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Backward Collective release a pair of Philly-centric singles

Backward Collective
Backward Collective’s artwork for “Philly Girl”

On their new single release, Backward Collective have hit the nail on the head in terms of subtly psychedelic singer-songwriter music. “Philly Girl” and b-side “Mid-September” are nuanced and wonderfully produced; you feel yourself being washed-over with the psychedelic elements rather than saturated, leaving the songs steeped in the early morning moments when you can’t quite tell what’s in your dream and what’s real.

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Hop Along and Field Mouse join Lithuania on “Hardcore Friends”

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Lithuania have spent a lot of time perfecting their forthcoming album Hardcore Friends, slated to be released August 14th through Lame-O Records. Ten years actually, and if the rest of the album is anything like the title track, it will surely not disappoint. The title track, “Hardcore Friends,” is about….well, friendship, and features Frances Quinlan of local favorites Hop Along and Rachel Browne of Field Mouse. The track is polished but maintains just the right amount of grit. Continue reading →

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Download a live music sampler from Jackie Greene

Jackie Greene | Photo via http://www.jackiegreene.com/
Jackie Greene | Photo via http://www.jackiegreene.com/

As a sideman singer, songwriter and guitarist Jackie Greene has toured and recorded with the Black Crows, Phil Lesh and Friends, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, and is currently a member of Trigger Hippy along with Joan Osborne, Steve Gorman, Tom Bukovac, and Nick Govrik. On his own however, he still manages to lead his own career, and is about to release his new studio album, Back To Birth in August. Continue reading →

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Listen back to Michaela Majoun’s final Morning Show broadcast on WXPN

Michaela Majoun | Photo by John Vettese
Michaela Majoun | Photo by John Vettese

Michaela Majoun’s final four hours on the WXPN airwaves were bittersweet: there was laughter, there were tears, there were surprise guests and a lot of emotion. Stationed on the upstairs stage at World Cafe Live, Majoun received on-air wishes from longtime XPN volunteers, from musicians, colleagues and friends. The Hooters phoned in from Germany; Lucinda Williams contributed a pre-recorded message. Christine Havrilla and Jonatha Brooke performed live.

And throughout the show, World Cafe host David Dye, Kids’ Corner host Kathy O’Connell, midday host Helen Leicht and morning show co-anchor Bob Bumbera all shared their memories with Michaela, as well as station General Manager Roger LaMay. Listen back to Majoun’s farewell broadcast below, and look at a gallery of photos from the event at World Cafe Live. Continue reading →

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She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column will screen at International House

Fifth Column | photo via http://rhizome.org/announce/events/61457/view/
Fifth Column | photo via http://rhizome.org/announce/events/61457/view/

You know what’s a good thing to do on a Thursday night? Seeing a film that’s never been shown in Philadelphia before!

The International House, in partnership with Permanent Wave Philly, is hosting a film screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column on July 16. Directed by Kevin Hegge, the film follows Fifth Column, a band of four young Toronto women.  In the early eighties they collaborated in various music, film, and self-publication projects to defy conventions of art practice, gender ideas, and to challenge homophobia. These efforts eventually led to global art and political movements. The  film explores their work in-depth, and offers an explanation of why you may not have heard of them, despite their impact. Continue reading →

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Tyler Burkhart crafts mesmerizing dream pop on his new album, Sweet Spell

Tyler Burkhart | Photo via tylerburkhart.bandcamp.com
Tyler Burkhart | Photo via tylerburkhart.bandcamp.com

Lancaster is an expansive farming region, showcasing some of Pennsylvania’s finest rolling landscapes. During the summer in suburbs like these, golden fields border you on every side, and the sky opens wide with towering clouds. The surrounding landscape feels intimate, and life can move at a much slower pace than the city.

Tyler Burkhart, a Lancaster native, echoes such notions on his newest effort, Sweet Spell. It’s 11 songs of euphoric, meticulously crafted dream pop that reflect the relaxed nature of suburban living. Continue reading →

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El Malito releases the festive Buscando EP

El Malito | photo via facebook.com/elmalitoandthe33rdcentury
El Malito | photo via facebook.com/elmalitoandthe33rdcentury

Spanish reggae and dancehall never sounded better. Philly rapper El Malito brings the island sound to South Philly in his newest EP Buscando just in time for summer.

“The EP was inspired by my travels to Egypt, Puerto Rico, getting ready to be a new father and a deep desire to keep all the dumb shit that’s been going on in the world from bringing me down” he tells us.  The track “Terremoto” is the first song off the EP and perhaps the most infectious, as saxophones delightfully blare and the upbeat tempo whisks listeners to a place with palm trees and sandy beaches. Continue reading →

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Gliss reaches new heights on single “Inner Visions”

Gliss | Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/pages/Gliss
Gliss | Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/pages/Gliss

With the help of popular YouTube personality Jesse Wellens handling visuals and promotion, Philly rapper Gliss boasts an impressive 200,000 views in just four days on the new video of his single “Inner Visions.”

An artist who has been on the come up for some time now, Gliss takes the soulful beat and production by Chigz and uses it to delve in a critique of American politics as well as life and the struggles in Philadelphia.  Cluttered and abandoned buildings are matched with graffiti filled walls and overhead shots that showcase the grand stage that plays home to Gliss’ stories. Continue reading →