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Download “Burnt Offering” by The Budos Band

The Budos Band | Courtesy of Daptone Records
The Budos Band | Courtesy of Daptone Records

The Budos Band are a nine piece instrumental band formed in the 2005 that play blend together Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop into one funky musical stew. Never ones to shy away from pushing the boundaries of groove influenced music, their new album – Burnt Offering (Daptone Records) – brings together psychedelia, heavy funk, and “sword and sorcery metal,” all with a soundtrack vibe that Quentin Tarantino would likely groove to. Continue reading →

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Celebrate Chris Kasper’s homecoming show with a free 8-track sampler

Chris Kasper

Chris Kasper | photo by Lisa Schaffer | www.skylerbug.com

On Saturday, November 1st, Philadelphia singer-songwriter Chris Kasper will bring his full band to Johnny Brenda’s for a one-off show alongside Maitland and The Bones of J.R. Jones. This will be Kasper’s first and only full-band concert in Philadelphia since October of last year following the release of his most recent album Bagabones.

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Purling Hiss share “weird and obscure” playlist with Entertainment Weekly

Purling Hiss
Purling Hiss | photo by Aaron Biscoe

Local fuzz rockers Purling Hiss dropped their new record Weirdon last month and celebrated by curating an 8-track playlist for Entertainment Weekly.  Describing the songs as having “a gritty lo fi/VHS aesthetic,” frontman Mike Polizze dipped into some of the bands and musicians he might credit with shaping the Purling Hiss motif.  Weirdon follows the band’s 2013 label debut Water on Mars and was released through Drag City.

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Unlocked: Watch Dom Angelella play a stripped-down version of “St. Tom’s”

Photo courtesy of RootDownInTheShadow |http://www.rootdownintheshadow.com/
Photo courtesy of RootDownInTheShadow | http://www.rootdownintheshadow.com/

In our review of DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush yesterday, we referenced the heavier nods to surf sounds on this record, which is definitely prevalent on the sure-to-be crowd pleaser “St. Tom’s.” Well, way back in February Dom Angelella did a Cover Club session at Nomad Recording Studio featuring a cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl,” which you can read about here. What we didn’t highlight before was this super-stripped down version of “St. Tom’s,” the second track from the singer’s hometown-focused record. Continue reading →

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Sterling Duns releases cinematic new “Do The Talking” video

Sterling Duns
Sterling Duns | photo courtesy of the artist

Local indie hip hop artist Sterling Duns has released a new video for his track “Do The Talking.” Like many rappers from his home city, this West Philadelphia MC / instrumentalist does a great job of incorporating soulful beats and dope lyrics into his new song. Opening with a black and white scene of Duns rehearsing lines and running an errand for his sister, the video pits striking cinematography against Duns’ witty and self-aware rhymes to tell the story of a man being pulled from all sides.

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Mural Arts Program to unveil new ASpire mural on Saturday

ASpire
ASpire mural at 21st and Ellsworth Streets | photo via www.muralarts.org

On Saturday, November 1st the Mural Arts Program will unveil a new mural at 21st and Ellsworth Streets.  The art piece, created by Ernel Martinez, is called ASpire and is dedicated to the late Dr. Shawn L. White.  The event will bring Mural Arts Month to a close with a street festival featuring music, food and vendors while honoring one of the cities most devoted activists.

UPDATE: Due to the rainy weather predicted for November 1, the ASpire mural dedication has been postponed. Mural Arts hope’s you can join them on Saturday, November 8.

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PREMIERE: Hear (and watch) Cape Wrath’s “Mercury”

Photo by Emily Phillippy Photography
Photo by Emily Phillippy Photography

Approaching the end of a familiar place in one’s life is both terrifying and exhilarating, but sometimes the unknown presents a thrill. Luckily, a challenging time like such was embraced by Philadelphia singer-songwriter Jamie Glisson, a.k.a. Cape Wrath. As fate would have it, the multimedia musician chose the moniker while touring through Baltimore with her former band—then in the throes of breaking up—when she saw the name written across a giant docked ship.

“I saw this magnificent destroyer, and it said Cape Wrath,” shares Glisson. “It just really resonated with me.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Angus and Julia Stone at Union Transfer, David Bazan at the First Unitarian Church, Todd Rundgren at the Keswick Theater

Angus and Julia Stone
Angus and Julia Stone | photo courtesy of the artists

Australian brother-sister act Angus and Julia Stone make an appearance at Union Transfer tonight.  The duo teamed up again for this year’s self-titled LP, following a handful of solo efforts that were released after 2010′s critically acclaimed Down the Way.  While primarily an acoustic folk project, the Stones approach their songs from a blues angle.  Watch their video for “A Heartbreak” below and pick up tickets here.

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Download by a World Cafe performance of “Mahogany Dread” by Hiss Golden Messenger

Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie

Hiss Golden Messenger recently visited the World Cafe studios. The North Carolina folk-rock duo of M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch, originally from California, relocated to the East Coast when Taylor decided to study folklore at the University of North Carolina. Continue reading →

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