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Catch up with HUNTR in the intense “Veins” video

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HUNTR | photo courtesy of the artist

When he left Philly for the West Coast, local MC Gilbere Forte linked up with a crew of new friends who shared his eclectic musical interests and HUNTR was born. The band – which also includes drummer Nick Audy, DJ Helly, guitarist Boris Likharev and production guru Raak – first caught our ear this winter with “Find Myself.” It’s a genre bending modern rock song that draws on elements of electronic music, heavy rock and hip-hop. The band continued this summer with the song “Veins,” which screams and soars like Imagine Dragons and Nine Inch Nails – it’s huge, and the music video that just dropped this week is equally intense. Continue reading →

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It’s been a good summer for Philly R&B crew Good Girl

Good Girl | via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl

Philly R&B / pop four-piece Good Girl is awesome – we’ve known that for quite a while. But they’ve been having a hell of a 2016, from their massively well-received appearance on America’s Got Talent (they didn’t make the finals but still slayed all the same) to a killer collaboration with rising local MC Joie Kathos (appropriately titled “Slay”).

They’ve also been dropping a sick string of standalone singles this summer, from the trap banger “Have Mercy” to the playful club jam “My Shit” and the rhythmic house rager “All Mine” (a personal favorite over here). The crew has been out in LA recording these jams and more in preparation for a debut record, and wraps its summer by returning to Philly to kick off labor day weekend by headlining the TLA on Friday, September 1st. Continue reading →

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Listen to Son Little cover Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper”

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Philly rocker Son Little has been taking things quiet since wrapping up his early summer run with Leon Bridges (and playing a handful of festivals around the country). But if that gives him time and space to get another album out into the world, all the better.

In the meantime, he shared this cover of “State Trooper” from Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. The original is harrowing and howling, with the tone reportedly inspired by the Boss’ love of NYC experimental synthpoppers Suicide. Son Little keeps it minimal, but takes it out of that acoustic zone, adding back some of those electronic textures he’s so good at. It’s his own nervy interpretation of a desperate man on the lam and his fear of encountering the authorities…something that, given recent (and not-so-recent) events, takes on an added layer of poignancy. Continue reading →

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Listen to Delco Pacers’ new Bazaar Days LP

Delco Pacers | photo by Scott Troyan | via facebook.com/DelcoPacers

Philly rockers Delco Pacers channel the greatness of the rock underground of the 80s and 90s. On their new LP Bazaar Days, released this week via Bandcamp and on cassette, you’ll hear tones of Hüsker Dü, IRS-era R.E.M., Pavement and much more. “Luna” sets the pace (har, har) with a soaring melody and a memorable hook; the husky catharsis of “Yesterday” rides dynamic lows and high into a rumbling crescendo.

Vocalist and guitarist Jonathan Pitts has a wry inflection akin to Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, and his examination of the memory and emotion of suburban malaise will totally connect with anybody who vibes on Finn’s stories of the misfits on the banks of the Mississippi River. Continue reading →

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Watch Reef the Lost Cauze’s new video for “You Know Me Well” from Furious Styles

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Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly rapper Reef the Lost Cauze teamed up with versatile Philly beatmaker DJ Bear One this summer for the Furious Styles LP, released via iTunes last month. It’s hard-hitting, unflinching rap of the sort that people who sing the praises of Run The Jewels might dig…the difference being that Reef has been doing his thing for about a decade longer than RTJ.  Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: Long Beard

Courtesy of Team Love Records
Courtesy of Team Love Records

Since Sleepwalker, the debut album from Long Beard, New Jersey musician Leslie Bear’s musical outfit was released in autumn 2015, I have found myself occasionally laying on my bedroom floor, with door closed, lights off, ceiling staring, putting the needle down over and over on this record. I have discovered that the semidarkness of twilight is the perfect time to listen to Long Beard, when the day and everything that it brought is being slowly snuffed out by the impending night. These soft boundaries between light and dark, awake and asleep, noisy and hushed release a magical power already latent in the aptly-titled Sleepwalker. Leslie and her band are also operating in the between. They are transitioning from a former state to a new one, where music plays the role of catalyst and catharsis and internal dialogues loop, build, and collide often in a restless release of energy. I find myself remaining on the floor staring up into darkness even after the needle pulls away from Sleepwalker, captivated by its spell.
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Zilla Rocca shares his Top 5 Overlooked Remixes in Philly Rap Lore

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Zilla Rocca | Photo by Laura Lynn Photography

Local rapper / DJ Zilla Rocca loves remixes. He loves listening to them and he loves creating them. In fact, Zilla flexes his remix skills on his latest project Anything I Touch I Bruise Vol. 2, a 16-track effort of reimagined cuts from Curly Castro, PremRock, and more. Talking about the collection on Facebook, Zilla wrote:

The reason I love remixing songs is because I like the challenge of working within a finite frame in music: “you can ONLY do this at a set tempo with this voice, and these are the sounds that have already been used.” I also love the challenge of trying to wash the original producer! Sometimes I do sometimes I don’t but it’s always an exciting challenge of “Can I even do this better than what’s already been done?

To spread the love, Zilla chose his five favorite Philly-related remixes to share with us; read what he has to say below, and download Anything I Touch I Bruise Vol. 2 for free on Bandcamp.

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The Stray Birds look back to Lancaster in “Third Day in a Row”

The Stray Birds | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN
The Stray Birds | Photo by John Vettese / WXPN

If you were at last week’s Free at Noon, you know how special The Stray Birds are. You also know, then, that the former trio is now a quartet with the addition of drummer Dominic Billett (previously of Toy Soldiers). With the Free at Noon and a set at last weekend’s Folk Fest, the Lancaster outfit has been celebrating the release of their new Magic Fire LP in style and the party gets even better with the video for album standout “Third Day In a Row.”

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