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Rider Talks Relationships, Horses, And Her Future

Source: Rock On Philly

Rider is the next rising pop star. The American-born, London-residing songwriter came up as an studio singer recording for commercials and jingles before she released her debut single, “A Little Light”, earlier this year.

Rock On Philly sat down with Rider to discuss the story behind “A Little Light”, and speaking about Rider’s next steps as an artist. Read the full interview after the jump!

Rock On Philly: Have you ever been to Philly before?

Rider: I’ve never been to Philadelphia! But I was born in Bryn Mawr.

ROP: I’d like to hear you explain the story behind “A Little ...

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Bird With Strings Reinvented Live at the New School

Source: New York Music Daily

Wednesday night the New School auditorium on 12th Street drew a sold-out crowd for a live recreation of the Charlie Parker With Strings albums that transcended the originals. Sixty-plus years after they came out, the controversy hasn’t dimmed. Some see the two records as vital cross-pollination and a paradigm shift, others dismiss them as schlock and an ugly precursor to the syrupy orchestration that ruined a whole bunch of Sinatra and Wes Montgomery records. The involvement of Mitch Miller as orchestrator only bolsters that second argument.

The genesis of the albums is clouded as well. Conventional wisdom is that Charlie ...

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Aakash Mittal Pulls Together an Amazing Band to Reinvent Some Unexpected Tunes

Source: New York Music Daily

Alto saxophonist Aakash Mittal surveyed the scene from offstage, sometimes with a smirk, sometimes with his eyes closed, lost in the music at Rockwood Music Hall last week. This time he had his serious impresario hat on, and the band he’d pulled together was killing it. To his far right, pianist Arcoiris Sandoval drove hard to a crescendo, valkyrie fingers voicing wide-angle, upwardly cascading chords. Bassist Ray Parker shifted in a second from stark. bowed washes into a late 70s Ron Carter-style racewalk. Drummer Alex Ritz made a different, similarly devious shift, from triplets to a jazz waltz. Trumpeter Brad ...

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Church Girls Find Serenity in New Singles “Better Off” & “Breaking Bones”

Source: Rock On Philly

Church Girls Find Serenity in New Singles “Better Off” & “Breaking Bones”

Photo by Charlie Wrzesniewski

Rock On Philly Artist of The Month alum Church Girls have taken some notable leaps forward in the past few years, as the hard working local act who rank among my “Philly Bands You Need To Know Now” have proven this to yet again to be true with their new singles, “Better Off”…

And “Breaking Bones”…

“It’s about a creative relationship that began with promise but ultimately crumbled” Beaumont shares about “Better Off”… “I think we’d seen some things in each other that couldn’t be unseen. Writing the song helped me confront some ...

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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

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Home Outgrown Presents: Some Shows, a 3-day DIY fest next week

Three Man Cannon | Photo by Jessica Flynn

Home Outgrown Presents is a Philly DIY promotions group that books some pretty spicy shows. Their latest concoction? A three-day festival packed to the brim with beautifully crunchy basement tunes.

Honestly and descriptively dubbed as “Some Shows: A Fest We Didn’t Know What to Name,” the three-day event gets even better when you take in the stellar fourteen-artist lineup. Three Man Cannon, The Superweaks, and Oso Oso headline each night, while Coping Skills, Caracara, Grayling, Curtis Cooper, and more fill out the bill.

The festival will be taking ...

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Listen to Moses Sumney heavenly new track, “Quarrel,” see him at the Church

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Listen to Moses Sumney heavenly new track, “Quarrel,” see him at the Church

Moses Sumney | photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

If there is a heaven, or any kind of future otherworld, I’m pretty sure Moses Sumney’s gorgeous and comforting voice is what carries you into this next life. Particularly his new track, “Quarrel,” which you can listen to below.

Every little bit of this song’s epic, lush soundscape is fluid — as a myriad of sounds and textures meld and flow into one another with unbelievable ease. It’s a beautiful sonic journey that embarks with Sumney’s ethereal falsettos as your peaceful guide. Then before you know it, you’re traveling to different musical dimensions ...

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Incubus Brings 8 Tour to Camden, Electrifies BB&T

Source: Rock On Philly

All photography courtesy of Brittany Salerno 

After their 8th studio album release, properly entitled “8”, Incubus embarked on a 2017 World tour. Stopping in Camden, New Jersey alongside Jimmy Eat World and Tennessee’s own Judah and the Lion, the band proves their sound and intensity is as timeless as ever.

Judah and the Lion opened up the night with a high-energy performance including “Suit and Jacket”, a cover of The Killer’s Mr. Brightside, and a signature Judah cover of T-Pain’s “Booty Wurk”. Breaking out the auto-tune, the band was far from timid in simultaneously ...

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An Intense, Mesmerizing New Album From the Mehmet Polat Trio

Source: New York Music Daily

The Mehmet Polat Trio are one of the world’s most distinctive and cutting-edge groups in Middle Eastern and Turkish music. Their songs are epic and picturesque, incorporating elements of West African, Andalucian, Romany and Balkan sounds as well. Bandleader and oud virtuoso Polat can play with blazing speed if he wants, but he typically prefers a dynamically charged approach. His compositions have a cinematic sensibility that gets very dark on occasion. In this group he’s joined by kora player Dymphi Peeters and ney flutist Sinan Arat. Their show last summer at Lincoln Center was one of the most compelling concerts ...

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WXPN’s next #tbtXPN Throwback Thursday: 1977 – the year in music

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WXPN’s next #tbtXPN Throwback Thursday: 1977 – the year in music
WXPN’s next #tbtXPN Throwback Thursday is one of music’s greatest years: 1977.

