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Listen to this freshly uncovered demo from Hot Sugar featuring Son Little

Son Little
Son Little | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Rare MP3s has just uncovered a serious musical gem. “Need You Bad” is the culmination of talents from Nick Koenig, aka Hot Sugar, and Philly singer-songwriter favorite Aaron Livingston, aka Son Little. According to Rare MP3s, the track is a “lost demo / song from the vaults that’s over 5 years old.” It’s a mix of delectable beats and Livingston’s bewitching vocals. Listen below. Son Little will perform on Saturday, July 25 at the three-day XPN Fest, and will open for Ibeyi at World Cafe Live on June 22. Continue reading →

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Watch Good Old War perform an acoustic version of their new album’s title track

Good Old War | Photo by Shane Tim
Good Old War | Photo by Shane Tim

We’re pumped for the release of Broken Into Better Shape, the upcoming album from Philly alternative duo (formerly trio) Good Old War. After getting a taste of what the album has in store with catchy singles like “Tell Me What You Want From Me” and “Broken Record,” you can now listen to the album’s title track. Continue reading →

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Other than The Weeknd and A$AP Rocky, 5 Artists to Catch at The Roots Picnic this Weekend

 

Donn T | Photo via Facebook.com/pages/Donn-T/105596011218?fref=photo
Donn T | Photo via Facebook.com/pages/Donn-T/105596011218?fref=photo

The 8th annual Roots Picnic is headed to Festival Pier this Saturday, May 30. Major names are set to perform at the all-day festival (The Weeknd and Phantogram, anyone?), but the lesser known artists will undeniably rock Penn’s Landing just as hard. The Questlove-curated lineup includes longtime Philly favorites and emerging young artists. Here are five not to miss. Continue reading →

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Watch Good Girl cover K. Michelle’s “Hard to Do”

Good Girl | Photo via Facebook.com/wearegoodgirl
Good Girl | Photo via Facebook.com/wearegoodgirl

When Philly R&B four-piece Good Girl stopped by for a studio session with The Key back in March, they brought just the right sound, fitting to the title of their 2014 mixtape 90s Kind of Love: intimate R&B that was reminiscent of female vocal powerhouses of the 90s (like Destiny’s Child, TLC and Janet Jackson, as John Vettese mentioned).

Now the group is breaking into more recent turf by covering singer-songwriter K. Michelle’s “Hard To Do,” off of her 2014 album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? Continue reading →

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The Bul Bey addresses social issues on new track “Thoughts While Marching”

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly rapper Amir Richardson, aka The Bul Bey, is known for bringing the party as much as bringing serious issues into focus. When I chatted with him earlier this year, he mentioned how growing up on Philly’s Salford Street had to be one of the “worst places” he’s ever lived. Although he said living conditions were poor, he also noted the sense of community there was a huge positive aspect to his upbringing.

His new track, “Thoughts While Marching,” produced by Clark Kennedy, premiered over on HYPEFRESH® Magazine, and Erin Simon writes, “TheBulBey ties his personal struggles to the forefront in ‘Thoughts While Marching,’ simultaneously discussing cultural topics within the African-American community.” Continue reading →

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Watch STS and RJD2 perform alongside the West Philadelphia Orchestra in new music video

STS and RJD2 | Photo via facebook.com/RJD2
STS and RJD2 | Photo via facebook.com/RJD2

We rejoiced earlier this month when two of Philly’s finest, rapper Sugar Tongue Slim and electronic artist RJD2, released their collaboration album. All 12 tracks on STS x RJD2 hold brilliant musical detours, with the duo marking their territory with hints of hip hop, jazz, soul, pop, etc.

Holding these local musicians near and dear, we’re ecstatic to see the Philly-centric vibe going on in their latest released video for the album’s opening track, “Doin’ It Right.” Continue reading →

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Wander Graffiti Pier with Nik Greeley in the new “Gypsy Blues” video

Nik Greeley | via "Gypsy Blues" music video | Directed by Kevin Shields | kevinmichaelmichael.com
Nik Greeley | via “Gypsy Blues” music video | Directed by Kevin Shields | kevinmichaelmichael.com

Philly / Jersey singer-songwriter Nik Greeley (former frontman of Black Stars) has released his first music video, showing snippets of his city wanderings for the track “Gypsy Blues.” Greeley recently rocked MilkBoy for the release show of his first solo EP, Gypsy Town.

Directed by Kevin Shields (but, you know, not the dude from My Bloody Valentine), the video follows Greeley and his guitar out on Philly’s Graffiti Pier. About halfway through, he’s interacting with Philly Jesus. Continue reading →