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Brockhampton is joined by Jazmine Sullivan and serpentwithfeet on The Tonight Show for an emotional performance of “Tonya”

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Brockhampton | photo by Ashlan Grey | courtesy of the artist

Not too long ago, the internet’s first boy band Brockhampton announced their short break due to the allegations of Ameer Van’s physical and emotional abuse towards two women. On Wednesday, Brockhampton returned to the spotlight making an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. They debuted a new song titled “Tonya” from the upcoming album the best years of our lives via Question Everything/RCA Records. Their performance, featuring Philadelphia R&B icon Jazmine Sullivan, New York one-of a kind experimental pop artist serpentwithfeet, and Youtube sensation pop singer Ryan Beatty, really hits ya. I’ve been a huge fan of Jazmine Sullivan since 2008 and seeing her performance with those rich and silky vocals put me in the grave. It’s 2008 and she’s still killin’ the game. Continue reading →

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Indie pop trio Pritty Gritty debuts with the short and catchy “Let It Ring”

Pretty Gritty | via prettygritty.bandcamp.com

Dream pop trio Pritty Gritty just released its debut single, “Let It Ring”; it’s about the length of a ringtone and just as incessantly catchy. Vocalists Amy and Alex share harmonies, their voices intertwining over arpeggiating guitar riffs. The lyrics invite twinges of melancholy, capturing the desire to be left alone, begging, “just let me a little vulnerable / let it ring, let it ring, let it ring.” The song was recorded at Miner Street Studio by Julia Rainer, and is a collaboration between Julia Rainer and Girls Rock Philly. Listen below. Continue reading →

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Watch two stylish videos from Kali Uchis’ new album Isolation, see her at the TLA in October

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Kali Uchis | photo courtesy of the artist

R&B songstress Kali Uchis has grown steadily more visible over the last few years with features on recent albums by Gorillaz and Tyler the Creator. Now she’s backing up this year’s sultry, enchanting debut album Isolation with a major tour set to grace Philly’s Theater of the Living Arts on 10/15.

Isolation is available now on all major streaming services and features collaborations from Tyler the Creator, Steve Lacy, Bootsy Collins, and more. Check out the stylish music videos for “One Girl” and “After the Storm” below along with full tour dates. Continue reading →

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(Sandy) Alex G’s Live at Third Man Records set is available now

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Philly indie rocker (Sandy) Alex G announced the release of a new live set via Third Man Records, a recording of his performance in the Nashville label’s Blue Room series. The Live at Third Man Records LP features tracks from his latest album, the indie-folk pop outing Rocket, which he’s been promoting on this past tour. The self-released lo-fi bedroom singles that prompted his rise in the DIY scene also resurface on the live record. Listen below for a sample of this intimate, unplugged take on “Bobby,” and grab the full LP here, via Third Man Records. (Sandy) Alex G will play Festival Pier June 23 with Dr. Dog. Tickets and info at the WXPN concert calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Vacationer’s new trip-inducing music video “Magnetism”

Vacationer | photo via facebook.com/vacationermusic

Philadelphia-rooted dream pop group Vacationer recently released a playful music video for “Magnetism,” a track from their third full length album Mindset, which is out today via Downtown Records. The roughly four minute video takes you on a ride with all the different shapes, colors, and characters. The song induces a feeling of utter tranquility while the simplistic visuals create a deeper meaning. The creator of the trippy animations, Raman Djafari, based the ideas and sketches on the way the music made him feel. He says: Continue reading →

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Body/Head’s “You Don’t Need” is five minutes of Lynchian terror, making them perfect for PhilaMOCA

Body/Head | via facebook.com/bodyheadmusic

Body/Head, composed of Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth and Bill Nance, releases their new album called The Switch on July 13th. Just last week they released a new single “You Don’t Need,” five minutes of teeth-grinding guitar effects and haunting noise that could play in the background of a Lynch film; listen to it below. Body/Head will play at PhilaMOCA July 16th; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Penn Arab Music Ensemble Trio’s live direct-to-acetate recording for the 78 project

The Penn Arab Music Ensemble Trio

Inspired by ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax, who is best known for his field recordings of folk music throughout the 1900’s, The 78 Project travels the globe to film and record music in various spaces and environments. Equipped with “just one microphone, one authentic 1930’s Presto direct-to-acetate disk recorder, and one blank lacquer disc, musicians are given one take to cut a record anywhere they choose,” according to the organization’s website. Previously, the project made it’s way to Philadelphia to record Joe Jack Talcum in 2015.

On the latest chapter of the project, The 78 Project returned to Philadelphia to record the Penn Arab Music Ensemble Trio. Originally recorded in 2016 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Music, The 78 Project released its latest installment to the world earlier this month. The trio of Hanna Khoury, Hafez Kotain, and Kinan Abou-afach performed two tracks live to fit the two sides of the acetate. The trio performed ancient muwashshah “Lamma Bada Yatathanna” on side A and “El Helwa Di” on side B. Continue reading →

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Fantastic Negrito reveals desperation and urgency in his new album PLEASE DON’T BE DEAD

Fantastic Negrito | photo by Johnny Galvan | courtesy of the artist

“He’s the story of a man who struggled to ‘make it’, who ‘got it’, and who ‘lost it’ all.” Fantastic Negrito has been through hell and back over the years. The Oakland native has used his struggles as a tool to make meaningful, inspiring music through its narrative and sound, representing that old school blues rock and his black roots. After winning the inaugural Tiny Desk Contest from NPR Music, then his 2016 album The Last Days Of Oakland, Fantastic Negrito followed up with PLEASE DON’T BE DEAD via Cooking Vinyl and Blackball Universe.

The eleven track collection reveals desperation and urgency, and Fantastic Negrito says it is “for anyone who ever felt like it was over yet hoped it wasn’t.” He wrote this album based on his fears with the uncertainty of how his children’s lives will turn out due to the chaotic society we now live in. Each song shreds light on the darkness that waiting for you at every corner. Continue reading →