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Listen to a fuzzy new LVL UP track “Hidden Driver,” catch them at PhilaMOCA in September

LVL Up | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
LVL UP | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

New York lo-fi indie rockers LVL UP, a year removed from a gig here in Philly at Union Transfer, shared a new song Tuesday titled “Hidden Driver.” The single is the second to be released off the forthcoming album Return to Love — the band’s third LP overall, but first with Sub Pop Records.

“Hidden Driver” seems to be a title nodding to a higher power. Continue reading →

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Catch PHL Songwriter’s Project winners this Saturday at the Oval

Adam Web | photo via adamwebmusic.com

For the past 11 years, the non-profit Philadelphia Songwriter’s Project has held a songwriting competition. Just a small handful of winners are selected from a field of 200 and embark on a summer tour across the region. This Saturday, August 20th, the tour will make a stop at The Oval on the Ben Franklin Parkway for a free show from 12 to 6 p.m. Acoustic artist Adam Web will headline, with the other sets coming from funk-popster Quincy Mumford, singer-songwriter Bernard Sarkissian, local teenage blues band Time Gap, and Latin band De Tierra Caliente. Below you’ll find a sampling of some of their tunes. Head here if you need any more information. Continue reading →

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Drift into dreams with The Tallest Man On Earth’s peaceful new song, “Rivers”

The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
The Tallest Man on Earth | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Kristian Matsson, better known as The Tallest Man On Earth, has shared his second song of 2016. “Rivers” follows up “Time Of The Blue,” which was released back in June. The new music is especially a treat considering because Matsson put out his most recent album Dark Bird Is Home just last year. No word yet on whether these new tracks are to stand alone or act as singles for an upcoming album — the former is most likely considering no information on a record has been made public — but it’s never smart to make assumptions. We’ll keep you updated on that front if any news breaks. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Spruce Street Harbor Park, A Day Without Love + Liz De Lise at W/N W/N, The Menzingers at The Electric Factory and more…

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

It’s time for the next installment of the Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions, and Queen of Jeans will be the headliners this time around. Last we checked in with the local favs, they were wowing us at XPN Fest. And below, you’ll find a recording of “Moody” they shot with local video crew Out of Town Films — a song we dove into on our Time Capsule series. Grubby Little Hands will also be performing tonight, and more info can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Prinze George at Johnny Brenda’s, Andorra at Oxford Park

Prinze George | photo courtesy of the artist
Prinze George | photo courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop trio Prinze George brings its brand new debut LP Illiterate Synth Pop to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The New York-based group originally hails from Prince George’s County, MD, and broke out two years back with the single “Victor.” With the combo of Kenny Grimm handling instrumentals/production and Isabelle De Leon on the drums, Prinze George mixes traditional and funky electronic beats with the sweet vocals of Naomi Almquist. Listen to the new record below and get tickets to tonight’s gig at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ahleuchatistas at Johnny Brenda’s, Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Whitaker Center, The Wailers at World Cafe Live at The Queen

Ahleuchatistas | Photo by Scott Hubener via Facebook

Experimental band Ahleuchatistas bring their new album Arrebato to Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Formed in 2002, Ahleuchatistas is a duo consisting of Shane Parish on guitar and Ryan Oslance on drums. The two really push some musical boundaries — considering they describe themselves as “on a musical odyssey of pure imagination, limitless in influences, combining tight-knit composition with improvisation, and delivering powerful live shows.” Sign me up. If you need some proof, take a listen to Arrebato single “Sundowning” below. Then head to the XPN Concert Calendar for more details on the show, which also includes Mary Lattimore, Eric Slick, and Shimmer.   Continue reading →

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Joseph look back on their past, and towards the future, with new single, “Blood and Tears”

Joseph | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Joseph | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

NonCOMM 2016 act Joseph will release their sophomore album, and first with ATO Records, next Friday, August 26th. On Monday, the sisterly trio shared “Blood and Tears,” their third single off the forthcoming I’m Alone, No You’re Not. The song follows “White Flag” and “SOS (Overboard),” each of which were put out earlier this summer.

The Oregon natives’ music was labeled by many as folk-pop after their 2014 self-released debut Native Dreamer Kin put them on the map. Tracks like “Cloudline” had dark vibes and spine-tingling harmonies, bringing the trio closer to the folk half of that genre. But with these new singles, “Blood and Tears” proving no exception, Joseph’s sound has developed into a poppier classification. Finger snaps line the verses while soaring choruses feel much more produced than some of the older material. Continue reading →

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Listen to Drive-By Truckers’ Patterson Hood discuss new song “What it Means,” catch it live at Union Transfer in November

Drive-By Truckers | photo by Danny Clinch via drivebytruckers.com
Drive-By Truckers | photo by Danny Clinch via drivebytruckers.com

Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers released a song earlier this month titled “What It Means.” The second single off their forthcoming LP American Band, the new tune is a politically-charged one that immediately caught the ear of music listeners around the country. Among those listeners are WXPN Music Director Dan Reed and The Philadelphia Inquirer Music Columnist Dan DeLuca, hosts of the Dan and Dan Music Podcast. On last week’s of the show, Reed had DBT frontman Patterson Hood on the phone to discuss the new song’s origins, how people have reacted to it, and the nation’s current political climate. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiatus Kaiyote at The Trocadero, Void Vision at Kung Fu Necktie

Hiatus Kaiyote | photo by Wilk via the artist’s Facebook

Australian future-soul quartet Hiatus Kaiyote headline at The Trocadero Theatre tonight. What is future-soul? I’m not really sure, but it’s funky, and Hiatus Kaiyote has been making it since 2011 with their self-released Tawk Tomahawk. More recently, they’ve put out the Choose Your Weapon LP in 2015. Also playing tonight are Rich Medina and Grimace Federation. Get a grasp on future-soul by listening to “Molasses” below, and get you hands on tickets to the show by heading over to the XPN Concert Calendar.  Continue reading →

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Nearly every band ever is playing Liberty Music Fest this weekend

It’s sad to say it, but summer is coming up on its final few weeks. For many, school is right around the corner. Thankfully, the folks at the Liberty Music Fest are doing their best to cram as much live music into our lives as possible. The party’s going down from August 18th to August 21st at the Grape Room on Grape Street in Manayunk. During the course of the four days, more than 80 bands from 25 states will perform. Though Liberty has in the past focused strongly on the hard rock scene, plenty of genres will be represented, from punk to hip-hop to singer-songwriters. It should be a great opportunity to branch out to discover some music that you otherwise might not ever listen to.

There are way too many acts to give you a preview of them all, but we’ve dropped a few down below. Plus, the festival did put together this preview podcast. For more information and a full lineup of bands, check out the image above and head on over to the fest’s Facebook page. They’ve got plenty more previews and links to help you figure out which bands to check out once you’re there. Continue reading →