In 1977 punk and New Wave came on strong, however records like Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, Terrapin Station by the Grateful Dead, Steely Dan’s Aja, and Billy Joel’s The Stranger cast a big burst of classic rock sunshine on music. Bowie released Low, the first of his Berlin trilogy albums, and Pink Floyd gave us pigs, dogs and sheep on their concept album, Animals.

Punk also came on strong; notable and influential releases of the year included Television’s Marquee Moon, The Clash’s selt-titled ...

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Philly Jazz Guide: Top picks for live music around town in July

Source: The Key (WXPN)

Summer is festival season in the jazz world, and with the city having hosted its few contributions back in April that leaves a pretty sparse calendar for anyone not heading down the shore. There are quite a few standout shows this month, though – and one festival, albeit one with a more local focus.

The free Lancaster Avenue Jazz and Arts Festival will be headlined by Philly native saxophonist Jaleel Shaw for its 11th year, which is meant to draw focus to the revitalization efforts of the People’s Emergency Center’s Community Development Corporation. This year’s line-up also features rising ...

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Kung Fu Necktie Welcomes pronoun 6/28

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured photo by Em Grey.

Alyse Vellturo aka pronoun is coming to Philly this week to Kung Fu Necktie. You might’ve heard her debut EP  There’s no one new around you. featured on Nylon and USA Today. I had a chance to speak to the Brooklyn artist about her music and life prior to tour to get to know her and her work.

 

Rock On Philly: So first off, why pronoun?

Alyse Vellturo: I was sitting about a year and a half ago, and I had already finished two of my tracks and trying to think what a ...

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Listen to Foxygen’s cover of Jessica Pratt’s “On Your Own Love Again”

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Listen to Foxygen’s cover of Jessica Pratt’s “On Your Own Love Again”

Foxygen | photo via artist’s Facebook page

With sparse percussion, twangy guitars, and a saucy, muffled saxophone, Foxygen’s cover spins a swanky, lush alternative to the simple and sweet folk original.

The song is a part of Amazon’s latest Songs of Summer playlist, which features 10 new tracks perfect for the season’s sunny shenanigans. Also included in the mix are Twin Peaks, Temples, and Nathaniel Merriweather.

On the song, the band states in a press statement, “While [Pratt’s] version is acoustic, we decided to employ Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound technique to make the song sound great ...

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

Source: The Key (WXPN)

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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Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann

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Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann

Sigur Ros | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com

Icelandic post rock band Sigur Ros brought its summer tour to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts last night. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the band performed two career-spanning sets as a trio, mixed with their trademark visual spectacle. Check out a gallery of photos from the show care of our Matthew Shaver.

Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann
Photo recap: Sigur Ros at The Mann

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The Band of Heathens Celebrate Life with New Record Duende

Source: Rock On Philly

Sometimes when an album is so eclectic, it can be seen as distracting or unfocused. However, nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the latest and fifth studio album from Americana rock band The Band of Heathens, Duende.

“Duende” is a Spanish noun that can mean: 1. a quality of inspiration and passion 2. A heightened sense of emotion, expression and authenticity 3. a spirit. Interestingly, there is not a word in English that clearly translates to the same meaning. “I came across the word a long time ago, a friend used it in a ...

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New Music Releases: David Guetta, Sia, Rise Against, Phoenix, and More

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image by Eva Rinaldi

It’s our favorite day of the week and we’re so excited to share our picks with you. Jam out this weekend to our best picks below.

New Singles to Jam to

Lecrae, featuring Tori Kelly, “I’ll Find You”

Rappers featuring vocalists, and vice versa could go either way. Lecrae breaks into that bubble quite nicely featuring Tori Kelly. Lecrae’s rhymes with Kelly’s voice is a match made in heaven. Listen below!

Lorde, “Sober”

Off of her upcoming album Melodrama (out June 16), Lorde delivers once again. Gone is a pop radio hit ...

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Folkadelphia Session: Lizzie No

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Folkadelphia Session: Lizzie No

Photo by Sydney Lowe

With this year’s debut album Hard Won, Lizzie No graciously provides a bright spot in the all-too-crowded Americana landscape. Soundalike bands and songwriters of all genres nowadays give off the impression that they create music algorithmically and not organically, probably thinking about playlist placements on Spotify than dreaming up great art. Rather than by rote, Lizzie No creates by gut, by experience, by feeling, by imagination, by inspiration, and through tremendous musical ability and collaboration. It leaves her “Americana” album often not sounding much like your standard issue roots and twang band; look no further ...

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Potent, Evocative New Vocal Jazz: Helen Sung with Words Last Night at the Jazz Standard

Source: New York Music Daily

On one hand, Helen Sung with Words last night at the Jazz Standard was a chance to hear both multi-reedman John Ellis and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen blaze together in front of a tight latin-flavored rhythm section, a treat not to be missed. On the other, it was an opportunity to witness the most cutting edge of vocal jazz, a tantalizingly eclectic, often harrowingly relevant work in progress bookended by a couple of real burners.

Singers Christie Dashiell, Carolyn Leonhart and Vuyo Sotashe took turns and often harmonized Sung’s settings of poems by Dana Gioia, whose recorded words wafted through the ...

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Folkadelphia Session: Honeysuckle

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Folkadelphia Session: Honeysuckle

Courtesy of the artist.

Accolades, accomplishments, and positioning aside, at their most fundamental level, burgeoning Boston-based trio Honeysuckle write damn good songs and nothing beats that. Holly McGarry, Benjamin Burns, and Chris Bloniarz have immense chemistry and a real ease to their playing, which makes their creativity expressed through their music that much more impactful for the listener. The band’s most recent release, their eponymous 2016 album, displays this gelling of wild imagination and skillful execution, but where they shine is in the live domain. Catch them on tour in your area!

We were lucky enough to invite Honeysuckle in ...

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