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Kurt Vile covers The Rolling Stones for Spotify Singles session

Kurt Vile | photo by Samantha Bloom | courtesy of the artist

Hometown hero Kurt Vile recently stopped by Spotify HQ recently to record a pair of singles, including a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “No Expectations.” The track, from the Stones’ 1968 album Beggars Banquet, is reimagined in Vile’s signature style and stripped down for the session, with drawn out vocals and harmonica. The B side is an acoustic version of “Loading Zones,” off Vile’s recent album Bottle It In. Listen to the singles below via Spotify. Continue reading →

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Courtney Barnett gets cerebral on the “Everybody Here Hates You” video

Courtney Barnett | still from video

Courtney Barnett released a pair of singles for Record Store Day this past weekend, which included the brand new song “Everybody Here Hates You.” The song is now available on streaming services, and it has a new video to go along with it. The Danny Cohen-directed video draws on the “it’s only in your head” line of the song by showing Barnett and her band performing onstage before taking us on a journey into the inner workings of the songwriter’s mind, pink brain walls and all. Watch below. Continue reading →

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Beck teams up with Pharrell on “Saw Lightning” from new LP Hyperspace

Beck | photo by Citizen Kane Wayne | courtesy of the artist

We don’t know much about Beck‘s new album Hyperspace other than that it’ll be released “at an as yet undetermined point in the space time continuum,” according to a press release. But the enigmatic songwriter has shared the forthcoming record’s first single, “Saw Lightning,” on which he plays acoustic slide guitar and harmonica. Continue reading →

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Sun God begins again with Life Skills in hand

Sun God | via facebook.com/sungodpa

It’s been a long road for Philly-via-Pottsville rockers Sun God, who are just emerging from a five-year break in between releases. Their forthcoming EP Life Skills marks a fresh start for the band, and as the title suggests, it’s a product of some considerable growth and learning. Continue reading →

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Watch Lili Añel cover Jef Lee Johnson’s “Traffic Jam In A One Horse Town” on WRTI

Lili Anel and Jef Lee Johnson | photo courtesy of the artist

When Lili Añel joined Philly jazz and classical station WRTI for a live session last year, she brought along a cover of the late guitarist Jef Lee Johnson’s classic song, “Traffic Jam In A One Horse Town.” A video of the stunning performance is now available to stream via VuHaus. Continue reading →

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Lois Volta steps out on “Feels So Good” and “I’m Alright”

Lois Volta | photo via loisvolta.bandcamp.com

Philly singer-songwriter Lois Volta has been dabbling in writing and recording her own music since her former band, Adam & Dave’s Bloodline, called it quits a few years back. As a solo artist, Volta has been sharing folk-influenced songs on Bandcamp, and recently released a pair of singles, “Feels So Good” and “I’m Alright.” Continue reading →