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The Key Studio Sessions: Mumblr

There’s a distinct feeling of raw energy on Full of Snakes, the debut LP from Philly fuzz-punk four-piece Mumblr. That’s the sound of a band that doesn’t overthink things when it’s recording, that doesn’t get lost in assembling its songs from pieces of pristine takes; it’s the sound of a band that kicks ass live first, makes great records second. Continue reading →

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Run The Jewels: Hip Hop’s new lyrical bullies

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Run the Jewels | photo courtesy of the artist

Last week Run The Jewels dropped their new album Run The Jewels 2, and in just six days the album has already received positive reviews from critics such as Pitchfork Media, The New York Times, Clash Music, Stereogum and more. After listening to the album, which you can checkout below, it’s not hard to see why this hip hop duo has gotten such good feedback. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Philly Spinster Jack Deezl drops new “Way Far Out” single

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Jack Deezl | photo provided by the artist

There are a few names that everyone who is entrenched in the Philly EDM scene knows and one of the standards is Glitch Squad frontman Drew Mercadante, better known by his DJ/production handle Jack Deezl. Since his debut in Philadelphia in 2011, Deezl has released an EP (2012′s Unrest) and 2013′s Disillusion LP.  His live outings have been numerous as well as, clocking in spin time at venues across the city and sharing bills with acts like Kill The Noise, Adventure Club, Seven Lions, Big Gigantic, Waveracer, RJD2, and Birdy Nam Nam (just to name a few).  With a new effort on the way, we spoke with the innovative spinner about how he continues to push the EDM envelope and got a sneak peek with a premiere of his new single “Way Far Out.”

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Download “We Come From The Same Place” by Allo Darlin’

Allo Darlin' | Photo courtesy of the band.
Allo Darlin’ | Photo courtesy of the band.

The indie-pop band Allo Darlin’ recently released their new album, We Come From The Same Place on Slumberland Records. The band is fronted by Australian-born, Florence-based singer Elizabeth Morris, while the rest of the band lives in London.

World Cafe host David Dye has this to say about the song via NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Allman Brothers Band plays final show at Beacon Theater, New film-doc shows how music helps dementia patients, & Watch Ingrid Michaelson’s video for “Afterlife”

Karsten Moran for The New York Times
Karsten Moran for The New York Times

The Allman Brothers Band concert, this past Tuesday night at the Beacon Theater in New York City, was most likely the last in the band’s remarkable 45 year history. Continue reading →

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Download “Burnt Offering” by The Budos Band

The Budos Band | Courtesy of Daptone Records
The Budos Band | Courtesy of Daptone Records

The Budos Band are a nine piece instrumental band formed in the 2005 that play blend together Afrobeat, soul, funk, jazz, R&B and hip-hop into one funky musical stew. Never ones to shy away from pushing the boundaries of groove influenced music, their new album – Burnt Offering (Daptone Records) – brings together psychedelia, heavy funk, and “sword and sorcery metal,” all with a soundtrack vibe that Quentin Tarantino would likely groove to. Continue reading →

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Unlocked: Watch Dom Angelella play a stripped-down version of “St. Tom’s”

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Photo courtesy of RootDownInTheShadow | http://www.rootdownintheshadow.com/

In our review of DRGN King’s Baltimore Crush yesterday, we referenced the heavier nods to surf sounds on this record, which is definitely prevalent on the sure-to-be crowd pleaser “St. Tom’s.” Well, way back in February Dom Angelella did a Cover Club session at Nomad Recording Studio featuring a cover of The Dead Milkmen’s “Punk Rock Girl,” which you can read about here. What we didn’t highlight before was this super-stripped down version of “St. Tom’s,” the second track from the singer’s hometown-focused record. Continue reading →