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#Blkgrlswurld Punk Fest & Zine Fair comes to ICA next month

The Ire | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

#Blkgrlswurld will bring its inaugural Punk Fest & Zine Fair at the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute of Contemporary Art next month. Kicking off with a panel discussion on Friday, September 27, the event continues through Saturday the 28th with live music and exhibitions from East Coast visual artists and printmakers all afternoon. Continue reading →

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Listen to Philly bassist Yeho Bostick talk jamming, versatility, Porchfest and more on 25 O’Clock

Yeho Bostick | photo by Rich Wexler | courtesy of the artist

We’ve crossed paths with Philly bassist Yeho Bostick in any number of projects: psychedelic popsters Circadian Rhythms, Latin folk groovers Interminable, jazz-tinged singer-songwriter outfit Like Birds. The lifelong Philly resident’s roots stretch far and wide, from his education at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts to his time honing his chops in the regional jam community.

This week, Bostick joins host Dan Drago on the 25 O’Clock podcast, which is back in action after a short hiatus.
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The Key Studio Sessions: Rachel Andie and the Vth Element

Philadelphia’s Rachel Andie is very direct in sharing the underlying meaning of her music: “This one’s is about falling in love in a mental hospital,” she told the crowd at Philadelphia Folk Festival last weekend.

The song in question is “Speak Your Truth,” and through its pensive percussive thrum and a moving guitar line, it tells a tragic-yet-hopeful story that is very rooted in the songwriter’s own experience. As a child growing up in Lansdale, she immersed herself in studying dance — tap specifically, something she occasionally incorporates into live performances today — up until she hit her mid-teens, when mental health struggles began. Alcohol and drugs became a too-big part of her life, and while she was hospitalized for bipolar depression, she immediately connected with somebody in her same situation who introduced her to a massive vehicle for coping: music.

Specifically, she found music that went beyond the classical and jazz that she knew from dance training, and the pop she listened to on the radio. “It was no wonder I fell for you,” Andie sings on “Speak Your Truth.” “You we’re the first face I saw after calling my own bluff.”

Through this experience, she discovered Death Cab For Cutie and Bright Eyes, Joni Mitchell and Damien Rice. She learned about music as a means of giving voice to your innermost fears and frustrations, songwriting as a means of catharsis. After she got out, the need for catharsis continued: her family had lost their house, her parents had split between the Philly burbs and Austin, she was living on her own and had to drop out of high school and work three part-time jobs to support herself. But she persevered — got her G.E.D., make the best of her living and working situation — and it was because she’d found her creative calling. Continue reading →

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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib share a new track ahead of Made In America

 

Freddie Gibbs | still from video

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, despite their unusual pairing, make really good music and make a lot of it. The duo released their second collaborative album, Bandana, in June of this year but that won’t stop them from putting out more music. Late last week, Adult Swim premiered “The Next Day” as part of their Adult Swim Singles series. If anything, the song will make you want to  revisit Bandana and Piñata, and get you very excited for the duo’s set at Made In America. Continue reading →

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Listen to the debut EP from Philly duo Love? said the Commander

Love? said the Commander | via lovesaidthecommander.bandcamp.com

Love? said the Commander is made up of Kate Hall and Chris Bishop, two extremely talented Philadelphians. Hall sings, plays guitar, violin, and percussion, while Bishop currently only has the guitar to his name. As a duo, Hall and Bishop create soaring, yet graceful songs. Their debut EP, titled A Million Miles Away, boats five such songs.

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Get into the trippy wizardry of Pulgas on “Largemarj”

Pulgas | via pulgas.bandcamp.com

In case #XPNStock made you hungry for more psychedelia this weekend, Pulgas have you covered. The experimental duo made up of Simon Martinez from Killiam Shakespeare and Zane Shields make foggy and spell-binding jams. Their latest track, “Largemarj,” is the first taste of the upcoming Or Best Offer EP and builds on their hazy and expansive catalog.

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ROSALÍA decided that releasing four Song of the Summer contenders wasn’t enough, so she’s shared a fifth

ROSALÍA and Ozuna | still from video

I think ROSALÍA wants me dead. I mean, why else would she release so many stellar tracks with very little warning? She wants to overwhelm me with her talent and knock the life out of me. She can’t get me though. I’ll push through if only to hear the next ROSALÍA single.

In her latest attempt to decimate me, “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi”, the flamenco revolutionary teams up with Puerto Rican trap star, Ozuna. The track is a bouncy reggaeton joint that sees ROSALÍA bending yet another genre. She clearly can’t be stopped, nor should she be.

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WKDU will present its 16th annual Electronic Music Marathon this fall

DJ Roo Girl at the Electronic Music Marathon | photo courtesy of WKDU

WKDU‘s annual Electronic Music Marathon will return for its 16th year this fall. The EMM has become a yearly tradition for local DJs, who will gather at Drexel’s student-run radio station from Friday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14 to present a weekend full of non-stop electronic music. Continue reading →

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Screaming Females announce Singles Too, an expansive collection of singles, covers, and b-sides

Screaming Females | photo by Colin Challender | courtesy of the artist

Jersey trio Screaming Females will take a look back at their decade-and-a-half history as a band this fall, with the release of their complete non-album recordings on Don Giovanni Records. Singles Too, the expansive collection of early 7” singles, digital-only b-sides and more, will be out on October 18, just in time to coincide with the band’s fall tour. Continue reading →