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Listen to Field Report’s Marigolden via Pitchfork Advance

Field Report
Field Report | Photo courtesy of the artist

Midwestern troubadours Field Report are getting set to release their sophomore album Marigolden, out on Partisan Records on 10/7. The beautifully haunting album is a great songwriting progression for frontman Chris Porterfield and his collaborators, and today the album can be previewed a week early over at Pitchfork Advance. Continue reading →

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Chill Moody tells the XPN Morning Show why musicians should enter the PHL Live competition

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Chill Moody | via facebook.com/chillmoody

Time is running out for local musicians to enter PHL Live, the city’s inaugural music competition in a wide array of genres from classical to rock to hiphop, gospel and more. Today, Philly rapper Chill Moody – PHL Live’s ambassador to the music community – joined Bob Bumbera on the XPN morning show to talk about the competition and why it is important for musicians to get their names in the running for the “battle of the bands meets Coachella” competition that happens this fall. Listen to the interview, and if you’re a musician interested in entering the competition, you can do that at the PHL Live website until Tuesday, September 30th. Continue reading →

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City Bisco begins tonight! Listen to the winning mixes selected by the band

Disco Biscuits | Photo by Dave Vann | via facebook.com/discobiscuits
Disco Biscuits | Photo by Dave Vann | via facebook.com/discobiscuits

Jam scene heroes Disco Biscuits kick off their three-day City Bisco extravaganza tonight at The Trocadero, continuing tomorrow night at the Electric Factory with American Babies and ending Saturday at the Mann Center with disco legend Giorgio Moroder. Passes are sold-out, though the band just announced a live-stream of the events at the sold-out Trocadero show as well as the Electric Factory show. Earlier this week, we ran a giveaway for weekend passes to City Bisco. Listen to the grand prize mix below by Clint Meadows, as well as runners up who will all receive passes to Saturday night’s Mann Center show. Tickets for the Electric Factory and Mann Center shows are still available, tickets and more info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Global maestro Stromae makes a stunning Philly debut at The Troc

Stromae | Photo by John Vettese
Stromae | Photo by John Vettese

As soon as an artist on a Philadelphia stage mentions cheesesteaks, that’s my cue to tune out. While I appreciate the stab at a regional reference, if that’s honestly the best you can do – like, come on dudes and dudettes, didn’t your tour van take you anywhere else today? – I’d rather just hear you play songs. Usually. So points are due to Paul Van Haver, aka Belgian dance pop sensation Stromae, for bantering about our local cuisine in a way that didn’t come across as patronizing, but totally within the context of the performer’s larger global vision. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Sugar Tongue Slim

It’s very fitting that the words “Poet Laureate” are tattooed on Sugar Tongue Slim‘s neck. The charismatic Philly rapper has a way with words, a gift of gab, and it plays tremendously into his music and his persona. Continue reading →

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Hiss Golden Messenger boasts a rugged rock backbone at JBs

Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by John Vettese
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by John Vettese

If all you know about Durham country-folk outfit Hiss Golden Messenger is that it’s the contemplative project of songwriter M.C. Taylor, think again. The band’s newest, Lateness of Dancers, was released this year by Merge Records and Paradise of Bachelors, and it expands the band’s vernacular into the realms of rugged country and hard-hitting rock and roll beats, in addition to the spaciness and solemnity that we’d heard previously. Along the same lines, the Hiss Golden Messenger live experience has expanded from Taylor and longtime collaborator Scott Hirsch playing a low-key set to a more robust, invigorating experience that was in fine form last Tuesday night at Johnny Brenda’s. Continue reading →

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Listen to Stephen Powers’ interview on the XPN Morning Show, see him tonight at International House

Stephen Powers | Photo via firstandfifteenth.net
Stephen Powers | Photo via firstandfifteenth.net

Beginning tonight International House Philadelphia (IHP) is presenting the first in its newly conceived speaker series: Wayfaring: Conversations on Travel, Art & Culture, curated by Anthony Smyrski of Random Embassy and Megawords. The series will give members of the art community a way to discuss the way that travel and multi-cultural experiences have influenced the artistic process. The first speaker (tonight Sept. 18, 2014) is artist and graffiti muralist Stephen Powers who will discuss his on-going projects: A Love Letter to the City. Bob Bumbera from the XPN Morning Show had a chance to speak with both Powers and Anthony Smyrski recently about the new speaker series at I House Philly. Continue reading →

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Spotify study reveals Penn students love Magic Man, hate Kendrick Lamar and sleep late

Kendrick Lamar | Photo by John Vettese
Kendrick Lamar is not a favorite of University of Pennsylvania students, according to Spotify  | Photo by John Vettese

Okay, number nerds, this is pretty interesting: Spotify this week released a study on “the most musical universities in America,” ranking schools based on amount of music listened overall and number of subscriptions at their student rate. The University of Pennsylvania ranked as the 34th most musical school in the country, and the school-specific breakdown provides an interesting snapshot of the West Philly ivy league institution’s listening habits. Continue reading →