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(Sandy) Alex G releases touching new track “Hope,” announces tour and Union Transfer show

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia-bred alt rock star (Sandy) Alex G has released “Hope,” the second single from his forthcoming album Houses of Sugar, along with an accompanying video. This touching reflection on death and friendship follows the lead single “Gretel” from last month, which found singer and guitarist Alex Giannascoli exploring complex instrumentation and startling new approaches to production. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement trumpeter Marty Gottlieb-Hollis releases two solo tracks as Martronimous, including one featuring rapper Joie Kathos

martronimous | photo by Zack Garlitos | via instagram.com/martronimous

Earlier this month, local trumpet player Marty Gottlieb-Hollis released two new R&B tracks under the moniker Martronimous — one rich instrumental and one slow jam featuring local rapper Joie Kathos.

Gottlieb-Hollis is known for his work with a number of Philadelphia-based hip-hop, R&B and pop acts, including the bubbly nine-piece hip-hop group Hardwork Movement. Hardwork Movement have released two full-length albums, but Gottlieb-Hollis’s two new tracks “Renew” and “Incompleteness” are the first independent works he has shared as Martronimous. Continue reading →

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Indie vets Hammered Hulls share “Written Words” from self-titled debut

Hammered Hulls | via Ticketfly

Hammered Hulls, a new supergroup of sorts, debuted quietly last year. The Washington, DC-based band is led by the core duo Mary Timony of Helium and Ex Hex and Alec MacKaye of Warmers and Faith, and rounded out by Philly’s Chris Wilson (Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus) on drums and Mark Cisneros (Des Demonas, Kid Congo) on guitar. The four-piece just announced their first recorded material, a self-titled three-song single that will be released on August 9. Continue reading →

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Brittany Howard enlists Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews for “Stay High” video

Brittany Howard & Terry Crews | courtesy of the artist

What do you do when you get an email from Brittany Howard asking you to be in her next music video? You obviously say yes. That’s exactly what Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, Terry Crews did. According to a press release, the Alabama Shakes frontwoman emailed Cruz asking him to be a part of the video for “Stay High” and explained how the song is about her beloved father.

Howard offered to film the video in Los Angeles so it could be convenient for Crews, but he insisted it be filmed in Athens, Alabama, Howard’s hometown. The resulting video, directed by Kim Gehrig, is tender, endearing, and the perfect sample of Howard’s upcoming album.

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Wilco announce new album Ode to Joy and share first single

Wilco | photo by Annabel Mehran | courtesy of the artist

Three years after the release of their tenth album, Wilco are finally ready to present their eleventh. The Schmilco follow up is titled Ode to Joy and is set to be released  October 4 via Wilco’s own dBpm Records. In addition to announcing the album, the band has shared its first single, “Love is Everywhere (Beware)”. Both the single and the album detail the band’s reckoning with the current political climate and the act of finding joy within it.

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Tierra Whack will be a featured artist on the new Beyonce-curated Lion King album

Tierra Whack | photo by Senia Lopez | senialopez.photography

We’ve known that Tierra Whack is a star for a while now. Since Whack World dropped last year, more and more artists have been co-signing Whack and spreading the Whack Gospel. Now, the one and only Beyoncé has given Whack her stamp of approval. The eccentric Philly rapper is set to feature on The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé’s upcoming album inspired by the Lion King. The Beyoncé-curated and produced album will be released this Friday, July 19th. In addition to Whack, the album also features Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Burna Boy, WizKid, and more.

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Just Announced: The Menzingers will bring new album Hello Exile to Franklin Music Hall this fall

The Menzingers | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

The Menzingers will return with their sixth album this fall. The local punk-rock favorites just announced that Hello Exile will be released on October 4 via Epitaph, and their lead single “Anna” is out now. After a show in Lancaster, PA with Queen of Jeans at The Chameleon Club this Friday, they’ll return on November 29, playing a show at Franklin Music Hall with Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse.

Hello Exile follows The Menzingers’ 2017 album After The Party. The band returned to producer Will Yip’s Conshohocken studio to record the new album. “That’s the longest amount of time we’ve ever worked with Will,” vocalist Greg Barnett said in a press release. “We wanted to make sure these stories didn’t get lost in the music, so we kept it to a lot of room sounds with the guitar and bass and drums.” Continue reading →