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Get acquainted with the atmospheric indie anthems of Lester

Lester | photo by Georgia Smith | courtesy of the artist

The forces that would produce the Philly indie quartet Lester were set in motion about two years ago when drummer Tim McMonigle invited high school classmate Juli McCue to photograph a performance by his current band, the Chelsea Kills. When McCue and Chelsea Kills bassist Alex Ruane met guitarist Hannah Kolitz at a Creep records show shortly thereafter, the trio joked about having a jam session together. The rest, as they say, is history. With McMonigle on drums, Lester made their live debut in July 2017 and released their debut EP swamp almost exactly a year later. Continue reading →

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Listen to a heavier side of mewithoutYou on new track “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)”

mewithoutYou | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

One can never quite pin down mewithoutYou. In their nearly two-decade career the esoteric Philly rock band have covered ground from freak-folk to garage rock. Their most consistent feature is the enigmatic spiritual lyrics of vocalist Aaron Weiss. Based on the title of their new track, “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)”, listeners can rest assured that quality has not been lost. Musically, however, the song is something of a shift. Continue reading →

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Brooklyn MC Junglepussy brings bars and poses to “All of You” video, brings JP3 to The Foundry

Junglepussy | photo by Vivian Luxx

From Queen Latifah and Missy Elliot all the way up to Nicky Minaj, females emecces have been around for decades, grinding and trying to breaking through the male dominated rap industry. In recent years, we have seen a huge wave of badass women making moves, up and coming artists including like the infamous Cardi B and Philly’s own Tierra Whack. Now, we got Brooklyn native Jugglepussy coming into the spotlight. Continue reading →

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Swearin’ shares a second single from Fall into the Sun, “Untitled (LA)”

Swearin
Swearin’ | photo by Alexander Rotondo | courtesy of the artist

2018 marks a new era for Swearin’, the beloved Philly band that parted ways a few years back before reuniting earlier this year. Not only will their forthcoming album Fall into the Sun be the band’s first release in five years, but it marks a growth in songwriting and a dive into introspective territory, tackling head-on the challenges and changes the band members have faced since they last made music together. Continue reading →

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Pete Yorn teams up with Liz Phair for a cover of a Pixies classic

Pete Yorn / Liz Phair single cover | courtesy of the artist

In case you didn’t get enough of throwbacks with Weezer’s cover of “Africa” (and now Toto’s cover of “Hash Pipe), singer-songwriter Pete Yorn and indie rock favorite Liz Phair have teamed up for a cover of “Here Comes Your Man” by the Pixies. Their tribute smoothes the creases of the gritty punk original, delivering polished vocals compared to the rough-edged whine of Pixies frontman Black Francis. The main riff retains its vintage scratchiness, but Yorn adds delicate accents in the form of his classic acoustic work and celestial keyboards. Continue reading →

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KUR announces his return with new single “I’m Back” and it’s brewing up a storm

KUR | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
KUR | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The world first got a taste of local rapper KUR when he got a shout out from Philly icon Meek Mill via Twitter in 2014. Later on, KUR collaborated with Meek for his 2017 mixtape 180 on the track “How It Never Was.” Along with that, KUR worked with fellow 215 talent PnB Rock on his 2018 single “No Shine.” Well-known in the community, KUR’s music and aesthetic truly does embody the streets of Philly. With his rapid-fire delivery and ruthless lyrics, he has made it a point that he isn’t here to play games. Continue reading →

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The Bul Bey reunites with Faylin Johnson on new single “What I Want,” announces EP release at Johnny Brenda’s

The Bul Bey
The Bul Bey | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Philly rapper The Bul Bey, aka Amir Richardson, has been dropping songs under #SummerBey as a preview for his upcoming EP. The latest track, “What I Want,” captures his energetic, rapid-fire vocals and playful attitude while Faylin Johnson provides a silky R&B harmony over the skittering beat; the two artist previously paired up on the infectious “So Much Further to Go.” Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement catches “Summer Vibes” in their latest single

Hardwork Movement | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Summertime jams are a hot commodity in Philadelphia, which makes sense as we practically invented them. The latest locals to throw their hat in the Ultimate Summer Anthem ring are Hardwork Movement, who just dropped the effervescent “Summer Vibes” this afternoon via Chill Moody’s nicethingsMUSIC. Continue reading →

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Watch a new video from UK rockers Delta Sleep, catch them at Johnny Brenda’s

Delta Sleep | photo via deltasleep.bandcamp.com

Described by singer/guitarist Devin Yülceil as “Narnia meets Radiohead’s ‘Daydreaming’ video by Paul Thomas Anderson”, the new video for UK math rockers Delta Sleep‘s song “Sans Soleil” is a surreal narrative that pairs fittingly with the emotional peaks of the song. You can check it out below. Delta Sleep’s new LP is out today via Big Scary Monsters and they’ll be playing Johnny Brenda’s on 8/30; more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →