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Indie vets Hammered Hulls share “Written Words” from self-titled debut

Hammered Hulls | via Ticketfly

Hammered Hulls, a new supergroup of sorts, debuted quietly last year. The Washington, DC-based band is led by the core duo Mary Timony of Helium and Ex Hex and Alec MacKaye of Warmers and Faith, and rounded out by Philly’s Chris Wilson (Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus) on drums and Mark Cisneros (Des Demonas, Kid Congo) on guitar. The four-piece just announced their first recorded material, a self-titled three-song single that will be released on August 9. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Menzingers will bring new album Hello Exile to Franklin Music Hall this fall

The Menzingers | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

The Menzingers will return with their sixth album this fall. The local punk-rock favorites just announced that Hello Exile will be released on October 4 via Epitaph, and their lead single “Anna” is out now. After a show in Lancaster, PA with Queen of Jeans at The Chameleon Club this Friday, they’ll return on November 29, playing a show at Franklin Music Hall with Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse.

Hello Exile follows The Menzingers’ 2017 album After The Party. The band returned to producer Will Yip’s Conshohocken studio to record the new album. “That’s the longest amount of time we’ve ever worked with Will,” vocalist Greg Barnett said in a press release. “We wanted to make sure these stories didn’t get lost in the music, so we kept it to a lot of room sounds with the guitar and bass and drums.” Continue reading →

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Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home will be screened at BlackStar Film Festival

Solange’s When I Get Home film | still from video

The upcoming BlackStar Film Festival has expanded its previously announced lineup to include a screening of Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home during its closing night on August 4. The short film features music from Solange’s album by the same name and is currently available on Apple Music. BlackStar will screen an extended director’s cut of the film, featuring new scenes and musical arrangements. Continue reading →

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Coping Skills, Big Nothing, and Queen of Jeans featured on compilation to support The Yellowhammer Fund

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The Bummer Presents… benefit series has produced musical compilations that support a number of organizations working to fight injustice. In the wake of Alabama legislators voting to effectively ban abortion in the state, the latest compilation in the series will benefit Alabama charity The Yellowhammer Fund. The 19-track compilation features contributions from Philly bands Coping Skills, Big Nothing, and Queen of Jeans, who each lent an original song to the cause. Continue reading →

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Listen to the first single from Queen of Jeans’ new album If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid

Queen of Jeans | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Philly trio Queen of Jeans just announced that their new record If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, will be released August 23 via Topshelf Records. The lead single “Get Lost” is out now, and its accompanying video explores what it’s like when you just need to smash something with a baseball bat. Continue reading →

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Grayling shares second new single “Cursed”

Grayling | photo by Ashley Gellman | courtesy of the artist

After signing with 6131 Records, Grayling has begun to share her first new music in three years. She released “Chalk Dust” last month, and just returned with “Cursed,” the second in the series of new singles. The solo project of songwriter Lexi Campion, who writes and records every vocal and instrumental part of her songs, Grayling’s last release was 2016’s Everything That Burns EP. Continue reading →

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Explore the history of hip-hop and The Apollo at BlackStar Film Festival

Black Star Film Festival 2019 flyer | via facebook.com/blackstarfest

The eighth annual BlackStar Film Festival returns to Philadelphia next month, showcasing the work of black, brown, and indigenous filmmakers from around the world. This year the festival will celebrate over 100 films, representing over 20 countries. The full lineup has just been announced for the festival, which runs August 1 through August 4 and will screen films at various locations throughout the city.

Film topics cover a range of history, politics, and current events, and films exploring music’s impact on culture are also in the mix.  Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: P.A.C.E.’s Trumpet Chics bring the brass to World Cafe Live

Trumpet Chics | photo by Makena Duffy for WXPN

Trumpet Chics brought the party to Free at Noon today, making audience members glad they stayed in town for the holiday weekend. Part of P.A.C.E. program (Preparing Artists for College Entrance) in Camden, NJ, which helps increase opportunities for students in the arts, the ensemble features a talented group of young musicians who aren’t afraid to have some fun onstage. Continue reading →

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Jazz Heritage Series kicks off in West Philly’s Malcolm X Park this week

Malcolm X Park’s Jazz Heritage Series | via phsonline.org

Every other Thursday night this summer, West Philly’s Malcolm X Park is the place to be. The Jazz Heritage Series, hosted by Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell and Friends of Malcolm X Park, brings local jazz performers to the park for a series of free outdoor concerts that runs through September. Continue reading →

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The Music of Welcome America: Here’s who will bring the party to the Ben Franklin Parkway on the 4th of July

clockwise from left: Judah Kim, The Bul Bey, Just Sole Street Dance Theatre, Nalani and Sarina | stills from videos

The Wawa Welcome America festival takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this July 4th, and while headliners Jennifer Hudson and Meghan Trainor are sure to draw a crowd leading up to the fireworks display, there’s plenty to see ahead of the main event. The Party on the Parkway will keep the entertainment going all day long, with four different music stages showcasing a vibrant variety of music and dance performances throughout the day. Continue reading →