Listen to Julia Rainer’s satirical, socially aware “I’m Not Like You”

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“Fear is a powerful enemy — it put a bigot in the White House,” warns Julia Rainer. Her new track “I’m Not Like You” was born out of anger, frustration and fear. “I’m afraid all the time,” she repeats, describing and in some ways satirizing the hatred and intolerance between clashing belief systems. Continue reading →


Phoebe Bridgers shares melancholic “Christmas Song” cover featuring Jackson Browne

Phoebe Bridgers | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN |

Last year, Phoebe Bridgers shared a harrowing cover of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Continuing the tradition, the singer has released a cover of “Christmas Song” by Omaha country act McCarthy Trenching. The cover features backing vocals by folk icon Jackson Browne, who Bridgers met after playing the song live for the first time at a show in L.A. Continue reading →


Mural Arts to rededicate Dixie Hummingbirds Mural this weekend

The Dixie Hummingbirds by Cliff Eubanks | photo by Jack Ramsdale

Mural Arts Philadelphia is hosting a rededication of The Legendary Dixie Hummingbirds mural, in honor of the gospel group’s 90th anniversary.

The Dixie Hummingbirds are a widely acclaimed gospel groups that originated in South Carolina in 1928, before moving to Philadelphia in the 1940s. The mural was created in 2005 by Cliff Eubanks and is located in North Philadelphia, just a block away from the Metropolitan Opera House where they often performed in the 1970s.

Along with the rededication ceremony, Mural Arts is announcing a new mural of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, the “Godmother of Rock and Roll”, created by Ernel Martinez. The Belize-born artist is currently based in Philly, and his socially engaging artwork focuses on community collaboration. Continue reading →


Meet Evita Colon, a multifaceted underground rapper and poet from Lancaster

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Evita Colon does a little bit of everything — she is a poet/spoken-word artist, playwright, actress, rapper and a mom. Colon grew up in Lancaster, but recently moved to Philadelphia to pursue her artistic ambitions in a new space. In 2014 she founded Speak To My Soul, which serves as a platform for artists of color and uses the performing arts to empower, educate and elevate the community. Continue reading →


Little Strike’s new single “Loaded Gun” is born from magical realism

Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio |
Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio |

Tamar Dart, aka Little Strike, has just released a new single, “Loaded Gun,” and it sounds as though it was drawn from a Gabriel García Márquez novel. Dart’s captivating, breathy vocals drive the song, acoustic guitar accompanied by a doleful trumpet melody. She included found sounds from a trip to Ecuador, creating an atmosphere of mysticism and wonder. The song explores the interconnected energies of the universe. Continue reading →


Ivy Sole tells a queer love story in “How High”

Ivy Sole | still from video

Philly-made rapper Ivy Sole has released a video for “How High,” off her debut album Overgrown. Directed by Sole in collaboration with Ethan Boye-Do, the video was shot in Venice Beach and shows Sole wandering the shore in the early morning, hand-in-hand with actress Andria Langston. The song captures that stomach-flipping rush of being in the proximity of someone you love. Continue reading →


Listen to Amos Lee’s soulful rendition of a Marvin Gaye classic

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On” has to be one of the most emblematic protest songs of the 70’s. The lyrics still ring true in 2018, touching on relevant social issues, so it’s no wonder artists are still covering it. Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Amos Lee is releasing a deluxe edition of his latest album My New Moon, which includes an acoustic rendition of the Marvin Gaye hit. His soulful vocals bestow a new power on the words, preaching a reverberating message: love over war. Continue reading →