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Listen to Stephen Powers’ interview on the XPN Morning Show, see him tonight at International House

Stephen Powers | Photo via firstandfifteenth.net
Stephen Powers | Photo via firstandfifteenth.net

Beginning tonight International House Philadelphia (IHP) is presenting the first in its newly conceived speaker series: Wayfaring: Conversations on Travel, Art & Culture, curated by Anthony Smyrski of Random Embassy and Megawords. The series will give members of the art community a way to discuss the way that travel and multi-cultural experiences have influenced the artistic process. The first speaker (tonight Sept. 18, 2014) is artist and graffiti muralist Stephen Powers who will discuss his on-going projects: A Love Letter to the City. Bob Bumbera from the XPN Morning Show had a chance to speak with both Powers and Anthony Smyrski recently about the new speaker series at I House Philly. Continue reading →

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Spotify study reveals Penn students love Magic Man, hate Kendrick Lamar and sleep late

Kendrick Lamar | Photo by John Vettese
Kendrick Lamar is not a favorite of University of Pennsylvania students, according to Spotify  | Photo by John Vettese

Okay, number nerds, this is pretty interesting: Spotify this week released a study on “the most musical universities in America,” ranking schools based on amount of music listened overall and number of subscriptions at their student rate. The University of Pennsylvania ranked as the 34th most musical school in the country, and the school-specific breakdown provides an interesting snapshot of the West Philly ivy league institution’s listening habits. Continue reading →

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R5 Productions will scale (way) back on shows in The First Unitarian Church basement

The Menzingers at the First Unitarian Church | Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers at the First Unitarian Church | Photo By: Rachel Del Sordo

As the room responsible for launching the Philly career of any number of musicians – Arcade Fire, Mates of State, Sufjan Stevens, Aesop Rock, The Menzingers, and so on – as well as the career of R5 Productions itself – it’s a space they’ve booked since 1996 – there’s a lingering sadness with today’s email announcement that the promoters are pulling out (for the most part) of booking basement shows at center city’s First Unitarian Church.

The run of concerts through late December – including King Tuff on October 7th, Dads on October 23rd and Restorations’ album release party on November 15th – will be their last hurrah in this room, though they will continue to present unique intimate performances in the Sanctuary and Side Chapel. In addition, the basement may be used here and there for weekend shows only. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) w/ new album/tour, Doors’ film “Feast of Friends” finally out, and how to get rid of U2′s “Songs of Innocence” from your iTunes

via consequenceofsound.net
via consequenceofsound.net

Yusuf Islam, who attracted millions of fans when he was known as Cat Stevens is releasing a new album called “Tell ‘Em I’m Gone” on October 27 and also doing his first tour in 25 years. Find out some of the guest artists & listen to the new song “Dying to Live” Continue reading →

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Watch Dead Milkmen record the carnivalesque “Pretty Music For Pretty People”

The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese
The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese

Following a knockout show at Laurel Hill Cemetery last Friday (check out photos here), Philadelphia’s Dead Milkmen debuted a music video this week for the title track to their forthcoming album Pretty Music For Pretty People. The song is set to the twinkling sounds of circus music and tells the tale of an award show acceptance speech while reminding the winner “don’t forget to wave to the people you screwed / to get that perfect 10 out of 10 review.” Funny. However, do not expect a play by play depiction of the VMAs. The Brian Siano-directed video opens as a women curiously recites “Eeenie meanie jelly beanie” into a microphone before the music begins. From there, the video essentially catches the band recording the track in Miner Street Studios, and we’re pretty psyched that we get to watch a little piece of Dead Milkmen history. Check it out below. Continue reading →

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Zilla Rocca & the Shadowboxers bring noir-hop to life with video “Starvation Hour”

Zilla Rocca
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Philly rap crew Zilla Rocca & the Shadowboxers have brought Zilla’s self-styled genre rap-noir to life with the release of new music video “Starvation Hour.” The track preaches the gamble of taking part in the competitive music scene with lyrics “It’s like rolling snake eyes with Dr. Fate”, but according to this Bob Sweeney directed video, there was no competition. Rocca is the last man standing. Continue reading →