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Stream Those People’s new EP Human Robot

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Those People | photo by Philly’s Music Makers Portrait Project | courtesy of the band

Local rockers Those People celebrate the release of Human Robot at World Cafe Live on June 4th, a follow-up to 2014’s Be Careful What You Wish For. The six-piece has always had a very open, jigsaw-like sound but they kick it up a notch on the new collection, which was recorded last fall at Milkboy Studios.

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PREMIERE: Cactus Karma share “His Home the Sky” ahead of World Cafe Live gig

 

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Cactus Karma | photo courtesy of the artist

Princeton, NJ outfit Cactus Karma are a six-piece, experimental soul band that released its debut EP Marmalade at the end of 2015. Today we have the premiere of an even newer track, filmed here in Philadelphia with Darla Hood Productions and Evan Chapman of Square Peg Round Hole. “His Home the Sky” is a grooving, multi-faceted song that bridges hip hop and jazz and takes inspiration from classic artists like Ornette Coleman. Continue reading →

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Photos: Modern Baseball preview Holy Ghost at Long in the Tooth

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Modern Baseball In-store Concert | photo by John Vettese

The day before they released Holy Ghost, Modern Baseball played an in-store set at Long in the Tooth for people who pre-ordered the new LP. The set consisted of most of the new record, plus older songs like “Your Graduation” and “Fine, Great.” The Key’s John Vettese was on hand to capture the event on film, snapping shots of the band setting up for the session, fans browsing for records, MoBo frontman Brendan Lukens taking selfies and signing autographs, and of course people singing along. Modern Baseball headline The Fillmore‘s main stage on June 26th; tickets and information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Bob Mehr brings Replacements bio Trouble Boys to Manayunk for reading and live music with Dave Hause

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The Replacements | photo by Paul Cohen

Main Street Music is hosting a jam-packed Replacements celebration on Friday, June 3rd in honor of author Bob Mehr’s new Trouble Boys biography. The music critic and MOJO Magazine correspondent will stop by the Manayunk record shop to give a reading and lead a discussion about the alt-rock pioneers, while local musicians Dave Hause (The Loved Ones) and Frank Brown (Travel Lanes) will give the event a true Replacements vibe.
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PREMIERE: Take a deep breath with a new single from Carter Fox called “Prayer For the World”

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Carter Fox | photo courtesy of the artist

While his band JuTaun is working on their debut album, bassist / multi-instrumentalist Carter Fox will be releasing his own collection of songs called Soulful Traveler on June 3rd. The Philadelphia native spent the last year and a half writing material for the EP, which opens with the ambient, natural sounds of “Prayer For the World.”

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Pinkwash share low-fi, hi-color video for “Gumdrop”

Pinkwash |photo by AmyJuneBreesman | courtesy of the artist
Pinkwash |photo by Amy June Breesman | courtesy of the artist

Pinkwash just released their debut LP Collective Sigh on Don Giovanni Records, honing in on powerful hooks and heavy riffs that make it “one of the hardest-hitting indie pop albums you’ll hear this year (or one of the catchiest punk records).” Now the duo has shared a video for “Gumdrop,” premiered earlier on the AV Club.

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The Avett Brothers added to Musikfest lineup

The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
The Avett Brothers | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

After a stunning performance at the Mann Center earlier this month, The Avett Brothers have announced an end of the summer slot at Musikfest. The folk / rock band of brothers and friends are on tour in support of their ninth studio record True Sadness and will bring the album to the Bethlehem, PA venue on August 14th.

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Stream a new song from The Dove and The Wolf called “The Smell of Us”

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

Duality is something that seems innately tied to The Dove & The Wolf. It’s in their name, it’s reflected in their sense of home (songwriters Paloma and Lou are French citizens who are now based in Philadelphia) and it courses through the themes of their songs. We hear some of that duality on “The Smell of Us,” a song taken from the duo’s forthcoming I Don’t Know How to Feel EP.

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NonCOMM Recap: Billy Bragg and Joe Henry led a trip down the dusty trails of America

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry | photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Legendary singer-songwriters Billy Bragg and Joe Henry brought their collaborative new album Shine a Light to the PRX Music Stage upstairs at NonCOMM tonight. Recorded during a 65 hour train ride across America, the record digs into the country’s rich locomotive and folk music history.

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