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ZiD Dimension tells us about The Theory of Mythical Love on her new EP

 

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Smooth beats, mesmerizing vocals, and good vibes radiate from multi-dimensional Philly artist ZiD Dimension on their latest EP The Theory of Mythical Love. The five-track collection explores her interpretations of “fake love” which is where the term “mythical” comes into play. The opening track “MOVE ON”  creates this mellowing effect where you can’t help but get lost in her voice.  “How Can I?” gives the listener a taste of ZiD’s emcee skills as well as what she can do behind the board and on the guitar. “In & Out” and “TIMESUP” will both put you in your feels. The closing track “The VOID” is mostly instrumental with a voice recording of someone talking, while is a common occurrence throughout the EP, smacked right in the middle. Continue reading →

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Hurray for Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante” gets the short film treatment, shedding light on the people of Puerto Rico

Hurray for the Riff Raff | still from video

Hurray For The Riff Raff has released a short film based on her 2017’s song “Pa’lante”, the closer from their sixth LP The Navigator via ATO Records. The ballad has been recognized by many big names including Pitchfork as the “Best New Track” and NPR Music as “one of the most articulate songs of a generation.” The title of the song was inspired by the name of the newspaper published by the Puerto Rican community activist group Young Lords; “Pa’lante” is an expression that translates to “onward, forwards,” which reflects the people of Puerto Rico’s will to rebuild their community after the catastrophic damage from Hurricane Maria. Director Kristian Mercado Figueroa explains further below. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: The Record Company get down to business on the NPR Music stage

The Record Company | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

All I can say is lead man Chris Vos from LA’s bluesy rock band The Record Company is an animal. The trio hit the stage and got right to business with no hesitation. The intense energy and enthusiasm from the band’s righteous guitar licks, ferocious drumming, and killer harmonica solos had the crowd go crazy. Not to mention, Vos delivered some ridiculous falsettos that could be heard from the heavens. Bassist Alex Stiff and drummer Marc Cazorla kept everything tight as the charismatic frontman was thrashing, giving the crowd some epic guitar solos. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: William Prince got real personal to kick off day three

William Prince | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

Canadian folk singer-songwriter William Prince sings with his heart, and is not afraid to be vulnerable on stage. To kick off day three of the NonCOMM Convention, the Juno Award winner gave us a performance that hits ya right in the feels. His soulful vocals and storytelling skills made his performance so memorable. His music is inspired by all aspects of his life, and “Breathless” from his most recent album Earthly Days was one of the songs that truly depicted those raw feelings; he dedicated the song to his wife. Towards end his set, Prince sung an unpublished track dedicated to his father, who passed a bit of time ago. It was a soulful tear jerker that left my heart aching. Continue reading →

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Full Bush paces itself on the tense, explosive “Someone”

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Philly garage rock four-piece Full Bush brings the sweet sounds of punk grit on their new single, “Someone.” Usually the four-piece hits us with wild headbanging tunes, like in their 2016 song “Ray’s,” but this time, they’ve slowed things down and pace themselves.

Frontwoman Kate Breish deadpan vocals sneak along with throbbing drums, tense bass, and righteous guitar riffs as the song explodes, makes this five-minute track a thrash kid’s perfect fantasy.  Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Craig Stickland kicks off the night with an emotional rollercoaster

Craig Stickland | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | www.senialopez.photography

Toronto indie rocker Craig Stickland kicked off WXPN’s 2018 Non-COMM convention with a performance that brought every single person in World Cafe Live to their knees. The show began with a steamy electric guitar solo followed by Stickland’s silky smooth vocals. You could feel that passion and raw emotion radiating from the stage as he sang “Stop At Nothing” from his upcoming, as-yet-untitled album; hearts were instantly dropping one by one.

Following that little album teaser was his latest single, “Warning,” another soulful piece with a mesmerizing melody. Stickland and his four-piece band ended their performance with an upbeat, energetic track called “Burn it,” featuring some glorious belting and guitar riffs from the frontman. Stickland took the audience on an emotional roller coaster, and let me tell you, it was an experience. Continue reading →

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Caroline Rose brings some body positivity to her music video “Bikini”; hear her World Cafe session and interview

Caroline Rose | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Through her transition from folk to self-made genre “schizodrift” (a self-styled blend of surf rock, country and folk), Caroline Rose has created a name for herself in recent years, attracting the attention of The New York Times Magazine, NPR, Pitchfork as well as us here at WXPN, who named Rose “Artist To Watch” for May. The NYC-based songwriter’s latest record LONER’s success is attributed to taking a more pop approach, but at the same time still staying true to her aesthetic self. Continue reading →

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All eyes are on Mitski in her new music video ”Geyser”

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Mitski | photo by Bao Ngo | courtesy of the artist

An anticipated set during night one of WXPN’s Non-COMM convention is from indie rocker Mitski Miyawaki, who just announced her latest full-length, Be The Cowboy, out August 17th via Dead Oceans Records. The album’s leadoff single ”Geyser,” released yesterday, truly emphasizes the intensity of Mitski’s vocals. It delivers a haunting, yet serene atmosphere — a feeling reflected in the music video, which takes place on a beach with dark skies and Mitski dead center and alone, dancing and gesturing for the camera. Continue reading →

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Amos Lee is getting personal on his upcoming LP My New Moon

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

No one is more excited about the release of Philly rooted singer-songwriter Amos Lee’s new LP My New Moon than us here at WXPN. The XPNFest and NonComm veteran will be releasing his seventh studio album on August 31st via Dualtone Records.

The folk/soul rock artist has had a lot of success over the years, with his last record, 2016’s Spirit, debuting at number three on the Billboard Rock. For the upcoming LP, he has taken a more personal approach by molding the collection of tracks to reflect struggles throughout a recent period of his life period of his life. Produced by Tony Berg (who has worked recently with Phoebe Bridgers, and Andrew Bird), My New Moon features a number of collaborators such as Blake Mills, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Ethan Gruska, and more. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: The National Reserve brings the heat to World Cafe Live

The National Reserve | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

On Friday afternoon, Brooklyn rockers The National Reserve brought a high energy set to World Cafe Live, filled with solos on the drums, keys, and guitars. The band opened on some older cuts, dropped a cover of Ronnie Lane’s “Roll on Babe,” slowed it down with “Don’t be Unkind” from their new full-length project Motel La Grange, which was released Friday. Continue reading →