody would even try and find success in our wonderful city. Hell, even the Fresh Prince had to move to Bel-Air before he could make something of himself.

This is nonsense. Philly doesn’t want to be New York or anywhere else. Like we’re supposed to care about what goes on in ...

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Time For Acchin: Weird N.J. rockers Pine Barons reflect on the road to their debut LP

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Time For Acchin: Weird N.J. rockers Pine Barons reflect on the road to their debut LP

Pine Barons | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Shamong Township sits about 35 miles south east of Philadelphia, smack dab in the center of New Jersey, but it’s practically a world away.

More of a geographical boundary than a bustling municipality, it’s sliced down the middle by Route 206 and dotted with diners, delis, liquor stores and a gun shop called Pistol Pete’s. At the south border is the mouth of the massive Wharton State Forest, the nucleus of Jersey’s storied Pine Barrens region –- an area with such acidic soil that nothing but evergreens can grow, ...

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Dent May

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Dent May

Dent May | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

Joining us in the studio for our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a musician that I’ve been a fan of since his humble beginning with a ‘magnificent ukulele.’ Dent May is originally from Mississippi, but recently relocated to Los Angeles. This fish-out-of-water story serves as partial inspiration for Dent’s new album, Across The Multiverse, which was released this summer on Carpark Records. Featuring a blend of effervescent electro-pop and Brill Building-informed songwriting, the album shows off Dent’s nearly obsessive approach to music making. With a full touring ...

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Maximizing Time: Philly’s Justin Duerr on constant immersion in music, writing and visual art

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Maximizing Time: Philly’s Justin Duerr on constant immersion in music, writing and visual art

Justin Duerr performs with Northern Liberties | photo by Yoni Kroll

You might know Justin Duerr from Resurrect Dead, the award-winning documentary he helped make about Toynbee Tiles, the colorful and mysterious messages embedded in roads in Philadelphia, NYC, and elsewhere. You might know him from his bands, including the long-running ‘ghost punk’ outfit Northern Liberties or the acoustic duo Get the Great Cackler he does with his partner Mandy Katz. You might have seen his one-of-a-kind art on a t-shirt or a show flyer or maybe hanging on your friend’s wall. Or you might just have seen Justin intently ...

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Catching up with Good Old War’s Dan Schwartz new sounds, second chances and making honest music

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Catching up with Good Old War’s Dan Schwartz new sounds, second chances and making honest music

Photo Courtesy of Dylan Eddinger Photography

The original three members of Philly’s Good Old War are finally, finally, back together again, and I was lucky enough to catch the end of their reunion tour at World Cafe Live back in August. The band is set to play a SoFar Sounds Amnesty International Benefit on September 20th, with new music out in the world as well — “Part of Me” was released on September 1st. Guitarist Dan Schwartz — also known as Danny Black for his solo work — was kind enough to give me some insight into what went into the ...

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More Than Jake: Jake Clemons goes beyond what you think you know of Fear + Love

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More Than Jake: Jake Clemons goes beyond what you think you know of Fear + Love

Jake Clemons | photo courtesy of the artist

Calling from a solo tour stop in Montreal, saxophonist-singer Jake Clemons offered up a smart and pleasant, conversation and a humble man’s attitude when it came to being a guy you (think) you know from brand-name family ties, literal and figurative. Soft-spoken and easy to laugh, Clemons seemed pleased to open up about the studied songwriting process and the emotional connections to the songs on his new album, Fear + Love, a record he’ll pull form at World Café Live this Wednesday September 13.

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Sept 11 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle; breaks records at the Spectrum

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Sept 11 in Music History: Bruce Springsteen releases The Wild, The Innocent And The E Street Shuffle; breaks records at the Spectrum

1952 – Ahmet Ertegun begins recording his newest signing, 21-year-old Ray Charles, at Atlantic Records on West 56th St in New York City. Ertegun had purchased the singer’s contract from the Swingtime label for $2,500.

1962 – After George Martin insists that session drummer Andy White take Ringo Starr’s place, The Beatles return to EMI Studios in London for a third attempt at recording their first single. “Love Me Do” is selected to be The Beatles’ first A-side, with “P.S. I Love You” on the flip side (a reversal of the original plan). The single that is released on October ...

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Nicole Atkins shares five songs that inspired Goodnight Rhonda Lee

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Nicole Atkins shares five songs that inspired Goodnight Rhonda Lee

Nicole Atkins | photo by Anna Webber | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey’s Nicole Atkins has been a favorite around the WXPN universe since debuting ten years ago with Neptune City, an album named for her hometown along the northern coast of the Garden State, just south of Asbury Park. She has a commanding voice and a charismatic presence, whether performing in rock band configuration, as a solo balladeer, or bringing a theatrical flare to club stages around the country.

This year, Atkins returns with Goodnight Rhonda Lee, a collection informed by classic American songwriting styles ...

