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PINKWASH release “Metastatic,” their grinding, catchy new single

Pinkwash
Pinkwash | Photo by John Vettese

For just two people, Philly duo PINKWASH manage to make quite a bit of sound. Their newest track, “Metastatic,” off their soon-to-be-released debut Collective Sigh, is proof positive. Guitarist and singer Joey Doubek spins a grinding trancelike guitar riff that doesn’t really have a beginning or end. Meanwhile, drummer Ashley Arnwine peppers the track with crashing cymbals and unexpected snare hits. Continue reading →

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Lancaster songwriter Matt Wheeler experiments with solo guitar, plays downstairs at World Cafe Live 4/22

Matt Wheeler Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Matt Wheeler | photo courtesy of the artist

Matt Wheeler often performs with a backing band, but on his new EP Matt Wheeler On the Hill, the Lancaster singer-songwriter experiments with a solo acoustic sound.The record features a mix of old and new — while it begins with some reworked acoustic versions of songs that Wheeler has already recorded, the EP’s second half includes the two new tracks “Cedars” and “Lexington.” Continue reading →

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Contemplate identity and unrequited love in Mitski’s video for “Your Best American Girl”

Mitski | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Mitski | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Mitski has just released the music video for “Your Best American Girl,” the first single off her upcoming record Puberty 2. The song tackles some complicated questions of identity, as Mitski struggles to relate to her “All-American” love interest due to her own Japanese upbringing.

As she sings in the song’s lo-fi chorus (which is reminiscent of her 2014 hit “Townie”), “Your mother wouldn’t approve of how my mother raised me / But I do, I think I do / And you’re an All-American boy / I guess I couldn’t help trying to be your best American girl.”

The video itself captures this failed relationship dynamic perfectly, as Mitski catches the eye of a young, attractive American dude and starts waving at him happily, only to find out that he already has a love interest, a hip white girl who wears a flower crown that she probably picked up at Coachella. When the new couple starts making out in front of her, Mitski finds a new partner to kiss: her hand. Continue reading →

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Catch Lithuania, Steady Hands, Mumblr and more at the 2016 Love On The Streets Festival

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The weather has finally started to come around, the trees are in full bloom, which can only mean one thing: it’s finally spring in Philadelphia. And what better way is there to celebrate than by attending an outdoor festival?

The second annual Love On The Streets Festival is set to take place on Saturday, May 14 at Paine’s Park. The festival is a celebration of Philly’s street life, and will feature a skateboarding competition, live art, a beer garden, and most importantly, a ton of live music. Continue reading →

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Philly jazz legend Jymie Merritt is featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America

Jymie Merritt
Jymie Merritt | photo courtesy of the artist

Longtime Philly jazz bassist Jymie Merritt was profiled on the most recent episode of NPR’s Jazz Night In America. The 89-year-old musician and composer is a legend in the world of jazz, but has always managed to remain somewhat behind the scenes — though he’s played with the likes of John Coltrane, B.B. King, and Dizzy Gillespie, Merritt has never released his own record as a bandleader.

The NPR Story, which will run this weekend and early next week, is built around a concert given by Merritt’s old band The Forerunners at World Cafe Live in January. Though Merritt is retired from playing, many of his old bandmates were on stage, and his son, Mike Merritt, took over on bass duties for the show. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hurry’s breezy new single “When I’m With You”

Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

This week, Philly three-piece Hurry released a remarkably catchy song called “When I’m With You,” the second single off their upcoming record Guided Meditation.

The song is a perfect carefree summer tune. Lead singer Matt Scottoline’s vocals drift into a playful falsetto, buoyed by a toe-tapping bass line and some sunsoaked, hazy Real Estate-esque guitars. This effortless feeling is mirrored by the lyrics, as Scottoline sings fondly of the rare sort of relationship that just seems to work without even thinking about it (“I don’t even have to try when I’m with you / All the stupid things I say you know they’re true,” he begins the track). Clocking in at just over two minutes, song is over before you know it, disappearing into thin air like a pleasant wisp of smoke. Continue reading →

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Watch The Roots and D’Angelo perform a tribute to Phife Dawg

Last night, some of the giants of the hip-hop world paid their tributes to the late Phife Dawg, the talented rapper and founding member of A Tribe Called Quest who passed away last month due to complications from diabetes. The event, held at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, featured performances from The Roots and D’Angelo, as well as some moving speeches by Kanye West and Andre 3000. Continue reading →

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Watch members of Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilots play Ortlieb’s in their blues-rock supergroup Delta Deep

Delta Deep | still from video
Delta Deep | still from video

Delta Deep is two parts rock, two parts R&B. Or, as the band dubs itself, “Blues-Rock-n-Soul.”

Representing the rock faction are Phil Collen (Def Leppard) on guitar and Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) on bass. On the R&B side of things, there’s the lesser-known vocalist Debbi Blackwell-Cook and drummer Forrest Robinson. When you mix it all together, you get something in the neighborhood of energetic blues rock. Continue reading →

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Watch Wye Oak cover Pat Benatar’s “We Belong,” see them at Johnny Brenda’s on 6/17

Wye Oak | Photo by John Vettese
Wye Oak | Photo by John Vettese

Wye Oak, the indie-rock duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack, have gone through a number of permutations over the years. The group’s first three records each featured Wasner on guitar and were impeccable experiments that deftly combined both quieter folk elements and screeching rock. Everything was anchored by Wasner’s commanding vocals and Stack’s imposing drumming.

On the group’s 2014 record Shriek, things changed. Wasner ditched her guitar in favor of a bass, and Stack began relying heavily on synthesizers. While still a successful record, the shift rendered Wye Oak nearly unrecognizable.

This week, the duo covered Pat Benatar’s “We Belong” for the A.V. Club. It’s a somewhat amusing and peculiar song choice, but the group handles it well, with Wasner exploring a sultry, deep vocal register that doesn’t often showcase itself on Wye Oak’s own records. Continue reading →