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Japanese Breakfast frontwoman Michelle Zauner to write memoir Crying in H Mart

Japanese Breakfast | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Known for rocking the stage with cosmic sound and aching lyrics, Philadephia’s own Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast is embarking on a new artistic adventure: writing a book. Zauner signed a deal with Knopf to publish her memoir, Crying in H Mart, which shares the story of her childhood as a Korean-American, losing her mother to cancer, and her hunt for identity.

In 2018, Zauner published an essay in the New Yorker by the same title that explored the loss of her mother and how she connected to her late mother through Korean food. Continue reading →

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Slingshot Dakota will release their new album Heavy Banding this spring on Community Records

Slingshot Dakota | still from video

Lehigh Valley punk duo Slingshot Dakota has just announced that their next album, Heavy Banding, will be released May 24 on Community Records, Specialist Subject Records and stiff slack records. This’ll be the band’s first release since their 2017 Broken EP; they also re-released their 2004 album Keener Sighs last year. Continue reading →

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Baby Missiles: Krysten Ritter and The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel are going to be parents

Adam Granduciel and Krysten Ritter at the Oscars | photo by Rick Rowell | via Pitchfork

Some joyous Philly-adjacent news to emerge from the red carpet at last night’s Academy Awards: The War on Drugs‘ Adam Granduciel was in attendance alongside his partner of five years, actress Krysten Ritter, and the couple used the appearance to acknowledge that they will, in the not-too-distant future, be parents. Continue reading →

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Meet Wilmington’s newest concert venue, the 76ers Fieldhouse

The 76ers Fieldhouse | photo by Suchat Pederson | via The News Journal

The Philadelphia 76ers recently opened a new space in Wilmington — but it’s not just for basketball. By day, the indoor arena will be home to the Delaware Blue Coats, the Sixers’ G League team. But when the players go home for the night, the space will be transformed into a 3,000 capacity concert venue. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill’s new album Championships will be out before you know it

Meek Mill | photo via facebook.com/MeekMill

Philly rapper Meek Mill is gearing up for his first full-lenth project since being released from prion this summer. Though he’d previously termed it a “surprise release” — and you could still argue that it fits that mold, showing up with relatively short notice and without promotional teasers like singles or videos — we know know exactly what the record is called and when it’s landing. According to Meek’s Instagram, his fourth album will be called Championships, and it will be released on November 30th. Continue reading →

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The venue formerly known as the Electric Factory will now be called Franklin Music Hall

The Electric Factory
The Districts on stage at The Electric Factory | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Franklin Music Hall. That is what the former Electric Factory will be known as going forward.

The 2,500 capacity music venue on 7th and Callowhill announced last month that it was changing hands and identities, and with new owner Bowery Presents / AEG (who had been booking the room for years) legally restricted from using its old name, a contest launched to rename the venue. Continue reading →

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Why it matters to your neighborhood DJ that Philly is streamlining its block party rules

An uptown block party in Philly | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

As the summer of 2018 slowly recedes into the rear view of our collective memory, an important step has been taken by the City of Philadelphia toward the protection of summer fun and a time-honored cultural tradition. A ride around the city during the warmer months will reveal a seemingly endless number of closed off streets complete with music blaring, barbecue filling the air, and children playing in mobile inflatable Bouncy Houses, all telltale signs of one of Philly’s favorite past times: the block party. For decades, block parties have stood as a integral part of Philadelphia’s music and social culture, strengthening communal bonds among neighbors as well as serving as a training ground for many of the city’s world-class DJs.

Earlier this year, the city announced that there would be tighter restrictions on the process by which residents would receive permit approval to close down their streets for block parties. This new policy would have required residents to get pre-approval from their local police district before receiving final approval from the Streets Department. Some residents even claimed that some police departments promised to block all future permits.

Faced with the looming threat of block party applications being impeded by added bureaucratic red tape, Philly residents took to the phone lines and social media demanding that the process be streamlined. Last week, the City announced that this policy would in fact be reversed, making it easier for residents to apply for block party permits. In a statement from the Streets Department and Police Department: “Applicants will now have one less step in the approval process as they no longer need to visit their local Police District to submit an application in-person or by mail. The Departments will now manage this step of the process internally, saving residents extra time and added process.” Continue reading →

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Elton John gave Low Cut Connie a shoutout at his Wells Fargo Center show

Elton John with Low Cut Connie’s Adam Weiner | via Facebook

Elton John wants you to know that he’s a Low Cut Connie fan. Furthermore, he wants to make sure that you listen to them, too — though XPN listeners won’t have any trouble with that. The Philly band has been a favorite among their hometown audiences for some time, but it’s rare for a local band that hasn’t quite reached mainstream attention to receive such a ringing endorsement like this from a musical icon.

When his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour came through the Wells Fargo Center earlier this week, Sir Elton gave Low Cut Connie a public shoutout, even dedicating his song “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to the band, which he ranks among his current favorites.

Captured on the Instagram video below, “There’s always been a lot of wonderful music coming out of Philadelphia, ever since I can remember,” said Elton John. “And there’s a band that I love at the moment so much called Low Cut Connie, who are also from Philadelphia. And I’d like to dedicate this song to them right now, because I love them very much, and you should check them out. Buy their records, go see them. Amazing.”

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