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Just Announced: Laura Mvula returns to Philly in a month at Union Transfer

Laura Mvula at NonCOMM 2013
Laura Mvula at NonCOMM 2013 | Photo by Joe Del Tufo

A sleeper hit of NonCOMM 2013, UK singer and songwriter Laura Mvula is back with a new record called The Dreaming Room, released in June. Her tour in support of it brings her to Union Transfer on Sunday, August 28th. Tickets go on sale Friday, July 29th at noon. Watch the video for “Show Me Love” below and get tickets here. Continue reading →

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Watch the latest Double Decker Music Series video; see Moor Mother on this weekend’s installment

Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist
Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist

The third annual season of the Double Decker Music Series has brought a lineup of off-center Philly artists to the roof deck of a moving sightseeing bus for unique and intimate performances. The latest video from the series, shot by Philly videographer Bob Sweeney, just came out this week. In it you can see the spoken word / electronic soundscape collaboration between Nyfolt and Karl Cooney, as well as experimental artist Neil Feather casting dream-like tones as the bus rides around Center City. There’s some scene-setting from tour guide / series curator Sebastian Petsu as well. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ceramic Animal

Stylish Bucks County four-piece Ceramic Animal dabbles in psychedelic rock of the classic variety. The keyboard-and-guitar interplay you’ll hear in this week’s Key Studio Session hits an undeniable Doors-esque sweet spot; the guitar solos (particularly on “Codename Righteous”) are totally Pink Floyd. However, as much as the band informs its sound by history, it works with one foot in the now, and is getting ready to release its self-titled debut album this fall. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dweller at Kung Fu Necktie, RUNA at Pastorius Park

Dweller | photo courtesy of the artist
Dweller | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Dweller is the project of indie rock dudes Luke Harsel and Cody Bluett, formerly of the band Family Vacation. The guys recorded This Is What Happens When You Wait Too Long over the winter, and released it earlier this month — read their interview with our Tyler Asay for more. Tonight, the band plays Kung Fu Necktie; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Listen to the album below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Lou Reed perform at The Mann 30 years ago today

Lou Reed | photo by Ebet Roberts | via Rolling Stone

The poet laureate of rock and roll debauchery, Lou Reed, had a spectacular run of solo records across the 70s and into the 80s. Some critics argue that that streak ended 30 years ago this May, when Reed released Mistrial – an album recorded with a new group of players and laced with 80s production gloss and drum machine rhythms.

Whatever your take on the record is, the crowd at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts sounded positively pumped to hear Reed play in this recording of a Philly concert from 30 years ago today. Joining him are Fernando Saunders on bass, J.T. Lewis on Drums, Eddi Martinez on guitar, Rick Bell on sax and Woody Smallwood on keys, and the band works its way through seven out of Mistrial‘s 10 songs – the funky “Video Violence” sounds particularly indebted to the Talking Heads. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother signs to Don Giovanni Records; listen to “Deadbeat Protest”

Moor Mother | via Don Giovanni Records

We’ve admired Philly artist Camae Defstar since catching her genre-smashing band Mighty Paradocs on Res’ Silk City residency RESET back in December 2010. In the six years since, we’ve gotten to know her as a community organizer and activist, a co-founder of the ROCKERS! DIY concert series and an interdisciplinary artist. On the sonic end of things, that means Moor Mother, which channels societal outrage into textural, hard-hitting, experimental expanses. A prime example, which caught my attention three autumns ago, is the video for “Of Blood” – it’s totally gripping, and like Moor Mother’s work as a whole, strikes a balance between confrontationally unsettling and utterly captivating. It’s punk, it’s performance art and it’s sonic unrest of the sort that is more important now than ever.

Which is why it’s so awesome to get the word today that Moor Mother has joined the ranks of Don Giovanni Records, with her debut record Fetish Bones due out on September 16th via the venerable NJ imprint. Continue reading →