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Vita and the Woolf announce TUNNELS, new record out in 2017

Vita and the Woolf | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Vita and the Woolf | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Philly electropop duo Vita and the Woolf just announced their new album, TUNNELS, which comes out on January 20th.

TUNNELS is Vita’s first return to a full-length LP since 2014’s Fang Song. Bringing back frontwoman Jennifer Pague’s haunting vocals and percussionist Adam Shumski’s heavy backing beat, the record is poised to build on Vita’s already-enveloping synthpop sound. Continue reading →

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Indie pop queens Eskimeaux and Japanese Breakfast kick off joint solo tour in December

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Japanese Breakfast | photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast and Eskimeaux will team up for a tour starting this fall (and I couldn’t be more excited).

So far their are only five announced tour dates that will begin on December 14th and end on the 18th with a show on the 15th in Philly in the side chapel of the First Unitarian Church. Continue reading →

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Philly rockers RFA head out on their first U.S. tour

RFA | photo via facebook

If you haven’t yet heard Philly rockers RFA, try to imagine the Arctic Monkeys pre-cigarettes and leather jackets.

This group of four dudes attending various colleges around Philly head out on their first ever U.S. tour starting November 3rd in Boston and ending on the 13th in Washington D.C. They released their debut EP Just Don’t Turn The Light’s On in April of 2014, and they’ve been slowly working their way up from basement shows in West and North Philly to the Foundry at the Fillmore. Their most recent EP, Something New From RFA, is a catchy alternative-rock fueled culmination of four kids starting a band in college just because. Continue reading →

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Vita and the Woolf is going on tour and bringing the limited edition Pretty Boys tape with them

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

Philly electropop outfit Vita and the Woolf kicks off its North American tour next Thursday. Frontwoman Jennifer Pague has been making dreamy pop music since 2012, matching her haunting vocals and ethereal synthetic beats with live drummer Adam Shumski and, more recently, guitarist Dane Galloway. This month-long run with Rasputina will be their first full U.S. tour, and to celebrate, they’re brining a taste of their long-in-the-making new album Tunnels. Continue reading →

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Late Rock & Roll Legend Bill Graham to be Honored in an Exhibit at Philly’s Museum of Jewish History

Bill Graham | Courtesy of the National Museum of Jewish American History

Calling all Rock ‘n’ Roll enthusiasts, historians, museum hoppers of Philadelphia, and more. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, most everybody will be able to identify with the traveling exhibit, organized by the Los Angeles based Skirball Cultural Center, that is currently being hosted by The National Museum of American Jewish History.

Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution, which opened in Philadelphia on September 15, is an exhibit devoted to honoring the life and career of legendary concert promoter, the late Bill Graham. NMAJH is one of three venues who are hosting this retrospective of Graham’s life which is scheduled to remain in Philly through January 16, 2017. Graham played key roles in the careers of Rock legends like the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, the Who, the Doors, and the Rolling stones just to name a few. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia’s Hello Shark releases the introspective new “Jackson Browne”

 

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Philadelphia’s Hello Shark released his single, “Jackson Browne,” a song that will be featured on his upcoming album Delicate. The song, which we got wind up from our friends at The Deli, is riddled with introspection and longing, and fittingly enough, the lyrics repeated most frequently throughout are “Baby, I’m delicate,” a nod to the forthcoming album title. The track itself is carried along by a consistently slow tempo with smatterings of acoustic guitar, piano notes, and gentle percussions. The full length album will be available on September 30, and the band performs at Clark Park on October 5th. Information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Philly meets Frank: Alex G and Jazmine Sullivan are featured on Frank Ocean’s new visual album, Endless

Frank Ocean | photo via boysdontcry.co

It’s here.

The world has been waiting ever so impatiently for R&B icon Frank Ocean‘s newest work since 2012’s channel ORANGE, and Thursday night it finally dropped. Now available on Apple Music is Ocean’s visual album Endless. The fact that it’s presented as a visual album might come as a surprise. So might the idea that it isn’t entitled Boys Don’t Cry, as Ocean had been teasing for so long. But what might be most surprising are the Philly ties on the new project.

Both soul singer Jazmine Sullivan and indie rocker Alex G are featured on multiple tracks. Sullivan’s vocals can be found on “Alabama,” “Wither,” “Hubolts” and “Rushes.” Alex G plays guitar on “Wither,” “Slide On Me,” “Rushes” and “Higgs.” So there you have it: what is one of the most highly anticipated releases in recent memory is flooded with talent that’s rooted right here in Philadelphia. Additional (non-Philly) contributors to the visual album include Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead, James Blake, UK R&B vocalist Sampha , producer Arca, and the London Contemporary Orchestra.

Now, if you can believe this, there actually seems to be more on the way from Ocean. One of his representatives has reportedly said to “keep an eye out for more from Frank.” Most expect it to be the studio album that’s been promised for so long. So maybe that means there’s more Alex G / Jazmine Sullivan / Frank Ocean collaborations just around the corner? Only time will tell. Stay tuned, and watch Frank Ocean’s Endless here.

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PeteJoe Urban rejoins the Creepoid family; playing Union Transfer with Drive Like Jehu

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Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist

One thing we should aways remember about Creepoid – as dark and heavy and occasionally macabre as they get, they’re family. And we don’t say that just because vocalist / bassist Anna Troxell is wed to drummer Pat Troxell; their bandmates Sean Miller and founding guitarist PeteJoe Urban all grew up together in the Montgomery County burbs – they’re literal lifelong friends.

Which is why we’re excited to note that Urban is back in the fold. Continue reading →

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Balance and Composure makes their long-awaited return with “Postcard,” stacked tour with Foxing and Mercury Girls

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

It’s been radio silence from spectral Doylestown rock five-piece Balance and Composure for the better part of a year now, so we knew something big was brewing. The band has been working hard at Studio 4 in Conshy with regular collaborator and good buddy Will Yip on the production boards, and today just announced their third album, Light We Made, which is due out on October 7th via Vagrant Records. Continue reading →