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XPN Morning Show MusicNotes: Springsteen pens “Outlaw Pete”, the best of Barry White and more AC/DC on the way.

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via backstreets.com

Bruce Springsteen, along with illustrator Frank Caruso have produced a new chldren’s book called “Outlaw Pete,” a book based on a song of the same name from The Boss’ “Working on a Dream” album and inspired by the kid’s book “Brave Cowboy Bill” from which his mom used tell him stories as a child. Continue reading →

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Jonathan Pfeffer’s “Bodega”, featuring a cast of Philadelphia rappers and musicians, comes to ballet-dancing life in Atlanta this Friday

Jonathan Pfeffer | photo via www.soundcloud.com/jpfeffer

Although The Key normally doesn’t publish the artistic goings-on of other cities, the use of local artists’ work in boundary-pushing art is certainly worth celebrating.

It has been roughly a year since former Capillary Action frontman and composer/multimedia artist Jonathan Pfeffer premiered “Bodega”, an avant-garde piece that employed a cavalcade of local musician collaborators including emcees Lushlife and Yikes the Zero, drummers Eric Slick (Dr. Dog) and Ricardo Lagomasino (Many Arms/Deleted Scenes) and Uniform Recordings’s Jeff Zeigler in the service of abrasive and entrancing aesthetics. On Friday, the piece will take on new life further south as the Atlanta Ballet features it in the new work showcase “Yours is Mine”. Continue reading →

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The XPN Morning Show talks with Taney Dragons Assistant Coach Leland Lott

Taney Dragons
The Taney Dragons via Facebook

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Philly’s own Taney Dragons continue their quest for a Little League World Series Championship as they take on a team from Las Vegas in Williamsport, PA. Prior to tonight’s game, XPN Morning Show anchor Bob Bumbera had a chance to talk with Taney Asst. Coach Leland Lott, whose son Jared Sprague Lott plays for the Dragons. Listen to the interview below. Continue reading →

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Remembering Dante Bucci: A unique voice in Philadelphia music

Dante Bucci
Photo by John Vettese

Nobody could make the drums sing quite like Dante Bucci. The songwriter, percussionist, creative collaborator and fixture of the Philadelphia music scene was found dead in his Roxborough home this Wednesday. He was 34 years old.

Bucci, a systems analyst at Drexel University by day, came to prominence locally and regionally as a master of the hang drum – a unique, UFO-shaped instrument with a similar sound and feel as a steel drum. It’s both percussive and melodic, which allowed Bucci to effectively be his own one-man band, writing songs and performing them with the two drums balanced in his lap. His latest album, Kinesthesia, was released in October of 2013, but he had already been developing this unique style for years, showcasing it at the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2010 and releasing his debut album, Reminiscence, in 2008. Continue reading →

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The Taney Dragons step up to the Little League World Series today; listen to the XPN Morning Show spotlight on the team

Taney DragonsThis afternoon at 3:00pm,  in Williamsport, PA, Philadelphia debuts it’s first team ever in the Little League World Series at the Taney Dragons play a team from Nashville, Tennessee.   And as the XPN Morning Show’s Bob Bumbera learns, The Dragons have an XPN connection. Listen to his interview after the jump. Continue reading →

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Fluid manager and Philly nightlife champion Oronde Gibson has passed away at 43

Oronde Gibson
Oronde Gibson

Oronde Gibson, the face of Fluid Nightclub for its 14-year run and man who helped nurture a generation of DJs in this city passed away overnight – of complications from a stroke suffered earlier this year. He was just 43. There’s a lot of sadness in the music community today – I have volumes to say about this man – he was my friend, and I his. Together we were co-conspirators and each other’s sounding boards. Most of all this man had a heart as big as his being. If he liked you – he had your back. Period. Continue reading →

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First Person Arts wants you to create their podcast musical theme

First Person Arts
First Person Arts story slams

First Person Arts, the Philly based non-profit that sponsors two monthly Story Slams, and an annual festival, is having a contest for musicians to create an instrumental theme for their weekly storytelling podcast. They are currently accepting instrumental submissions, two to five minutes in length, through Monday, August 25th. Continue reading →