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New Orleans born trumpeter Christian Scott reaches out from the birthplace of jazz to embrace its Diaspora of sound

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New Orleans born trumpeter Christian Scott reaches out from the birthplace of jazz to embrace its Diaspora of sound

Christian Scott | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

“We have all of this music that has grown out of jazz music over the course of the last 100 years,” says Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. “What this generation is doing is trying to re-acculturate all of this music and collapse all of it back into a cohesive sound. We’re stretching jazz to fit all of the conventions of the things that have grown out of it”.

With his latest album Diaspora (the second installment of an ambitious trilogy of works he’s releasing this year), the New Orleans born trumpeter ...

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Meet Philly fusion crew Interminable, see them Wednesday at Dahlak, or on tour this fall

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Meet Philly fusion crew Interminable, see them Wednesday at Dahlak, or on tour this fall

Interminable | photo via facebook.com/interminablemusic

For the past two years, Philly five-piece Interminable has explored the meeting ground between folk music and jammy improv, working mainly in son jarocho — a regional style of music from Veracruz, Mexico — and incorporating elements of jazz, electronic music, and rock.

The band is comprised of Ximena Violante on jarana, violin, and vocals; John Cole on drums; Rodrigo Pichardo on bass; Brian O’Connell on piccolo bass; and Becca Graham from Hardwork Movement on trumpet. This summer, they recorded a new single, “Consecuencia,” with the folks at Weathervane Music that they plan to release ahead of their first-ever U.S. tour, which ...

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Son Little Plays Ball

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Son Little Plays Ball

Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist

When Son Little sings “I got the blue magic / And I rock you so savage” on his upcoming New Magic album, there’s a grit and a swaggering gamesmanship to his voice that wasn’t apparent in past such as 2014s Things I Forgot EP and his eponymously-titled 2015 album. That strut may not even have been there when Aaron Livingston (Little’s birth name) recorded with The Roots or with RJD2 as Icebird.

Did the multi-hyphenate neo-bluesman and seemingly professional lodger (LA to NYC to Philly to somewhere in ...

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Aug 18 in Music History: The Fab 4 play live together for the first time, The Who release Who Are You

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The Who Who Are You

1937 – The first FM radio station in the US, Boston’s WGTR (now WAAF), is granted its construction permit by the FCC.

1962 – Ringo Starr plays his first gig with The Beatles at the Horticultural Society Dance in Birkenhead, England, with just two hours’ preparation. This is the first appearance of The Beatles as the world would come to know them: John, Paul, George, and Ringo.

1965 – Herman’s Hermits lead singer Peter Noone interviews Elvis Presley in Honolulu, where Elvis is filming his movie Paradise, Hawaiian Style.

1977 – The Police make their live debut as a ...

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Talking Popular Manipulations with The Districts’ Rob Grote

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Talking Popular Manipulations with The Districts’ Rob Grote

The Districts | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

A couple of years back, a young band started making waves in Philadelphia. There were many different stories surrounding these young kids from central Pennsylvania, but a couple themes remained the same: the thunderous live shows, the direct songwriting, and also the fact that they were only teenagers. The Districts were a band “ahead of their years,” as everyone would always say. Now, with the release of their new record Popular Manipulations, the band has grown into their persona and the stories have grown with them.

Since releasing ...

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Aug 14 in Music History: The Who release Who’s Next, Michael Jackson buys rights to Lennon/McCartney songs

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The Who Who's Next

 

1962 – Unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him. Best plays his last gig the following night at The Cavern in Liverpool. Ringo Starr, who is nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, receives a call from John Lennon asking him to join the band. Ringo gives Rory Storm three days’ notice and makes his first appearance with the Fab Four on August 18.

1971 – The Who release Who’s Next.

1971 – Elton John records “Madman Across The Water.”

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Watch Grandchildren unveil an unreleased song for their new acoustic video series

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Watch Grandchildren unveil an unreleased song for their new acoustic video series

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

The acoustic sessions keep rolling out from Philly art-pop group Grandchildren, and it sure seems like they won’t be stopping soon. After we noticed a new clip from the group’s vocalists Shari Amanda and Aleks Martray as Baby & Shylow earlier this week, Grandchildren have announced a new acoustic vid series called At Home With Grandchildren. It’ll feature tunes from the band’s next album — which as of now does not have an announced release date — and will be filmed all across Philly.

The first installment, “Ok I’m Waiting” is out now and ...

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Aug 11 in Music History: Go-Go’s release Vacation, Bruce jams with Ringo

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Aug 11 in Music History: Go-Go’s release Vacation, Bruce jams with Ringo

1964 – The Beatles start recording their fourth album (Beatles For Sale, not yet titled) at EMI studios in London.

1969 – The Beatles finish recording “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”

1982 – Vanity 6 release their self-titled debut, and The Go-Go’s release their third album, Vacation.

1989 – Bruce Springsteen joins Ringo Starr onstage at a concert in New Jersey. Together they perform “Get Back,” “Long Tall Sally,” “Photograph,” and “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

2008 – Noah and the Whale’s debut album Peaceful, the World Lays Me Down is released on the ...

