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OMG: Watch a stunning teaser video of Cayetana’s next album, New Kind of Normal

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Oh my, you might want to sit down for this.

Cayetana posted a 23 second teaser trailer on Facebook late last week, which can only mean one thing: grand-spanking new tunes are on their way. The clip features a slow-mo, reverse shot of what looks like bassist, Allegra Anka, being immersed in a tub of water, with a sharp cut to the bold words “New Kind of Normal.” Oh and not to mention, an ominously-building new song called “Dust” plays for a quick sec. Continue reading →

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Meet Brandy Butler: A Philly-born songwriter who rediscovered her voice abroad

Brandy Butler | via facebook.com/pg/brandybutlerandthebrokenhearted

“I don’t think of it as a breakup record,” says Brandy Butler. “I think of it more as my journey through learning how to let something come, and then let it go. Letting go of things is like everyone’s struggle on so many levels.”

The Inventory of Goodbye, the latest full length project by Philly born, Zurich Switzerland based singer-songwriter and her band The Brokenhearted is a harrowing journey through a cycle of love, loss, heartbreak and rejuvenation. Touching on soaring rock an soul, twangy country-blues and cinematic retro-pop, The Inventory… is a colorful and diverse listen.

From the bittersweet pop ballad “Crying” to the heart-wrenchingly sparse guitar epic “The Hardest,” Butler’s hushed windswept vocals breathe life into each of the album’s dark, emotionally dense love songs. We caught up with her before a trip to South Africa to film a video and spoke with her about her youth studying Jazz at UArts, new music and building a new life on another continent. Continue reading →

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Listen to LOUDS’ insanely catchy “Touch My Body With Your Skin”

Louds | photo by John Evin Groome for WXPN
Louds | photo by John Evin Groome for WXPN

Self-described “analog dance music” five-piece, LOUDS, just released a single called “Touch My Body With Your Skin” on Bandcamp and holy cannoli, it’s a catchy tune. Really — I’ll bet you five dollars that your foot will start tapping the moment you press play. And if you somehow manage to escape bobbing along to the cheery, carefree melodies, then you are a robot and can have my five bucks.

Members (and brothers) Charlie and Petie Brooks say the song stemmed from a “burst of creativity” that led to the making of LOUDS’ upcoming EP, WE ARE NOT MEN WE ARE ANIMALS. If the other songs are as addicting as this one, they should stick with this new process. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Valerie June delivers a saucily sweet set

Valerie June | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Valerie June | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

I think Valerie June may be my new inspiration in life. During her Free at Noon performance, June exuded an infectious presence that was at once completely commanding and saucy, yet still undeniably sweet and quirky.  Naturally connecting with the packed crowd, June possesses a quality that somehow makes each individual feel like they’re her best friend. Continue reading →

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Moor Mother talks about the truth of music in new Vice profile

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Moor Mother | photo via Bandcamp

Anyone who’s heard Moor Mother‘s music, either on last year’s excellent Fetish Bones LP or on her earlier recordings, knows that Camae Defstar doesn’t shirk from the often brutal truth of her life experience. In a new interview with Daily Vice’s Michelle Lhooq, the Philadelphia artist shares her thoughts on the importance of hearing stories straight from the people who live them as well as music’s political place.

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