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So Long Allo Darlin’: Mercury Girls’ Kevin Attics pens goodbye letter to UK indie pop greats

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Mercury Girls | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When Allo Darlin’ walk onto the stage of Scala in the Kings Cross section of London next week for their final show, they’ll likely be thinking about the nearly ten years they’ve spent together as a beloved indie pop band and the thousands of fans and friends they’ve made around the world. The Elizabeth Morris-led quartet released three full-length records in that time, their lustrous “Capricornia” single from 2012’s Europe becoming a familiar favorite for many.

Allo Darlin’ count among their fans Kevin Attics, whose Philly-based outfit Mercury Girls played alongside them at this year’s Pop Fest in NYC. Attics, who was particularly struck by the announcement that the group is disbanding, wrote a farewell letter for UK blog Gold Flake Paint this week, sharing a history of the band and his heartfelt gratitude for their existence.

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Post-election, Philly artists are uniting with charitable acts of solidarity. Here’s what we’ve seen so far.

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It goes without saying that there are a lot of very scared, very angry people in America right now, and music news is probably one of the last things on their minds.

In the days that followed the election, it almost seemed wrong to continue talking about it, but then, slowly but surely, hopeful stories began to emerge. Since last Tuesday, musicians and labels have been stepping forward to stand in solidarity with marginalized groups, and while their charitable donations and protest songs aren’t going to change the world overnight, they’re an important reminder that now, more than ever before, we need to stick together. Continue reading →

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Tiny Engines bring the good will with “Pay-What-You-Will” catalog for charity

In light of Tuesday’s election results, North Carolina-based indie label Tiny Engines has become the latest in a line of musical entities to put their wares up for charity. Starting this week, their entire catalog, which includes standout Philly acts like Mannequin Pussy, Cayetana, and Little Big League, will be available under the “Pay-What-You-Will” format with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood and Southern Poverty Law Center. Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou celebrates 15 years with remastered debut I Never Said That I Was Brave

mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
mewithoutYou | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

mewithoutYou, believe it or not, have been around for 15 years. Yes, 1-5. And while this occasion sometimes calls for ballrooms and a quinceanera, these Upper Darby natives have chosen to celebrate by releasing a remastered version of their first EP, I Never Said That I Was Brave, headed by the band’s mastering staple Hans Dekline of Sound Bites Dog.

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After 25 years at the World Cafe, David Dye’s role is changing

David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

After a quarter century at the helm of NPR’s World CafeDavid Dye announced today that he is stepping down on March 31st, 2017, as the full time host and producer of the show. He’ll continue hosting WXPN’s weekly Funky Friday show and will have a continued role on World Cafe as a special contributor.

“On one hand, it is extremely hard to picture my life without hosting the World Cafe on a daily basis,” says Dye. “It is the best job in radio, working with the most talented people. For years I have had the opportunity to sit in the same room talking with the likes of Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock and thousands of others. Our 25th anniversary seems like the perfect juncture to get off the treadmill of daily radio and see what is next.” Continue reading →

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Japandroids’ cathartic noise-rock to bless Union Transfer next February

Japandroids | Photo by John Vettese
Japandroids | Photo by John Vettese

After making the world a better place with the announcement of third full length Near To The Wild Heart Of Life last week (due out in early 2017 via Anti Records), Canada’s noisy boys Japandroids announced an extensive world tour set to hit Union Transfer on February 24th, bringing along Brooklyn’s Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers to keep them company.

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Passionate percussionist Charlie Hall to appear at Philly Drum Project’s “Beats, Brews, and Banter”

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Charlie Hall | photo courtesy of the artist

Percussion collective Philly Drum Project announced this months Beats, Brews, and Banter, a free event with the goal of connecting Philly musicians in a safe environment to share ideas and network. Set to take place this Friday (November 4th) at the grand opening of Philly’s brand new drum shop Philadelphia Drum & Percussion, the event’s special guest is none other than The War on Drugs’ own beat machine Charlie Hall.

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