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Bucolic has a peaceful easy feeling on “Light Traces”

Bucolic | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

It’s hard to listen to singer-songwriter Seth Carpenter’s Bucolic project without stopping to wonder why he chose that name. With soft, shimmery instrumentals and a heavily filtered vocal, the South Jersey native creates dreamlike soundscapes that fit into the idyllic, nature-filled setting the word bucolic evokes. Continue reading →

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Low Dose channels trauma into raging songs and is ready to “Start Over”

Low Dose | courtesy of the artist

Low Dose‘s self-titled debut LP comes out in just one week, and ahead of the release the band has shared a fourth single from the album. “Start Over” encompasses the idea of moving on from a painful experience into a simple common phrase — but as the band makes clear through the fiery song’s intense highs and lows, starting over can be easier said than done. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Head and The Heart will bring Living Mirage to The Met

The Head and The Heart | Photo by Vince Aung | courtesy of the artist

Last week, The Head and The Heart announced their forthcoming album Living Mirage, which’ll be out May 17, and shared its first single, “Missed Connection.” Soon, most of the US will have the chance to see the folk rock faves live — the band just announced a 38-city North American tour that begins in April and runs through October with hardly a break. The tour includes two nights at Red Rocks, an appearance at the Woodstock 50th anniversary festival — and most importantly, a headlining show at The Met Philadelphia on October 8. Continue reading →

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Ready Now is ready to move on in “Go Ahead”

Ready Now | photo by Michael Letendre | courtesy of the artist

Ready Now are back with their second single in as many months. After debuting on the scene last year with the Love and Other Dumb Stuff, the band has kept busy with touring before releasing some new material into the world. Ahead of their acoustic tour this spring, Ready Now first shared “Singing Sweetly” in February, and follows it up today with “Go Ahead.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Maggie Rogers will play the Skyline Stage at The Mann this fall

Maggie Rogers | courtesy of the artist

Maggie Rogers is about to head out on tour behind her new album Heard It In A Past Life, and she’ll play a sold-out show at The Fillmore at the end of this month. But if you missed out on tickets to that, here’s a bit of good news: Rogers has just announced another string of tour dates for this fall, bringing her back to Philly to play The Mann Center’s Skyline Stage on October 4. Empress Of will open the show. Continue reading →

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Mavis Staples teams up with Ben Harper for new album We Get By

Mavis Staples | photo by Myriam Santos | courtesy of the artist

Mavis Staples has announced that her new album We Get By will be released May 10. Produced by Ben Harper, it will be the legendary songwriter’s 12th studio album. The lead single “Change” is out now, setting the tone for an album that will be filled with Staples’ messages of love and hope for a divided world. Continue reading →

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The Dove & the Wolf explores warmth, intimacy, and freedom in the “Free Around You” video

The Dove and the Wolf | still from video

Before their new album Conversations is released on May 3, songwriting duo The Dove & the Wolf have shared a video for “Free Around You,” a single we heard a few weeks back. According to the band members, who split their time between France and the States, the shadowy video was shot on16mm film in Paris this winter. Directed by Leo Schrepel, it captures the hushed and dreamy feel of the song as Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat are basked in flashes of golden light. Continue reading →