Sporting Sixer jerseys and worshiping stuffed penguins, local funk collective Swift Technique took over the World Cafe Live stage for a Free at Noon extravaganza of epic proportions, as the 10-piece (yes! your move The World Is…) brought out all stops to make their hometown return one to remember.
Fleetwood Mac bandmates Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie have a new album of duets on the way this spring on East West Records, and their latest collaboration surfaced today, over at Rolling Stone Magazine. While the simmering verse and emphatic refrain lead single “In My World” sounded solidly like 80s Mac, the new one dives further back to the bubblegum pop of the 1950s and 60s. Listen to the jangling guitar and infectious hooks of “Feel About You” below, and catch Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie this summer when they headline The Mann Center for the Performing Arts on June 30th. Tickets and more information about the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Raised on the Southside of Chicago, but born below the Mason-Dixon line (Huntsville, Alabama, to be exact), the blues lies at the center of Mick Jenkins’ music. Historically, it has been the blues (and its stylistic cousin, gospel) that have acted as the animating core of all black music that has followed it: jazz, rock and roll, R&B and hip-hop. Throughout the shifts in popular music, the blues has remained, like a ghost, giving voice to the struggle, pain and transcendent joy of black American culture.
Over the course of the past decade, hip hop in particular has evolved to a point where synthesis and advanced musical programming techniques have replaced sampling, with more emphasis being placed on creating futuristic soundscapes and less on repurposing the music of the past. For the first time in the history of American popular culture, we are witnessing a mainstream black music that isn’t reliant on the influences of the blues and the gospel sound of the church. Continue reading →
Palm’s music is something to behold. Like opening up the back of an iPhone, all you see is a mess of inter-working parts coming together to produce something important. And the local’s new song “Walkie Talkie” follows that in step.
Nile Rodgers hinted at a rebirth of Chic with talks of their first new record in 25 years coming out in 2017, but now we’ve got something else to look forward to. Rogers and crew will be heading out on a summer tour (dubbed “2054: The Tour”) with the legendary Earth, Wind & Fire, landing at Wells Fargo Center on August 1st.
Philadelphia based cellist Daniel De Jesús has released a three-part EP called Triptych, a set of compositions inspired by an eponymous play by New York writer Albert Andrew Garcia. The Latin Roots alum first presented the work at Dixon Place in New York in September of 2016, accompanied by an experimental dance and movement performance.
A solid three years into their career as a band, Philly / Cali quartet Littler will release their latest studio outing on Friday. The Bad Hand EP follows last year’s Of Wandering full-length with an evolution of ideas and perspectives presented as meditative assertions of self-worth and acceptance.
Israel’s Balkan Beat Box continues their US tour at the TLA tonight. The long-running band encompasses Israeli rhythms and sounds with its electronica style, and is touring behind last year’s Shout It Out, its fifth album. The show is all ages, and more information / tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Ahead of April 28th, Philly artist Andy Molholt — better known these days as Laser Background — released an early stream of his new record Dark Nuclear Bogs, which is actually an anagram of his stage name (*’The More You Know’ star flies across the sky*). His follow-up to 2016’s Correct sees Molholt’s building confidence warping pop to an almost uncomfortable level, bringing expansive production and saccharine melodies to the world of modern psychedelia.