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Get ready for Hello Shark’s forthcoming Delicate LP with “Alligator”

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Lincoln Halloran, also known as Hello Shark, releases his LP Delicate this Friday, September 30. He originally hails from Vermont, but Delicate will be Hello Shark’s first full-length release as a Philadelphia resident.

Halloran recently released the single “Alligator” as another teaser of the forthcoming album. The ballad is carried by a combination of gentle guitar notes and slow-tempoed percussions which are paired with Halloran’s (fittingly) delicate vocals. Continue reading →

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Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Same Old Lie” by Jim James

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Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Jim James announced last week that he’ll be releasing a new solo record called Eternally Even on November 4th, a follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed Regions of Light and Sound of God. “Same Old Lie” is the first single from the LP and sees the My Morning Jacket frontman embracing a more political tone in his lyrics.

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Rock and Roll Animals: Listen to The Rolling Stones at JFK Stadium, September 25, 1981

Cover art for a bootleg of the Rolling Stones’ Philadelphia date in 1981

Thirty-five years ago today, The Rolling Stones kicked off their massive tour in support of 1981’s Tattoo You with a two-night stand at South Philly’s iconic JFK Stadium. Reportedly, both nights drew a ridiculous attendance of 90,000 spectators — it was not only the highest grossing tour of the year, per Wikipedia, but for several years to come. Continue reading →

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The Chairman Dances ponders its influence’s influences on “Augustine”

The Chairman Dances | via the band's Facebook page
The Chairman Dances | via the band’s Facebook page

In a 2013 interview with The Key, Ben Rosen of The Chairman Dances wryly admitted that they’re “sort of a library band.” Three years later, that quote still rings true with “Augustine”, the second cut from Time Without Measure and the first to receive the music video treatment. The clip was directed by Tom Contarino and features the band performing in and around a dark house as they spout one literary reference after another. Continue reading →

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An Experimental Musical Dreamscape: Listen to Lushlife’s “The League of Frightened Men”

Lushlife | Credit: Megan Matuzak
Lushlife | Photo by Megan Matuzak

Late last week, Philadelphia rapper Lushlife released the intro track to his forthcoming EP No Dead Languages, which will be made available on October 7 via Bandcamp. The song, “The League of Frightened Men,” spans an impressive and immersive eight minutes. The length sounds intimidating, but Lushlife takes listeners on an ambient journey that doesn’t appear to include any of his own vocals.

The song begins with the introduction of archival audio of a man speaking about the anti-anxiety properties of certain drugs that are never explicitly named. The track is carried by speedy percussion played on loop that gives the track a nineties kickback feel, an energy that isn’t an unusual find in Haldar’s music. Continue reading →

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Watch JFK Stadium freak out in 1987 as Bruce Springsteen and U2 cover “Stand by Me”

Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen | still from video
Bono of U2 and Bruce Springsteen | still from video

A live music treat for your Sunday morning: it was 29 years ago today that U2’s heralded Joshua Tree tour made its way to Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium, and the show  concluded with an incredible cover of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me” featuring the one and only Bruce Springsteen.

As we can see in the video below, Bono slyly asks the crowd “Anybody else want to play my guitar? Would Bruce Springsteen like to play my guitar?” The crowd goes wild as The Boss struts to the stage, and Bono cracks “I guess you guys know him. Is he a local boy or something?” Continue reading →

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Get dizzy with Balance and Composure’s “Spinning”

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

Doylestown alt-rockers Balance and Composure continue to explore their new, atmospheric sound with “Spinning,” the third cut shared from the imminent Light We Made. This follows the previously released “Postcard” and “Afterpary” and sees the band “balancing” (ha ha) their newfound appreciation for washy textures with the same pounding drums and angst that made previous efforts so captivating. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile and Hope Sandoval package bliss on “Let Me Get There”

Kurt Vile and Hope Sandoval | image via Pitchfork (Kurt Vile photo by Erika Goldring; Hope Sandoval photo by Luz Gallardo)

A couple thousand years ago, some Egyptian dude invented the sundial as a means of keeping time, and we’ve been stressed out ever since. Gone are the days when people “got there when they got there,” but on her gorgeous new duet with Kurt Vile, Hope Sandoval aims to change that. Continue reading →

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Katie Ellen rebounds from more than one breakup on their debut 7″

Katie Ellen | via katiebandellen.bandcamp.com

Earlier this year, Brooklyn pop-punkers Chumped parted ways after two sold-out shows at Bushwick’s Suburbia. If this left you feeling as empty as the time Alycia Merklin broke up with me over text in the tenth grade, you’re in luck, because guitarist Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly have released their debut 7″ as Katie Ellen. Fans of Chumped will feel right at home with this pair of breakup bangers, as the band brings newfound punch and definition to an old sound. Continue reading →

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Mumblr created a rap about their upcoming tour, name drop LeBron James

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Mumblr | photo by Ian Amidon | courtesy of the artist

In less than a week Mumblr will be out on the road for two months of “family fun, beer, beach, sand, sun” as they tour around the country in support of June’s The Never Ending Get Down LP. Of course, they’ll be playing shows too – over three dozen in fact – and the four piece has shared an entertaining pre-tour video that shows frontman Nick Morrison and bassist Sean Reilly rapping through the list of states they’ll be hitting.

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