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Chill Moody, Swift Technique and more will play Eagles center Jason Kelce’s “Night of Philly Music” to benefit Make The World Better

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Continuing in the tradition lead by former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin, current Eagles center and Philly icon Jason Kelce is throwing a concert dubbed “A Night of Philly Music” this Saturday at The Ardmore Music Hall. Similar to Barwin’s benefit shows, all of the proceeds will be donated to the Make The World Better Foundation. Continue reading →

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The Met Philadelphia reveals new interior renderings

The Met Philly, concert setup | image courtesy of LiveNation

The long-vacant Metropolitan Opera House on Broad and Poplar is inching towards reopening and rebranding as Philly’s latest and largest non-arena venue. This week, The Met Philadelphia shared new artistic renderings of the venue’s multi-use grand hall, the lobby, and bars outside the hall. Continue reading →

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Watch Interpol’s latest heady music video, featuring Ebon Moss-Bachrach as “The Rover”

Interpol | photo by Jamie-James Medina | courtesy of the artist

NYC rockers Interpol trekked around Mexico City to shoot their latest music video with director Gerardo Naranjo (Narcos). The video to lead single “The Rover” intersects with the band’s recent press conference, which featured a surprise interruption by The Rover himself, actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Punisher, Girls). Continue reading →

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Listen to Amos Lee’s beautifully aching new ballad “Hang On, Hang On”

Amos Lee
Amos Lee | photo Brantley Gutierrez | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia singer-songwriter and XPN favorite Amos Lee released the second single to his upcoming album, My New Moon, out August 31st via Dualtone Records. The slower, ballad-like track appears seventh out of ten tracks on the new album, and is a change of pace from the previously released “No More Darkness, No More Light.”

The new single, titled “Hang On, Hang On,” finds Lee drawing on personal experiences, rather than elsewhere on the album where Lee touches on finding strength in others – from the Parkland survivors to the relationships built through Musicians on Call. From a press release, we learned the track is set around the last night Amos spent with his grandmother. The lyrics “I would’ve stayed forever, but it didn’t work out that way” ache a little extra with this in mind. Continue reading →

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New supergroup Rosie Thorne release debut single “Slick”

Rosie Thorne’s Slick

Local supergroup Rosie Thorne recently released their debut single, a pop track suitable for both nightclubs about town and intimate headphone grooving. Comprised of Marisa Dabice (Mannequin Pussy), Max Steen (Cold Fronts, Vexxed), and Zach Sewall (Grave Goods, Vexxed), Rosie Thorne melds their respective influences and backgrounds to create their debut leftfield dance track, “Slick.” Continue reading →

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Watch Sunflower Bean perform Twentytwo in Blue tracks in a furniture store

Sunflower Bean | via audiotree.tv

Chicago-based artist discovery platform Audiotree produces a series called “Far Out,” among many other cool music-related videos. The session is somewhat self-explanatory: artists perform their tracks in unconventional places outside of the studio and post them online for all to watch. Previous editions featured Philly art rockers Palm in a Polish restaurant and banquet hall, Elvis Depressedly in a laundromat, and B Boys performing in a parish gymnasium, basketball hoops and all. The concept is intriguing and entertaining for music fans, and the latest installment features XPN-faves Sunflower Bean, who we’ll be seeing at the end of this month when they perform at the XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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cheeky goes from heady to clubby and back on her new ep, flora

Cheeky | photo via facebook.com/cheekymusicx

Philadelphia electronic artist cheeky released her second EP, titled flora, this past weekend. Solo project of Kaylee Sabatino, cheeky draws influence from the likes of Grimes, Animal Collective, and Beach House. The convergence of these genre-blending electronic acts is apparent in cheeky’s work while adding an experimental twist of her own. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Penn Arab Music Ensemble Trio’s live direct-to-acetate recording for the 78 project

The Penn Arab Music Ensemble Trio

Inspired by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, who is best known for his field recordings of folk music throughout the 1900’s, The 78 Project travels the globe to film and record music in various spaces and environments. Equipped with “just one microphone, one authentic 1930’s Presto direct-to-acetate disk recorder, and one blank lacquer disc, musicians are given one take to cut a record anywhere they choose,” according to the organization’s website. Previously, the project made it’s way to Philadelphia to record Joe Jack Talcum in 2015.

On the latest chapter of the project, The 78 Project returned to Philadelphia to record the Penn Arab Music Ensemble Trio. Originally recorded in 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music, The 78 Project released its latest installment to the world earlier this month. The trio of Hanna Khoury, Hafez Kotain, and Kinan Abou-afach performed two tracks live to fit the two sides of the acetate. The trio performed ancient muwashshah “Lamma Bada Yatathanna” on side A and “El Helwa Di” on side B. Continue reading →

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Stream Dawes’ new album Password via NPR Music’s First Listen

Dawes
Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

Perennial WXPN favorites Dawes have shared an early stream of their latest album, Password, on NPR’s First Listen, available a week before the album’s official release. The band’s latest LP observes and reflects on the modern world lyrically. Speaking on the album with Consequence of Sound, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith said “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story.” Continue reading →

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Low announce new album and tour dates; release three new singles

Low
Low | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

Slowcore veterans Low announced the release of a new album today, their twelfth to date. Titled Double Negative, the album is due out September 14th via Sub Pop. Along with the album announcement, the Duluth, MN-based band released the opening three tracks from the album, “Quorum”, “Dancing and Blood” and “Fly,” along with an accompanying suite of music videos. Continue reading →