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Q&A: Charlie Hall talks Miles Davis and his Get Up With It project

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Charlie Hall | photo courtesy of the artist

Charlie Hall is many things. He’s a drummer (you might recognize him from The War on Drugs), he’s the leader of an incredible a cappella group (check out The Silver Ages next January), and he’s a pretty knowledgeable Miles Davis enthusiast. On Wednesday, August 24th, the Philadelphia resident will combine two of those talents when he performs with Get Up With It, a group of musicians from Philly and NYC who will bring Davis’ music to Johnny Brenda’s for a rare live appearance.

We caught up with Hall over email to hear about his nearly life-long exploration and education of Davis’ catalog, how that morphed into a live ensemble and where he finds Davis’ legacy in contemporary music; read what he has to say below, and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here. Continue reading →

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Liz de Lise shares “Baby,” the first single from her new LP

Liz De Lise | photo by Abi Reimold | via facebook.com/hereisldl

Her June Key Studio Session had us itching for more, and now Liz de Lise is just about ready to hand it over. The Philadelphia singer/songwriter has released the first single from her forthcoming self-titled LP, a standout track called “Baby,” and we can expect to hear the full record on September 9th.

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Watch behind-the-scenes footage of Pablo Batista’s El Viaje production

Pablo Batista | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Pablo Batista | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

World-renowned percussionist Pablo Batista debuted his epic El Viaje: The Journey production at the Temple Performing Arts Center in June, combining music and dance traditions from around to world to tell a universal story of forced emigration. WHYY’s Friday Arts took their cameras to the final weeks of rehearsals and captured behind-the-scenes footage of the musicians and dancers, as well as an in-depth interview with Batista.

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Lithuania join members of Speedy Ortiz, Laser Background and more for Steely Dan tribute in Brooklyn

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Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

Tis the season of Yacht Rock, and what better way to celebrate than with a Steely Dan tribute show chock full of some of our favorite artists?

Eric Slick and The Talkhouse curated Reelin’ In the Years: a Tribute to Steely Dan as a spin-off of an in-depth piece the Dr. Dog drummer wrote, and they’ve wrangled members of Speedy Ortiz, Laser Background, The So So Glos, and Ava Luna, along with Ian Sweet, Twiga, Bad Faces and Slick’s own Dan-influenced Lithuania to be a part of it.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Friendship at All Night Diner, Jarekus Singleton at Sellersville Theater

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Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold | courtesy of the artist

Local favs Friendship play All Night Diner tonight in a rare six-piece set-up. The (mostly) Maine natives will be joined by their Ohio-based keyboardist and a recently added flautist, giving the already hauntingly structured songs that populate last year’s stand out You’re Going To Have To Trust Me LP even more nuanced depth. Revisit “Responsible” from the record below and get more information for the show here. The Dove & The Wolf, Field Sleeper and Curtis Cooper also play.

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Suburban Living announce new LP, share “Come True” single

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Suburban Living | photo by Emily Dubin via Facebook

Local indie pop outfit Suburban Living have returned with a new album called Almost Paradise, set for release on October 7th via 6131 Records (home to recent releases by Julien Baker and NONA). Today’s announcement came with the LP’s first single in tow, an upbeat jammer called “Come True.” The album follows 2015’s self-titled full band debut. Continue reading →

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The Dove & The Wolf go down the shore in new “The Smell of Us” video

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The Dove & The Wolf | photo by Colin Kerrigan | courtesy of the artist

The Dove & The Wolf have taken Philadelphia by storm, first with their introductory Shaking Through Session and then, earlier this summer, with their I Don’t Know What To Feel EP. The Paris-born duo has a dreamy quality in their sound and a lost-in-thought style of lyrical writing, two characteristics that pair well with the nostalgic feeling of the new video for “The Smell of Us.”

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