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Folkadelphia Session: The Ballroom Thieves

Photo by One Love Photo.
Photo by One Love Photo.

You’re going to start to hear their name a lot all around, so I’ll say it right now – The Ballroom Thieves. Just this week, they released A Wolf in the Doorway, a big leap forward after two EPs of engaging music, but songs that left the impression of a band figuring it out, finding out who they are. A Wolf in the Doorway presents a band that knows who they are. The Ballroom Thieves have arrived and their bringing one heck of a sound in tow. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Dawes perform on David Letterman, Grateful Dead’s last concerts will be on pay-per-view, & Bonnaroo reveals schedule.

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“Dawes is pretty much all you need in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”

The words of David Letterman in regards to one of his favorite bands, Dawes who performed on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Watch Dawes (who will perform at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru) sing “Things Happen” from their forthcoming 4th album, “All your Favorite Bands,” due out in June. Continue reading →

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Indie pop and dancing potatoes: watch Readership’s new “Easy” video

Readership | via readership.bandcamp.com
Readership | via readership.bandcamp.com

When Adrian Morse opens the new Readership single with the lyric, “They say good girls don’t swear / They just get even / They go so easy on the eyes / Until you’re kicking and screaming,” the last thing you’d envision is a dancing potato.

But the homemade visuals for the track portray a romantic spud story, and it’s surprisingly one of the most entertaining music videos I’ve seen in a while. Continue reading →

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Listen to Saul Williams’ collab with Warpaint, see him at Ardmore Music Hall next month

Saul Williams | via Facebook.com/SaulWilliams
Saul Williams | via Facebook.com/SaulWilliams

Saul Williams is the definition of multitalented. The rapper/slam poet/musician/writer/actor’s latest project is an upcoming album, titled MartyrLoserKingproduced by Justin Warfield and set for release in July. Williams kicked off his tour last week in Cleveland, and he’ll finish it up in Philly on May 10 at Ardmore Music Hall.

We can get a taste of what the album has in store with the first offering, a track titled “Burundi” which features Warpaint vocalist/guitarist Emily Kokal. Continue reading →

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Auctioneer frontman Craig Hendrix releases a couple solo tracks

Auctioneer | Photo by John Vettese
Craig Hendrix of Auctioneer | Photo by John Vettese

Craig Hendrix, the lead singer/songwriter of Philly quartet Auctioneer, has released a couple of solo tracks.

“Saigon” and “Silver Door” are available for download over on Hendrix’s SoundCloud, and encompass a more stripped-down, acoustic sound compared to the sometimes giddy/always art-pop/rock tracks from Auctioneer. Continue reading →

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Download Commonwealth Choir’s new single “Palace” see them at Key Fest on Thursday

Commonwealth Choir | Photo by
Commonwealth Choir | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com | design by January Waters

Philly power pop four-piece Commonwealth Choir hits the stage this Thursday night for opening night of MilkBoy’s Key Fest, and the boys are using the occasion to release their latest single. “Palace” was first heard in a raw live take during the Choir’s Key Studio Session last year; in its new studio rendition, recorded at the band’s Fishtown spot The Gun Shop and mixed by Dan Pawlovich at Treble Hook Music, the song’s inner Rentals sensibilities come alive. There’s a bright and poppy synthesizer lead, an infectious beat and vivid lyrics about a part of town that’s prone to floods that, for whatever reason, these kids can’t stay away from. Continue reading →

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