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Stream Dawes’ new album Password via NPR Music’s First Listen

Dawes
Dawes | photo by Magdalena Wosinska | courtesy of the artist

Perennial WXPN favorites Dawes have shared an early stream of their latest album, Password, on NPR’s First Listen, available a week before the album’s official release. The band’s latest LP observes and reflects on the modern world lyrically. Speaking on the album with Consequence of Sound, lead singer Taylor Goldsmith said “Many of these songs are an attempt to come to terms with the modern world, while always trying to consider both sides of the story.” Continue reading →

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Ivy Sole will take you for a ride on “Rollercoaster,” the new single from her upcoming EP OVERGROWN

Ivy Sole | photo courtesy of the artist
Ivy Sole | photo courtesy of the artist

The last time we heard from Ivy Sole, was when she released her duo EPs West and East last year. Early this week, the Philly rapper released the lead track off of her upcoming EP OVERGROWN titled “Rollercoaster”, which is set to drop in the fall via her new Les Fleurs Records. Produced by CRO, Kam DeLa, and Ethan Tomas, the single has a nice bounce that will get you boppin’ in your seat. What gives you that rollercoaster effect is Ivy’s lyrical work. It dives deep into feelings of being mistreated and ignored — “You gon hate me til you love me again / You gon hate me til I’m at your doorstep / Hate me til I’m getting undressed / Love me when you hear that door lock” — and her vocals are so smooth on top of that laid-back melodic rhythm. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Dominic Angelella

There was a time that, whenever I’d write about Philly singer-guitarist-multi-instrumentalist Dominic Angelella, I’d begin by launching into a litany of local and national acts he’s been involved with over the past ten or twelve years. I’m not going to do that here — at this point, there are too many of them. And beyond being an exceptionally busy person in the supporting cast of other local and national bands, Angelella is a tremendous songwriter in his own right, and this spring he blessed us with a whole new batch of tunes. Continue reading →

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Bike Crash have a Surprise! for you

Bike Crash | via bikecrash.bandcamp.com

In the endless revivals of 70’s art rock, it’s often forgotten that amidst the subversion, provocation, and politics, the music was also actually fun. But West Philly rock trio Bike Crash—whose bandcamp bio accurately places them in the lineage of “Devo, dashes of early Deerhoof, Sleater Kinney, B-52’s and more”—have avoided the pitfalls of artsy over-affectation to deliver an exhilarating new EP, Surprise!, that supplants the lightning-in-a-bottle energy of their influences into a picaresque journey through modern Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Thin Lips share the heartwrenching single “A Song For Those Who Miss You All The Time” from new LP Chosen Family

Thin Lips
Thin Lips | photo by Scott Troyan | photo courtesy of the artist

Yesterday, Thin Lips graced us with an excitingly ambiguous teaser for a July 27th release titled Chosen Family. Now the queer-punk trio have delivered the album’s lead single, the bittersweet rocker “A Song For Those Who Miss You All The Time.” Channeling the fuzzy spirit of their 2016 Riff Hard LP with a shiny new coat of hi-fi production (assisted by Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan), the song pits an infectious riff against heartfelt lyrics that pay tribute to the late younger brother of vocalist Chrissy Tashjian. The words are heartbreaking, but the song is far from morose. The jubilant interplay between howling dual guitars and Tashjian’s soaring vocals make for a cathartic anthem that reaffirms the singular power of pop music to draw strength, release, and even a melancholy joy out of heartbreak. Continue reading →

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Now Hear This: New songs from Ry Cooder, Neko Case, Wajatta, Bernice, Dear Nora, Stephen Malkmus and more

Neko Case
Neko Case | photo courtesy of the artist

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

Happy summer, is it?  I guess I got all the pop out of my system last month, cuz it’s about to get pretty indie in here.  You like indy music, right?  Good, cause I’ve got nothing major planned for this month.  After all, independence day is coming up soon.  In this June installment of Now Hear This, at the halfway point of an already-pretty-excellent year for all kindsa music, we’ll take some stock of the wide, white, anglophone (though in this case, hardly at all male) world of probably the least useful genre descriptor there is.  Then, eventually, we’ll get to some other places – Holland, Africa, outer space, Takoma Park.  We’ll meet some bands named after names, check in with some artists who’ve been around for fifty years, or seventy years, and some who went away for a while and have come back to us.  First, though, let’s hear a heavy hit from one of the least-categorizable heavy-hitters out there… Continue reading →

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Low announce new album and tour dates; release three new singles

Low
Low | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller | koalafoto.com

Slowcore veterans Low announced the release of a new album today, their twelfth to date. Titled Double Negative, the album is due out September 14th via Sub Pop. Along with the album announcement, the Duluth, MN-based band released the opening three tracks from the album, “Quorum”, “Dancing and Blood” and “Fly,” along with an accompanying suite of music videos. Continue reading →

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Ben Howard shows a new side of himself on his new album Noondays Dream after a four year hiatus

Ben Howard
Ben Howard | photo courtesy of the artist

Following his 2014 record, I Forget Where We Were, English folk / rock singer-songwriter Ben Howard released his third full-length album titled Noonday Dream via Island Records. It’s been four years, and the self-produced album was well worth the wait. Of course, nothing could ever beat his past work like his double platinum 2011 record Every Kingdom. However, that is not his intent for Noonday Dream. The album is not meant to mimic that nostalgic sound that got fans hook, but rather to take a step in a new direction. Continue reading →

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Fleabite release music video for fuzz-rocker “Nothing”, have an EP on the way

Fleabite | via fleabite.bandcamp.com

Indie quartet Fleabite have released a music video for the single “Nothing” from their upcoming EP, NVM. Formed in 2014 by members of Waxahatchee, Yowler, and Aye Nako, Fleabite’s Over It EP established them as pop-rockers pitting sugary hooks against harsh, fuzzed-out guitars and blown-out production. And while their recording fidelity has been upgraded some since then, their artistry remains very much intact. Continue reading →

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Listen to Interpol’s new single “The Rover” from their forthcoming sixth LP, Marauder

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Interpol | photo by Jamie James Medina | courtesy of the artist

Today, Interpol announced the release of their latest album, titled Marauder, out August 24th on Matador Records. Recorded between December 2017 and April 2018, Interpol worked with producer Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, MGMT, Spoon) to create what they describe as their heaviest-hitting album to date. Let lead single “The Rover” demonstrate how loud the NYC rock stalwarts are getting on their upcoming release. Continue reading →