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Watch Ryan Adams debut new song “Stay With Me” before his XPoNential Music Festival performance

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Photo by Julia Brokaw

A few weeks ago, we shared Ryan Adams’ newest single “Gimme Something Good.”  A few nights ago in Portland, Maine at his first live show of the year, Ryan shared another new track from his self-titled album, “Stay With Me.”  The song steers away from his softer “Come Pick Me Up” days and sounds more like an 80′s rock anthem. Continue reading →

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Listen as S.T.S schools you on social issues in the new We Can Talk Politics & World Affairs EP

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

S.T.S. (aka Sugar Tongue Sllim) recently released his newest EP, We Can Talk Politics & World Affairs, via Bandcamp this week. Earlier this year, the Philly rapper released a cover of Marian Hill’s “One Time” as a part of his In the Lab with GoldRush project.

Featuring his 2013 single “Hell Wrong,” the new EP was produced by the talented local producer and multi-instrumentalist Khari Mateen. The beats are sparse, alien and very effective in accenting S.T.S’s raps. However, it is his socially-conscious lyrics that take the stage, as they rightfully should. Continue reading →

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XPoNential Artist Spotlight: The Districts get a little help from their friends

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

There are few things that can be as debilitating for a young band as finding out that your tour van – including all of your gear inside and all of your tour earnings – was stolen right out from under your nose. That was The Districts’ now widely-known story in early June. But the Lititz-bred, Philly-based band was able to get by with a little help from their friends, even when they were nearly 900 miles away from home. Continue reading →

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Unpredictable things will happen when you see Todd Rundgren in October

ToddRundgrenA Often when you see an artist billed as “A Special Evening With,” it usually means it’s going to be an acoustic performance, often a solo one. Todd Rundgren’s upcoming show at the Keswick Theatre is billed as “An Unpredictable Evening with” Todd Rundgren. This tells fans right up front to that he isn’t going to play Something/Anything in its entirety. Continue reading →

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Watch Pattern is Movement’s evocative “Suckling” video

Pattern is Movement | photo by Mark Schaffer
Pattern is Movement | photo by Mark Schaffer

Philly experimental pop duo Pattern is Movement recently released a video for “Suckling”. The group has been making headlines lately, with features on both NPR’s World Cafe and on the Key’s Unlocked series. This year, the duo released their self-titled fifth album. It is a baroque, yet vibrant collection of electronic pop, with elements of R&B.  Interestingly enough, the inspiration to use R&B came from a surprising source. As Andrew Thiboldeaux explained, the  parallels between his religious background and R&B, “But the feelings I had in those church meetings were TRUE. My brain was registering it, I was high as a kite. There’s something about R&B and hip-hop that resonates with me as a result.” In his album review, the Key’s Sameer Rao states that “ every string-and-horn ensemble buildup in the beautiful service of capturing something as ephemeral as it is universal.” Continue reading →

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Rock out with Cheerleader, The Lawsuits, Our Griffins and more at MilkBoy’s free three-day birthday party

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Photo courtesy of artist.

Center city venue MilkBoy its third anniversary next month with three days of free shows. The party also marks the 20th anniversary of its parent company, MilkBoy the Studio. From August 14 to 16th, the venue will host phenomenal performances from artists like The Ataris, Cheerleader, and the Lawsuits. To help you map out your show-going, we’ve highlighted an artist (or two) for each day. Continue reading →

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Philly’s Downtown Club returns with a haunting video for “Victoria”

The Downtown Club | Photo by Theo Constantinou
The Downtown Club | Photo by Theo Constantinou

Vibe-wrangling Philly rockers Downtown Club recently released a video for the new song “Victoria,” to promote the trio’s new 7″, which will be available soon. (They also recently dropped the “The” from their name, so take note!) The video, which is shot in black and white, features the band playing in a dark room, mixed in with brief nature scenes. Check it out below, and listen to an early version of the single in the band’s Key Studio Session.

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WXPN Welcomes #XPNFest band The Hold Steady to Underground Arts in September

The Hold Steady | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV.org
The Hold Steady | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV.org
In the midst of a tour that brings them to the #XPNFest this Friday night, The Hold Steady have added a Philly date to their tour schedule on Monday, September 8th at Underground Arts. This past May, the band played WXPN’s Non-COMM music conference. Watch them perform “Sequestered In Memphis” below.

Single day tickets and weekend passes for the XPoNential Music Festival are available here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Trails and Ways at Boot and Saddle, Neutral Milk Hotel at Mann Center, OOIOO at Johnny Brenda’s

Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS
Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS

Oakland quartet Trails and Ways are causing quite a stir. Two years ago, the band released their debut EP Trilingual, which had multilingual lyrics, political themes and an eclectic blend of 90s shoegaze and modern beats. For example, “Border Crosser” is in support of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. When they’re not making great, politically active music, the band also does dope covers, like their trilingual take on Frank Ocean’s “Lost”. Watch their video for “Tereza” below. The band will make its Philly debut tonight with another talented band, PHOX. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queens of the Stone Age at the Mann Center, The Clientele at Boot and Saddle, Turks Head Festival at Everhart Park

Photo via facebook.com/QTSA
Photo via facebook.com/QOTSA

Desert rock legends Queens of the Stone Age return to play the Skyline Stage at the Mann Center tonight. Last year, the veteran rockers played a fantastic show at Made in America. The group just released their latest LP …Like Clockwork. Bassist Josh Homme recently appeared in an episode of Portlandia. The band also released an action-filled, drunken adventure for “Smooth Sailing”. