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Bri Steves is cutting checks in the new single “Miami”

Bri Steves | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When we last heard from Philly rapper Bri Steves, she was onstage at Made In America with Kendrick Lamar, singing her summertime jam “Jealousy” for the crowd gathered on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Late last week, she released her latest single, a jam called “Miami” that creates a compelling contrast between the dreamlike, downtempo beat and Steves’ rapid fire, aggressive delivery. She spits truth about music industry sexism, and the challenge of grinding and hustling to get to the boss-level she’s attained, creating a song that reflects on her journey so far while looking ahead to what’s next. Continue reading →

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Watch Cat Power perform “In Your Face” on KCRW

Cat Power | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Cat Power, the longtime recording project of songwriter Chan Marshall, recently released Wanderer, her first album in six years. Before heading out on tour in support of the new LP, Marshall stopped by Los Angeles NPR member station KCRW for her first live radio session behind Wanderer. She chose one of the album’s slower tracks, “In Your Face,” and stripped it down even further for a raw and emotive performance. Watch it now via NPR Music. Continue reading →

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Worriers sign to 6131 Records, reissue an extended version of Survival Pop

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Worriers | photo by Molly Adams | courtesy of the artist

A year ago, Lauren Denitzio’s geographically roving punk outfit Worriers released their latest LP, the excellent Survival Pop. Now, after a busy year of touring behind the release, Worriers have announced that they’ve signed with the Richmond-based label 6131 Records, which has reissued Survival Pop with two new tracks. It’s out now digitally, and will also be available on CD and vinyl (pre-order here).

The extended version of Survival Pop includes the addition of a previously unreleased track called “The Saddest Little Waffle House in Eastern Pennsylvania.” Continue reading →

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Gracie Martin digs for her true identity in the “Siren Song” video

photo by Spencer Starnes | courtesy of the artist

For years, Philly singer-songwriter Gracie Martin hid her music from the world out of self-conscious fear. She finally released her debut EP Unconscious in the summer of 2017, which she recorded solo before assembling her band The So Beautifuls.

“Siren Songs,” off Unconscious is a mythical folk pop track, Martin’s vocals taking on an airy, ethereal quality. Her voice is backed by weeping cello and stringy, hopping ukulele. In the new music video for the song, Martin shifts through flimsy, mutable realities. Continue reading →

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From the Archives: My Morning Jacket brings Z to PA in 2005

My Morning Jacket at the Chameleon Club, 2005 | still from video

Louisville rock adventurers My Morning Jacket turned a corner in October of 2005. Previously beloved as an indie band with an impressive knack for roots / Americana-infused songwriting and a penchant for heady jamming, that fall’s release of Z, their fourth LP, saw them bringing tones and textures into the fold that they hadn’t previously touched — atmospheric ambient flourishes, deep dub vibrations, and some of Jim James’ poppiest hooks, sometimes all in the same song (see the still-killer “Off The Record”).

On tour in support of that record, the band hit the Southeastern Philadelphia region several times that fall, beginning with a gig at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club on October 11th. Watch a few video clips from that show down below.  Continue reading →

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Speedy Ortiz shares new track “DTMFA” for Adult Swim Singles

Speedy Ortiz | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Speedy Ortiz recently announced a new string of headlining tour dates behind their recent album Twerp Verse, and now they’ve added a new single to their catalogue to mark the occasion. “DTMFA” is a catchy, riff-filled song that Sadie Dupuis has had on the back burner for awhile. The songwriter reportedly considered it for her 2016 solo album Slugger, and then again for Speedy’s latest LP, but it never quite made the cut. Continue reading →

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Royersford rap visionary Savan DePaul explores the realm of abstract consciousness in new .cranium.scatter., Vol. 2

Savan DePaul | photo by Savan DePaul | courtesy of the artist
Savan DePaul | photo by Savan DePaul | courtesy of the artist

It’s been a year since Royersford’s Savan DePaul caught our ear in the Items Tagged Philadelphia project with the otherworldly EP Sketchpad, and his work has only become more refined since then. Over the winter, he re-emerged with the genre-fusing Musings from a Jovian Moon, and late last month, DePaul dropped his latest project, .cranium.scatter., Vol. 2, a heady serving of impressionistic, FlyLo-styled beat tapestries with surrealistic, pitch-shifted lyrics in the vein of Dr. Octagon. DePaul calls .cranium.scatter. an “odyssey of lofi hip hop and abstract consciousness,” and that description sounds about right to us.

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Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease gets goofy on Fox 29 with a performance of “Polaroids on the Floor”

Joey Sweeney and the Neon Grease | still from video

A month after dropping their saxophone-driven, dad rock debut Catholic School, Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease made an appearance on Fox 29’s The Q this week, playing the nostalgic “Polaroids on the Floor.” The band announced that proceeds from the record go to Rock to the Future, a nonprofit organization providing music education for youth in Philadelphia. Their performance is as goofy and energetic as always — as they pointed out on Facebook, Sweeney breaks the fourth wall to look directly into the camera and into the homes and offices of viewers across the Delaware Valley to sing the line “I just stayed inside on the couch/and I got HIGH” — and you even get a little bit of host Quincy Harris awkwardly holding a tambourine like he’d never seen one in his life. Continue reading →