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Speaking the truth with Philly punk visionaries Soul Glo

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Speaking the truth with Philly punk visionaries Soul Glo

Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

For many rockers of color, finding films like AFROPUNK — James Spooner’s groundbreaking documentary about minority involvement in punk and hardcore movements — was and is a critical milestone in their development. As a young black and queer punk rocker immersed in the community, watching this film’s scenes unfold, bearing witness to ideas, perspectives, and experiences expressed in the film that were so wildly different, I realized something: each one of those perspectives, from both the youthful, energetic dayglo punk who “didn’t want to be defined by their race” to the raging ...

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Worriers go back to their teenage years with new single “The Possibility”

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Worriers go back to their teenage years with new single “The Possibility”

Worriers | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

Philly-via-Brooklyn punk rockers Worriers have shared the second single off their upcoming LP via SideOneDummy Records. Survival Pop is due out Sept. 29. “The Possibility” follows up the album’s first single, “Future Me,” which we shared with you in June.

Unlike the first single, “The Possibility” looks backward instead of forward. It is Worriers’ vocalist/guitarist Lauren Denitzio’s reply to their reality of growing up queer in New Jersey, a testament to the fact that not every NJ kid experiences the same life. “This song is for teenage me, who ...

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Unlocking the Cage with Frankie Rose

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Unlocking the Cage with Frankie Rose

Frankie Rose | photo courtesy of the artist

Veteran New York synth-rocker Frankie Rose is set to release her latest, possibly greatest album Cage Tropical this Friday. Following a period of intense tumult and transition in her life, the album draws on vintage sci-fi and and ‘80s pop influences to illustrate and navigate her journey back to music, to New York, and to Slumberland who will release the album. This Friday will also see her kicking off her tour for the album at Philly’s own Johnny Brenda’s. Ahead of the show, I got to chat with Frankie about the hardships ...

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The High Key Portrait Series: Joie Kathos

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The High Key Portrait Series: Joie Kathos

Joie Kathos | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

Philly’s Joie Kathos has had a busy year. In June, she performed at Delaware’s ...

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Live from The Cave with Second Womb

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Live from The Cave with Second Womb

Second Womb | photo courtesy of the artist

One of the most important things to do as an upcoming artist is to stay consistent no matter what. There will be trials and tribulations that make some feel alone at times, and feel like praying for the perseverance to not quit, but one’s self-confidence makes them refute the idea of giving up. That type of consistency allows the craft to be perfected, more work to be displayed and a hunger for success to constantly expands. This type of consistency can be seen by Jersey’s duo Dookie Brown, an MC, and Father Earth, a producer, collectively known as ...

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Watch a super-serious Strand of Oaks cover Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”

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Watch a super-serious Strand of Oaks cover Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love”

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Everybody has their own routine to get ready for work. Timothy Showalter’s just might be a little different (OK, a lot different) compared to the rest.

Before a show earlier this week in Athens, Georgia, Strand of Oaks posted a video of Showalter and some of the crew warming up their pipes with a cover of Peter Cetera’s “Glory of Love.” The camera work and black-and-white editing add an entirely new level of entertainment value. Every few seconds brings a new surprise twist to this captivating and inspirational film. Watch ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Pamela” by Sweet Spirit

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Pamela” by Sweet Spirit

Sweet Spirit | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

One of the newer bands we’re excited to see at the XPOnential Music Festival on Sunday, July 30, is the Austin band Sweet Spirit. An XPN Artist To Watch this past May, the band played an exuberant, fun Free At Noon in April, and lead singer Sabrina Ellis, a rock star in the making, will likely win over more fans at the forthcoming performance.

Sweet Spirit released their last album, St. Mojo in April, and the band has been riding a wave of popularity songs like rockers like “The Power,” ...

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Pamela” by Sweet Spirit

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week – “Pamela” by Sweet Spirit

Sweet Spirit | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

One of the newer bands we’re excited to see at the XPOnential Music Festival on Sunday, July 30, is the Austin band Sweet Spirit. An XPN Artist To Watch this past May, the band played an exuberant, fun Free At Noon in April, and lead singer Sabrina Ellis, a rock star in the making, will likely win over more fans at the forthcoming performance.

Sweet Spirit released their last album, St. Mojo in April, and the band has been riding a wave of popularity songs like rockers like “The Power,” ...

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Listen to Wolf Alice’s latest, catch them at The Foundry Saturday night

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Listen to Wolf Alice’s latest, catch them at The Foundry Saturday night

Wolf Alice | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

The second full-length album from Wolf Alice is on the way, due out Sept. 29, and the UK-based band shared a few more pieces of it Wednesday. Along with the artwork of Visions Of A Life, they released another single entitled “Don’t Delete The Kisses.”

This is the second single from the album, following up “Yuk Foo.” As opposed to its predecessor’s angry rant of a song, “Don’t Take The Kisses” laces Ellie Rowsell’s whispering verses with an echoey chorus, all throughout a spacey pop beat that soothes ...

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