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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 →

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Philly hip-hop artist Bok Nero shares new single “Nero Nero” ft. Jahlil Beats

Bok Nero | photo courtesy of the artist
Bok Nero | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly MC Bok Nero got his start with the local hip-hop crew Blonde Gang, but has since ventured out and made a name for himself on his own, recently signing to Roc Nation producer Jahlil Beats’ label Tandem Music Group and Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak Records. Today he shared his new single with the label, the introductory “Nero Nero.” Continue reading →

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Your guide to Love On The Streets 2016: Who’s Playing (Lithuania, Mumblr, RFA, and more)

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

This Saturday, May 14th, the Love On The Streets festival (presented by Wahoo’s) will be held at Paines Park in Philadelphia. The festival, now in its second year, will feature food, beer, a skateboarding competition (with a grand prize of $2,000), and a huge line-up of Philly artists welcomed by XPN. It all starts at 12 noon on Saturday, and attendance is free.

Since there will be SO much going on at the festival on Saturday, we figured we should do a breakdown of all the bands that will be performing to make sure you know what you’re in for: nine hours of music, art, food, and everything else that makes Philly such a cool place to be.

The Music: XPN will be presenting the Mad Dragon stage at Love On the Streets, which will feature over 10 bands and DJs performing throughout the course of the day. Here’s a rundown of everyone that will be performing. Continue reading →

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Watch Leon Bridges’ beautiful This Is Home documentary ahead of his Roots Picnic appearance

 

Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Leon Bridges | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Take us to the river: Leon Bridges exploded onto the scene last year with his astounding debut album of modern soul, Coming Home. To celebrate his success, Squarespace made a documentary shot by Danny Clinch following his rise from an unknown solo artist from Fort Worth, Texas, to touring the world and getting nominated for Grammys. Continue reading →

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Stream Nothing’s new album Tired Of Tomorrow in full via NPR Music

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Nothing | photo by Ben Rayner | courtesy of the artist

Shoegaze punks Nothing have been teasing their upcoming album Tired Of Tomorrow for weeks now through various singles and mini-documentaries, and now you can listen to the album in full over at NPR Music.

Tired Of Tomorrow, the band’s second LP (the first being 2014’s Guilty Of Everything) is out May 13th on Relapse Records and was recorded with Philly super-producer Will Yip. Continue reading →