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Pop singer Melanie Martinez returns to World Cafe Live this week

Melanie Martinez | Photo via facebook.com/melaniemartinezmusic
Melanie Martinez | Photo via facebook.com/melaniemartinezmusic

With songs like “Carousel” being featured in shows like American Horror Story and clever singles like “Sippy Cup” and “Pity Party” making the rounds, pop singer Melanie Martinez continues to carve her path across an alt-pop landscape that houses similar artists like Lana Del Rey and Marina and the Diamonds. Continue reading →

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Download Modern Baseball’s “Revenge of the Nameless Dreamer”

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Modern Baseball at the TLA | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

Modern Baseball is going through a rough patch right now.  The group recently canceled its Australian and UK tour; announcing it on social media, singer-guitarist Brendan Lukens cited his struggles with anxiety and depression and said “it’s evident that it’s time to put everything else aside to focus on making steps towards positive mental health.” The single was originally intended as an exclusive download for those that pre ordered tickets to their upcoming tour; instead, it’s been released as a free download for everybody, and its bittersweet lyrics talk of discomfort with changing times. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Mangos,” the beautiful new single from Brielle / April Fool Child

Brielle | photo via facebook.com/Aprilfoolchild
Brielle | photo via facebook.com/Aprilfoolchild

Experimental R&B artist Brielle (aka April Fool Child) has been on something of a road trip across the U.S. this summer, and just released her blissfully pleasant single “Mangos” last week.  The smooth and angelic vibes on this song are the first new sounds we’ve heard from Brielle in months, since her Rough Break Up EP dropped back in the fall, and it’s well worth the wait. Give it a listen below. Continue reading →

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New Philly emcee Yoitscj! releases first single “Go”

Yoitscj  | via facebook.com/yoitscj
Yoitscj | via facebook.com/yoitscj

Newcomer Yoitscj! has just hit the Philly hip hop scene hard with his new trap single “Go.”  The song, produced by Rob Devious and featuring vocals from Tay Jones, infectiously capitalizes on a hip hop subgenre that’s been blowing up as of late thanks to artists like Post Malone. With Kevin Durant and basketball references being ever so prominent, the entertaining song and equally entertaining video is a solid first effort. Check it out below. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Sky Blue Sky,” the samba-inspired new track by Avi Wisnia

Avi Wisnia | Photo By Rachel Dobkins
Avi Wisnia | Photo By Rachel Dobkins

“Sky Blue Sky” isn’t just a Wilco album and song, it’s the latest track by Philly jazz and pop singer Avi Wisnia. Released today, the song was inspired by his time in Philadelphia and Rio de Janeiro, and combines a Brazilian samba rhythm and flavor with with folk-like strings that surprisingly (or not) sound beautiful together.  It’s something new and different for Wisnia, and will definitely please those trying to mellow out and enjoy the nice breezes that are sure to come in the upcoming fall months. Continue reading →

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Listen to Tiani Victoria’s late-summer jam, “August Song”

Tiana Victoria | from the music video for "What You See" | Directed by Artiphacts
Tiani Victoria | from the music video for “What You See” | Directed by Artiphacts

It’s the first day of September, but it’s still a good time for “August Song.” This late summer feel-good track comes to us courtesy of Philly rapper Tiani Victoria.  Her debut mixtape Hard Candy dropped earlier this year and was quite the treat for Philly hip hop fans. On this follow-up jam, Victoria spits about the pros and cons of having no strings attached over an infectious Digital Crates dance beat. Continue reading →

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Lauryn Peacock plays The Random Tea Sessions and Daytrotter

Lauryn Peacock | Photo courtesy of the artist
Lauryn Peacock | Photo courtesy of the artist

Former Philadelphian Lauryn Peacock recently went out on tour in support of her awesome new record Euphonia, and stopped by The Random Tea Sessions when she was in Philly to perform her song “Six Month Quandry.”  The very intimate performance included an accompanying violin which propelled Peacock’s somber vocals and guitar strums to new levels, both despairing and beautiful.

Oh her way back to Nashville, Peacock also spent some time in Rock Island, Illinois, playing a couple songs at Daytrotter Studios. Continue reading →

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Listen to W.C. Lindsay’s high-voltage new song “Sister”

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W.C. Lindsay | Photo via facebook.com/wclinsday

The first release since Easy Victims, Charitable Deceptions dropped last year, W.C. Lindsay’s new single “Sister” really shows the diversity and growth in sound the group has been striving for.  It’s the first song off a series of singles set to be released in the fall; check it out  here via PureVolume. Continue reading →

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Restorations will join The Menzingers and mewithoutYou for their fall tour

Restorations | Photo via NPR Music
Restorations | Photo via NPR Music

This fall’s co-headling tour with The Menzingers and mewithoutYou was already hotly anticipated, and now Philly’s Restorations have jumped on board as the opener. Their latest album LP3 came out last year and the band recently played a standout set for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts (not to mention our own Waterfront Sessions at Spruce Street Harbor). The  Philly stops for the tour are a Union Transfer doubleheader on October 23rd and 24th; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp blend psychedelic tunes with “Long Beach Idyll”

Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp | photo courtesy of the artist
Chris Forsyth and Koen Holtkamp | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly psychedelic guitarist Chris Forsyth first worked with Koen Holtkamp on 2012’s Early Astral album, and they are back again, this time with the forthcoming collaboration The Island.  Where their previous collaboration was harder and heavier, the first single from the new one, “Long Beach Idyll,” is a beautiful spacewalk. Continue reading →