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Watch Mo Lowda and The Humble’s trippy music video for “The Way Home”

Mo Lowda & The Humble

The definition of a “dead language” is a linguistic system that has ceased to change; spoken language relies on a shifting structure in which meaning and semantics change based on the contemporary usages of words and phrases. It can be said that music itself is a type of language that communicates emotions and feelings, and if there was a band to prove that Alternative Rock is anything but a dead language, it would be Mo Lowda and The Humble. Continue reading →

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The Electronic New Year: 4 EDM shows to get excited about in 2015

Giraffage | Photo by John Vettese
Giraffage opening for Porter Robinson at the Tower Theater | Photo by John Vettese

Electronic Music has come a long way in the last few decades, changing and creating new subgenres constantly, to the extent that artists and fans alike have adopted a “what’s next?” attitude to the genre. While no one knows for sure what style will sweep the EDM world next, here are a few shows coming to Philadelphia in early 2015 to get your year rolling. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: JXLBeats blends funk, soul and hip-hop on “This”

JXLBeats
James Lamar | via soundcloud.com/jxlbeats

Philadelphia-based hip-hop producer James Lamar, better known by his production handle JXLBeats, is putting the finishing touches on his latest EP, and today we’ve got a preview with the lead-off track “This.” It’s a brilliant blend of funk, a little bit of soul sampling, and a great 90’s-break hip-hop beat, resulting in a track reminiscent of a blend of Ski Beatz and Pretty Lights, plus a driving yet agile sub. Lamar does an excellent job combining influences from old school hip-hop, like the soul sampling and old-school breakbeat rhythms, with samples and sequences of acoustic instruments. But he also nods to the newer face of instrumental hip-hop with some electronic synthesis and fills. The result is a song that really doesn’t seem to come from a distinct era in music, rather uses a variety of styles and sounds from all over the last two decades in a very subtle and natural way. The track can be streamed below, and look out for the release of the full This, That & the Third EP sometime soon! Continue reading →

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Go underground in “Rather Die,” an experimental hiphop collaboration between Nah and GIVV

Nah | Photo by Jonathan Minto
Nah | Photo by Jonathan Minto

Experimental Philly-via-Lancaster outfit Nah released released their record WOE in August, a diverse set featuring guest vocalists Prince Asshole, GIVV, and Tzii, and showing a range in hip hop styles, sometimes utilizing one-hit sampling and white noise as in “Knelt Over Body”, and some using aggressively arpeggiating synths with a smack-down drum beat like in “Born.” One of the standout tracks on the album, however, was one of Nah’s collaborations with GIVV, “Rather Die.” Continue reading →

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WKDU’s Electronic Music Marathon sets now available online!

WKDU Electronic Music Marathon
Some of the DJ setup for WDKU’s Electronic Music Marathon

From October 11th to the 13tg, Drexel’s student-run radio station WKDU hosted their 11th annual Electronic Music Marathon, featuring DJs from all over the city live mixing on the show for dedicated timeslates over the entire course of the weekend. Listeners were asked to donate to the event as well, which benefited Musicopia and Village of Arts & Humanities, two local non-profit organizations that focus on promoting music and the arts in Philadelphia and exposing kids to music and the positive effects and influence it can have. Continue reading →

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Eclectic EDM kingpin Dillon Francis brings his collaborative new album to the Electric Factory

via facebook.com/DillonFrancis
via facebook.com/DillonFrancis

In the world of Electronic Dance Music, names come and go; one-hit-wonders litter the charts and fame can only last for as long as it takes for listeners to be bored with your track in an incredibly fast-paced and release-saturated section of the music industry. Yet some producers and DJ’s have managed to cement themselves as innovative front-runners, creating new sounds that the rest of the industry will try to copy and breaking out of confining genre-boxes. One such artist is international club-shaker Dillon Francis. Continue reading →

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New Video: The Lawsuits perform acoustic version of “Sweet Marcelle”

The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Philadelphia band The Lawsuits were recently featured by Guitar World Magazine for an acoustic version of their track “Sweet Marcelle” off of their recent album, Tumbled.

The band, known for their rootsy and rocking sound, uses multiple layers of vocals and instrumentation, mixing together genres ranging from blues to rock to gospel. That’s why this most recent recording has garnered the attention it’s been receiving. Breaking away from their typical style, the band’s vocalists Brian Dale Allen Strouse and Vanessa Winters used just one guitar, one mic, and two voices to recreate a new spin on their track. Their breaking down of the track gives it a more simple and melancholy audio ambiance that tugs at the heart strings a little more than it tugs at the ear drums. Continue reading →

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Frank Cervantes releases video for “Burning Out”

Frank Cervantes
Frank Cervantes | photo courtesy of the artist

Hailing from across the bridge, New Jersey-based singer/songwriter Frank Cervantes has just released a new music video for his song “Burning Out” from an upcoming album. The song itself has an electronic-indie rock style, which provides a chilled-out atmosphere accompanied by an ethereal keyboard and matching vocals over a nice, laid-back beat.

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PREMIERE: Philly Spinster Jack Deezl drops new “Way Far Out” single

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Jack Deezl | photo provided by the artist

There are a few names that everyone who is entrenched in the Philly EDM scene knows and one of the standards is Glitch Squad frontman Drew Mercadante, better known by his DJ/production handle Jack Deezl. Since his debut in Philadelphia in 2011, Deezl has released an EP (2012’s Unrest) and 2013’s Disillusion LP.  His live outings have been numerous as well as, clocking in spin time at venues across the city and sharing bills with acts like Kill The Noise, Adventure Club, Seven Lions, Big Gigantic, Waveracer, RJD2, and Birdy Nam Nam (just to name a few).  With a new effort on the way, we spoke with the innovative spinner about how he continues to push the EDM envelope and got a sneak peek with a premiere of his new single “Way Far Out.”

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