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Pet Cheetah injects some groove into new track “Open Up”

Pet Cheetah | via petcheetahmusic.bandcamp.com
Pet Cheetah | via petcheetahmusic.bandcamp.com

Unconventional four-piece Pet Cheetah just put out their 2nd ever single “Open Up”. Their blend of upbeat indie rock and folk instrumentation comes together in foot-tapping fashion, as “Open Up” takes 5-minutes to dance between string-based hooks and John Mayer-like intensity.

It’s damn difficult not to move to this song, and while 2016’s “Wake Up” focuses on tip-toeing guitars, the manic back section gives the track an almost Latin vibe to the music, grooving seamlessly. I’ve gotta give it to PC; I’ve yet to hear a sound like them from this city, so they’ve got to be doing something special.

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Free at Noon Flashback: Hurray for the Riff Raff brings spirited folk to World Cafe Live

Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | <A href=http://www.spotlightviews.com/ target="_blank">spotlightviews.com</a>
Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

“When I left home at 17, I ended up in Philadelphia for a few months. You took very good care of me, so thank you.”

Hurray for the Riff Raff, the brainchild of singer-songwriter Alynda Lee Segarra, took the Free at Noon stage at World Cafe Live this afternoon for a vibrant performance of tracks from of their recent record The Navigator. Segarra and crew’s style of folk rock tunes has that bit of spirited flair, infusing Latin and indie roots to create an expansively personal sound.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dirty Dollhouse at MAAS Building, The Burgeoning at William Street Common, Vita and the Woolf at Ortlieb’s and more

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Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese

Singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell’s long-running project Dirty Dollhouse heads up the MAAS Building for the record release show of their album Vinyl Child. The group’s harmonic focus mixes with century-spanning influences, from country to doo-wop to R&B, creating a sound both old and new. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drive-By Truckers at World Cafe Live at the Queen, Vundabar at Chameleon Club, and Carbon Leaf at Musikfest Cafe

Drive-By Truckers | photo via facebook.com/drivebytruckers

XPN favorites Drive-By Truckers are out in Wilmington for a gig at World Cafe Live at the Queen. The Alabama-based group reflects on the highs and lows of modern Americana in their critically acclaimed 2016 release American Band. The show is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Afghan Whigs tease more new material with the boomer “Arabian Heights”

The Afghan Whigs | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

Alt rock vets The Afghan Whigs are teasing more material from their new record In Spades (out May 5th on Sub Pop), this time with the driven “Arabian Heights.” Frontman Greg Dulli’s fervent vocals are in full force, floating in front of a blasting back section of speedy drum work and jamming guitars. Growing with each bar, the Cincinnati boys express the alternative energy they’ve boasted since debuting in ’91, and found within modern pop bands like Portugal. The Man and Imagine Dragons. I’m sure while some will throw the track on their running playlist, I’ll do my part and put it on my “Best New Tracks of 2017” list. Continue reading →

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Cayetana gets back up in the empowering new single “Bus Ticket”

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Local favorites Cayetana are getting ready to release New Kind of Normal next month, and after giving us some great tour news yesterday, they unveiled another track. “Bus Ticket” encapsulates Rocky’s creed of “…it ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward,” as Augusta Koch bounces back from toxic relationships and self-depreciation.

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Caracara are looking for a sense of relief in “Revelatory”

Caracara | via caracaraphilly.bandcamp.com
Caracara | via caracaraphilly.bandcamp.com

Indie rock kids Caracara are prepping to release a yet-to-be-announced debut record at the end of 2017, but in the meantime, are holding us up with their debut single “Revelatory.” Made up of members of Square Peg Round Hole and W.C. Lindsay, the band’s reverb-filled guitars and swooning synth play huge parts in the debut track, as Caracara searches for a way to express whatever it is they’re feeling.

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Watch Kurt Vile bust out a jam with Tinariwen at Union Transfer

Photos by Elizabeth Mazenko

Last night, Tinariwen took over Union Transfer for a night of relaxed jams, and while the Tuareg artists blew away the crowd with tunes and tones from the African desert, they wanted to throw a little bit of this city in.

Out of nowhere, Philly’s own Kurt Vile came on stage (introduced with an endearing “This is our friend…. It’s okay?”), sitting in on their atmospheric song “Tiwayyen”, a tune he guested on on the band’s new record Elwan.

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Check out Louie Louie’s minimalistic and mysterious visual for “I Want to Dance With You”

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Louie Louie | photo courtesy of the artist

We already know that Louie Louie are the queens of throwback jams on this side of the Mississippi, and they proved it yet again with their video for “I Want to Dance With You.” This time, the band wanted to play around how the visual complimented their tunes, telling Ladygunn “It would be false to retroactively assign a concept to the video. Rather than a plot line, the story is told through textures – dark and light, solid and void.”

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