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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palm at PhilaMOCA, OhBree at Johnny Brenda’s, Family Volleyball at Ortlieb’s, and more

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie four-piece Palm recently debuted their new “candy-coated dissonance” of an EP, titled Shadow Expert. With wonderfully erratic rhythms, these new tunes are a refreshing beauty to behold. And tonight they’ll be bringing this perfect deconstruction of sound to PhilaMOCA. Find more info on the show here, and stream Shadow Expert below. Continue reading →

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Pick up an ACLU benefit 7″ featuring Sad13, Purling Hiss, Louds, and more

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Philly and Minneapolis-based label Dirty Pillows just released a compilation featuring local artists from both of their homes. Titled ACLU Benefit Vol. 1 Phl/Mpls, the compilation is the first in a series of benefit releases that will split its tunes between two cities, and then donate the proceeds to those local community’s ACLU chapters.

This a-side of this first installment boasts Philly artists (woo we’re #1!) including Sad13, Louds, Dulls, Harsh Vibes and Purling Hiss. Making up the b-side are Minneapolis-based artists France Camp, Sasha Conda, 3M 1995, The Cult of Lip and Fog. Continue reading →

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Join Katie Ellen’s “Sad Girls Club” in anthemic new single

Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It took a good two seconds into Katie Ellen’s new single, “Sad Girls Club,” for me to be completely hooked. Yes, I would like to join the club, please. Is there a mailing list? I will sign now, thank you.

The personal, lyrically-driven anthem of a song mashes together any kind of insecurity one might feel for being different or straying from the collective normativity that is life (sigh), and effectively stomps it to bits with clattering cymbals and searing guitars. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: St. Vincent to make fall Philly stop at Electric Factory

St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Theatrical indie rocker and guitar god Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is returning to Philly this fall with a show at Electric Factory on November 28th.
Clark’s been up to some pretty cool gigs since her self-titled album in 2014. From designing her own signature guitars, to recently making her horror film directorial debut with her film The Birthday Party, which is featured on the female-led anthology, XX — Clark has been mighty busy. But not too busy to make new tunes, which is reported to be currently underway.

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Travel Sad13’s shimmery, synth-driven landscapes in track, “Sooo Bad”

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim is back with their program, Adult Swim Singles, in which they release a free tune every week for the next year. Sadie Dupuis’ Sad13 fills this week’s slot as the featured track with a new song titled “Sooo Bad.”

Traveling a shimmery, synth-driven landscape, “Sooo Bad” is reminiscent of Grimes‘ anime-inspired electro-pop and practically screams perfection as an Adult Swim cartoon theme song. Which should definitely become a thing. Continue reading →

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Hear Porches’ auto-tune stripped remix of (Sandy) Alex G’s “Sportstar”

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

(Sandy) Alex G’s Rocket is a mighty fine, complex collection of some of his most eclectic, genre-crashing gems to date. One of these standout beauties is the dreamlike ballad “Sportstar,” in which frontman Giannascoli warps his voice with otherworldly auto-tune amidst a thick atmospheric soundscape of gauzy guitars and echoing piano. Aaron Maine’s NY-based synth-pop project, Porches, recently remixed the surreal tune, providing a clarified, breezy companion

Stripping away layers of vocal processing, Porches’ remix of the song summons the deeper and tad demonic Alex G monotone that we all know and love, while spicing it up with a hint of electro-steel drum, island music vibes. Continue reading →

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George Ezra returns with a new video for single, “Don’t Matter Now”

Still from George Ezra’s “Don’t Matter Now” official Music Video

It’s been quite a minute since we’ve heard from bluesy-folk Brit, George Ezra. That changes today as the impossibly deep-voiced lad croons his way back into consciousness with a new single and accompanying video for “Don’t Matter Now.”

Since Ezra’s last album, Wanted On Voyage, which was released way back in the olden days of 2014, it’s no secret that the world has entered quite a doozy of chaos. And with today’s technological generation of information overload, being caught up in all of the horrible news 24/7 with limited or nonexistent ways to help can become real heavy real quick. Continue reading →

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Catch Bruce Springsteen at his reported upcoming Broadway residency

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

New Jersey boy, Bruce Springsteen, is making his Broadway debut this summer at NYC’s Walter Kerr Theatre. Well, sort of. Sans show tunes and musical numbers, Springsteen is reportedly taking up a residency at the Theatre for eight weeks.

As a change in pace from mammoth stadium tours, Rolling Stone states that the two month long gig will feature solo performances taking place five days a week. That’s a whole lotta chances to see Bruce. And with the venue seating to up to 975 fans, this run is going to lend itself to some incredibly intimate sets. Continue reading →