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Watch Andy Shauf perform in the woods at Pickathon; catch him solo at PhilaMOCA this fall

Andy Shauf | photo by Geoff Fitzgerald | courtesy of the artist
Andy Shauf | photo by Geoff Fitzgerald | courtesy of the artist

Last year, Canadian singer-songwriter Andy Shauf gave a wonderfully atmospheric performance of “Quite Like You” in the middle of the woods at the Pickathon Woods Stage. The lush, green setting complimented the acoustic instruments and the timbre of his voice. It all comes together with a vintage-y filter over a newly-released video which completes the aesthetic and matches the atmosphere of the music. Continue reading →

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JPEGMAFIA channels Backstreet Boys on new “Millennium Freestyle,” announces PhilaMOCA gig

JPEGMAFIA
JPEGMAFIA | photo by Rozette Rago | courtesy of the artist

With the momentum from his latest album Veteran, JPEGMAFIA recently announced his Reverse Christopher Columbus Tour, which will take him to cities across North America and Europe on a noble quest to “…[regentrify] every city, one by one.” This tour has two stops in Philly; one at Made In America on September 9th, and one at PhilaMOCA on September 18th. Continue reading →

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Explore what’s on tap at the Chill Moody Music Stage at Wawa Welcome America this 4th of July

Chill Moody | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

One of Philly’s premiere 4th of July attractions, the Wawa Welcome America celebration has gotten an exciting upgrade this year with the addition of the Chill Moody Music Stage. Celebrated West Philly rapper Chill Moody is making strides by creating this new stage that will highlight some of Philly’s brightest and most talented musicians. You can catch the performances from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Check out some of the music from the dope selection of performers down below. Continue reading →

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Nashville three piece Bermuda Triangle shares its story friendship, harmonies, and creativity on World Cafe

Bermuda Triangle | Photo by Harvey Hale | courtesy of High Road Touring

Bermuda Triangle is the all female power trio from Nashville featuring Jesse Lafser, Becca Mancari, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. These three musicians have been good friends for years, and they each have other musical endeavors outside the band. Divine intervention brought all three women to various porches in Nashville, where they passed around acoustic guitars and fooled with harmonies. Eventually, these organic jam sessions turned into the passion project that is Bermuda Triangle.

Recently the band met up with Ann Powers for an interview on World Cafe, where they talked about how the band came together, their creative processes, touring, cheese plates, and more. They also gave stellar live performances of their two singles “Suzanne” and “Rosey” as well as two unreleased tracks, “Tear Us Apart” and “Bermuda Triangle,” the band’s theme song. Listen below. Continue reading →

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DJ Delish aka Miss Boi channels frustrations into new tracks “Overstay” and “Bag”

DJ Delish | photo via djdelish.bandcamp.com

One of my favorite Philly DJs, DJ Delish, has stepped out with her singer alter-ego Miss Boi and released a pair of new tracks — “Overstay” and “Bag.”

The first of the two songs, “Overstay,” is a darkly anthemic, 90s-inspired, electronic hip hop anthem that is the musical manifestation of being utterly fed up. Continue reading →

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Watch a cinematic video for Kamasi Washington’s gamer theme song “Street Fighter Mas”

Kamasi Washington | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

Jazz star child and saxophonist Kamasi Washington has treated fans to an epic music video for his single “Street Fighter Mas.” As the title suggests, the song is inspired by Washington’s love of video games, specifically his childhood accomplishment as a Street Fighter champion. According to Washington, he planned on becoming a pro gamer, and wrote this song to serve as his theme song at tournaments. Continue reading →

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Watch Bruce Springsteen play the reopening of Jersey venue Asbury Lanes

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

Legendary Jersey bred rocker Bruce Springsteen helped with the christening of the reopened Asbury Lanes on June 18th. Asbury Lanes closed down in 2015 to make renovations, and has been a staple Jersey venue for over 50 years. According to an article from Asbury Press, he even gave a shout out to the Asbury Park of his youth. Continue reading →

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Petal explores self-doubt in a fun music video for “Better Than You”

Image via Bandcamp @petalpa

In the new Petal video, the world is Kiley Lotz’s stage as she sings and plays guitar on the couch, eats ice cream in a kitchen, and sings while walking a neighborhood sidewalk. There’s also a cute scene involving a giant yellow light switch, and Lotz playing human whack-a-mole, all to the tune of “Better Than You” from Magic Gone, Petal’s new album out on Run For Cover Records on June 15th.

The song itself features bright, catchy guitar riffs and a memorable soprano melody; the tremble in her voice is balanced out by powerful drums and the coarse guitar, and the song has stand-out lyrics like “Maybe if you were you, people would seem to care about what it is you even do.” Continue reading →

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Koji makes triumphant return with new single “Sorry”

Koji
Koji | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

After a two year hiatus, Koji is back with an early 2000s pop punk anthem for the summer called “Sorry.” Crunchy double guitars create a wall of riffs, held up with the solid bass and drums. The vocals are raspy and emotional, especially delivering the lyrics of the chorus “I am sorry, but you don’t seem to be.” The lyrics are catchy and memorable, my personal favorite being “Don’t change for me, I am leaving, you see,” made all the more powerful as the vocals aren’t lost behind the prominence of the guitars. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill will be released from prison today

Meek Mill
Meek Mill | still from video

After protests, hashtags, shout outs, and an ugly legal battle, Meek Mill is finally being released from prison, according to various news reports hitting the web this afternoon.

Meek was previously given a two to four year prison sentence for probation violations by Judge Genece Brinkley, who allegedly tried to get him and then girlfriend Nicki Minaj to record a Boyz II Men cover for her to avoid the trouble. His legal team appealed the sentence, and thanks to the Philadelphia Supreme Court, Meek is a free man once again. According to a statement made on his Facebook page, he plans to being using his platform to bring awareness to wrongfully imprisoned people of color. Continue reading →