Elegant Animals is a new electronic-, soul-, and R&B-influenced band from Philly. The band just released its Spectrum Nocturnal EP, which you can download for free. The band includes Jules Kazys on vocals and Brandon Shockley on guitar. The excellent production on the record uses samples and warm keyboards, with hints of dub step influenced rhythms. Spectrum Nocturnal is a terrific collection that musically connects the dots between the dark electronic soul of The Weeknd, the intimacy of James Blake, and the Quiet Storm jams of The Isley Brothers. Highly recommended.
Unlocked: Heyward Howkins on songwriting, personal discovery and the power of using interesting language
There’s a chuckle at the other end of the line when I ask Heyward Howkins about his iPhone demos – the raw, one-take early recordings of songs that went on to form his new album, Be Frank, Furness. “Yeah, some … Read More
- Introducing Teen Men: Spinto side project features live video projections and a lust for life
- Levee Drivers release new video for "Bourbon Coated" (XPN welcomes them to The Ardmore Music Hall on 12/29)
As honest as honest songwriters get, Nova Scotia based musician Chris Luedecke and his nom de twang Old Man Luedecke arrived at the WXPN Studio in early September before his show at the now (possibly) defunct Jamey’s House of Music. … Read More
- Download "Standard Human," the raging new single from Philly's Purples (playing Boot and Saddle on 12/28)
- The Key Studio Sessions: Weekender
Modern Baseball will release the new You're Gonna Miss It All LP on 2/11, tour with The Wonder Years in the spring
After releasing Sports last year, Modern Baseball kept the ball rolling in 2013 by signing to Run For Cover Records, touring all this past summer, and releasing a split with The Hundred Acre Woods. Now, Modern Baseball has announced their next album You’re … Read More
- Folkadelphia Session: Old Man Luedecke
- Unlocked: Heyward Howkins' Be Frank, Furness as a work in progress
Over at MilkBoy last night, an all-local bill brought out an eclectic but seamless assortment of vibes, capped off with a headlining set by Kate Faust. The versatile vocalist’s latest offering – the recent Crucial Companion EP – finds her … Read More
- The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Bleeding Rainbow, Kurt Vile, Attia Taylor and Pissed Jeans)
- Elegant Animals return with a new single, "A Ghost"
Tonight: XPN Welcomes the Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter showcase with Gracie, Tours and Snowmine at Johnny Brenda's
Tonight at Johnny Brenda’s, XPN Welcomes Philly bands Gracie and Tours (along with Snowmine from Brooklyn) for the Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter music series. Snowmine was recently featured on Shaking Through, XPN’s online video and audio collaboration with Weathervane Music. Chillwave act Gracie has an … Read More
- Philly Local Philes: Tours' "IJS"
- Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter: Instamatic