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Moor Mother previews new record of poetry and soundscape with “This Week”

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Motionless Present is a forthcoming collection of poetry set to acerbic soundscapes from local artist and activist Moor Mother. Scheduled for a March release ahead of her appearance at Berlin’s CTM Festival, the album follows last year’s breakthrough Fetish Bones. Previewing her new work, Moor Mother’s Camae Ayewa has shared a collaborative track with NYC producer Geng called “This Week.”

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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Alec Ounsworth on the role of constant reivention

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo courtesy of the artist
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo by Michael Regan | courtesy of the artist

Buzz is a fickle thing, especially in the world of indie rock, and few artists are more experienced in its ups and downs than Alec Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. It was over 10 years ago that the band’s debut self-titled album cut so piercingly through the muddled early aughts indie scene, demanding attention like few other debuts. Notoriety, as many bands have found throughout the years, is truly a double-edged sword. Success is certainly rewarding but it also leads to oversimplification, from bloggers and listeners alike, who make their new favorite band into whatever they want them to be, ignoring the artist themselves.

Ounsworth could have easily succumbed to the pressure that arises in the face of such success. He could have doubled down, he could have churned out album after album of fan service and perhaps he would have been more ‘successful’ because of it, but that’s not what make Clap Your Hands Say Yeah the band they are. Even today, the release day of the band’s fifth LP The Tourist, Ounsworth remain steadfast in his individuality. “We didn’t get in this business to acquiesce,” Ounsworth told me during a recent phone interview. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch a new video of Stevie Ray Vaughan mastering an acoustic guitar

Stevie Ray Vaughn | via Guitar World

“I did the best I could with carrying on the flame of rhythm & blues and rock & roll”

-Stevie Ray Vaughan

The late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan played a number of blistering electric Fender Stratocasters in his career, but some recently surfaced vintage video from 1983 shows what Stevie Ray could do to an acoustic guitar. It’s a must-see for any SRV fan. Continue reading →

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Get to know Talia Schlanger, new full-time host of World Cafe

David Dye and Talia Schlanger | photo by Rich McKie for WXPN
David Dye and Talia Schlanger | photo by Rich McKie for WXPN

After 25 years as host of NPR’s World Cafe, David Dye revealed plans to step down from his role this past fall. Today it’s been announced, in an interview with Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer, that she will become permanent host of the show, beginning on Monday, April 3rd.

You’ve heard Talia on the air in the mix with David Dye on World Cafe since October; below, get to know her a little better with a lightning round video interview. Continue reading →

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Ride tease even more brand-new material with the relaxer “Home Is A Feeling”

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Ride | Credit: Piper Ferguson

Shoegaze is back, baby. As bands like Slowdive resurface alongside Lush and My Bloody Valentine, it was only time before staples Ride get in on the action. The follow-up to 1996’s Tarantula is in the making, and as we get closer and closer to the release, the band continues to tease every die-hard by hitting us this time in the form of “Home Is A Feeling”

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Watch local rapper Joie Kathos take over The Foundry at Fillmore for a powerful set

Joie Kathos | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Boiler Room recently stopped by The Foundry at The Fillmore for an all-local lineup, and footage has recently surfaced of local rapper Joie Kathos‘ extremely energetic set. Her flamboyant style brings a mix of choreography, clever lyricism and solid flow, making Kathos a force to be reckoned with in the scene. All she wants to do is share her thoughts with the world, and the world should seriously listen. Continue reading →

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At The Drive In announce new record in•ter a•li•a and profess the ugly with “Incurably Innocent”

At The Drive-In | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
At The Drive In | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

At The Drive In shocked a very niche part of the world with a gigantic reunion tour was supposed to take them all across this great country — but derailed shortly after an an insane gig at The Fillmore last June. To pick up where they left off and continue giving their fans multiple heart attacks, the band announced in•ter a•li•a, its first record in 17 years, due out on May 5th via Rise Records. With the announcement, the band also released their first single from the record “Incurably Innocent”.

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The Mountain Goats announce 17th record Goths with the whimsical tale of “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”

The Mountain Goats | via themountaingoats.bandcamp.com
The Mountain Goats | via themountaingoats.bandcamp.com

NO COMPED VOCALS. NO PITCH CORRECTION. NO GUITARS.

Those three statements dwell within the announcement of The Mountain Goats’ new record Goths, set to be released on May 19th. To hold us over until then, the band released the first single from the album with the Sisters of Mercy callout “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”.

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