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Worriers share new single “Gaslighter,” gear up for Johnny Brenda’s show in November

Worriers | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

The release of Worriers‘ upcoming LP Survival Pop is just a few weeks away, and the anticipation is building as the band shares the album’s third single, called “Gaslighter.” The Philly punks recently moved to town via Brooklyn, and we’re so glad they did — it’s always great to be able to say that one of our up-and-coming favorite bands is from our hometown. Even better, Lauren Dinitzio and crew are bringing their new tunes to Johnny Brenda’s for a record release show on Nov. 3. They’ll be joined by fellow Philly acts Thin Lips and Katie Ellen for the celebratory show. Continue reading →

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Listen to Japanese Breakfast collaborate with Giraffage on “Maybes”

Japanese Breakfast | Photo by: Ellen Miller | ellencm.com
Japanese Breakfast | Photo by Ellen Miller | ellencm.com

Japanese Breakfast released two of the best albums of the last two years: 2016’s Psychopomp and 2017’s Soft Sounds from Another Planet were both met with widespread acclaim. But the project of Philadelphia’s Michelle Zauner isn’t showing any signs of slowing down — amid an extensive tour, Japanese Breakfast recently found time to make a guest appearance on a song with EDM artist Giraffage. The Bay Area artist Charlie Yin is the mastermind behind Giraffage, and the project is set to release it’s bedroom-recorded debut LP Too Real on Oct. 20 via Counter Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mondo Cozmo at Union Transfer, Jake Clemons at World Cafe Live

Mondo Cozmo | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Mondo Cozmo have been one of our new favorite bands for quite some time now, and after memorable performances at NonCOMM and Firefly in recent months, we’re happy to welcome them back for a headlining gig at Union Transfer. The project of Joshua Ostrander, the LA-via-Philly rockers are sure to bring a heavy dose of their signature energy. Mondo Cozmo is touring in support of debut album Plastic Soul, released in August. Opening acts Flagship and Illinois are worth arriving early to catch. Watch Mondo Cozmo’s video for “Automatic.” Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: The Morelings return with dreamlike new single “We Were”

The Morelings | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Psychedelic dream-pop duo The Morelings seem like such an integral part of the Philly circuit that it’s hard to believe it’s been about three years since they first appeared on the scene. They first emerged in late 2014, recording and releasing debut EP No Sign shortly after. Since then the ethereal shoegaze-y project, founded by co-writers and performers Kedra Caroline and Matthew William and now performing live as a five-piece band, has gone on to build their music around a solid and captivating dreamy aesthetic, lodging themselves firmly into the hearts of their fans. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dear Nora at Johnny Brenda’s, Public Service Broadcasting at The Foundry, The Afghan Whigs at Union Transfer

Dear Nora | photo via katydavidsonandfriends.com

Katy Davidson has been making music and touring under the name Dear Nora since 2000, and the project makes a stop at Johnny Brenda’s in support of the newly-reissued Mountain Rock LP (listen below). After a several-year hiatus, some of which Davidson spent playing as Key Losers, she recently revived Dear Nora to the thrill of her loyal fanbase (the likes of which include former Philadelphians Girlpool, whose song “Dear Nora” is a tribute to the band). Nicholas Krgovich and Hello Shark will open the 21+ show. Continue reading →

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Mavis Staples announces Jeff Tweedy collaboration If All I Was Was Black

Mavis Staples | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

XPN Fest veterans and longtime friends Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) have collaborated together a few times before, but the just-announced If All I Was Was Black is a particularly special project. Slated for a November 17 release on Anti- Records, the 10-track album was produced and written by Tweedy, with vocalist Staples contributing to the lyrics on three tracks. In addition to being the first full-length of original material the the two have worked on together, If All I Was Was Black takes on a political tone, addressing racial tension in a way that advocates for spreading love and positivity. Continue reading →

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DIY locals Soft Idiot and Lonely Ghost team up for a split

Soft Idiot | photo by Anaje Brinkley | via facebook.com/softidiot1

It’s a great thing when two lo-fi DIY artists bring their solo projects together for a collaborative release. Philly bedroom pop outfits Soft Idiot and Lonely Ghost recently teamed up to release a 4-song split EP, available now on Bandcamp. We last heard from Soft Idiot, the project of Justin Roth, with the release of stillborn in March; and this marks Lonely Ghost’s first release since Funereal in May 2016. Continue reading →

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Watch Naeemah Maddox perform “Apple” for Philly’s Random Tea Sessions

Naeemah Maddox | photo by Kev Steele | courtesy of the artist
Naeemah Maddox | photo by Kev Steele | courtesy of the artist

In July, prolific Brooklyn-via-Philly singer/composer/multi-instrumentalist Naeemah Maddox released her excellent second album, Vile Tyrant and the Middle Men. The nine-track LP, full of dense and quirky songs, is a self-described “statement analyzing the effect of mankind’s struggles on a macro (political) and micro (personal) level.” Recorded in her West Philly apartment over a five-year period, Maddox played most of the instruments on the record, including flute, violin, keyboard, and bass, not to mention her beautifully layered vocals. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Son Little gives the Philly crowd an early taste of New Magic

Son Little | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

A hometown crowd packed World Cafe Live late this morning for a hometown hero of sorts. Son Little, the project of singer and guitarist Aaron Livingston, is a local favorite for Philly audiences, and the artist himself seemed right at home during today’s Free at Noon. After opening the set with a few new songs from his forthcoming album New Magic, Son Little welcomed the crowd, which had lined up outside well before doors opened and flocked closer and closer to the stage as the show went on, clapping and dancing along. Continue reading →

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Sundrop Festival teams up with BrainFest to bring local artists together for a great cause

west philadelphia orchestra
West Philadelphia Orchestra | photo courtesy of the artist

This year, the 7th annual Sundrop Music & Arts Festival has merged with BrainFest to bring us 12 straight hours of music, food, games and more — and it’s all for a good cause. Happening from noon to midnight this Saturday at the Ukie Club in Northern Liberties, the festival will feature over 20 performances from artists of all genres, including local favorites West Philadelphia Orchestra, Resilient, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Schooly D and lots more. All proceeds benefit the American Brain Tumor Association, an organization dedicated to supporting the nearly 700,000 people in the United States living with a brain tumor. Continue reading →