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Just Announced: Lauryn Hill will headline the Mann Center for the Performing Arts this summer

Ms. Lauryn Hill | via facebook.com/mslaurynhill

Super exciting news of the day: singer-songwriter-r&b-soul-hip-hop great Lauryn Hill – or Ms. Lauryn Hill, if you prefer – returns to Philly this summer to headline a show at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, August 27th. Tickets go on sale Thursday, June 30th at 10 a.m., and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Thy Friends Profanely Rage: mewithoutYou celebrates the long homecoming at Underground Arts

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

Thursday marked one year of mewithoutYou’s most recent record, Pale Horses, and what a year it’s been. When I interviewed frontman and songwriter Aaron Weiss last year before the record’s release, I distinctly remember him saying “Every time we finish one, I’m so grateful and I tell myself ‘never put yourself through that again.’” If there was ever a year that he would choose to lay it all down, this would have been it. Continue reading →

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A Day In My Life: The collaboration between Henry H. Houston School and LiveConnections


LiveConnections has once again proven how important it is to showcase the musical talent of Philadelphia’s youth, and to contribute to the musical education of students. The nonprofit teamed up with Henry H. Houston School in Mount Airy to produce a full album entitled A Day In My Life. In a year long residency program led by Andrew Lipke and other musicians, students participated in weekly workshops focused on poetry, songwriting, and music composition. The core group of students from grades 4-8 who worked on the project are known as “Lyrical Productions.” They took trips to various locations for inspiration, including days spent at the National Constitution Center and World Cafe Live, as heard on “One Life Taken, One Life Saved” and “Dance Like No One’s Watching,” respectively. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement is the first signing to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC label

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Very exciting news for our favorite nine-piece Philly hip-hop band of the moment: Hardwork Movement is officially the first artists to sign to Chill Moody’s digital label #nicethingsMUSIC. Their single “Take Time” will be available via iTunes tomorrow, and the band plays Spruce Street Harbor Park next Thursday, June 23rd with New Sound Brass; more information on that free show here. Continue reading →

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Al-Bustan, Bowerbird, PRISM Quartet among recipients of Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grants

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PRISM Quartet | photo by Jacqueline Hanna

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage announced its list of 2016 grant recipients, supporting 53 Philadelphia area artists, organizations and innovators in their cultural explorations. Over a dozen of the grants have been awarded to musicians, whose proposed projects include creating compositions that bring broken instruments back to life (Temple Contemporary), revisiting the city’s published jazz history (Jazz Bridge) and starting dialogues through traditional African folk songs (Tokay Tomah).

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Mumblr invite us inside their world (and kitchen) on their Swell Tone session

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Mumblr | photo by Peter Murray Photography | http://petermurrayphotography.com/

A perfect snapshot of the DIY mentality that’s been pumping through the Philly music scene’s veins, our friends at Swell Tone captured local punks Mumblr in their living room-turned-practice space for a personal look at one of the cities stand-out bands. Performing their new song “Microwave” off of the anticipated sophomore release The Never Ending Get Down, out this Friday June 10th on Fleeting Youth Records, the video finds the guys of Mumblr shredding amidst the eccentric decor of their home. Continue reading →

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NonCOMM Recap: Hayes Carll lifts up World Cafe with musical history and country storytelling

Hayes Carll | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | <a href=http://jeremy-zim.com target="_blank">jeremy-zim.com</a>
Hayes Carll | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

All that sat on the stool next to him was a harmonica, a bottle of water, and a glass of whiskey. That pretty much sums up the set that the Texas-born and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Hayes Carll brought to the PRX Stage tonight.

His introduction was set by WFPK in Kentucky’s Kyle Meredith, who said that he was shocked when he heard that Carll’s new album would be made up of mostly ballads, since his previous work had mainly been country stompers. But just like Meredith said, Carll’s stripped-down set of songs from Lovers and Leavers brought simple yet thoughtful melodies, intrinsic beauty, and one of the most unorthodox drum kits I have ever seen. Continue reading →

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WXPN to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 75 birthday with all-day airplay and a special Free At Noon with Mason Porter

Illustration by Alex Fine
Illustration by Alex Fine

Bob Dylan turns 75 this year. To celebrate, WXPN will be playing nothing but Dylan on Tuesday, May 24th (his actual birthday) and will be holding a special Free At Noon at World Cafe Live with Philly bluegrass/Americana band Mason Porter & Friends, where they will be covering and honoring the folk legend. Continue reading →

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Stream The Lawsuits’ new album Moon Son in full

The Lawsuits | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN
The Lawsuits | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Philly roots-rockers The Lawsuits have released a stream of their new album, the cleverly titled Moon Son, in full via Grateful Web.

The band had recently released two singles from Moon Son, “Romeo” and “Do Ya,” the first of which we premiered here at The Key. The new album is an expansion of the sound they had been playing with on their last record, Cool Cool Cool, except the band adopts some newer, ambient and psychedelic tones as well that sound reminiscent of The War On Drugs. Continue reading →