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Presages debuts with sweeping new single “Surrender”

Presages | photo by Angelys Ocana | courtesy of the artist

Philly alt-rock outfit Presages is one of the newest additions to the scene, and they’ve already made a lasting first impression with the sweeping new single “Surrender.” The band was founded by frontman and guitarist Angel Ocana, who also plays drums in local hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement, earlier this year. The four-piece also includes Justin Leggio on drums, Albert Collazo on bass and Molly White on piano and vocals. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Rolling Stones will headline The Linc in June

Mick Jagger onstage with The Rolling Stones in 2017 | via facebook.com/therollingstones

The Rolling Stones are going on a U.S. stadium tour in 2019, and there’s a Philadelphia visit in the cards. After teasing the announcement with their iconic tongue logo showing up in various places around town — we spotted one in South Philly this weekend — today we have word that the band will play Lincoln Financial Field on June 4th, 2019. Continue reading →

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AllegrA reflects on missed connections and too-short moments in “when the powers out”

AllegrA | photo by Roxanne Friedman | via facebook.com/allegrabandmusic

A year after releasing their self-titled debut album, Philly’s own AllegrA — the project of songwriter Allegra Eidinger — is back with a new single, which they surprise-released on Bandcamp after spontaneously writing and recording it just last week.

Called “when the powers out,” the song is bright in a way that contradicts its title — Eidinger’s naturally warm vocals are matched by the light instrumentals and soft, upbeat melody. And yet, thematically, things aren’t so sunny. “We only meet in the middle, when the power’s out,” Eidinger repeats throughout the song, hinting at missed connections and too-short moments, the fleeting nature of togetherness and divide.  Continue reading →

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Listen to The Menzingers’ Tom May talk to Gladie’s Augusta Koch on his new Future Friday podcast

Tom May and Augusta Koch | still from video

Tom May of Philly punk band The Menzingers has a new approach to podcasting — for his latest project, he’s sitting down in his kitchen for casual, unstructured conversations with his friends and peers in the music scene. For the inaugural episode, May is joined by Augusta Koch of local outfits Cayetana and Gladie, who he describes as one of his oldest and dearest friends. Continue reading →

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Little Strike’s new single “Loaded Gun” is born from magical realism

Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com
Little Strike | photo by Natalie Piserchio | nataliepiserchio.com

Tamar Dart, aka Little Strike, has just released a new single, “Loaded Gun,” and it sounds as though it was drawn from a Gabriel García Márquez novel. Dart’s captivating, breathy vocals drive the song, acoustic guitar accompanied by a doleful trumpet melody. She included found sounds from a trip to Ecuador, creating an atmosphere of mysticism and wonder. The song explores the interconnected energies of the universe. Continue reading →

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Listen to Amos Lee’s soulful rendition of a Marvin Gaye classic

Amos Lee | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

Marvin Gaye’s classic “What’s Going On” has to be one of the most emblematic protest songs of the 70’s. The lyrics still ring true in 2018, touching on relevant social issues, so it’s no wonder artists are still covering it. Philadelphia-based singer-songwriter Amos Lee is releasing a deluxe edition of his latest album My New Moon, which includes an acoustic rendition of the Marvin Gaye hit. His soulful vocals bestow a new power on the words, preaching a reverberating message: love over war. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Max Swan

The past few years have been a process of growth for Philadelphia sax player, composer, and producer Max Swan.

In the early 2010s, he was a recent graduate of UArts with a jazz saxophone performance degree, gigging around town. We first encountered him at Philadelphia’s Center City Jazz Fest in 2015, playing a set at Time that mixed soaring instrumental leads with electronic and hip-hop synthesizer textures. We heard more of it that autumn in his elegant single “So Much Chime,” a song driven by Swan’s R&B style vocals. As is happened, this was just the early stages of his dabbling in genre fusion; the beginning of his push to do more with his schooling than the humdrum traditional route.

This year, Swan released an album called The Fisherman, and it finds him stepping further away from jazz and into suave singer-songwriter multi-instrumentalist mode.  Continue reading →

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Hozier’s new album will be out next year, releases video for lead single “Movement”

Hozier | Photo by: Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com
Hozier | photo by Ellen Miller for WXPN | ellencm.com

Hozier has revealed some details about the new music that lies in his future. We don’t have an album title or an exact release date yet, but we do know that the Irish singer-songwriter will release his next record in early 2019. The first single from the forthcoming LP is out now; called “Movement,” it’s a powerful song that builds quickly in intensity and is matched in tone by its accompanying video, directed by Chris Barrett and Luke Taylor and starring Sergei Polunin. Continue reading →

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Pouty figures out “Adulting” on new release

Pouty | photo by Emily Alden | via poutypouty.bandcamp.com

Pouty is the solo project of Rachel Gagliardi, formerly of Slutever. In the last few years the Philly artist has jetted back and forth between her hometown and Los Angeles, where she is primarily based. Her latest release, out now via Get Better Records, was written and recorded in Philadelphia with the help of Al Creedon (Control Top) and drummer Ricardo Lagamasino (Lucy Dacus). Continue reading →