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Philly darkwave trio Blood Sound will celebrate new LP at Ortlieb’s on Friday

Blood Sound | Photo via bloodsound.bandcamp.com
Blood Sound | Photo via bloodsound.bandcamp.com

Philly darkwave three piece Blood Sound have just released their latest LP and are gearing up for the album release party this Friday. The record, Too Much Sun and Not Enough Gloom at the Beach, is the band’s second album this year. They’ve been hard at work putting out plenty of new material and now they’re getting ready to put it on display with a couple shows coming up this month. Continue reading →

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Flightschool, Nik Greeley, and TJ Kong headline fourth anniversary triple-header at MilkBoy

 

Flightschool | Photo via facebook.com/Flightschoolphilly
Flightschool | Photo via facebook.com/Flightschoolphilly

MilkBoy is turning four! To celebrate the anniversary of the burgeoning center city venue, it’s doing what it does every August – throwing a weekend-long party with free concerts by local and regional artists. The 21+ shindig goes down from August 13th to the 15th, and you can get details on what’s in store below. Continue reading →

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Bilal, Son Little and Kate Faust will play WXPN’s Red Bull SoundSelect show on 8/20

Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews | via facebook.com/OfficialBilalPage
Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews | via facebook.com/OfficialBilalPage

WXPN and The Key are very excited to be curating the August edition of Red Bull’s SoundSelect show at Underground Arts, and we’re doubly psyched about the lineup we put together. Philly soul innovator Bilal joins futuristic singer-songwriter Son Little and electropop maven Kate Faust at the August 20th event. The bill is all-Philly, all-awesome and tickets are only $3 – you can RSVP here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Elvis Costello at SBC, The Turtles at ArtsQuest Center

Elvis Costello | Photo by Rachael Naomi | via elviscostello.com
Elvis Costello | Photo by Rachael Naomi | via elviscostello.com

Perennial rock and roll favorite Elvis Costello rolls through the area tonight when his co-headlining tour with Steely Dan comes to SBC. Costello’s last album was Wise Up Ghost, his 2013 collaboration with The Roots. Watch the video for “Walk Us Uptown” below and get tickets and info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Breaking down the elements of sound with Philly composer Bhob Rainey

Bhob Rainey | via bhobrainey.net
Bhob Rainey | via bhobrainey.net

Philadelphia performer/composer Bhob Rainey has developed a global reputation for his ability to reshape the raw material associated with sound— air, resonance, vibration, decay, silence—into delicately arranged sonic shrapnel with hallucinatory effects.

Whether improvising alongside trumpeter Greg Kelley in “lowercase” duo Nmperign, composing multichannel computer music inspired by the neural activity of squid, or designing sound for New Paradise Laboratories’ acclaimed 2014 Fringe Festival production, The Adults, Rainey’s M.O. is just as much about drawing connections between disciplines as it is about exposing “cracks in the symmetry of the world.” Continue reading →

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Dogs on Acid toy with delightful slacker rock on “Make It Easy”

Dogs on Acid | via facebook.com/DogsonAcid.us
Dogs on Acid | via facebook.com/DogsonAcid.us

Local hotshots Dogs on Acid released another new track, “Make It Easy”, off their debut LP yesterday. The record is due on August 28 via Jade Tree.

Featuring Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader, Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, and Nate Dionne of Snowing/Glocca Morra, they’re the scene’s most underground supergroup to date. And it’s an understatement to say that there’s major hype for this upcoming album. Continue reading →

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Philly Folk Fest performers Tall Heights gear up for a busy couple of months

Tall Heights | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Tall Heights | Photo by Shervin Lainez

With their new EP Holding On, Holding Out on the way this October, Tall Heights is gearing up for a performance at the Philly Folk Fest next month. The duo just released a new live video for its song “Spirit Cold,” shot at the Shalin Liu Performance Center in Rockport, Massachussets, and is performed by founding duo Tim Harrington and Paul Wright. The song boasts a stand out cello line by Wright that is the centerfold of the single, allowing his and Harrington’s vocal harmonies to fall into place perfectly.  It’s a great song made better by this performance; check out “Spirit Cold” and get more information on their appearance at Folk Fest at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →