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Watch Vita and the Woolf’s cosmic video for “Feline,” get details on their June album release

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz | courtesy of the artist

Vita and the Woolf have been wowing us with powerful vocals and dark electro beats since we first heard their debut Fang Song. At long last, an official final for-realsies release date of their much anticipated followup LP has been announced. Tunnels will be available on June 16th — a day before they win over the crowd at Firefly Music Festival. On top of this wonderful news, the band also dropped a mind-bending video for their most recent single, “Feline.” Continue reading →

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King Britt announces new album AFTER… featuring Moor Mother, Kate Faust

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

Following a run of reunions and reflections last year, King Britt is now looking forward with the announcement of a new album coming this summer. The legendary local DJ/producer will release AFTER… with his Fhloston Paradigm project on June 16th, a collaborative effort that features Moor Mother, Kate Faust, and more.

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Matador Records to reissue “long out of print” Kurt Vile EPs this spring

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Kurt Vile | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

While we’re in the interim between b’lieve i’m goin down… and whatever he’s cooking up with Courtney Barnett, Matador is reissuing two “long out of print” Kurt Vile EPs this spring. A blue vinyl So Outta Reach (2011) and opaque colored vinyl Square Shells (2010) will be out on May 19th. The former features songs recorded during the Smoke Ring for My Halo sessions with John Agnello, while the latter is a collection of home and studio recordings. Preorder the records over at Matador and listen to a pair of tracks from the EP below.

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Rodrigo y Gabriela add tour to 10th anniversary celebration of Rodrigo y Gabriela LP

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Rodrigo y Gabriela | photo by Noah Silvestry | www.silvestography.com

Ten years ago, Mexico City duo Rodrigo y Gabriela released their sophomore self-titled LP, a record that put their dual-guitar compositions on the map. To mark the album’s milestone, the musicians have announced a U.S. tour that stops at the Electric Factory on Saturday, June 10th.

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The War on Drugs will release a new song, “Thinking of a Place,” on Record Store Day

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The War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

Since announcing their new home at Atlantic Records back in 2015, we’ve been waiting with baited breath for new music from The War on Drugs. And waiting, and waiting. And today, we have finally have some news: the band’s first song since 2014’s acclaimed Lost In The Dream LP will be called “Thinking Of A Place,” and it comes out on Record Store Day. Continue reading →

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Five ways Connor Barwin won the hearts of the Philly music scene

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Connor Barwin at a MTWB concert | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman

Earlier this morning it was announced that the Eagles released linebacker Connor Barwin. We’ve gotten used to our favorite sports stars being traded away here in Philadelphia, but Barwin wasn’t just any football player – he was a guy who transcended the locker room to become an integral and friendly community member in town.

It all started with a night out seeing Animal Collective at Union Transfer in 2013. From there the Michigan native became a familiar face on SEPTA, an advocate for green living and sustainability, an outspoken supporter of bike commuting, a community builder, and a local music fan. Today we’re looking back at the impact he’s had on our city for the last four years with some of our favorite non-football Barwin moments.

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Get to know Talia Schlanger, new full-time host of World Cafe

David Dye and Talia Schlanger | photo by Rich McKie for WXPN
David Dye and Talia Schlanger | photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

After 25 years as host of NPR’s World Cafe, David Dye revealed plans to step down from his role this past fall. Today it’s been announced, in an interview with Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that she will become permanent host of the show, beginning on Monday, April 3rd.

You’ve heard Talia on the air in the mix with David Dye on World Cafe since October; below, get to know her a little better with a lightning round video interview. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball cancel U.S. tour, taking “a break for a little while”

Modern Baseball | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Really, I cannot begin to imagine the intense pressure and stress and emotional drain of being an artist that hundreds of thousands of people adore. Your fans look up to you, they rely on you for an escape from or a catharsis of the negative energy in their lives. They rely on you for guidance and strength. But you’re human too, and you’re grappling with the same issues.

Philly indie rock four-piece Modern Baseball has always been up front and heart-on-their-sleeve about their feelings — it’s what sparked that connection with a massively devoted fan base in the first place, and what keeps it going. When the band launched their album Holy Ghost last year, they were very open about its true-to-life content: struggles with depression and mental health, for singer-guitarists Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald alike.

When Lukens decided to sit out of the band’s European tour this winter to focus on his mental well-being, it was the right decision — not just because we care about Bren and want him to the best care of himself possible, but because it was a good lead-by-example moment. Acknowledge when you need to step away, acknowledge when you need help and accept it.

In that sense, it’s bittersweet news today that MoBo as a whole made a decision to cancel their entire U.S. tour, again, for the sake of their own mental health. Continue reading →

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The Districts, Son Little, Good Girl, The Dove and The Wolf and more to play #AmplifyPhilly SXSW showcase

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

For the third year running, the Philly music scene has its own SXSW showcase on 6th Street in Austin. This year’s #AmplifyPhilly party, co-sponsored by the City as well as the folks from RecPhilly, takes place March 14th, 2017 — the second night of SXSW — at Buffalo Billiards, with a headlining performance from rock and roll force of nature The Districts.

Also on the lineup is electro-rock / soul soundscaper Son Little, eclectic pop visionary Bilal and dynamic R&B four-piece Good Girl. Philly / LA artist Julian King joins the lineup as well, along with breezy indie poppers Queen of Jeans and spacey folk duo The Dove and The Wolf; between sets, DJ Aktive spins.  Continue reading →