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Get into some “Trouble” with Kate Faust’s new video and EP Savior

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Kate Faust | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

The electro pop artist Kate Faust’s roots started right here in Philadelphia. Just last year, she left the City of Brotherly Love to explore the City of Angels, A.K.A Los Angeles. Her last EP capsized was released in 2017, and now she is back with with a new EP titled Savior as well as a music video for “Trouble”.

The EP consists of five tracks that depict her as a boss and a badass, in a somewhat rocker type of mood than usual. Faust’s vocals are assertive and somewhat intimidating, and the first track “Brace Yourself” depicts that perfectly. “Play” uses more electronic beats and an intense soundscape of synths. “Breaking Free” has a steady beat and you can listen to Kaust takes advantage of that through the track. “Trouble” slows things down after the storm, but in a good way. Lastly, “Savior” is a hope-inducing upbeat piece that grately emphasizes Faust’s powerful vocals. Continue reading →

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Vexxed’s new music video “Heaven’s Away Team” will draw you into an unknown dimension

Vexxed | photo via facebook.com/heavensawayteam

Philly electronic pop trio Vexxed released a new music video titled “Heaven’s Away Team” that will leave you in a fuzzy yet groovy indica haze, visually and mentally. To me, the song sounds like something the Mile High Club and Mac Demarco would create if they were to go camping together while on shrooms. The content of the actual clip is off-putting and the lyrics are pretty dark; in one part, the trio sings “it’s too late / this is our fate” while showing skeletons in the ground and a kid stuck in quicksand. Continue reading →

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Watch Lauryn Hill and Andra Day honor Nina Simone at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 class induction ceremony

 

Andra Day and Lauryn Hill at the Rock Hall induction | photos by Theo Wargo | via liveforlivemusic.com

On April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony for the 2018 class, and among the honored were soul goddess Nina Simone and legendary guitarist and gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Mary J. Blige had the honor of inducting Nina Simone into the Hall of elites, talks about the late singer’s songs in her speech saying, “songs about injustice, struggle, and black life resonate to this day.” Simone served as an activist during the Civil Rights Movement, using her voice as a tool to make a difference. Her work influenced many of today’s famous artists including Lauryn Hill who did a split tribute with Andra Day to honor Simone, who died of cancer in 2003. Continue reading →

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BARNES’ new single “Sun In The City” will touch your heart

BARNES | photo courtesy of artist

Barney Cortez’s life has been pretty hectic these last few years, from serving as a front-man to Philly band Nicos Gun, created in 2010, to forming LA based group The Rituals. He was also involved with Philly based bands Minka and The Rich Mystics. Eventually, Cortez returned back to his roots, Philadelphia, to reinvent himself as a solo artist, going by the name of BARNES. This allowed him to get more intimate and personal with his music, and in January, BARNES released the music video for “Dream Within A Dream” which Cortez explains “deals with the pain of losing someone, and piecing together the memories of the past.” Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: The Shacks put us in a Haze on this beautiful afternoon

The Shacks | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

New York indie band The Shacks stopped by for WXPN’s Free At Noon concert today, and their performance was mesmerizing. Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed when I was walking in, was 19-year-old lead singer Shannon Wise’s voice. I stopped midway through the entrance and actually blocked everyone behind me from getting in. Instantly, I was sent into a dream-like state where I felt like I was floating on a cloud with the sun softly hitting my face. Continue reading →

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Let Kilamanzego put you into a trance with her new single “laughter in the sun showers”

Kilamanzego | photo by Manny Arocho | courtesy of the artist
Kilamanzego | photo by Manny Arocho | courtesy of the artist

From playing bass/guitar in various hardcore punk rock bands to entering the trap world, Philly’s Kilamanzego, has gone beyond the boundaries of genre with her unprecedented skills behind the screen. Much of mainstream trap is cookie-cutter and can be created with just a simple formula. Kila takes a unique approach in order to create sounds that provoke your senses and leave you in a trance-like state. By going against the grain, Kila has established herself as one of the most creative musical minds in Philly. Continue reading →

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The Morning Herald’s newest single “Fall Back to Earth” is a helping of classic rock n’ roll filth

The Morning Herald | photo via themorningherald.bandcamp.com

Local modern rock band The Morning Herald is based at Villanova, and they’re joining in on the celebration of their school’s historic NCAA tournament run with a new single release titled “Fall Back to Earth.”

The band’s style is influenced by The Killers, Oasis, Spoon, and Arcade Fire, and without a doubt, you can hear that gritty anthemic rock side shine through in “Fall Back to Earth”; those nasty guitar riffs and lead singer Zach Leone’s gravely vocals bring out the song’s classic rock n’ roll filth. Continue reading →

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Twin Beds’ “Mineral” is poppy punk, but not pop-punk

Twin Beds | photo via http://facebook.com/twinbedsband

Local punk rock band Twin Beds is bringing back the angsty emo days in their new single “Mineral” from their upcoming LP It Gets Easier, set to drop April 20th. Straight out of Philly, the three-piece band has some musical similarities to Tigers Jaw circa 2008, with a little sprinkly of The Wonder Years and Sorority Noise. They describe their music as “poppy punk, but not pop punk”, which makes sense, but not really. Continue reading →

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Voss is getting roasted on his birthday at Bourbon & Branch

Voss | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Voss | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Earlier this year, the Philly rapper Voss released his second album Lost & Crowned, preceded by a listening party in the late January. Now, the BET 106 & Park Freestyle Friday Hall of Famer is back with another surprise. In honor of his birthday, Voss will be celebrating it with a roast, and I’m not talking about the one you eat. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The one and only Mavis Staples will grace World Cafe Live for two nights this December

Mavis Staples | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Six decades later, and legendary R&B singer Mavis Staples has shown no signs of slowing down. She’s 78 years old now and just self-released an album titled If All I Was Was Black in November. Not to mention, she is going on tour this fall, again, hitting various cities including Philadelphia on December 7th and 8th. The soulful veteran will be bringing her soaring melodies and signature growl to World Cafe Live not once but twice! Continue reading →