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Hangout Fest 2018 lineup (Kendrick, Killers, St Vincent, SZA & more)

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Anderson. Paak, Odesza, Portugal. The Man, Dej Loaf, Manchester Orchestra and more are also playing.

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Free at Noon Flashback: Son Little gives the Philly crowd an early taste of New Magic

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Free at Noon Flashback: Son Little gives the Philly crowd an early taste of New Magic

Son Little | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

A hometown crowd packed World Cafe Live late this morning for a hometown hero of sorts. Son Little, the project of singer and guitarist Aaron Livingston, is a local favorite for Philly audiences, and the artist himself seemed right at home during today’s Free at Noon. After opening the set with a few new songs from his forthcoming album New Magic, Son Little welcomed the crowd, which had lined up outside well before doors opened and flocked closer and closer to the stage as the show went on, clapping and dancing along.

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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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Afropunk 2017 set times (Macy Gray vs Thundercat, SZA vs Soul II Soul)

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Sunday is mostly free of notable conflicts, but you’ll have to make some decisions on Saturday. Fortunately Solange’s set only conflicts with a DJ set.

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Listen to Son Little call for guidance in “Demon to the Dark”

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Listen to Son Little call for guidance in  “Demon to the Dark”

Son Little | photo courtesy of the artist

Earlier this week, Philly’s Son Little released a new track called “Demon to the Dark,” and it’s an honest, ambient plea that cuts straight to the heart.

Moving, repentant lyrics call on a “Deacon Phillips” for help and forgiveness, who in a statement with NPR, is identified as the Gospel singer, and Little’s idol, Washington Phillips. With broken yet hopeful lines such as “Can I somehow be put together / sometime today ’cause life is short,” the song feels like you’re listening in on an intimate conversation or a prayer behind closed doors.

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Solange officially playing Afropunk; Thundercat adds 2nd BK Steel show

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Now that her co-headlining set at NYC festival Panorama is behind her, Solange has officially been confirmed for Brooklyn’s Afropunk Festival

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Pop Montreal announces more 2017 artists

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Pop Montreal happens September 13 – 17. New Addi include William Basinski, Juana Molina, John Maus, Aldous Harding, Mourn, Lucy Dacus and lots more.

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Portugal. The Man’s new album features…Son Little?

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Portugal. The Man’s new album features…Son Little?

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

The hype was very real when Portugal. The Man made their return after four long years without an album. Lead single “Feel It Still” has been crushing the alternative charts, and we learned why during a Free At Noon a few months back. But another single off the band’s brand new Woodstock has a familiar voice on it. Just a few seconds into track one, aptly titled “Number One,” you’ll hear Philly’s soulful Son Little.

This was not a pairing I saw coming, but nonetheless one I can get behind (and ...

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Just Announced: Son Little will bring New Magic to Boot & Saddle this fall

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Just Announced: Son Little will bring New Magic to Boot & Saddle this fall

Son Little | photo courtesy of the artist

A few weeks after sharing news of his forthcoming sophomore LP New MagicSon Little has announced a North American tour that stops in Philly for a two-night hometown run at Boot & Saddle on September 29th and 30th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 23rd and will be available on the XPN Concert Calendar.

Along with the record announcement earlier this month, the local musician shared lead single “Blue Magic (Waikiki)” – a spacious, fun take on Aaron Livingston’s soulful blues rock. Stream that song below; New Magic is out ...

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Son Little announces new album New Magic, streams “Blue Magic (Waikiki)”

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Son Little announces new album New Magic, streams “Blue Magic (Waikiki)”

Son Little | photo courtesy of the artist

Son Little is back with a new record, following up 2015’s breakthrough debut with a collection of songs written in Australia’s remote Northern Territory. New Magic is scheduled for a September 15th release via ANTI- and the Philly musician is streaming lead single “Blue Magic (Waikiki)” now.

As our first taste of New Magic, “Blue Magic (Waikiki)” has the soulful, pop-informed foundation that made Aaron Livingston’s songs a favorite over the last couple of years. It’s an easygoing, stripped down vibe with bright xylophone notes and a reedy melody that floats through the ...

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Surf Lodge 2017 free concerts (Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis, Whitney, Strand of Oaks, more)

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Despite some road blocks last year, Montauk restaurant/hotel/vacation spot The Surf Lodge will once again be hosting free concerts this summer…

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Afropunk 2017 lineup (Mary J Blige, Soul II Soul, Dizzee Rascal, Sampha, Thundercat, more)

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This year’s Afropunk Festival has a St. Heron Stage (Solange’s label), a Kaytranada & Friends Stage, and tons more.

