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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. World Cafe’s Sense of Place: Philadelphia, Church Girls and more…

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Cayetana | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

This week on World Cafe, host David Dye focused on our own town with Sense of Place: Philadelphia. We heard interviews with The Roots and The Districts, listened to a lot of local music and maybe were even introduced to some new bands. Check out a collection of downloads from the series here (including live tracks from Cayetana) and listen back to the special program here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Skyes at North Star Bar, Denison Witmer at World Cafe Live, Little Strike at the Sundrop Music Festival and more…

Skyes
Skyes | photo via Facebook

Indie electro pop band Skyes play North Star Bar tonight. The band got its start in Philadelphia before moving to Brooklyn, where they released a debut self-titled EP in 2013. The record jumps from MGMT-esque synth pop with 90s alt singer-songwriter vocals to a blend of industrial rock and pop, keeping listeners on their toes. Check out EP opener “Secondhander” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Boot & Saddle, Cayetana at Millworks, Christopher Davis-Shannon at Sundrop Music Fest and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist

Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Marian Hill remix The Weeknd’s “Earned It”

Marian Hill
Marian Hill | Photo by Shervin Lainez | shervinfoto.com

As Marian Hill‘s star keeps rising, they’ve started mixing some auxiliary projects in with their own official releases. The local electro-pop duo recorded a cover of Kanye’s 2008 single “Love Lockdown” back in March, and now they’ve shared a remix of The Weeknd’s “Earned It,” which features on the Fifty Shades of Grey Remixed compilation. Check out their version below, followed by the original. Marian Hill join The Suffers and Mac DeMarco at Union Transfer on June 20th for Connor Barwin’s Make the World Better Foundation benefit concert. Learn more here.

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I Think Like Midnight present an evening of instrumental rock next month

I Think Like Midnight
I Think Like Midnight | photo via Facebook

I Think Like Midnight was a project born out of necessity. That is, the necessity for Philadlephia musician Andrew Chalfen to hear another record by Pell Mell, a band that hasn’t released new material since 1997. Instead of waiting for that Portland instrumental outfit to reunite, Chalfen and his collaborator Dean Sabatino hiked up to Ithaca, NY last year and made their own Pell Mell-inspired record, Warm Seclusion Structure.

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Pablo Batista Latin Jazz Ensemble performs in Manayunk on 5/22

Pablo Batista
Pablo Batista | photo via Drum Magazine

Pablo Batista is engrained in the Philadelphia jazz community. The percussionist is a Temple grad, a Pew Fellowship Award in Folk Art recipient and a former member of Grover Washington, Jr’s band. Though he’s toured and recorded with international musicians (Bono, Teddy Pendergrass, the Philadelphia Orchestra) Batista has continued his work in Philadelphia, teaching at the Latin American Musicians Association. On Friday, May 22nd Batista will perform with his own Latin Jazz Ensemble in Manayunk at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Jazz Project. Tickets and information can be found here; listen to Batista perform below.

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Hang out with RFA in their new video for “Freaking Out”

RFA
RFA | photo via Facebook

Last week’s Key Studio Session band RFA have shared even more new content with the release of a video for “Freaking Out.” The track is the title song from the band’s latest EP, a catchy, pop-infused indie rock collection that marks their third effort.

The video was shot by Caitlin McCann and follows the college students around town as they hang out, drink coffee and jam. Watch the clip below and listen back to RFA’s Key Studio Session here. You can catch them live at Mantua Yacht Club on June 5th with Roof Doctor and at The Fire on June 11th.

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