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Listen to Mick Jenkins collaborate with BADBADNOTGOOD on “Drowning”

Mick Jenkins | courtesy of the artist
Mick Jenkins | courtesy of the artist

Chicago MC Mick Jenkins has become one of our favorite up-and-comers on the national hip-hop scene in recent years, particularly after a mindblowing set at Made in America last year.

Jenkins recently announced his debut LP – The Healing Component, due out on September 23rd – and shared the single “Spread Love,” which you can put your ears to right here. His followup track finds him collaborating once again with Toronto alt-jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, who he previously teamed up with on “The Artful Dodger” and “Hyssop of Love.” Continue reading →

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Loops and Feelings: Watch Abi Reimold perform her new song “Stars” in a Harrisburg basement

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

Before she had a band, Abi Reimold was a singer-guitarist who sometimes performed with a loop station. And even with the acclaim her debut LP Wriggling has racked up since its January release on Sad Cactus Records, Reimold still frequently hits the road lone wolf style.

Her band rules, make no mistake, but this live video of a new song called “Stars” is a reminder how much she rules on her own as well. The song is aching and expressive, weaving in harmony vocals from multiple Abis floating in the ether and then cutting them all way at a breathless crescendo. It’s a meditation on the roles we play for love, and the way those roles can change you: “baby we could be a picture we could be a movie scene / but will I wake up one morning and find that girl was never me?” Continue reading →

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Creepoid, Amanda X and more will play the 2016 River City Festival

Creepoid | via rivercityfestival.org

The 9th annual River City Festival is bringing a day-long roster of local talent to Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park on Saturday, October 8th — and the lineup runs the gamut from blues and folk to punk and psych.

Headlining the day are Creepoid – who have founding guitarist PeteJoe Urban back in the fold – and Amanda X – who have been debuting some sick new jams of late. The day begins with Deb Callahan Blues Band and singer-songwriter staple Ben Arnold. In between, T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb will do the gravely Tom Waits jawn and Creem Circus will channel T-Rex. Continue reading →

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Watch The Dove and The Wolf play live and sing karaoke for Out of Town Films

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

Philly-based Parisians Paloma Gill and Lou Hayat-Camard just got back to Philly after a couple weeks performing and writing in the midwest – and the handful of new songs they premiered at MilkBoy the other night have us excited for The Dove and The Wolf‘s net project, whenever and however it may make its way into the world. In the meantime, the duo caught up with the folks over at Out of Town Films for three performance videos: “The Smell of Us” comes from their current EP I Don’t Know What To Feel, as does “Seven Days,” a moving mediation on being caught in their hometown after the November attacks at Batalcan. They also do “On The Other Side,” which dates back to their self-titled debut EP from 2012. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darlingside at Long’s Park, Laura Mvula at Union Transfer, Honey Radar at Ortlieb’s

Darlingside | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
Darlingside | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

The four-part harmonies and folksy pop songs of Darlingside return to the area this evening; the band plays a free concert tonight at Long’s Park in Lancaster, and if their recent appearances at Philadelphia Folk Fest and XPoNential Fest are any indication, all of Central PA better turn out. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.  Listen to their World Cafe session below. Continue reading →

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Catch up with HUNTR in the intense “Veins” video

HUNTR
HUNTR | photo courtesy of the artist

When he left Philly for the West Coast, local MC Gilbere Forte linked up with a crew of new friends who shared his eclectic musical interests and HUNTR was born. The band – which also includes drummer Nick Audy, DJ Helly, guitarist Boris Likharev and production guru Raak – first caught our ear this winter with “Find Myself.” It’s a genre bending modern rock song that draws on elements of electronic music, heavy rock and hip-hop. The band continued this summer with the song “Veins,” which screams and soars like Imagine Dragons and Nine Inch Nails – it’s huge, and the music video that just dropped this week is equally intense. Continue reading →

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It’s been a good summer for Philly R&B crew Good Girl

Good Girl | via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl

Philly R&B / pop four-piece Good Girl is awesome – we’ve known that for quite a while. But they’ve been having a hell of a 2016, from their massively well-received appearance on America’s Got Talent (they didn’t make the finals but still slayed all the same) to a killer collaboration with rising local MC Joie Kathos (appropriately titled “Slay”).

They’ve also been dropping a sick string of standalone singles this summer, from the trap banger “Have Mercy” to the playful club jam “My Shit” and the rhythmic house rager “All Mine” (a personal favorite over here). The crew has been out in LA recording these jams and more in preparation for a debut record, and wraps its summer by returning to Philly to kick off labor day weekend by headlining the TLA on Friday, September 1st. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Carsie Blanton at Boot and Saddle, Jody Watley at Wells Fargo Center, El Caribefunk at Ardmore Music Hall and more

Carsie Blanton | Photo by: Bobby Bonsey Photography
Carsie Blanton | Photo by: Bobby Bonsey Photography

Onetime Philadelphian Carsie Blanton returns north from New Orleans this weekend with a new album, So Ferocious, in tow. Tonight she headlines Boot and Saddle; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch a music video for “Vim and Vigor” below and read K. Ross Hoffman’s interview with Carsie here. Continue reading →