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The Morelings talk music videos and making their record in a Philebrity interview

The Morelings
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Tonight, emerging Philadelphia atmospheric popsters The Morelings head south for a gig at The Pharmacy with Moto Surf, Brackish and Thief, Steal Me a Peach. Leading up to that show, the band got a great spotlight on Philebrity yesterday that we highly encourage you read. In it, Kedra Caroline and Matthew William touch on the behind-the-scenes process of making its debut full-length, shares how it really feels about all those Slowdive comparisons (sorry, guys) and gives insight into the importance of music videos: a viewpoint that super encouraging to read. Continue reading →

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Watch Roots Picnic artist Anderson .Paak’s TV debut on Colbert

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Every once in a while you accidentally stumble on late night television performance that blows you away. This was my case last night watching Stephen Colbert’s Late Show last night when Anderson .Paak showed up on the screen.

The California-based R&B singer began with “Silicon Valley”: a jazzy “To Pimp A Butterfly”-influenced track adorned with electric guitars and smooth synths. After transitioning to the funky “The Season/Carry Me”, the performance really exploded once Paak got behind the drum kit to spit some bars and bust out a solo showing how multi-talented he really is. Continue reading →

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O Muse: Inspirational Canadian icon Jane Siberry brings her newest odyssey to the Tin Angel

Jane Siberry | courtesy of the artist
Jane Siberry | courtesy of the artist

The veteran Canadian singer and songwriter Jane Siberry will make a rare Philly appearance next Tuesday, at the Tin Angel.  She’s touring in support of Ulysses’ Purse, her first new record in five years and arguably her most substantial statement since her commercial heyday of the 1980s and early 1990s.  It may also be – as she told me by phone from New York, where she’s preparing for the tour – her “last formal record,” which is all the more reason to listen up. Continue reading →

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Bacon Brothers carry on Philadelphia legacy with music

The Bacon Brothers: Kevin (left) and Michael | photo courtesy of the artist
The Bacon Brothers: Kevin (left) and Michael | photo courtesy of the artist

Kevin Bacon fondly remembers music being a central part of his upbringing in Philadelphia. He and his brother, Michael, spent time playing music with friends, and grew up among the sounds of folk, soul and rock music in the city.

“People have often asked us, ‘What was it like to grow up in a music town?’” Bacon said. “We never had anything to compare it to. It’s not really until you leave that you realize that it has this great history.”

Now, Kevin and Michael are returning to their hometown to play a show at Union Transfer this Thursday to benefit the construction of the Reading Viaduct Project—the planned green space and elevated park using the abandoned railway line in the Callowhill Neighborhood—with the Friends of the Railpark organization. Joining them will be Rob Grote of The Districts.

For the Bacon Brothers, donating their talents to the benefit of revitalizing Philadelphia comes naturally. Continue reading →

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Watch Thee, Idea Men’s bring down the Sleepless Sound Red Room in new studio session

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Philadelphia blues rockers Thee, Idea Men stopped by Sleepless Sound to record a session for the studio’s Red Room series.

The band, consisting of Matthew Jurasek (guitar, vocals), Tyler March (drums), Kris Pirnat (bass), and Matt Raspanti (guitar vocals), performed three hard-driving blues-rock numbers, two from 2014′s New Level Shoes and one from 2012′s Getcho Groo Von. Continue reading →

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Watch Lucius get bizarre in new video for “Something About You”

Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist
Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop band and XPN favorites Lucius have premiered their new video for “Something About You”, a single from upcoming album, Good Grief.

The Brooklyn-based quintet, fronted by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, released their first album, Wildewoman, in 2013. The band continues to experiment with electronic influences while not shying away from their catchy dance-pop tendencies. Continue reading →