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Cat Power announces new album Wanderer, playing the Mann in September

Cat Power | photo by Eliot Lee Hazel | via Domino Records

If you’ve been wondering what Cat Power‘s been up to since the release of her last album Sun in 2012, today’s announcement brings some answers. Over the last few years, Chan Marshall, the artist behind Cat Power, has been taking the story of her life’s journey as a touring musician and turning it into song; the result is a new album, aptly called Wanderer. The album will be released on October 5 via Domino Records, and you can preorder it here. Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Flasher

Flasher | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN | senialopez.photography

Joining us in the studio for this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is the band that’s behind one of 2018’s finest debuts. Though they formed only a few years ago, Flasher have quickly become mainstays of Washington, DC’s bountiful punk scene. Formed by guitarist Taylor Mulitz (who is also a member of the equally lauded band Priests), bassist Daniel Saperstein and drummer Emma Baker, Flasher’s early EPs and singles were released on Sister Polygon, a DC-based label the members founded. When it came time to release Constant Image, Flasher’s full-length debut, they made the jump to Domino Records, who put out the album earlier this year. Before their show at Everybody Hits, Flasher visited our studio to perform a few of the new songs.

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Watch Interpol’s latest heady music video, featuring Ebon Moss-Bachrach as “The Rover”

Interpol | photo by Jamie-James Medina | courtesy of the artist

NYC rockers Interpol trekked around Mexico City to shoot their latest music video with director Gerardo Naranjo (Narcos). The video to lead single “The Rover” intersects with the band’s recent press conference, which featured a surprise interruption by The Rover himself, actor Ebon Moss-Bachrach (The Punisher, Girls). Continue reading →

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Watch Black Thought’s appearance at the Tiny Desk with Mumu Fresh

Black Thought and Mumu Fresh | photo by Morgan Noelle Smith | via twitter.com/nprmusic

A familiar local face appears towards the end of NPR Music’s latest Tiny Desk Concert, featuring Baltimore singer Mumu Fresh. With over a half dozen musicians packed behind the desk to back Mumu, the singer and emcee pauses during the middle of her third and final song, “Say My Name,” to introduce none other than The Roots’ founding member Black Thought. Continue reading →

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The Stray Birds announce that they will disband ahead of new album Let It Pass

The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds | photo courtesy of the artist

Just a few weeks ago, we shared word of new music from Lancaster folk trio The Stray Birds, who recently released a single called “Nothing To Say About It Now.” The band is set to release their new album Let It Pass on September 7, but today announced that it will be their last recording.

The Stray Birds shared the news on Facebook, writing that the decision to disband was “incredibly difficult but truly healthy.” Continue reading →

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Strange Parts reaches across years and time zones to create its debut LP

Strange Parts | photo by Emily Carris | instagram.com/carrisbears | via facebook.com/strangeparts

“I want to be in that band.” That was the shared sentiment between Attia Taylor and Corey Duncan when they first met and heard each other play back in 2012. At the time, Duncan had close ties to Girls Rock Philly where Taylor was participating as a camper; he was also releasing music in the Oh! Pears project, while Taylor dropped a series of solo EPs on Bandcamp. Fast forward six years later, Taylor and Duncan combined forces to release their first full length project under the name Strange PartsOh God, What a Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild.

The album, which was released on June 8, includes 12 tracks of what Duncan describes as psychedelic art pop. The debut track “Treasures”  offers listeners a folky yet dreamy vibe that is accompanied by languorous vocal pairings of both Duncan and Taylor. The closing track “Glorious Things” is a free spirited song that makes one reminisce on listless summer days with minimal responsibilities. The entire project is simply, effortlessly cool. Continue reading →

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Meet Well Room: Three Philly friends making “ear-bleeding indie pop”

Well Room | photo by Alana Gardner | via facebook.com/wellroompa

Philadelphia is undeniably a hotbed for innovative music, and the underground scene presents a vital opportunity for new artists to gain traction and popularity. The indie scene around the region has churned out gems of bands such as The Districts, Hop Along, Radiator Hospital, and (Sandy) Alex G, just to name a handful. A new group to keep on your radar is the garage rock three-piece, Well Room, composed of singer/guitarist Aidan Williams, bassist Grant Pavol and drummer Harry Freed. They dropped their new single, “Eyes Wide” in early May, as a preview to their upcoming album. Continue reading →

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Go Cat Go: Dibbs Preston is making wild rockabilly safe for Glenside

Dibbs and the Detonators at Dino’s in Glenside | photo by Ally

It’s a warm and rainy Saturday night in June, and the Deco-stylized confines of Dino’s Backstage and The Celebrity Room in Glenside – from the outside – looks as elegantly comported as it always does when distingues cabaret acts such as Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch or its co-owner/singer Michael Kelly-Cataldi work the room. On this night, however, the pricey tchotchkes are rattling, and the dreamy B&W Hollywood headshots of yore stare down in disapproval.

That must mean Dibbs Preston and the Detonators are at Dino’s, doing their now once-a-month soiree and disturbing the peace with an all-around swing dance party, and its accompanying rockabilly soundtrack. Here’s where Preston – nattily dressed in a pastel, wide lapel suit, NuNile firm in his short, blonde floppy pompadour – holds court over a group of equally tonsorial and sartorially correct dancers, while drummer Marco Del Destino, stand-up bassist Johnny Lingo and piano player Ralph Miller lay into a slap-and-tickle groove.

“Dino’s is a high end supper club in the best tradition; a very glamorous place where the ladies love to dress up and dance the night away with suitably stylish guys,” said Preston during a quick set break between bites of Eddie Cochran songs and Dibbs’ own cutting, period-appropriate originals. “It’s all about the swing.” Continue reading →

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Getting to work with Philly punks Dark Thoughts

Dark Thoughts
Dark Thoughts | photo by Yoni Kroll for WXPN

While not all jobs are bad, we’ve all had bad jobs. Maybe it’s a boss who expects you to do twice the work for half the pay. Maybe it’s a coworker who seriously just won’t shut up. Maybe it’s the customers or the owner or the commute or the hours or literally anything. We’ve all been there and it sucks to know that day in and day out nothing will change until you finally get fed up and quit. Work is a necessary and generally positive aspect of life but sometimes it can be such a drag.

At Work, the new album by West Philly punkers Dark Thoughts– Jim Shomo on guitar and lead vocals, Amy Opsasnick on bass, and Daniel Cox on drums – definitely tackles all the important topics: mental health, punk, and coffee. Oh, and work, of course. This isn’t some anthemic diatribe about factory life; it’s a lot more fun than that. Clocking in at just over 20 minutes, the twelve songs on the album hit that perfect sweet spot of poppy, catchy music and introspective, intelligent lyrics that you can still very much sing along to.

The record was digitally released on June 15th, physical copies are available this week, and the band plays a release show at the Church on August 24th. We recently sat down with Jim Shomo to talk about some of the bad jobs he’s had – including stints as a toy train conductor and way too much time spent serving coffee – and if you can turn a BFA in sculpture into riches. For the answer to that age-old question, read on! Continue reading →