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Missed Gallant at Firefly? Catch him around town this summer

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Gallant | photo courtesy of the artist

Los Angeles R&B artist Gallant wowed the Firefly crowed in Delaware last week, performing two sets of songs from his breakthrough Ology LP. But if you missed out on the three-day gathering (or if you just want more Gallant in your summer) you’re in luck – he’ll be in town a few more times before we say goodbye to hot days and music festivals.

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Watch Mason Porter celebrate Dylan Day via VuHaus

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Mason Porter | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Last month XPN celebrated Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday with a full day of special programming and a midweek Free at Noon concert featuring Mason Porter. The local musician gathered up his band and performed a full set of Dylan material at World Cafe Life, hitting classics like “Just Like a Woman” and “Like a Rolling Stone” while throwing in a quick nod to the birthday boy with “Happy Birthday.” Our friends at VuHaus were on hand to capture the whole performance, which is now available for streaming. Check it out below and revisit more Dylan Day tributes here.

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The Album Leaf share “Between Waves” video, announce Johnny Brenda’s show

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The Album Leaf | photo courtesy of the artist

California electronic soundscapers The Album Leaf are gearing up for their Relapse Records debut: Between Waves will be released on August 26th, six years after the band’s last effort. A tour will follow, with leader Jimmy LaValle and his new line-up bringing the LP to Johnny Brenda’s on September 15th.

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PREMIERE: Creepoid’s super 8 video for “Shaking” is a postcard in motion

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Creepoid | photo courtesy of the band

This time last year Creepoid were prepping for the release of Cemetery Highrise Slum, an album the psych / rock outfit recorded during a year spent in Savannah. Twelve months later we’re still digging the songs, especially the darkly sparkling “Shaking,” which is why we’re happy to premiere a visual accompaniment to that track this week.

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Cheerleader team up with Funny or Die for “A Million Ways” video

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Cheerleader | photo courtesy of the artist

Though their hazy pop songs could easily be paired with colorful seascapes or montages of nostalgic flashback photos, Cheerleader chose to do something a little left of center for the music video accompanying “A Million Ways.” Teaming up with the creative minds at Funny or Die, the local band presents a refresher course in love.

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Al-Bustan, Bowerbird, PRISM Quartet among recipients of Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grants

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PRISM Quartet | photo by Jacqueline Hanna

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its list of 2016 grant recipients, supporting 53 Philadelphia area artists, organizations and innovators in their cultural explorations. Over a dozen of the grants have been awarded to musicians, whose proposed projects include creating compositions that bring broken instruments back to life (Temple Contemporary), revisiting the city’s published jazz history (Jazz Bridge) and starting dialogues through traditional African folk songs (Tokay Tomah).

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Holly Bowling brings songs of Phish and the Dead to Montgomery Auditorium

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Holly Bowling | photo courtesy of the artist

If “Tahoe Tweezer,” “Hampton Carini” or “Went Gin” mean something to you, you’ll probably want to catch Holly Bowling at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Montgomery Auditorium on June 29th. The classically trained pianist will perform classic Phish and Grateful Dead songs, transcribed by Bowling from complex, multi-instrumental compositions to arrangements for solo piano. The performance will take place in the afternoon, between the two sold-out Phish shows happening at the Mann.

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