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Watch Alessia Cara cover Drake’s “Hotline Bling”

Alessia Cara | Photo by Meredith Truax
Alessia Cara | Photo by Meredith Truax

It’s been a breakthrough summer for Toronto’s Alessia Cara. Bolstered by her hit song, “Here,” the 19 year old singer-songwriter is making her Philly debut on Tuesday, August 25th at Underground Arts.

Alessia’s debut EP, Four Pink Walls is out on August 28th. It’s been only a couple short years since she began uploading cover songs to YouTube including a cover of The Neighbourhood’s “Sweater Weather,” and it’s clear as day what some A&R person saw in these raw performances; a soulful, confident singer, with the potential of greatness. Continue reading →

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Download a new song by Hezekiah Jones

Hezekiah Jones | Raphael Cutrufello | Photo by Lisa Schaffer
Hezekiah Jones | Raphael Cutrufello | Photo by Lisa Schaffer

Philly based Hezekiah Jones, the musical project of Raphael Cutrufello, are releasing their new album, In Loving Memory of oosi Lockjaw in November. The last we heard from Cutrufello on record was in 2011 on Have You Seen Our New Fort?, a collection of new and re-worked older material. Continue reading →

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Download “Fire Away” by Mexican rockers Rey Pila

Rey Pila | Photo via http://reypila.com/news/fire-away-new-single/
Rey Pila | Photo via http://reypila.com/news/fire-away-new-single/

Meet Mexican rockers Rey Pila. Signed by Julian Casablancas to his label Cult Records, Rey Pila is fronted by Diego Solorzano and play New Wave synth-flavored rock. After they released their successful self-titled debut in Mexico in 2011, the band moved to New York and worked on their new album at DFA Studios producer Chris Coady (Beach House, Smith Westerns, Wavves).  Continue reading →

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Fabian Akilles to perform at Goldilocks Gallery on August 21st

Fabian Akilles
Fabian Akilles | photo via Facebook

After releasing his food-for-thought single “Profit” a couple months ago, Philly rapper Fabian Akilles is set to perform at Goldilocks Gallery in Center City to build hype for his upcoming Freedom No Control project. Listeners of the Philly artist might know this already, but his smooth and collected delivery recalls a young Lupe Fiasco; with clever wordplay and reggae-inspired instrumentals, this emcee is one to keep on your radar. Get more information on the Golidlocks show here, and watch the video for “Profit” below. Continue reading →

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Download the new EP, Torch, by Roses & Revolutions

Roses & Revolutions | Photo via http://www.allthingsgomusic.com/premiere-roses-revolutions-start-over/#/premiere-roses-revolutions-start-over/
Roses & Revolutions | Photo via http://www.allthingsgomusic.com/premiere-roses-revolutions-start-over/#/premiere-roses-revolutions-start-over/

The Rochester, New York indie-pop duo Alyssa Coco and Matt Merritt – Roses & Revolutions – recently released their second EP, Torch. The expressive singer-songwriter duo have an exciting creative energy together, and bring to mind bands like Delta Rae, Civil Wars, and Ingrid Michaelson. Continue reading →

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Friends pay tribute to Dante Bucci at Folk Fest with “Reminiscence”

Dante Bucci
Dante Bucci

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is always great time and this year was no different. But last year’s sudden loss of local musician and Folk Fest mainstay Dante Bucci left a void on the Old Pool Farm that was felt by many. To pay tribute to their friend, Doc Terry McGrath, Andrea Nardello, Michele Lynn, Andrea Weber, Josh Steingard and Angela Sheik performed Bucci’s song “Reminiscence,” with McGrath taking on Bucci’s signature handpan. Watch the clip below, and thanks to The Deli for sharing this.

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Download a new song by River Whyless, “The Hunt”

River Whyless | Photo courtesy of the band.
River Whyless | Photo courtesy of the band.

Earlier this year the Asheville, North Carolina indie-folk group River Whyless released an enchanting self-titled EP. Chosen by David Dye as one of his World Cafe: Next artists, and Paste Magazine proclaimed River Whyless as a group “on the verge of a very exciting musical journey that you’d be foolish to miss out on.” No arguments here. Continue reading →

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WXPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats | Photo by Malia James
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats | Photo by Malia James

Singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff is kicking up one heck of a soul music storm. When Rateliff started to release albums and begin working the acoustic/folk music scene back in 2007, I’m sure he didn’t see his evolution into a dynamic soul music performer coming. That’s exactly what is happening right now, in large part to a triumphant performance on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon several weeks ago, when he performed the song “S.O.B.” from his new album out next Friday, August 21st. Continue reading →

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Get Weird: La Luz, Royal Headache and Boxed In on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade!

La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka
La Luz | Photo by Andrew Imanaka

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade comes at the tail end of your host’s birthday! That’s right, it’s my birthday and I would like nothing more than for you to join me at 11pm tonight for a full two-hour edition of the Hit Parade. I’ve always loved having a summer birthday, and we’ll get some major summer action tonight as we spotlight the new album from Seattle’s La Luz! The Ty Segall-produced Weirdo Shrine is a terrific late-summer release, and we’ll hear a few tracks from it on our Weekly Album Spotlight. Also in the mix are a ton of new tracks, plus (to my knowledge) the first ever REMIX to be featured on an Indie Rock Hit Parade! Check out a few of the new tunes:

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Download “S.O.B.” by Nathaniel Ratefliff & the Night Sweats

Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats | Photo by Malia James
Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats | Photo by Malia James

When singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff started to release albums and begin working the acoustic/folk music scene back in 2007, I’m sure he didn’t see his evolution into a dynamic soul music performer coming. That’s exactly what is happening now, due in large part to a triumphant performance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon several weeks ago, when he performed the song “S.O.B.” from his new album out on August 21st. Continue reading →

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