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The Stray Birds return with a hopeful and vulnerable note on love, “Nothing To Say About It Now”

The Stray Birds
The Stray Birds | photo courtesy of the artist

Lancaster folk trio The Stray Birds recently announced their new album, Let It Pass, set to release September 7th via Yep Roc Records. The album is reflective of the band members’ tumultuous relationship in creating music together in the wake of the dissolved romantic relationship between multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Oliver Craven and Maya De Vitry. Continue reading →

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Hit the road with #XPNFest artists Sylvan Esso in their new “Signal” video

Sylvan Esso | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Electronic duo Sylvan Esso just released a video for the song “Signal” off What Now. The video is composed of clips from their tour of massive audiences dancing under glowing neon lights, shots of glittering cityscapes and vertigo-inducing rooftop views. It captures playful, candid moments and breaths of composure stolen backstage. Amelia Meath’s buoyant personality and charm is the core of her magnetic performances, and her chemistry with Nick Sanborn gives their shows a compelling energy. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Trap Rabbit

A couple years back, renowned jazz trumpeter Christian Scott introduced the concept of “stretch music” in his album of the same name. The idea was one not of total re-invention or boundary-smashing, but rather of taking one’s creative vocabulary and stretching it to include as much style and range as possible, incorporating uncommon influences while remaining true to one’s musical roots.

Philly duo Trap Rabbit could easily qualify as stretch music for the local scene…though they might prefer their own category of “weirdo beat rock.” Indeed, Arjun Dube’s complex drumbeats are prominently present in the band’s work, propping up and goading on Logan Roth’s expressionistic keyboard playing. Continue reading →

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Purling Hiss have a new song and a tour to match

 

Purling Hiss | still from video
Purling Hiss | still from video

Purling Hiss, the Philadelphia garage-psych band last spotted on 2017’s Breeze EP have returned with a new single, “Out Tonight”. The song is a slice of Velvet Underground style pop-minimalism featuring just three chords, a handful of lyrics, and a generous dose of heavy fuzz. A bass-drum heartbeat and repetitious jangling guitars create a hypnotic musical space that a listener will slip into like a dream. “Out Tonight” is also backed by a cover of the Spacemen 3 classic “Walking With Jesus”—a fitting reference point for Purling Hiss’ noisy pop stylings. Continue reading →

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Rockers Galore get serious about Police Brutality in their music video “Philando”

Rockers Galore | still from video
Rockers Galore is speaking up against police brutality with their new music video “Philando” featuring singer Candice Mills. In the lyrics, the band speaks about increased fear, unequal treatment and lives lost — “You got no authority to put your hands on me / Stop and frisk is just a target for minorities.”

The song’s namesake is Philando Castile, who was killed in 2017 after being shot seven times by Minnesota Police. Incorporating their aggressive mix of Hiphop, Rock, Reggae, Haitian, and other Caribbean style, Rockers Galore breaks the silence with this music video using their voices and demanding to be heard. The video is filled with clips of skateboarders and different protest footage dealing with movements such as Black Lives Matter. Frontman Blayer Pointdujour comments: Continue reading →

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Nashville three piece Bermuda Triangle shares its story friendship, harmonies, and creativity on World Cafe

Bermuda Triangle | Photo by Harvey Hale | courtesy of High Road Touring

Bermuda Triangle is the all female power trio from Nashville featuring Jesse Lafser, Becca Mancari, and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes. These three musicians have been good friends for years, and they each have other musical endeavors outside the band. Divine intervention brought all three women to various porches in Nashville, where they passed around acoustic guitars and fooled with harmonies. Eventually, these organic jam sessions turned into the passion project that is Bermuda Triangle.

Recently the band met up with Ann Powers for an interview on World Cafe, where they talked about how the band came together, their creative processes, touring, cheese plates, and more. They also gave stellar live performances of their two singles “Suzanne” and “Rosey” as well as two unreleased tracks, “Tear Us Apart” and “Bermuda Triangle,” the band’s theme song. Listen below. Continue reading →

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New Good Old War side project Found Wild to debut new music on June 25th

Yesterday, WXPN debuted “Nothing Gold Can Last” by Found Wild, a new project comprised of Good Old War members Keith Goodwin and Tim Arnold, and if you don’t think I’m the MOST excited about this collab, then you’re wrong. (They’re at the very beginning stages, so an Instagram link is all I can share with you at the moment). To make it even better, they’ll be opening Anthony Green’s Avalon tour this summer before Good Old War in its entirety takes the stage. It’s a little mind-boggling, everybody just playing within different variations of the same band, but I have hope that Found Wild will stray from the typical GOW sound into something more unique. Continue reading →

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Dark Thoughts channel punk’s roots on At Work

Dark Thoughts | via WKDU.org

The first word any writer reaches for when talking about Philly punk trio Dark Thoughts is “Ramones.” From the moment singer-guitarist Jim Shomo shouts “Gimmie soda! Gimmie soda! Gimmie something I can drink!” on the opening track, it’s clear that in their delivery, musicianship, and aesthetics, Dark Thoughts are deeply indebted to punk’s royal family.

But their blistering new LP At Work is no mere retread. Like their forefathers, Dark Thoughts know how to walk the line between economy and monotony—delivering a unified and repetitive musical assault with just the right amount of variation in tempo, dynamics, and chord changes to keep the energy at soaring levels. Continue reading →

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DJ Delish aka Miss Boi channels frustrations into new tracks “Overstay” and “Bag”

DJ Delish | photo via djdelish.bandcamp.com

One of my favorite Philly DJs, DJ Delish, has stepped out with her singer alter-ego Miss Boi and released a pair of new tracks — “Overstay” and “Bag.”

The first of the two songs, “Overstay,” is a darkly anthemic, 90s-inspired, electronic hip hop anthem that is the musical manifestation of being utterly fed up. Continue reading →

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Restorations tackles overdevelopment and displacement on “The Red Door”

Restorations
Restorations | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Last month, we shared the news that long-running and beloved Philly punk rockers Restorations will be releasing a new record, called LP5000, in September, and today we can finally hear the first tune from the forthcoming album. “The Red Door,” a charged anthem full of all the energy we’d expect from Restorations, and you can hear it below. Continue reading →