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MH the Verb and Buscrates blast off with a new interstellar project Afronaut

MH the Verb | via facebook.com/mhtheverbmusic

Thought-provoking rapper MH the Verb — who splits his time between Philly and the West Coast these days — has returned with an intriguing 11 track multi-media project entitled Afronaut. The album, which he first teased with a music video this summer, follows a fictional black sci-fi hero who travels from the future to warn the world about all the problems we are headings towards. Afronaut is a calculated and conceptually challenging album because it delves into many different realms of society: racism, domestic violence, politics, and more. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Downtown Boys at Underground Arts, Grandchildren youth music benefit at Boot & Saddle, Bishop Briggs at The Fillmore, and more

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Downtown Boys | photo courtesy of the band

 

Led by feminist activist and vocalist Emma Goldman, Downtown Boys is a hard-hitting punk-rock group hailing from Providence, Rhode Island. The group controls the stage tonight at Underground Arts for the next stop on tour in support of its 2017 record Cost of Living, released this summer on Sub Pop. Listen to it below and check out the show by picking up tickets here. Continue reading →

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The Suffers show off their instrumental chops and groove hard on new single “I Think I Love You”

The Suffers | photo courtesy of the artist
The Suffers | photo courtesy of the artist

With a big band mentality and a passion for extending into a huge range of genres, The Suffers are back with a contagious new jam “I Think I Love You.” The single is the ten-piece Houston multi-instrumentalist collective’s first release since their impressive self titled debut in 2016. There are very few groups today that boast such a large spectrum of instruments while still being able to adequately cover genres all the way from reggae to trap, and The Suffers nail it across the board. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Screaming Females is taking THOU and HIRS on tour, playing Union Transfer in April

Screaming Females | photo by Grace Winter | courtesy of the artist
Screaming Females | photo by Grace Winter | courtesy of the artist

New Brunswick, NJ DIY veterans Screaming Females have been a steadfast force in the East Coast scene for over a decade, and it releases its seventh LP, All At Once, in February on Don Giovanni Records. This week, the band — led by acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Marisa Paternoster — announced its spring tour, which comes to Union Transfer on April 5th. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Ruby The Hatchet and HOUND will take over Ortlieb’s on New Year’s Eve


If you plan to attend some boring New Year’s party, we suggest you opt out of that and hit Ortlieb’s for an evening of psychedelic hard rock delivered by Ruby The Hatchet and HOUND.

The New Jersey natives Ruby The Hatchet an extraordinary acid rock band, and favorites around here at The Key — their latest record, Planetary Space Child, came out earlier this year on Tee Pee Records. Similarly, the Philly native hard rock crew HOUND dropped a killer album smartly named Born Under 76 in October and since have received much love from the Philly rock community. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slowdive at Union Transfer, Arkells at Underground Arts, Plaque Marks at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

Slowdive, a perenniel 90s shoegaze favorite, is back on tour after releasing their first album in 22 years. The band hits the Union Transfer stage to show off their spaced out dreampop sound, which is still solid after their long hiatus. Listen to the self-titled new record below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Fried Monk showcases two new instrumentals filled with hot 808s and capable hip hop features

Fried Monk
Fried Monk | Photo via Facebook

Germantown hip hop producer Fried Monk released two new beats this week, each track featuring a Philly based MC. With instrumentals resembling those of jazz-infused producers like Jake One and DJ Shadow, Fried Monk is starting to make a name for himself as a producer on top of garnering for his engineering abilities with the Sleeless Sound crew. Continue reading →

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Son Little launches new video series with a stirring acoustic version of “Mad About You”

Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist
Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist

Son Little‘s new video for “Mad About You” is the first in a series of stripped down, more intimate versions of tracks found on his acclained album New Magic, which was released in September via Anti Records. Little has teamed up with brewing company Lagunitas for the new video series and he plans to play acoustic versions of all of New Magic to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers hosts Arts as Activism panel featuring Dust + Dignity curator Bruce Campbell

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For the second year in a row, Philadelphia Asian American Film & Filmmakers hosts a conference in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s Asian American Studies Program and the Greater Philadelphia Asian Studies Consortium; this year’s focus will be using the Arts as a form of an activism in Philadelphia schools. Among the panelists is Dr. Bruce Campbell, who curated the excellent Dust + Dignity exhibition at The Painted Bride last year. Continue reading →

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Kuf Knotz, Christine Havrilla, John Faye and more will play the sixth annual Winter Doldrums suicide prevention at Ardmore Music Hall

 

Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN
Kuf Knotz | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

The annual Winter Doldrums Concert for Suicide Prevention is now in its sixth year, and this time around, it has a new home. The annual benefit gig for the Philadelphia chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention comes to Ardmore Music Hall on February 11th. Continue reading →