Just Announced: 070 Shake will play the TLA this fall

070 Shake | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

A rising voice in hip-hop, 070 Shake gave a captivating performance at Firefly this past weekend. Now, the up-and-coming artist has announced a fall tour that will bring her to Philly for a show at the Theatre of Living Arts on October 12.

A North Jersey native, 070 Shake has been teasing her forthcoming debut album, Modus Vivendi, with the singles “Morrow” and “Nice To Have.” Although no release date has been announced yet, 070 Shake has a steadily growing fanbase, and can claim Kanye West as a mentor — many first heard her voice when she sang a standout verse on the ye track “Ghost Town.” Continue reading →


Lucy Dacus walks the line between pride and shame in Fourth of July inspired single “Forever Half Mast”

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg | courtesy of the artist

For the third installment of her holiday-themed single series, Lucy Dacus has shared a Fourth of July inspired track. The song follows her cover of “La Vie en rose“, released for Valentine’s Day, and her Mother’s Day/Taurus Season inspired “My Mother & I“. “Forever Half Mast” is a colorful and hopeful contemplation on the dissonance we, as Americans, often experience. The chorus sees Dacus attempting to console a troubled America and reassure her that “yes you’re evil, but you’re not that bad.”  Continue reading →


Brittany Howard steps away from Alabama Shakes to share her truth on solo album

Brittany Howard | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Alabama Shakes‘ frontwoman, Brittany Howard, has led the band through chart-toppers and Grammys since their debut album Boys & Girls came out in 2012. Their sophomore effort Sound & Color came in 2015 and pushed them deeper into the alternative music scene. Now, Howard has just announced a forthcoming solo album titled Jaime, due September 20th via ATO Records. She’s also shared the LP’s leading track, “History Repeats”. Continue reading →


Summer Scouts sophomore LP Endless Light offers unwavering energy

Summer Scouts | photo by K. Egan | courtesy of the artist

Allentown rock band Summer Scouts has just released their newest project, an album called Endless Light. The five-piece’s debut took place in 2016 with Furthest Reach, which proved that their energetic sound could hold its own in the PA alt rock scene. The group has done it again three years later, their new album bringing even more chill-inducing harmonies and fiery guitar leads. Continue reading →


Settled Arrows finds forgiveness in “What” video

Settled Arrows | still from video

Settled Arrows, the project of Philadelphia songwriter Andrew Mars, has released their first-ever music video. “What” is a track off their 2015 live album Unsend, and the new video follows Mars through the city as they revel in the changing seasons. Made with artistic collaborator Michael E. Kelly, the video was filmed on a smartphone with zero budget, but still manages to showcase the simple beauty of the world around us. Continue reading →


Ari Lennox shines in her late-night televison debut

Ari Lennox | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN |

On Thursday evening, Ari Lennox wowed the audience at The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon with a medley of songs from her debut album, Shea Butter Baby. The album was released early this May on J. Cole’s Dreamville Records.

In the performance, she first sings “Up Late” and transitions to “BMO.” Being a relatively new artist in the R&B scene, it was her first live late-night show appearance. So despite the fact that she was confidently rocking a bright orange fur cloak, Ari Lennox initially looked a bit nervous on stage. However, after she took a deep breath before performing all traces of stage fright vanished. Continue reading →


Sami Rahman returns with the indie trap inspired single “Hero”

Sami Rahman | photo by Paul O’ Connell | courtesy of the artist

Mattress Food frontman Sami Rahman is back with “Hero,” a new single following the release of his Birdboy EP last month. The album saw Rahman branching out of his indie rock roots into melancholic hip-hop & electronic music territory. On “Hero,” Rahman follows this path by incorporating guitar sounds with hard-hitting 808’s. Continue reading →


Listen to Honeytiger’s ominous “Piece of Cake”

Honeytiger | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | via

Philly indie-rock duo Honeytiger made their debut with their album Half Clean in 2016. Shortly after that, in 2017, they released their EP Tangerine, as well as two singles in 2018. This brings us to 2019, where Honeytiger has just dropped “Piece of Cake,” their newest head-bobbing track out now via goodhowareyou records. Continue reading →


Dido and philly fans have a Saturday night sing-a-long at Union Transfer

Dido | photo by Ellen Miller |
Dido | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN |

British singer-songwriter Dido is back on the road with her new album Still on my Mind and she brought the show to the Union Transfer on Saturday night. Her longtime fans were eager to see her again, so much so that they began lining up on Spring Garden street at least three hours before doors opened. English-Italian singer songwriter, Jack Savoretti, who is on the road with Dido for a bit of the tour, opened up the night in Philadelphia. He also has a new album out this year called Singing to Strangers. Continue reading →