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Just Announced: Speedy Ortiz will headline PhilaMOCA next month

 

Speedy Ortiz
Speedy Ortiz | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

It was a little suspicious, previously, that Speedy Ortiz’s only tour appearance in Philly would be at Little Baby’s Ice Cream in West Philly to scoop a new flavor, “Twerp Verse Dessert Burst Sundae,” and not to perform. Now fans of ice cream and Speedy Ortiz alike can rejoice knowing the band will return for a full set this July. Continue reading →

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Ellen Siberian Tiger unpacks gender and condescension in a nervy, sci-fi tinged new video

Ellen Siberian Tiger | still from video

First released to the world in October last year as a single, local indie rock trio Ellen Siberian Tiger released the music video to “When Men Explain Things To Me” earlier this week. The crescendos of the song ebb and flow throughout the music video, as well as the song itself, from the screams of “Back up, don’t touch me,” to the closing whisper of “I love when men explain things to me.” Continue reading →

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Listen to two new Gorillaz songs, “Humility” and “Lake Zurich,” see them at Wells Fargo Center in October

Gorillaz | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

Good news in the Gorillaz-verse! Earlier this week, Gorillaz announced new album The Now Now, the quick follow up to 2017’s Humanz. Today, the virtual band released two new tracks off their 6th studio LP, groovy bop “Lake Zurich” and album opener “Humility,” which features George Benson on guitar and vocals. Along with the two new tracks, the band provided more details on their upcoming album, which is set to release on June 29th. View the full tracklist and album artwork below. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Menzingers’ high-energy new single “Toy Soldier”

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Local punk favorites The Menzingers released a new track out of the blue this week, titled “Toy Soldier.” Vocalist/guitarist Greg Barnett first performed the then-unreleased track solo this past April at The First Unitarian Church, the night of the “Roger Harvey & Family” concert. The full band studio version kicks the track into high gear featuring driving guitars and punchy drums and Barnett’s signature gravely vocals leading the way.

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Black Thought will drop a new mixtape on Roots Picnic eve

The Roots and Pharrell at The Roots Picnic | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Roots’ founding member Black Thought announced the release date for his upcoming mixtape after teasing the project earlier this year. Titled Streams of Thought Vol. 1, the mixtape drops Friday June 1, conveniently the day before the Roots Picnic. Announced via twitter Friday, the tape is set to be a collab between Black Thought and super producer 9th Wonder and The Soul Council.

The Roots hold court at their annual picnic, headlining their historically star-studded “Jam Session” which previously included stars such as Pharrell, Erykah Badu, Usher, Snoop Dogg, and, this year, Dave Chappelle. Black Thought also appears billed separately on the lineup, bringing back his live mixtape set with J. Period while sharing the stage with Fabolous and Jadakiss. (Maybe the set will see the debut of songs off Streams of Thought.) Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Roots Picnic, Porchfest, Natalie Prass, Depeche Mode and more

The Roots at The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

No superstition here — this week we’ve got 13 concerts for you to see around the Philadelphia area, major festivals and basement shows alike. Start things off tonight on Lancaster Avenue, where if you time things correctly, you’ll be able to see three different gigs in one shot. Dive in Continue reading →

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Watch Trap Rabbit take it to the streets on their new music video for “Empress”

Trap Rabbit
Trap Rabbit | photo courtesy of the artist

Unlike their name may lead you to believe, Trap Rabbit does not make trap music. Rather, the instrumental key/drum duo from Philly creates a dynamic mixture of progressive jazz, rock and hip-hop beats in their live shows and on their most recent project, 2018’s Empress EP.

Late last week, music blog OkayPlayer debuted the music video for title track, “Empress,” following the duo of drummer Arjun Dube and keyboardist Logan Roth in what seems like a normal get together. The Bob Sweeney-directed video starts off with the duo hanging out in the band’s Fishtown studio, but slowly devolves into a full-blown fistfight out on the street. Continue reading →

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Sagar Bumsweat writes meditative raps on PROPERMEDITATION II

Sagar Bumsweat | via bumsweat.bandcamp.com

PROPERMEDITATION II is the second instillation is rapper/producer Sagar Bumsweat‘s PROPERMEDITATION series, the follow up to October 2017’s initial project. This project continues in the alternative rap realm Sagar casts throughout his previous work, building on preexisting themes both sonically and lyrically.

The multidisciplinary artist raps, produces, and mixes everything on PROPERMEDITATION II — impressive, considering that project mastermind Sagar Vasishtha also plays keys in Soft Idiot. Bandmate Mike Whalen of Soft Idiot contributes live guitar and bass parts throughout this tape. Other contributions to the album come in the form of features from rappers Black Costanza (from Shippensburg, PA) and Pink Navel (from Maine).

Lyrically, the tape includes reflections on youth, the transition to adulthood, and religious themes. Themes of youth come in all shapes and sizes on this project, from shredding on ripsticks on the second track to tape closer “6FACES, Ode to Cube,” a love letter to Nintendo’s GameCube. Continue reading →