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Free at Noon Flashback: Swift Technique gets us out of our funk with theirs

Swift Technique | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com
Swift Technique | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN | spotlightviews.com

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.

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Listen to an infectiously poppy new song from Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie, “Feel About You”

Buckingham / McVie | photo by John Russo | via RollingStone.com

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 →

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Rooted in history and looking to the future, Mick Jenkins will bring his sanctified take on hip-hop to the TLA

Mick Jenkins | via facebook.com/MickJenkins

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 →

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Just Announced: Earth, Wind & Fire and Chic to bring “2054: The Tour” to Wells Fargo Center in August

 

Earth Wind and Fire | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Earth Wind and Fire | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

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.

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Daniel De Jesus shares music inspired by Adam and Eve on new Triptych EP

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Daniel de Jesús | photo by Elena Kamenskaya | via artist’s Facebook page

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.

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Listen to an early stream of Littler’s new Bad Hand EP ahead of it’s Friday release

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Littler | photo by Emily Burtner | via artist’s Facebook page

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Balkan Beat Box at TLA, Ladybird at Johnny Brenda’s, and Matthew Logan Vasquez at Boot & Saddle

Balkan Beat Box| via http://www.balkanbeatbox.com/photo
Balkan Beat Box | via balkanbeatbox.com/photo

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 →

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Stream Laser Background’s new psych oddity Dark Nuclear Bogs

Laser Background | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Natalie Piserchio
Laser Background | courtesy of the artist | Photo by Natalie Piserchio

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.

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