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Watch two stylish videos from Kali Uchis’ new album Isolation, see her at the TLA in October

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Kali Uchis | photo courtesy of the artist

R&B songstress Kali Uchis has grown steadily more visible over the last few years with features on recent albums by Gorillaz and Tyler the Creator. Now she’s backing up this year’s sultry, enchanting debut album Isolation with a major tour set to grace Philly’s Theater of the Living Arts on 10/15.

Isolation is available now on all major streaming services and features collaborations from Tyler the Creator, Steve Lacy, Bootsy Collins, and more. Check out the stylish music videos for “One Girl” and “After the Storm” below along with full tour dates. Continue reading →

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Revisit Allegra’s “Wool or Fleece” in a new recording

AllegrA | photo by A.W. Klass | via facebook.com/allegrabandmusic

“Wool or Fleece” first appeared on AllegrA’s 2016 EP my legs are growing as a wistful, lyrically esoteric piece of lo-fi pop that displayed their penchant for crafting worlds within simplicity.

Since then, AllegrA’s songwriting has only developed further, culminating in last year’s self titled debut LP. Continue reading →

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Purling Hiss have a new song and a tour to match

 

Purling Hiss | still from video
Purling Hiss | still from video

Purling Hiss, the Philadelphia garage-psych band last spotted on 2017’s Breeze EP have returned with a new single, “Out Tonight”. The song is a slice of Velvet Underground style pop-minimalism featuring just three chords, a handful of lyrics, and a generous dose of heavy fuzz. A bass-drum heartbeat and repetitious jangling guitars create a hypnotic musical space that a listener will slip into like a dream. “Out Tonight” is also backed by a cover of the Spacemen 3 classic “Walking With Jesus”—a fitting reference point for Purling Hiss’ noisy pop stylings. Continue reading →

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Dark Thoughts channel punk’s roots on At Work

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The first word any writer reaches for when talking about Philly punk trio Dark Thoughts is “Ramones.” From the moment singer-guitarist Jim Shomo shouts “Gimmie soda! Gimmie soda! Gimmie something I can drink!” on the opening track, it’s clear that in their delivery, musicianship, and aesthetics, Dark Thoughts are deeply indebted to punk’s royal family.

But their blistering new LP At Work is no mere retread. Like their forefathers, Dark Thoughts know how to walk the line between economy and monotony—delivering a unified and repetitive musical assault with just the right amount of variation in tempo, dynamics, and chord changes to keep the energy at soaring levels. Continue reading →

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Read a confessional coming-out essay from Petal’s Kiley Lotz

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Petal | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Last week, Kiley Lotz—the bandleader and sole constant member of Petal—wrote an essay for LGBT magazine OUT to discuss her process of coming out as bisexual and learning to navigate her queer identity. The essay came in advance of her latest album, Magic Gone, which lyrically addresses many of the same subjects. Lotz is unflinching in her examination of the anxiety, depression, and depersonalization that she faced as she came to terms with her identity. Writing of her first experience coming out at 25, Lotz says: Continue reading →

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Saintseneca release stirring single “Frostbiter”, have an album and tour on the way

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Saintseneca | photo by Nick Fancher | courtesy of the artist

 

Columbus, Ohio folk-punksters Saintseneca have announced a new album on ANTI- Records, Pillar of Na, along with their first headlining tour in 3 years. The follow-up to their grandiose 2015 opus Such Things, Pillar of Na sees the band once again pushing their music to the experimental edges of folk in search of new expressive possibilities. Singer and songwriter Zac Little says that in making the album he wanted “to reach way back, echoing ancient folk melodies, tie that into punk rock, and then push it into the future…I’m looking for the intersection between Kendrick Lamar and The Fairport Convention.” Continue reading →

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Florence and the Machine release dramatic new song, “Big God”

Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

Those of us anticipating Florence + the Machine’s upcoming High as Hope album can satiate our hunger for a little longer with the album’s newly released third single, “Big God.” Proving once again that the band are masters of melodrama, “Big God” is a moody piano ballad with stark dynamics and religious lyrical imagery that would fit comfortably on a Nick Cave record. The song also features high-profile collaborators Jamie xx and Kamasi Washington contributing songwriting and saxophone respectively. Continue reading →

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Listen to Natalie Prass perform and interview on World Cafe

Natalie Prass | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

This week, singer-songwriter Natalie Prass dropped by World Cafe to perform four songs from her new album, The Future and the Past. Backed by a hard-grooving full band, she performed spirited renditions of “Hot For The Mountain,” lead single “Short Court Style,” “Sisters,” and “Lost”.

She also sat down with Talia Schlanger for a candid interview, discussing the lengthy process of the album’s creation—including the pivotal role of the 2016 presidential election—as well as her experiences as a woman in the patriarchal music industry and her eye-catching outfit on a recent Conan performance. Continue reading →

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Bike Crash have a Surprise! for you

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In the endless revivals of 70’s art rock, it’s often forgotten that amidst the subversion, provocation, and politics, the music was also actually fun. But West Philly rock trio Bike Crash—whose bandcamp bio accurately places them in the lineage of “Devo, dashes of early Deerhoof, Sleater Kinney, B-52’s and more”—have avoided the pitfalls of artsy over-affectation to deliver an exhilarating new EP, Surprise!, that supplants the lightning-in-a-bottle energy of their influences into a picaresque journey through modern Philadelphia. Continue reading →