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Listen to Philly Local Cookie Rabinowitz cover Pharrell Williams’ “Happy”

Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz
Cookie Rabinowitz | Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Local funk soul singer songwiter brother Cookie Rabinowitz has added to voice to our growing list of Philly local cover songs with a version of Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Back in September, Cookie had the audacity to cover Fall In Philadelphia by Jall & Oates, and this time around he’s reflected on one of his favorite songs of 2014. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ill Fated Natives

We don’t know a tremendous amount about Philly’s Ill Fated Natives – they’re very new to the Philly music scene – but we can tell you with no uncertainty that they rock, and they rock hard. The local power trio is made up of drummer “Joey Stix” Pointer, singer-guitarist O. Thompson and bassist Bets Charmelus. They first caught our ear in April with their debut single, a bluesy slow-burn called “That Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You.” Our Katrina Murray described the single as “tough love at its finest.” Continue reading →

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Download Chill Moody’s tribute to Michael Brown, “We’re Worth More”

Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist
Chill Moody | Photo courtesy of the artist

We know that Philly rapper Chill Moody is skilled at bringing the party, and is a serious self-promoter to boot. But the some of the best moments in hip-hop history are songs that address serious social and political issues in the hopes of changing the world for the better – from “The Message” to “Fight The Power” to Yeezus - and it’s great to hear that Moody has a knack for that as well.

Less than 48 hours after a U.S. grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri – and amid protests across the country – Moody posted a hard-hitting single called “We’re Worth More” to his Soundcloud. Continue reading →

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Weird Hot share cinematic video for “I Was At a Party,” prep for release of new LP

Weird Hot
Weird Hot | photo by David Kain

Weird Hot are set to release their new self-titled record at Johnny Brenda’s on December 19th.  The local “funk noir” six-piece has released a new video for their single “I Was At a Party” in anticipation of the LP, which shows a diabolical cast of characters carrying out a mission that surrounds a silver briefcase.

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PREMIERE: Dirty Dollhouse share video for “25 Shades” ahead of EP release

Dirty Dollhouse
Chelsea Mitchell of Dirty Dolllhouse | photo by Wendy McCardle | www.wendymccardle.com

The ladies of local folk trio Dirty Dollhouse have unveiled a video for the title track of their forthcoming debut EP 25 Shades.  The record will be released next Tuesday, December 2nd.

The video, which was directed by Caitlin McCann and features lead vocalist Chelsea Mitchell along with Vanessa Winters and Amber Twait, follows three young women as they struggle with unhelpful and disrespectful partners.

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Hiss Golden Messenger to include World Cafe recording of “Southern Grammar” on new EP

Hiss Golden Messenger
Hiss Golden Messenger | Photo by Rich McKie

After his World Cafe session aired on XPN in October, Hiss Golden Messenger‘s MC Taylor hinted that something else related to those recordings was in the pipeline.  Now the North Carolina-based musician has announced a new vinyl EP called Southern Grammar to follow up this year’s Lateness of Dancers full-length, an effort that will feature the World Cafe performance of the title track.

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BC Camplight shares new video for “Just Because I Love You”

BC Camplight
BC Camplight | photo via www.bellaunion.com

With How To Die In the North inching closer and closer to its release date in January, Philly-turned-Manchester musician BC Camplight has shared a new video for album single “Just Because I Love You.”  The clip, directed by Seth Fuller, depicts the aftermath of a break-up in ultra-realistic fashion, from the periodic jolts of awareness to the eventually-regretted impulse decisions.  The song itself is a fantastic piece of soul / pop production, marking a triumphant return to form from Brian Christinzio. Check out the video below.  How To Die In the North is out January 20th on Bella Union.

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20 Philadelphia artists we’re thankful for in 2014

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Last Wednesday, I sat onstage at Underground Arts as my boss Bruce Warren asked a deceptively simple question: “Why do you love Philly?”

We were there as a part of a State of Young Philly panel on the city’s music industry and cultural economy; Bruce was moderating and I was speaking alongside Chill Moody, Chris Ward of Johnny Brenda’s and Katonah Rafter of Fame House.

For me, the answer was obvious: the music! It’s the city I listened to and aspired to become part of while growing up in the northwestern ‘burbs of Montgomery County. Even as a kid I would always relish seeing a local artist get national attention – when I first heard The Roots in high school (opening for The Beastie Boys at the Civic Center in 1995), I was filled with an immense sense of pride that these incredibly talented people who had just played Letterman were from my city. That national attention comes a lot more often these days, no matter the scene or genre – DIY punk to hip hop to singer-songwriter to psych rock. Whatever music you fancy listening to, you can find an artist who excels at it in the Philadelphia region.

At the State of Young Philly event, I spun together an hour-long, Philly-centric DJ set showcasing some of my faves from recent years, and with the reflective Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I’m sharing the playlist with you: 20 local artists we’re thankful for this year. Continue reading →