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Listen to “Sky Blue Sky,” the samba-inspired new track by Avi Wisnia

Avi Wisnia | Photo By Rachel Dobkins
Avi Wisnia | Photo By Rachel Dobkins

“Sky Blue Sky” isn’t just a Wilco album and song, it’s the latest track by Philly jazz and pop singer Avi Wisnia. Released today, the song was inspired by his time in Philadelphia and Rio de Janeiro, and combines a Brazilian samba rhythm and flavor with with folk-like strings that surprisingly (or not) sound beautiful together.  It’s something new and different for Wisnia, and will definitely please those trying to mellow out and enjoy the nice breezes that are sure to come in the upcoming fall months. Continue reading →

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Listen to Tiani Victoria’s late-summer jam, “August Song”

Tiana Victoria | from the music video for "What You See" | Directed by Artiphacts
Tiani Victoria | from the music video for “What You See” | Directed by Artiphacts

It’s the first day of September, but it’s still a good time for “August Song.” This late summer feel-good track comes to us courtesy of Philly rapper Tiani Victoria.  Her debut mixtape Hard Candy dropped earlier this year and was quite the treat for Philly hip hop fans. On this follow-up jam, Victoria spits about the pros and cons of having no strings attached over an infectious Digital Crates dance beat. Continue reading →

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 14 (featuring Alex G, Bilal, Screaming Females and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 14 | Cover photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Key Studio Sessions Vol. 14 | Cover photo by Rachel Del Sordo

I almost always talk about our comps of tracks recorded for The Key Studio Sessions as snapshots, and this current installment definitely feels like it captures the essence of summer 2015 – fun and lively, varied, expansive, explosive. Being a music enthusiast and living in Philly totally ruled this summer, and I feel like that’s part of the reason I went with an image of DJ Sonny James flipping the faders during The Bul Bey‘s remarkable Key Session in choosing the cover art of The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13. Yes, sticklers, there could stand to be a lot more DJ-based music on this installment, and as I’m always looking to improve on our curation, I’ll keep that in mind for the fall and beyond. But like Bey’s party-centric sensibilities go hand-in-hand-in-hand with a thoughtful worldview and tireless grind (he played our Key Fest, our Waterfront Sessions, threw down regularly at The Fire and Ortlieb’s, and hosted his monthly Friends and Fam party with the Illvibe crew at Kung Fu Necktie), this comp collects artists who work hard, play hard and put a lot of thought into their space in the scene and the universe.

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PREMIERE: Howlish share new single “Black Ice”

Howlish
Howlish | photo by Jackie Papanier

If you think back to the start of 2015, you might remember a video of local band Howlish piled behind a coffee table with a slightly tilted painting hanging behind them. They’re performing a song called “Black Ice” for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert contest, a song that now appears on the band’s new LP 0uter and that we’re premiering today as the record’s first single.

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Sleepy Hollow’s Greatest Year(s) in Music: 1959

Miles Davis
During a recording session (later released as ”58 Miles’), American jazz musicians John Coltrane (1926 – 1967), Cannonball Adderley (1928 – 1975), Miles Davis (1926 – 1991), and Bill Evans (1929 – 1980) perform in the studio, New York, New York, May 26, 1958. (Photo by Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images)

As we prepare for this November’s playback of the XPN community’s continuing conversation regarding “the greatest year in music,” the folks here at Sleepy Hollow will be offering a glimpse into what we believe are five years that best exemplify not only popular music over the course of the last sixty-five years or so, but also, what we do here each Saturday and Sunday morning.

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Listen to W.C. Lindsay’s high-voltage new song “Sister”

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W.C. Lindsay | Photo via facebook.com/wclinsday

The first release since Easy Victims, Charitable Deceptions dropped last year, W.C. Lindsay’s new single “Sister” really shows the diversity and growth in sound the group has been striving for.  It’s the first song off a series of singles set to be released in the fall; check it out  here via PureVolume. Continue reading →

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Watch Hop Along cover Beyonce circa 2009, pray for a Bey x Hop Along collab at Made In America

Hop Along at Titan House | by Jackie Nevin
Hop Along at Titan House | by Jackie Nevin

If you’ve been following Hop Along for a while, you know that frontwoman Frances Quinlan is an unironic, unapologetic fan of pop music. We’ve seen her cover La Roux at solo gigs in the past, and we know the when she talks about being excited for sharing a bill with Beyonce at Made in America, she’s actually legitimately excited. Continue reading →

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Meet Philadelphia’s Mike Muli, listen to his new single “I Realize”

Mike Muli
Mike Muli | photo courtesy of the artist

Mike Muli is a storyteller. He sings and plays guitar, but his songs are centered around the kind of characters and plot-lines that help us better understand our own world. Today we have the premiere of “I Realize,” a song from Muli’s forthcoming debut acoustic record that is just one vignette of the story he is sharing.

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