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Liz de Lise shares “Baby,” the first single from her new LP

Liz De Lise | photo by Abi Reimold | via facebook.com/hereisldl

Her June Key Studio Session had us itching for more, and now Liz de Lise is just about ready to hand it over. The Philadelphia singer/songwriter has released the first single from her forthcoming self-titled LP, a standout track called “Baby,” and we can expect to hear the full record on September 9th.

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Watch behind-the-scenes footage of Pablo Batista’s El Viaje production

Pablo Batista | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Pablo Batista | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

World-renowned percussionist Pablo Batista debuted his epic El Viaje: The Journey production at the Temple Performing Arts Center in June, combining music and dance traditions from around to world to tell a universal story of forced emigration. WHYY’s Friday Arts took their cameras to the final weeks of rehearsals and captured behind-the-scenes footage of the musicians and dancers, as well as an in-depth interview with Batista.

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Suburban Living announce new LP, share “Come True” single

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Suburban Living | photo by Emily Dubin via Facebook

Local indie pop outfit Suburban Living have returned with a new album called Almost Paradise, set for release on October 7th via 6131 Records (home to recent releases by Julien Baker and NONA). Today’s announcement came with the LP’s first single in tow, an upbeat jammer called “Come True.” The album follows 2015’s self-titled full band debut. Continue reading →

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The Dove & The Wolf go down the shore in new “The Smell of Us” video

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The Dove & The Wolf | photo by Colin Kerrigan | courtesy of the artist

The Dove & The Wolf have taken Philadelphia by storm, first with their introductory Shaking Through Session and then, earlier this summer, with their I Don’t Know What To Feel EP. The Paris-born duo has a dreamy quality in their sound and a lost-in-thought style of lyrical writing, two characteristics that pair well with the nostalgic feeling of the new video for “The Smell of Us.”

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On first listen, here is what we want you to know about Amos Lee’s new album, Spirit

Cover art of Amos Lee’s Spirit

Philly and XPN fav Amos Lee‘s new album Spirit has officially hit the shelves. It’s in stores now and available for streaming via Apple Music. For some of you, that means you’ve probably already listened to the album in its entirety four times. Or, maybe you have Spotify like I do, and don’t have unlimited access to it just yet. Whichever camp you fall under, we thought you might enjoy a quick track-by-track review of what to expect on Lee’s sixth studio album. So here it goes. Continue reading →

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YJY provides the perfect end of summer soundtrack with a new EP, The Same Noise

YJY | photo by Jill Hendershott | courtesy of the band
YJY | photo by Jill Hendershott | courtesy of the band

Jersey alt wunderkinds YJY just released their sophomore EP The Same Noise — and it’s anything but. Hurdling the band into more refined territory since debut EP Couch Surfin’ USA, piecing together four tracks with diverse qualities and standing out from the rest of the scene, YJY’s The Same Noise is the result of being unabashedly true to yourself and your craft — a mentality that simply couldn’t end in the status quo. Comprised of surf-tinged opener “Summer Lifeguard,” quirky pop “Past My Prime,” the anecdotal “Through Being Hip” and light as air closing track “Evergreens,” the new EP captures a mood and translates it amongst several different sounds and styles. Continue reading →

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Listen to a fuzzy new LVL UP track “Hidden Driver,” catch them at PhilaMOCA in September

LVL Up | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
LVL UP | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

New York lo-fi indie rockers LVL UP, a year removed from a gig here in Philly at Union Transfer, shared a new song Tuesday titled “Hidden Driver.” The single is the second to be released off the forthcoming album Return to Love — the band’s third LP overall, but first with Sub Pop Records.

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Happy record release day, Work Drugs! Listen to “Talking in Defense” from the new Method Acting

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Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Just in case you’re getting a head start on crafting a Labor Day Weekend playlist, Work Drugs have released another track off of their forthcoming Method Acting LP. “Talking in Defense” follows a handful of other singles from the record that have been popping up this month, showcasing a less overtly beachy vibe while still casting the feel-good songs in the classic Work Drugs filter.

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