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Listen to two songs from PHL bassist Derrick Hodge’s new LP The Second

Derrick Hodge | photo by Chris Baldwin | via facebook.com/OfficialDerrickHodge

Looking ahead at the album release calendar for the final third of the year, it seems that 2016 is shaping up to have a great autumn in the local jazz scene. Fresh Cut Orchestra is dropping Mind Behind Closed Eyes on Ropeadope (read Shaun Brady’s interview here), Orrin Evans is releasing #knowingishalfthebattle on Smoke Sessions Records (listen to the song “Chiara” here), and then of course there’s renowned Philly bassist Derrick Hodge.

In September, he appears as a player on the much-anticipated ArtScience LP from Houston pianist and producer Robert Glasper – who, while not a local, certainly collab’s with a lot of Philadelphians and has a strong following in the 215. But equally exciting is Hodge’s latest solo outing, The Second, which comes out this Friday, August 26th, on Blue Note Records. Continue reading →

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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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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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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Drake at Wells Fargo Center, Emily Yacina at PhilaMOCA, Ween at Festival Pier

Drake | via facebook.com/Drake

Back in July, Toronto rapper Drake set off on his Summer Sixteen tour in support of his fourth album Views, released in late April of this year, and tonight he heads to the Wells Fargo Center tonight for one of two Philadelphia performances on the four month long tour (the next will be his penultimate stop before two final nights in Newark). Grab tickets and more info on this show by heading over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch the music video for Views’ track “Hotline Bling” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alice Bag at Treat Y’rself Fest at PhilaMOCA, Family Volleyball at Goldilocks Gallery, Ghost Gum at Everybody Hits, and more

Alice Bag | via Don Giovanni Records

Punk rocker, feminist and educator Alice Bag will be headlining tonight’s Treat Y’rself Fest at PhilaMOCA, a benefit for March to End Rape Culture. The all day festival includes an absolutely stacked lineup of 12 local and surrounding area musicians as well as a documentary screening for an event all about safe, inclusive, accessible spaces and self-care. More information on this event can be found on its Facebook event page here. Check out Bag’s track “Modern Day Virgin Sacrifice” off Don Giovanni Records below. 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 →