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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Santigold at the TLA, Japanese Breakfast at World Cafe Live, The City and I at Boot & Saddle

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Santigold for WXPN| Photo by John Vettese

Santigold brings her latest LP 99¢ to the TLA tonight. The Philly native gave an outstanding performance at last year’s Made In America Festival, complete with live band and dancers. It’s safe to say that tonight’s show will be equally mesmerizing, no matter what Santi has planned. Check out “Chasing Shadows” below and pick up tickets here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s and more…

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RFA | Photo by John Vettese

RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here. Continue reading →

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Pablo Batista will premiere his epic El Viaje at the Temple Performing Arts Center

Pablo Batista | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Pablo Batista | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Master percussionist Pablo Batista might be based in Philadelphia, but he is a world-class musician who has toured with Grover Washington, Jr, Alicia Keys and Gladys Knight. His latest project, El Viaje (The Journey), is a direct result of his international and personal experiences, combining the musical traditions of Afro-Caribbean and European cultures in an operatic narrative. He’ll bring the production, which was co-created by Dennis Guevara and Victor Pablo, to the Temple Performing Arts Center on June 25th and June 26th.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Abi Reimold

Wriggling, the debut LP from Philly’s Abi Reimold, is the very definition of “music with feeling.” Over the course of a dozen tracks, the album cavorts with joy and seethes with rage. Through an unbridled vocal delivery Reimold conveys pain and sorrow in a way that few of her peers can match; backed by members of Mumblr and Roof Doctor, dynamic arrangements echo the sentiment.

But these feelings, even when heavy and unpleasant, are greatly preferable to feeling nothing at all. They’re part of life, and I think that Reimold – an optimist at heart – is trying to embrace all of that with her art, both visual (she’s a talented photographer) and sonic. Wriggling is about hurt and mortality as much as it’s about love and friendship, and Reimold and her band put it on bold display when they stopped by WXPN to record a Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Lawsuits

Over the course of their five-year career, Philly rockers The Lawsuits have tried just about everything. Truckstop country and introspective, spectral folk. Shimmering psychedelic rock and bright 60s pop. Smooth Philly soul and boisterous hip-hop (for those who remember that legendary gig when they backed up Ground Up in Rittenhouse Square).

In short, the Philly-via-Bucks-County five piece has serious range – they can take whatever style fits their mood and make it work. But on the band’s latest, Moon Son, we hear The Lawsuits bringing that broad range into into focus. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Hurry steps into the light on the new Guided Meditation LP

Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

When Philadelphia indiepop outfit Hurry first caught our ear several years back, it was more of a project than a band. Matt Scottoline still had Everyone Everywhere as his primary act, and spent free time on the side dabbing in bedroom-recorded homages to the shoegaze and dreampop records he came of age to.

Flash forward to 2014, and Hurry was a full-fledged power trio with Joe DeCarolis on bass and his cousin Rob DeCarolis on drums. The band put out the excellent debut LP Everything / Nothing on vinyl through Hot Green Records and cassette through Stereophonodon. It was Scottoline’s first time taking his bedroom project to a full band, and as he describes it, the record “was very loud, very fuzzy. It had that aesthetic to it and I think part of that was I thought it was a cool thing to do, but part of it also was that it was a safety blanket in a certain way. So you feel like it’s okay if I don’t sound that great if it’s just insanely loud.”

This Friday, Hurry releases its sophomore album, Guided Meditation, on Lame-O Records – and it’s another step forward for the band. Continue reading →

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Celebrate the 15th anniversary of BODYROCK with Illvibe Collective at The Fillmore

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Illvibe Collective | photo courtesy of the artist

Illvibe Collective is easily a hometown favorite when it comes to Philadelphia’s DJ scene. The group is known for their dance parties, where they spin music ranging from soul to hip-hop, b-boy anthems to funk. On April 29th the team is celebrating the 15 year anniversary of their most popular event, BODYROCK, at Ajax Hall at The Fillmore.

For those who are not familiar with Illvibe Collective, the members include Mr. Sonny James aka Statik, Lil Dave, Skipmode, Panek, Matthew Law, and DJ Philly Blunt. Rarely do all six guys get the chance to spin together due to hectic national and international touring dates, as well as local residences. BODYROCK is one of the few times where the collective is able to come together and show out as a unit.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo at Underground Arts, Family Volleyball at Goldilocks Gallery

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Ted Leo | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

We’ll take Ted Leo any way we can get him, whether it’s with Aimee Mann in The Both, with his band The Pharmacists or, like tonight, solo. XPN welcomes the Indiana-born musician to Underground Arts, where he’ll open for Husker Du frontman Bob Mould. There have been hints that a new Pharmacists album could be released this year, which would be the band’s first new material since 2010’s The Brutalist Bricks. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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