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Beyond the Bars to kick off Live at the Library sessions next month with Chill Moody

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

Local music nonprofit Beyond the Bars has been teaching music to youth affected by the incarceration system for a few years now, and the organization’s newest initiative will introduce their efforts to the public in a more hands-on way than before. In conjunction with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Beyond the Bars will host Live at the Library, a new series that focuses on discussion based around local activism, plus musical performance. Continue reading →

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Presages debuts with sweeping new single “Surrender”

Presages | photo by Angelys Ocana | courtesy of the artist

Philly alt-rock outfit Presages is one of the newest additions to the scene, and they’ve already made a lasting first impression with the sweeping new single “Surrender.” The band was founded by frontman and guitarist Angel Ocana, who also plays drums in local hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement, earlier this year. The four-piece also includes Justin Leggio on drums, Albert Collazo on bass and Molly White on piano and vocals. Continue reading →

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AllegrA reflects on missed connections and too-short moments in “when the powers out”

AllegrA | photo by Roxanne Friedman | via facebook.com/allegrabandmusic

A year after releasing their self-titled debut album, Philly’s own AllegrA — the project of songwriter Allegra Eidinger — is back with a new single, which they surprise-released on Bandcamp after spontaneously writing and recording it just last week.

Called “when the powers out,” the song is bright in a way that contradicts its title — Eidinger’s naturally warm vocals are matched by the light instrumentals and soft, upbeat melody. And yet, thematically, things aren’t so sunny. “We only meet in the middle, when the power’s out,” Eidinger repeats throughout the song, hinting at missed connections and too-short moments, the fleeting nature of togetherness and divide.  Continue reading →

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Listen to The Menzingers’ Tom May talk to Gladie’s Augusta Koch on his new Future Friday podcast

Tom May and Augusta Koch | still from video

Tom May of Philly punk band The Menzingers has a new approach to podcasting — for his latest project, he’s sitting down in his kitchen for casual, unstructured conversations with his friends and peers in the music scene. For the inaugural episode, May is joined by Augusta Koch of local outfits Cayetana and Gladie, who he describes as one of his oldest and dearest friends. Continue reading →

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Watch boygenius perform a Tiny Desk Concert

Boygenius | photo by Cameron Pollack for NPR

We can’t get enough of boygenius, the new collaborative project from singer-songwriters Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers, so their recent appearance at NPR’s Tiny Desk almost makes up for the fact that the trio’s tour skipped over Philly. Decked in their band uniform of matching embroidered jackets, the group shares a single microphone in the tight office space, performing stripped-down versions of three songs off their new self-titled EP. Continue reading →

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Ellen Siberian Tiger talks collaboration and channeling emotion in new Shaking Through session

Ellen Siberian Tiger | still from video

Philly indie rockers Ellen Siberian Tiger are the focus of the latest Shaking Through session from Weathervane Music. The group, helmed by songwriter/vocalist Ellen Tiberio-Shultz and performing as a four-piece for this session, joined the Weathervane folks at Miner Street Recordings to put together a finished rendition of their previously unrecorded song “Everybody Always.” The final product is out now, and includes a polished music video of the song and a documentary-like look behind the scenes into the process of recording. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Thin Lips at Boot & Saddle

Thin Lips
Thin Lips | photo by Scott Troyan | photo courtesy of the artist

Following the release of their fantastic new album Chosen Family this summer, Philly scene faves Thin Lips have announced their first proper headlining tour behind the record, which will take them up and down the East Coast this winter. The band has also added a new member to their chosen family: Delaware-based rocker Grace Vonderkuhn will open for them on the tour, which wraps up with a hometown show on February 2 at Boot & Saddle. Continue reading →

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See jazz bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and the Gnawa Soul Experience Band at the Clef Club this weekend

Jamaaladeen Tacuma | Still from video

Free jazz bassist and Philadelphia native Jamaaladeen Tacuma will play a show at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts this Saturday, November 17. Part of PNC Arts Alive presents Jazz Cultural Voices concert series, Tacuma will be accompanied by his Gnawa Soul Experience Band for the show, which includes Philadelphia musicians alongside musicians from Morocco.

Tacuma got his start in Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time ensemble and went on to release over a dozen solo albums since the early 80s, most recently 2017’s Gnawa Soul Experience. He’s become renowned for his blend of ancient African Gnawa musical tradition with his own musical themes and production, covering genres from jazz to funk. Continue reading →

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R5 Productions’ Punk Rock Flea Market returns this December at the Cherry Street Pier

Punk Rock Flea Market
R5’s Punk Rock Flea Market | Photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Local show promoters R5 Productions may best known for the great concerts they stage around town all year long, but let us not forget the company’s other legacy. R5 is the founder of Philly’s original Punk Rock Flea Market; since 2003 they’ve organized the much-anticipated semi-annual event that brings together dozens of vendors and countless more shoppers for a weekend full of punk rock goodness.

R5’s flea will return this year on December 8 and 9 at the Cherry Street Pier, Philly’s newest community space. The event will host 50 vendors each day — no repeats — selling vintage goods, records, arts and crafts, and various other odds and ends; entrance is free. Continue reading →

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Hozier’s new album will be out next year, releases video for lead single “Movement”

Hozier | Photo by: Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com
Hozier | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

Hozier has revealed some details about the new music that lies in his future. We don’t have an album title or an exact release date yet, but we do know that the Irish singer-songwriter will release his next record in early 2019. The first single from the forthcoming LP is out now; called “Movement,” it’s a powerful song that builds quickly in intensity and is matched in tone by its accompanying video, directed by Chris Barrett and Luke Taylor and starring Sergei Polunin. Continue reading →