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The enormous transition of Philly’s Dayne Jordan

Dayne Jordan | photo by Maggie Elizabeth | courtesy of artist

 

The great thing about artistic growth is that each step brings a creator closer to feeling comfortable with being themselves.That type of comfort allows one to discover what they bring to the table, following with the confidence to grab their own seat. It is this reason why hip hop artist Dayne Jordan has been able to transition into something bigger than the city limits of his hometown of Philadelphia.

Since 2009 the north Philly MC, formerly known as Dosage, has been making noise in the underground hip hop scene in Philadelphia with mixtapes such as Sand and Foam, 3D11 and In Due Time. So much noise that he was able to gain the attention of Grammy Award winning hip hop artists, Lupe Fiasco and legendary Philadelphia hometown hero DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well having Complex claiming him to be one of the next biggest things to watch out for coming from his city.

However the desire to be bigger than just a star in the city of brotherly love caused the rapper Dosage to transition to hip hop artist we now know as Dayne Jordan. Since this transition, Dayne has joined his mentor DJ Jazzy Jeff and traveled across the world performing at least 200 shows a year while dropping quality projects such as Memoirs of Dayne Jordan and In Transition. I recently was able to sit with him to talk about the origins of his transition as well as recent single “Enormous” and his thoughts about the Philadelphia local scene. Continue reading →

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Dirty Harmony: Boogieman Dela draws from many musical pillars to create Future Currents

Boogieman Dela | via boogiemandela.com

Opening with the faint sound of birds chirping and oddly-metered “Doo-Doo-Doo-Dooo-Doo-Doooo” scats, “Believe” — the first track from West Philly MC/Singer Boogieman Dela’s latest EP Broken Watch 02: Future Currents — properly encapsulates the projects fresh, breezy spirit.

Once the over-sized kick drums hit, Boogieman enters with a slick, melodic flow and lyrics urging listeners to wake up and self-actualize. We caught up with him to chat about his beginnings in hip hop, his process, and the Gospel upbringing that helped shape his rich, soulful sound. Continue reading →

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Finding balance with Soccer Mommy

Soccer Mommy
Soccer Mommy | photo by Kelsey Hart | courtesy of the artist

“Only what you wanted for a little while,” sings Sophie Allison, the quietly dominant voice of Soccer Mommy, in the chorus of the first song of her new record, Clean. It is a line that, like most every song on the excellent output, catches a moment, a vulnerable one where the singer can’t help but admit the nature of fleeting infatuation. It is a familiar feeling for many, a time where the love we thought was alive suddenly dries up, putting into question everything that came before. It is these kind of moments, sweet and cutting, that make Clean such an impressive record, a record that will hold onto listeners for far longer than, “a little while.”

Sophie is bringing this unique style of dynamic intimacy to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a sold-out show, and in advance of it (and in between tour stops), I got a chance to speak to her by phone about Clean and her biggest headlining tour to date. Continue reading →

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Unplugged with Balmour

Balmour | Photo courtesy of artist

The 24 year old Yeadon crooner Balmour has been singing all his life, from first singing publicly in the church to honing his musical abilities during his time at Shippensburg University.

Since then, the young R&B singer has been quietly making a name for himself in the local scene, performing covers of different genres of music such as songs by Daughters, The Beatles and John Legend. However with his band Emötae‘s recent single “Missing Piece,” and the release of his debut EP Unplugged — which features vocal assistance and production from his brother Dan Goode — Balmour’s name seems to be growing within the past couple of years.

I recently sat down with him to discuss his band, his new EP, and how he feels about the local scene in Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Natalie Prass’ “Lost” tackles toxic relationships

Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Natalie Prass | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

Richmond, VA-based artist Natalie Prass is back with her third single, “Lost,” set to appear on sophomore LP The Future and the Past, out June 1. “Lost” shows off Natalie Prass’ jazz and pop vocal prowess, from breathy, staccato chops in the verses, to the full and sweeping chorus. The piano ballad comes off melancholic, the perfect backing track for Prass’ narrative. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Haley Heynderickx’s spring tour brings her to Boot & Saddle in May

Haley Heynderickx
Haley Heynderickx | photo by Alessandra Leimer | courtesy of the artist

Portland folk guitarist and vocalist Haley Heynderickx has announced a new dates for her upcoming headlining tour, and thank god Philly is on the list! Portland-based Heynderickx recently joined us in the WXPN studios this past winter for a stunning Folkadelphia session. Now, this May Haley Heynderickx returns to town, this time with her full band in tow. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan in conversation with Talia Schlanger of World Cafe

Hop Along | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

We couldn’t go more than a few weeks without sharing some more Hop Along news. When the band released their new record Bark Your Head Off, Dog earlier this month, they stopped by World Cafe Live to play Free at Noon, cramming four new songs into their short, 25-minute set. Hop Along appeared on and disappeared from the stage so quickly that day that we couldn’t help but want more. Well, here’s more — Hop Along’s performance was recorded for a World Cafe session, and later that same day, bandleader Frances Quinlan found some time to sit down with Talia Schlanger for an in-depth interview. The session aired last week and is available to stream below via NPR Music. Continue reading →

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Two To Tango: Kyle Molleson of Makeness and Ruban Nielson of Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Makeness
Makeness | photo by Dexter Lander | courtesy of the artist // Unknown Mortal Orchestra | photo by Neil Krug | courtesy of the artist

When it comes to uneasy experimental electronic pop, Ruban Nielson (the Mint Chicks man currently making dire and dreamy noise by fronting the neo-psychedelic Unknown Mortal Orchestra) and Kyle Molleson (the solo Scot behind the broke-beat Makeness), are masters of the form. For 2018, both artists have expansive, nervous, diverse new albums to tour around – UMO with Sex & Food, Makeness with Loud Patterns – and hit up Union Transfer on April 28 to prove as much. Continue reading →

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Watch Jesse Hale Moore’s “Enter, Light” on latest Shaking Through episode

Jesse Hale Moore recording in Miner Street Studio | photo via weathervanemusic.org

The latest episode in the series Shaking Through released to the world this week. The episode features Philadelphia singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore recording his first song since his April 2017 LP, Green End. Shaking Through, the video documentary and recording series brought to us by Weathervane Music and Miner Street Recordings, has previously featured artists such as The Dove & The Wolf, Big Thief, and Waxahatchee, and it celebrated the beginning of its ninth volume with the release of Moore’s track, “Enter, Light.” Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: The Mattson 2

The Mattson 2 | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

We’re joined for this Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session by a pair of identical twin brothers who made their IRHP debut just over one year ago.
The Mattson 2, featuring guitarist Jared and drummer Jonathan, joined us last spring along with Toro Y Moi’s Chaz Bear, for an in-studio performance of songs from their 2017 collaboration, Star Stuff. Flash forward and the Mattsons are back out on the road, this time on their own. Bringing peerless instrumental chops and omnivorous musical influences and inspirations, The Mattson 2 stopped by before their sold out show with Khruangbin at Underground Arts for this session. Despite the overflow of sounds, I can assure you that there are just two people performing!

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