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The Dove and The Wolf sign to Fat Possum Records, release a stunning new video for “Seven Days”

The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist
The Dove and The Wolf | photo by CJ Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Exciting news for one of our favorite Philly bands of late: The Dove and The Wolf, the atmospheric pop duo of Paloma Gil and Lou Hayat, signed to Fat Possum Records. The label will re-release the band’s 2016 debut EP I Don’t Know What To Feel on March 24th, and the band just released a new music video for its stunning centerpiece, “Seven Days,” a mesmerizing, meditative song written in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the Bataclan theater in their hometown Paris. Continue reading →

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RIP Richie Ingui of The Soul Survivors

Charlie and Richie Ingui of the Soul Survivors with In The Pocket | photo by Dalleyn Pavey

Sad news from the Philly music community this weekend; on Friday, Richie Ingui — one of the two brothers at the front of The Soul Survivors — passed away suddenly of heart failure, according to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was 70.

Natives of the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Richie and his brother Charli Ingui began making music in New York City under the name Dedications, from 1962 to 1964. But it was a name change and a little song called “Expressway to Your Heart” that broke them big. Continue reading →

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30 Songs, 30 Days and Secretly Group announce Our First 100 Days, featuring Strand of Oaks, Nothing, and more…

Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

In the days leading up to the election, a project called 30 Days, 30 Songs brought together protest songs from high-profile acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Jim James, and Franz Ferdinand. There was so much artist support that the number quickly ballooned to 50 songs, and now, with the help of the Secretly Group, they’re doubling even that. Continue reading →

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RIP “Bubba” John Stevens, longtime Philly radio DJ

“Bubba” John Stevens (right) with Eric Bazilian (left) and Rob Hyman (middle) of The Hooters | via Facebook.

Growing up in Philly and listening to the radio, chances are you, like myself, were a fan of the comforting voice of “Bubba” John Stevens, who for many years held down a weekday spot on WMMR, then at WMGK. For 45 years, Stevens was a radio friend to many, so it’s with great sadness that we pass along the news that he passed away on Wednesday. Stevens, whose real name was John Laboranti, retired from WMGK in 2013. Continue reading →

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

Mercury Girls
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.

via Lame-O Records’ Facebook

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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