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Noura Mint Seymali brings Mauritanian funk to Crossroads Music this weekend

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Noura Mint Seymali | photo via artist’s website

This Sunday, February 26th, Crossroads Music will welcome Noura Mint Seymali to their West Philly headquarters. The Mauritanian musician is returning to the city in support of her latest album Arbina, a record that bridges the vibrant traditional sounds of her West African and griot heritage and contemporary psych/funk music.

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Cayetana belong together in dreamy new “Mesa” video

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Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn

There’s a whole lotta new in the world of Cayetana. A new album called New Kind of Normal comes out on their own new label Plum Records on May 5th, which is preceded by this new video for lead single “Mesa.” The track originally appeared on a split with Camp Cope earlier this year but finally gets the visual treatment courtesy of Adam Peditto this week.

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Thin Lips, Pinkwash, Trophy Wife and more playing benefit festivals in April

Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Local bands are teaming up for a run of benefit festivals this spring, supporting organizations that are crucial to queer and POC communities. Electrifest: Radical Queer Empowered Healthcare and Wellness expands the fest model to include symposium-style discussions on April 8th and 9th at The Rotunda, while the 4th annual Get Better Fest supports the Trans Assistance Project, Youth Emergency Services, and Women Against Abuse on April 28th at Glittery Gallery, April 29th at the First Unitarian Church, and April 30th at PhilaMOCA.

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Revisit two Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara collaborations with Sixty Strings and Tributes & Diatribes

Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara | via jessesparhawkericcarbonara.bandcamp.com

Local musicians Jesse Sparhawk and Eric Carbonara have often appeared on the same bill over the years, their exploratory style of guitar playing melding well together in intimate spaces like Germantown’s Rigby Mansion or West Philly’s Studio 34. A few years ago the multi-instrumentalists put that musical chemistry to tape with Sixty Strings in 2011 and Tributes & Diatribes in 2014, two records originally released via VHF Records (also home to Jack Rose’s catalog). This week, the two records became available to stream on Bandcamp.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mars Parker at Underground Arts, PnB Rock at The Chameleon Club, Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

This week’s Key Studio Session featured Mars Parker, a local artist who blends soulful jazz textures with the realism of hip hop. Tonight he brings his recent Mars Museum 3 release to Underground Arts, opening for Chill Moody and Voss. Check out a Key Session performance of “Selfworth” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Eric Slick previews debut Palisades LP with meditation-inspired “You Became the Light”

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Eric Slick | photo via Facebook

The lead single from Eric Slick‘s debut solo effort Palisades is about his first time meditating.

If you were expecting to hear a mellow, sonically-intimate song after reading that line, you’re in for a surprise. Far from it, “You Became the Light” is a barrage of guitar and drums from the onset. An upswell of  tone, synth, and cymbals rush in on the phrase “wave to your friend,” perhaps evoking a sense of heaviness leading into lightness during mediation, but the mind remains steadily drenched in sound throughout the track.

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Laura Marling shares new video for “Next Time” via NPR Music First Watch

Laura Marling | courtesy of the artist
Laura Marling | courtesy of the artist

Laura Marling has shared a new video for “Next Time,” the latest track we’re hearing from her forthcoming Semper Femina LP. It follows earlier songs “Wild Fire” and “Soothing” with a hushed guitar and gently-swelling orchestral arrangement surrounding the UK singer/songwriter’s intimate vocals, which are reminscent of Karen Carpenter at times. NPR Music has the premiere of the video in their First Watch series here.

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Strand of Oaks talks ecstasy, joy, and losing control with NPR Morning Edition

Strand of Oaks | photo courtesy of the artist
Strand of Oaks | photo by Maclay Heriot | courtesy of the artist

In the midst of celebrating the release of Hard LoveStrand of Oaks‘ Tim Showalter spoke with NPR’s Steve Inskeep on Morning Edition earlier today. After recalling his early musical days in the basement sewing room of the Goshen, IN home that he grew up in, Showalter goes on to discuss some of the inspirational threads of the songs that fill his fifth record.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Antibalas at Ardmore Music Hall, Mercury Girls at Underground Arts, Black Landlord at Milkboy

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Antibalas | photo via Facebook

Brooklyn funk band Antibalas are working some new songs on the road this month, stopping at Ardmore Music Hall tonight with Fresh Cut Orchestra. The afrobeat musicians have plans to release a new record this spring that would follow-up 2012’s self-titled LP. Back in November they paid tribute to David Bowie with a cover of “Let’s Dance” – watch a live performance of that below and pick up tickets for tonight’s 21+ show here.

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