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Cruisr’s “All Over” video will have you marveling over its seamless, engaging animation

Photo via Cruisr Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cruisrtheband)
Photo via Cruisr Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/cruisrtheband)

Philly indie-pop foursome Cruisr just released their music video for their upbeat anthem “All Over” via BuzzFeed today. The track’s cheerful demeanor is mirrored in the video’s bright-colored aesthetics and seamless transitions. Utilizing snippets from iconic movies, some of which include Pulp Fiction and The Shining, the video animates the scenes with glowing pastels fitting the indie pop music to a T. Continue reading →

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Get ready for the 21st annual The Night Before and usher in the holiday season with Jingle Jams

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It was 21 years ago when WXPN came to me, with those puppy-dog eyes, hoping that I’d fill in on December 24. Seems no one was available, and in those days before digital, you needed a body to oversee any programming. I agreed – as long as they gave me complete freedom to spin an aural web of sounds of the season – direct from my collection of holiday tunes.

What they didn’t know was that I had already developed a fascination for Christmas songs. Not the burnt cookies anyone can hear up and down the dial in December. My collection was chock-full of unique nuggets – some not given the light of day for decades. This first began with a box of Christmas LPs that I purchased at a thrift shop in the late 1970s. I became intrigued with the fact that Christmas was more than Johnny Mathis and Bing Crosby. Throughout my adult years – beginning in the 1980s – I always kept an eye out for the unusual holiday release; first on vinyl and then CD. One crate became two, and soon became bins upon bins.

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Jimmy Fallon IS Bono!…Amy Adams will be Janis Joplin,…and Brad Pitt to portray Bruce Springsteen?

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Jimmy Fallon’s love affair with U2 is well known.  So when U2 had to postpone last week’s scheduled 5 day residency on the Tonight Show, naturally Jimmy and The Roots had to take over with a fantastic over of U2′s “Desire.”  Watch after the jump.  Continue reading →

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Three Man Cannon had thousands of dollars of gear stolen and they weren’t even on tour, WTF

Three Man Cannon |photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Soon a day will come when I no longer have to write “band got all their gear stolen” but, alas, today is not that day. Word has been making the rounds this evening (first via a heartfelt Tumblr post by Cayetana’s Augusta Koch, and next by a report on Property of Zack) that Philly-via-Scranton punk four-piece Three Man Cannon had a massive amount of instruments, pedals and hardware stolen tonight.

The worst part about it is that they weren’t on tour. Not that being on tour would have made it okay, but still, you expect to some degree that your stuff is safe and secure when you’re at home. While the particulars of how it happened are not yet clear, what exactly is missing can be found in the list below. Continue reading →

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Check out an easygoing new Dewey Decibel jam featuring Rone

Photo via Dewey Decibel Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deweysdope)
Photo via Facebook facebook.com/deweysdope

Philly-based rapper / producer Dewey Decibel released a new track this week featuring fellow local rapper Rone titled “Never Gave A Shit.” The song is smooth and engaging, throwing some oddball synths your way and blending them with Dewey and Rone’s easygoing flow. Holding your attention throughout, the track’s different timbres of voice and synth juxtapose comfortably and bounce around the room, with the MCs spitting their lines with confidence. Check out the new song below.

“Never Give A Shit” comes from Sub Cult, the new EP Dewey Decibel is releasing in early 2015. He will be playing at MilkBoy this Friday, November 21st, opening for Red Martina; for tickets and more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Chill Moody introduces new Phirst Tuesdays at Bourbon & Branch to support Philly local talent

Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia music advocate and hip hop artist Chill Moody announced today that he will be heading a new music initiative in Philadelphia called Phirst Tuesdays. Phirst Tuesdays will be an open mic/jam session that will take place every first Tuesday of the month at Bourbon & Branch. The night of sign-up performances will feature Chill Moody’s own band including Man-Man, Wheatbread and JRoc to play as the performers’ live backing band throughout the night. Phirst Tuesdays will also include various hosts, with December’s to be hosted by R&B artist Beano who has recently returned from a tour in Africa singing back-up vocals for Jahiem. Continue reading →

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Discover the smooth, solemn punk-folk of Scranton transplant Cave People in “Cluster”

Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography
Cave People by Gabrielle Elizabeth Photography

Scranton transplant Cave People announced this week that they will be releasing their debut EP Older on December 9th via their new label, Stereophonodon Records. In addition to the EP announcement, Cave People is also streaming “Cluster”, the first track off of Older via Stereogum. Singer/songwriter David Tomaine, the artist behind Cave People, creates a smooth, solemn folk track with tinges of punk rock coloring it nicely. Continue reading →