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Listen to a new Gary Clark Jr. song, “The Healing” and see him at The Fillmore Philly in November

Gary Clark Jr. | Credit: Henry Strauss Photography
Gary Clark Jr. | Credit: Henry Strauss Photography

The Story of Sonny Boy Slim is the name of the highly anticipated new album by blues rocker Gary Clark Jr.. It’s the followup to his debut major label album, Blak and Blu, released in 2012. Clark wrote, produced, arranged the album, and played most of the instruments himself on the record which also includes his sisters, Shawn and Savannah Clark on backing vocals. Continue reading →

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Feeling the heat with The Appleseed Cast at a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s

The Appleseed Cast | Photo by Joe Lamberti | www.jlamberti.com
The Appleseed Cast | Photo by Joe Lamberti | www.jlamberti.com

The Appleseed Cast took to the stage Wednesday night to a sold out crowd at Johnny Brenda’s. Guitarist Taylor Holenbeck addressed the group a few times, joking about the abundance of body heat in the room; he encouraged everyone to move around, not to dance, but to embrace the heat and raise the temperature further. He then tangled himself up in strands of the venue’s iconic beads, which hang on stage. The quartet went on to play for about an hour, radiating loud, whirring walls of model post-rock sound. Continue reading →

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“Everybody raps in Philly”: Chill Moody weighs in on Meek Mill vs. Drake, discusses new album

Chill Moody
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

The internet has been aflutter over rapper Meek Mill‘s very public feud with Drake, especially in the wake of Drake’s ruthless diss track “Back to Back.” For those who are unfamiliar, the gist of the feud is that Meek accused Drake of not writing all his own raps. It only makes sense that those in Philly’s hip-hop scene have their own two cents about the conflict when considering Meek’s roots in the city.

During a recent radio interview with Hot 97‘s Peter Rosenberg, West Philly rapper Chill Moody explained what he believes is the reason Meek is so vehemently against Drake’s supposed use of ghostwriting. Continue reading →

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Listen to trippy Philly trio Seismic Thrust’s new Be Cool EP

Seismic Thrust | Photo via Facebook.com/seismic.thrust.music
Seismic Thrust | Photo via Facebook.com/seismic.thrust.music

Philly jangle punk trio Seismic Thrust have just released a new EP before hitting the road. The new record, Be Cool, is set for release this Saturday on King Pizza Records, but you can catch an early listen on their Bandcamp page or below.

To celebrate/promote the new release, Seismic Thrust is playing at Venue Boy in South Philly with Chimes to kick off a semi-nationwide tour. You can check out the event page here. They will also be making various stops in the likes of Virginia and New York with Chimes. Continue reading →

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Ben Hughes voices the struggles of the common man on this month’s album release

Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com
Ben Hughes | Photo via benhughes.bandcamp.com

New Jersey singer-songwriter Ben Hughes just released the next installment in his epic musical project. At the beginning of this year, Hughes decided that he would release one solo album per month, made up of previously unreleased recordings spanning 2005 to 2012. He reached the halfway point of his project with last month’s release, At the End of My Life. To kick off the next half of the project, he decided to switch gears his month and record an idea that’s been in his head for years. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shuggie Otis at Ardmore Music Hall, Aaron Camper at World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Goddamnit at World Cafe Live Wilmington

Photo by B+ for Mochilla.com
Photo by B+ for Mochilla.com

Shuggie Otis, the son of legendary rhythm and blues trailblazer Johnny Otis, is performing at the Ardmore Music Hall tonight! A fantastic guitar player in his own right, Shuggie is back on tour in support of his album re-release Inspiration Information/Wings of Love. Otis also released his first ever live album last year, Live in Williamsburg. Joining Shuggie as a special guest is Philly favorite Nik Greeley. The show is 21+, doors open at 8, show starts at 8:30. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for more info, and check the vid below for some sweet guitar by Shuggie himself. Continue reading →

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Download a sampler of new songs by Noah Gunderson

Noah Gunderson | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/noahgundersenmusic
Noah Gunderson | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/noahgundersenmusic

As a singer-songwriter, Seattle based Noah Gunderson more than wears his heart on his sleeve. Since 2008 – when he released his first EP – the confessional self-reflective singer and songwriter has built an impressive following with his intense live performances, pouring his heart and soul into making connections with his fans through his emotionally impassioned songs. Continue reading →

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Milky Chance steals the Skyline

Milky Chance | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Milky Chance | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

The sign of an extraordinary musician is their ability to bring their music alive during performances. It isn’t about sounding exactly like their albums, but enhancing the songs we hear on the radio and on record into an experience not only for listening, but for seeing and feeling as well.

Milky Chance brought this energy and sound to Philadelphia’s Mann Center Skyline Stage last night. Their calm yet catchy sound reached new heights, between its electronic aspect, magnified bass and added harmonica solos – the live show was an experience that cannot be achieved through simply listening to the album. Not only was their sound volumized, but the concert was visually exciting as well. The lighting was everywhere from several minutes of darkness at the beginning of the show to swirling psychedelic lights on the trees surrounding the stage. Continue reading →