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Listen to Son Little cover Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper”

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Listen to Son Little cover Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper”

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Philly rocker Son Little has been taking things quiet since wrapping up his early summer run with Leon Bridges (and playing a handful of festivals around the country). But if that gives him time and space to get another album out into the world, all the better.

In the meantime, he shared this cover of “State Trooper” from Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. The original is harrowing and howling, with the tone reportedly inspired by the Boss’ love of NYC experimental synthpoppers Suicide. Son Little keeps it minimal, but takes it out of that acoustic ...

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Firefly 2017 dates + Toyota Music Den pics

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Dover, Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival went down over the weekend, and BrooklynVegan was there hanging in the Toyota Music Den from Friday-Sunday. Quilt, Son Little, Laura Stevenson, Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire & more played intimate sets. Check out pictures of all three days.

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Listen to Son Little’s new studio recording of “All Wet,” sing along at Firefly today!

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Listen to Son Little’s new studio recording of “All Wet,” sing along at Firefly today!

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Those who have seen Son Little perform in person are probably familiar with his latest track, “All Wet.” The Philly musician says he plays the song often, but this newly released studio version differs from what’s played live. In this stand-alone single, Son Little is said to combine blues, folk and psychedelia, but It’s hard to really peg what this song could be definitively labeled as. However, it’s equally tough to get this chorus out of your head. It’s a catchy one.

If you’re at The Woodlands for Firefly, consider checking out ...

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pics from the Toyota Music Den at Sasquatch 2016

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BrooklynVegan once again is co-presenting intimate performances at various festivals this summer.

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BrooklynVegan at Sasquatch 2016: Toyota Music Den Schedule

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Stop by and say hi to BrooklynVegan & some of your favorite artists playing Sasquatch!

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Shaky Knees 2016 in pics (ATDI, Jane’s Addiction, Slowdive, Florence, Hop Along, Baroness & more)

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Earlier this month (5/13-15), Atlanta’s fourth annual Shaky Knees music festival went down at Centennial Olympic Park. Headliners included Jane’s Addiction performing 1990’s Ritual de lo habitual in full, the 1975, My Morning Jacket, Florence + the Machine and the reunited At the Drive In.

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2016 free Celebrate Brooklyn shows in Prospect Park (Digable Planets, Violent Femmes, Alvvays, Dr. Dog, more)

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Also: Hiss Golden Messenger, Kristin Hersh, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Bombino, Andra Day, a night in celebration of Bowie, and more

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NPR Tiny Desk Contest: The Best of Philly Submissions

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The NPR Tiny Desk Contest offers artists around the country the opportunity to perform at host Bob Boilen’s desk. Performers of every genre have graced this unique and intimate  stage, with acts including Grammy-nominated Death Cab for Cutie, country star Kacey Musgraves, and Philly’s own Son Little. 6,100 artists competed to add their name to the list. Among those, several represented our home city with spectacular performances, and we had the chance to talk to some of our hometown contestants who truly stood out.

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NPR Tiny Desk Contest: The Best of Philly Submissions

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Leon Bridges @ The Fillmore with Son Little.

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Text and images by Daniel Mrazik. It felt quite intentional that Leon Bridges and company strolled onto stage last Sunday evening dressed in their Sunday best at The Fillmore. Rather, the band walked to their assigned positions and started the first song “Smooth Sailing” while Bridges waited for his own cue. The cue kick-started his […]Leon Bridges @ The Fillmore with Son Little.

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Leon Bridges leads a packed house at The Fillmore

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Leon Bridges leads a packed house at The Fillmore

Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

The Fillmore was packed like sardines for Leon Bridges’ first local show since his knockout Grammy performance last week. Philly’s own Son Little kicked off the night in style with a full band and a kicking 40 minute set. It was a great R&B taster and he certainly held his own with the force of spirit that is Leon Bridges.

Bridges did not disappoint, kicking right off with his hit “Smooth Sailin’” – his band the perfect framework for Bridges’ smooth delivery, nimble footwork, and substantial stage presence.

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Listen to a new RJD2 song from new album Dame Fortune featuring Son Little

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Listen to a new RJD2 song from new album Dame Fortune featuring Son Little

RJD2 | photo by Nick Fancer | courtesy of the artist

Music producer extraordinaire RJD2 has released “We Come Alive”, yet another great new song from his upcoming record Dame Fortune.

“We Come Alive,” which features Son Little (Aaron Livingston) on vocals, kicks open with a pounding drum fill before the keys and Livingston’s earnest vocals enter. The song, a soulful R&B jam laden with warm reverb, features honest lyrics such as “feeling deaf, dumb, and blind” and “find me when the smoke has cleared.”

It is important to note that Livingston is credited as Son Little on this song, and ...

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