Listen to Mystery Science Theater 3000’s Joel Hodgson join Kristen Kurtis on the XPN Morning Show

Joel Hodgson and Kristen Kurtis | photo by Robert Drake for WXPN

We’re all pop culture fiends here at WXPN, so when Joel Hodgson of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame first started appearing in our Twitter mentions over the past couple years, we collectively got a little giddy.

Turns out Hodgson is as big of a fan of us as we are of him (and his adventures in cheesy movies with Crow T. Robot and Tom Servo), and has been a loyal XPN listener since moving to the Philadelphia region with his wife ten years ago. He listens on his way to work, checks in with our hosts on social media, and was a huge voice in the commentary throughout XPN’s 50th anniversary broadcast of Woodstock.

Though he was still admittedly running on fumes from tuning in all weekend, Hodgson joined Kristen Kurtis on the XPN Morning Show on Monday, August 19th, to talk about the magical trip that was #XPNStock, among other things. Continue reading →


Busses return with a performance video of the new “Talk To The Sea” ahead of Spruce St. Harbor Park show

Busses | still from video

Since they released Wizard of the Eye in 2015 we haven’t head much from Philly’s Busses. That was intentional. After releasing and touring the record, the Philly prog-psych trio took a break from playing together. At some point though, after about four years of focusing on family, work, and other obligations, the trio came back to each other. Next Thursday, August 22nd, Busses will make their return to performing together. Before then, the band has shared a video of them playing a new track, titled “Talk to the Sea” live. It is the perfect reintroduction to their work.

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On Meaning, Field Mouse transcend doom

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

When Trump was elected in November 2016, it forced a lot of us to take stock of our values. The ongoing and constant-impending doom that characterizes this administration is debilitating at times. For Field Mouse, it definitely was for a while. The band went their separate ways and took a break from making music. Eventually though, they were drawn back to it. On their new album, Meaning, the Philly/Brooklyn indie rockers lay out what’s important to them and find meaning in this dark, troubled world.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Great Time

They’re rigorously schooled musicians, but as their name suggests, Great Time likes to have fun. Back in the early teens, vocalist Jill Ryan, guitarist / bassist Zack Hartmann, and drummer Donnie Spackman connected in New York City, where all of them were jazz students. They loved the music they were absorbing in class, but they also wanted to do their own thing. So after graduation, they moved to the Philadelphia burbs, built a home studio, and began writing electronic pop songs in the vein of Twin Sister, Sylvan Esso, and Little Dragon. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Boogieman Dela

Think you know Boogieman Dela? Think again. The Philadelphia artist has spent the past few years blurring genre lines, as we heard on his projects like last year’s Broken Watch series and 2017’s Feels Different. He can spit over hard-hitting trap rhythms just as easily as he can sing suave melodies, his love songs can be blunt and his raps can be sweet.

For this week’s Key Studio Session, Boogie stretches that musical grey area even further. Continue reading →


Jacqueline Constance ruminates on reflection and resolution in a new video for “Carl Thomas”

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Philly R&B singer Jacqueline Constance has made a name for herself through alluring single releases over the last several years and an engaging live show built around live looping and crowd participation. Her emotional vocals breathe life into the songs she creates, and her latest, “Carl Thomas,” has just recieved a beautiful music video treatment that highlights Jacqueline’s powerful lyrics.

Constance told us over email that “conceptually, ‘Carl Thomas’ is a song around reflection and resolution, and I wanted the video to reflect that. Especially the elements of scattered thoughts and emotions redirecting themselves to a particular event that you wished you had performed differently in, the party where I wish I was more social or an experience with lost love that I wish I could have been more open to.” Continue reading →


Whitney releases third single from their forthcoming album, with a hometown-shot music video


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Whitney has released the third single from their forthcoming album Forever Turned Around, due August 30th via Secretly Canadian. The song is called “Used to Be Lonely” and it follows “Valleys (My Love)” and “Giving Up”, both of which were released earlier this summer. The track comes with an official music video directed by Austin Vesely, who also did Chance the Rapper’s “Sunday Candy” music video and the horror movie Slice. Continue reading →


(Sandy) Alex G shares two new, totally opposite singles from House of Sugar

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN |

Philadelphia indie rocker (Sandy) Alex G has a new record, called House of Sugar, set for release on September 13th via Domino Records. He had previously shared two singles from the album— “Hope” and “Gretel”— earlier this summer, and this week sees the release of two more tracks: “Southern Sky”, which comes with an animated music video, and “Near.”

“Southern Sky” starts off with a heavy, bluesy piano, and lightens up from there. Featuring vocals from fellow Philly-born alt singer Emily Yacina, the song is soft and airy. The video’s black and white doodles, created by Philly artist Elliot Bech, move perfectly in time with Alex’s rhythm. Continue reading →


Brittany Howard shares her journey of faith in new single “He Loves Me”

Brittany Howard “He Loves Me” artwork | photo by Danny Clinch

Thus far, Brittany Howard‘s new album Jaime is one that comes entirely from her soul. Each song we’ve heard has been an outpour of emotion— first with “History Repeats”, then with “Stay High” accompanied by a sentimental music video starring Terry Crews. The Alabama Shakes frontwoman has now shared the third single from her forthcoming record, called “He Loves Me”— a weighty rock tune about Howard’s reconnection with God. Continue reading →


Experimental electronic artist QQQ returns with entrancing project Shriveling

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By the end of their new mixtape, experimental Philly artist QQQ seriously leaves you thinking what planet you just landed on. The four songs on Shriveling vary drastically in timbre, rhythmic complexity, and instrumentation, and can be disorienting if you didn’t know there was a single person consistently at the wheel.

Throughout Shriveling, QQQ — the stage name of electronic musician Evan Campbell — takes the listener on a journey through a synth-laiden, atmospheric joyride. Processed bells, entrancing basslines, and manipulated vocals run throughout “No Answer,” while the tiniest blips and bits of percussion can be heard jotting from ear to ear as warm synth pads outlay “Keep Hold of Despair.” To say this tape is simple or run-of-the-mill for electronic music would be a massive understatement, as QQQ has truly crafted a mood and gives it straight to your face. Continue reading →