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Stroll through the seasons of Philadelphia with Andrew Jude

Andrew Jude
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Patience is hard to find in most musicians these days. Most bands keep asking themselves, “when are we putting out our next record?” “When are we doing our next tour?” “When are we filming our next music video?” Andrew Jude, on the other hand, seems to have all the patience in the world. The new music video for his song “Strolling Through Seasons” was shot over the course of an entire year. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Alright Junior at The Fire

Philadelphia alt-rock trio, Alright Junior, have been making waves in the Philly music scene for quite some time now. Since their inception in 2006, the band have put out four records and countless singles, the most recent of which is 2014’s Amusia. Catch Alright Junior tonight at the Fire alongside Resilient, Young Fox, and The Loud Company. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to Amusia here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jill Scott at Wells Fargo Center, Flightschool at TLA, Deb Callahan at World Cafe Live

Jill Scott | via facebook.com/missjillscott
Jill Scott | via facebook.com/missjillscott

If you haven’t watched Jill Scott‘s moving rendition of Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” you need to check it out here. If you have seen it and can’t get enough of it, then catch Miss Jill Scott tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. The three-time Grammy winner will be performing with classic R&B artists Bell Biv DeVoe and New Edition. Don’t miss this Holiday Jam tonight; get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to “Fools Gold” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kiska at Boot and Saddle, George Clinton at Ardmore Music Hall, Martin Sexton at Sellersville Theater

Kiska photo by Easton Reynolds
Kiska photo by Easton Reynolds

Named after a volcanic island off the coast of Alaska, Kiska released their debut self-titled record last month, and it’s a powerful explosion of rock energy. Released on Spartan Records, the album is available digitally as well as on vinyl. The Philadelphia four-piece are headlining Boot and Saddle tonight for their record release show. Get tickets and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to the full length below. Continue reading →

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Watch Max Garcia Conover cover Strand of Oaks’ “Leave Ruin”

photo via Root Down in the Shadow
photo by Jeff Coon

For Root Down in the Shadow’s latest Cover Club session, New England artist Max Garcia Conover covered “Leave Ruin” by Philadelphia-by-way-of-Indiana songwriter Strand of Oaks. Although Max hails from Portland, Maine, he has always felt a strong connection to Philadelphia ever since listening to Boyz II Men’s “Motownphilly” as a kid. Max also has a strong connection with other Philly songwriters such as Kurt Vile, Small Houses, and Strand of Oaks, which is evident in his beautiful cover. Continue reading →

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Local musician Jim Hamilton opens Rittenhouse Soundworks, new arts complex in Germantown

Photo by Jim Albert | fullframefotography.com | via chestnuthilllocal.com

Local musician Jim Hamilton toured extensively for 15 years as a percussionist for acts such as Boyz II Men, Gerald Alston, and Ursula Rutker. He has also performed at various award shows including the Grammys, as well as television performances on David Letterman and Jay Leno. Having travelled and seen the entire world, Jim still keeps his roots firmly planted in his hometown of Philadelphia. He and his wife recently opened a multi-media arts and recording complex in Germantown called Rittenhouse Soundworks. Continue reading →

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Watch Abi Reimold perform “Morning” in super spooky Swell Tone Session

Abi Reimold | Photo courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Abi Reimold, a favorite of The Key, performs her haunting “Morning” in the most recent Swell Tone session. Swell Tone was hypnotized by the looping guitar and vocal that Abi utilizes in the live performance of this song, and they decided to recreate that effect visually for the session.

In the video, Abi stand alone with her guitar, microphone, and amp in a wooded field. The soft, soothing spotlight on her looks like light reflecting off of water, and translucent footage of this solo performance is layered on top of other pieces of footage to mimic the looping effect. Continue reading →

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Feel the flow with an acoustic cypher session by Hardwork Movement

From Hardwork Movement's improv cypher
From Hardwork Movement’s improv cypher

Last week, we brought you a new track from Philly hip-hop four-piece Hardwork Movement. This week, they filmed an acoustic cypher session for their first single, “Shine.” Featuring the vocalist and three emcees in their living room, the video follows the guys around as each one performs his part and passes the song off to the next one. Hardwork Movement shows off their versatility in this video, combining genres to create an epic flow. Continue reading →

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Boston’s Animal Flag release new record, EP 2; catch them this Sunday in South Philly

Animal Flag EP 2
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Boston-by-way-of-Upstate-NY folk punk band Animal Flag released their second EP, properly titled EP 2, last week via Broken World Media/1997 Recordings. In true Animal Flag form, the EP is packed with roomy drums, reverberated vocals, bass slides, and guitar leads that will get stuck in your head for days. The songs, which are darker than the band’s previous work, explore religion, reclaiming lost love, and family. Singer Matt Politoski, of whom Animal Flag is the brainchild, beautifully crafts lyrics that reveal his innermost thoughts. Listen to EP 2 from Animal Flag after the jump. Continue reading →