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Portugal. The Man’s new album features…Son Little?

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

The hype was very real when Portugal. The Man made their return after four long years without an album. Lead single “Feel It Still” has been crushing the alternative charts, and we learned why during a Free At Noon a few months back. But another single off the band’s brand new Woodstock has a familiar voice on it. Just a few seconds into track one, aptly titled “Number One,” you’ll hear Philly’s soulful Son Little. Continue reading →

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Meet Lancaster’s Sleepy Limbs, joining Cayetana, Worriers and Camp Cope in York next month

Sleepy Limbs | photo via sleepylimbspa.bandcamp.com

A lineup that includes the likes of Cayetana, Worriers and Camp Cope is good enough on its own. To ask for anything more than a trio of that quality would just be greedy. But when the three bands play next month at Skid Row Garage in York (the show was originally supposed to be in Lancaster at Chameleon Club’s Lizard Lounge, but has since been moved), one more newly added group of rockers will join them: Lancaster’s Sleepy Limbs. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Sheer Mag’s volume knows no limits

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Sheer Mag | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The track names on Sheer Mag‘s compilation album are in all-caps on Bandcamp. The stylization is a fair choice considering it’s hard to remember, at least for me, a time when World Cafe Live has reached the volume the band brought to the venue during Friday’s weekly Free At Noon concert. For 40 minutes, the Philly rockers emitted nonstop, ear-ringing rock n’ roll in its purest form. Continue reading →

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Get a dose of Philly post punk from The Stammer, catch them at The Pharmacy 6/21

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The Stammer | Photo By Lauren Barrett

It’s been nearly two years since we last heard new material from Philly post punk rockers The Stammer. Their debut album Days In Between came out July 2015, and it’s clear they’ve been working on something fresh during the days in between (sorry, I had to) now and then. Their latest, “Over and Over,” is hot off the presses and is free to download on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Talib Kweli at The Foundry, Petal at Everybody Hits, Levee Drivers at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Talib Kweli| Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

Rapper Talib Kweli headlines at The Foundry tonight. He’s fresh off the April release of The Seven, a collab EP with Styles P, of which you can hear the single “Last Ones” below. Vikter Duplaix will also perform. For more information on the all ages show, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Luna cover a Fleetwood Mac deep cut, see them at Union Transfer

Luna | photo by Luz Gallardo | courtesy of the artist

When a band goes dormant for 13 years, it’s not uncommon for an eventual return to involve a recreation of their sound. Luna, the NYC-based guitar crew, took a bit of a different approach to their comeback — they’re recreating the sound of other acts. In the fall, Luna will release an LP of covers entitled A Sentimental Education, along with a six-song EP of original instrumentals called A Place Of Greater Safety. Both are due out on September 22 via Double Feature.

Debuted Wednesday was the first of these new Luna covers, and it’s a daring effort in Fleetwod Mac’s “One Together,” off the album Klin House. Give it a listen below, and here’s a link to the original if you choose to compare. If you’re impressed, you’re in for a real treat. The rest of the album includes covers of David Bowie, Bob Dylan, The Cure, YES and more. Check out the track list below. Continue reading →

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Rock out with Levee Drivers and their cat in the new “There You Go” vid, see them headline JB’s on Friday

Levee Drivers | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist
Levee Drivers | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Local howlers Levee Drivers have shared a new Bob Sweeney-directed video for their one of their older tracks “There You Go.” The band recently recorded their first full length album down in Water Valley, Mississippi, but currently have a GoFundMe page to help assemble the final costs it’ll take to master and release it. The collection also benefits the Moyer Foundation, which aims to provide comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief and addiction.

The visual accompaniment blinks with retro film filters, just as the song itself bounces between violently wild tempos. It appears as all one shot, gliding around a cluttered apartment from one band member to the next. Give it a look down below and see if you can spot their cat hanging out amid the fray. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf unleash their latest single, “Super Ranger”

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Joe Del Tufo | moonloopphoto.com

Just as Jennifer Pague’s soaring vocals often explode, it’s easy to picture Vita and the Woolf blowing up once their debut LP hits shelves June 16. If the first few singles, like “Feline” and “Sun Drop,” were any indication, Tunnels is sure to take off in few weeks. But, for those in need of a little more convincing, you get one more single to build the hype. This one is called “Super Ranger.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Kurt Vile cover Lou Reed on ‘The Best Show’

Kurt Vile | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

It’s hard to predict what will happen each week on “The Best Show.” Tom Scharpling’s internet radio show/podcast goes live every Tuesday night and travels down a path somewhere at the intersection of music and comedy, but the conversation can stray to really anything. This week, that path took us to Philly’s own Kurt Vile, a frequent “Best Show” guest, covering Lou Reed, Steve Gunn intertwining his own tunes with one of John Mayer’s and plenty of Jersey Shore chatter. Continue reading →

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An ocean swim almost took Peter English’s life. It gave him this single instead.

Peter English | via peterenglish.bandcamp.com

Sometimes inspiration is just one life-threatening moment away. For Peter English, that moment was what began as a harmless trip to the Jersey Shore a few years ago. One dangerous attempt at reaching a sandbar later, English had the basis for his new concept single, “Like Remora,” two songs that tell a cohesive story of that swim in the sea. Continue reading →