By

Watch Anderson .Paak kill it on SNL with Kendrick Lamar, see him at The Fillmore

Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar on SNL | via Billboard

Anderson .Paak debuted on “Saturday Night Live” last night, performing tracks from latest album Oxnard. He was joined by Kendrick Lamar for their collaborative song, “Tints,” followed by a solo (and stunningly choreographed) performance of “Who R U.” You can check out the performances below. Continue reading →

By

Listen as Petunia tries to run from a really “Bad Date”

Petunia | photo by Veronica Zin | courtesy of the artist

Philly rock four-piece Petunia have dropped a brand new track, “Bad Date,” the latest follow up to last year’s EP Dailies. The song is teeming with urgency, propelled by a jittery bass and pinball synths. The lyrics barely mask strung out nerves and pent-up frustration, vocalist John Ryan breaking into a wordless howl.

Despite the pessimistic tone of a song, in a statement the band remained hopeful. Continue reading →

By

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

Julia Rainer | photo via juliarainermusic.bandcamp.com

“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 →

By

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

Phoebe Bridgers | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

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 →

By

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 →

By

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

Evita Cole | via speak2mysoul.com

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 →

By

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

Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com
Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

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 →