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Free At Noon Flashback: The Revivalists tear it up at World Cafe Live

The Revivalists | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
The Revivalists | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

As Lousiana-based rock soul group The Revivalists stepped onto the stage at today’s Free At Noon, it quickly became clear that the show would be an electric one. The six-piece (keyboardist Michael Girardot was unable to play due to health reasons) quickly blasted into their foot-stomping jams with a head-bobbing crowd in tow. Rip-roaring solos from saxophonist Rob Ingraham, guitarist Zack Feinberg, and pedal steel guitarist Ed Williams peppered the performance and kept the crowd hooting for more. Lead singer David Shaw amped up excitement by jumping off stage and high-fiving show-goers while crooning into his microphone. The group’s laid-back style made for some positive vibes, especially when Shaw plopped down Indian-style during the performance. After finishing their last song, the group lingered on stage and made light banter with the audience before launching into an encore. The show was magnetic and made it pretty clear that when The Revivalists take the stage, they’ll give you 110%. Check out a gallery of photos from today’s Free at Noon in the gallery below. Continue reading →

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Check out an easygoing new Dewey Decibel jam featuring Rone

Photo via Dewey Decibel Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deweysdope)
Photo via Facebook facebook.com/deweysdope

Philly-based rapper / producer Dewey Decibel released a new track this week featuring fellow local rapper Rone titled “Never Gave A Shit.” The song is smooth and engaging, throwing some oddball synths your way and blending them with Dewey and Rone’s easygoing flow. Holding your attention throughout, the track’s different timbres of voice and synth juxtapose comfortably and bounce around the room, with the MCs spitting their lines with confidence. Check out the new song below.

“Never Give A Shit” comes from Sub Cult, the new EP Dewey Decibel is releasing in early 2015. He will be playing at MilkBoy this Friday, November 21st, opening for Red Martina; for tickets and more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Chill Moody introduces new Phirst Tuesdays at Bourbon & Branch to support Philly local talent

Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia music advocate and hip hop artist Chill Moody announced today that he will be heading a new music initiative in Philadelphia called Phirst Tuesdays. Phirst Tuesdays will be an open mic/jam session that will take place every first Tuesday of the month at Bourbon & Branch. The night of sign-up performances will feature Chill Moody’s own band including Man-Man, Wheatbread and JRoc to play as the performers’ live backing band throughout the night. Phirst Tuesdays will also include various hosts, with December’s to be hosted by R&B artist Beano who has recently returned from a tour in Africa singing back-up vocals for Jahiem. Continue reading →

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Discover the smooth, solemn punk-folk of Scranton transplant Cave People in “Cluster”

Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography
Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography

Scranton transplant Cave People announced this week that they will be releasing their debut EP Older on December 9th via their new label, Stereophonodon Records. In addition to the EP announcement, Cave People is also streaming “Cluster”, the first track off of Older via Stereogum. Singer/songwriter David Tomaine, the artist behind Cave People, creates a smooth, solemn folk track with tinges of punk rock coloring it nicely. Continue reading →

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Take a technicolor road trip with The Fleeting Ends in their “Can’t Say No” video

Photo via The Fleeting Ends Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefleetingends).
Photo via The Fleeting Ends Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/thefleetingends).

Philly indie pop trio The Fleeting Ends have just released a music video for their new song “Can’t Say No.” The video tags along with the band and some friends as they road trip around the city utilizing a vintage, 90′s-style camcorder resulting in vibrantly colored scenes and a fun, summery atmosphere. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Shark Tape fill the room with energy upstairs at World Cafe Live

Shark Tape | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Shark Tape | Photo by Brittany Salerno

Philly-based rock trio Shark Tape played a lively set and kept the crowd moving upstairs at today’s Free At Noon. After they launched into their set, the room quickly filled with their sound; guitarist / vocalist Niles Weiss laid into soaring guitar solos, lead vocalist and bassist Stephen Lorek kept the low end thumping and howled to the crowd; drummer Dylan Mulcahly kept a tight beat and embellished with his own vocals. Continue reading →

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Questlove reveals his impressive wall-to-wall vinyl collection for Dust & Grooves

Questlove and his records | via Dust and Grooves
Questlove and his records | via Dust and Grooves

Philly music hero Questlove recently gave fans a peek into his massive vinyl collection for Dust & Grooves, a project that explores people and their eclectic record collections across the globe. The 43-year-old bandleader, drummer for The Roots, NYU professor and DJ has become a household name over the years, for both his music and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture.

Dust & Grooves founder and photographer Eilon Paz, along with reporter Jameson Harvey, sat down with Questlove this past summer for an in-depth interview about his collection. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile appears on stage again with Warpaint in L.A.

Photo via Warpaint Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/warpaintwarpaint/)
Photo via facebook.com/warpaintwarpaint

Back in March, Warpaint played Union Transfer and Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Kurt Vile joined the band on stage at a sold-out Union Transfer performance to perform”Baby” off of their 2010 album The Fool. It seems that this could be a forming tradition, as Vile has hit the stage with them again, though now the two have switched hometowns with LA-based Warpaint back in familiar territory. Pitchfork reports that Vile joined Emily Kokal in singing “Baby” at the Echoplex on Friday night for Red Bull Sound Select’s 30 Days in L.A. Watch their performance below. Continue reading →

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Left and Right’s “Low Expectations” video features pizza, chainsaws

Left & Right | photo via www.facebook.com/leftandrightva

Virginia-bred, Philadelphia-based punk four-piece Left and Right just released a new video for “Low Expectations” from their latest album 5 Year Plan. It’s a comedic portrayal of a group of friends baking and selling pizza on their street corner, lemonade-style. The guys grow aggravated when the local food critic doesn’t love it and they go about new, shall-we-say creative, ways to make something fresh and original out of an old favorite. Watch the video below; 5 Year Plan is out now on Infinity Cat Records. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kwesi K at Boot and Saddle, Minas at World Cafe Live, J Roddy Walston and the Business at the TLA

Kwesi K | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Kwesi K | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Acoustic pop folk artist Kwesi K plays Boot and Saddle tonight. The Ohio-to-Philly transplant has become an artist to watch over the past few years as he continues to produce soft, easy-listening folk for the masses. Most recently, his Lovely EP was released back in the spring spring. Now he will be wrapping up his tour in Philadelphia with plenty of assurance that he will be playing his popular tracks “Great Goodbye” and “Pronouns”. You can watch the music video for it below. For more information on tonight’s concert, click here. Continue reading →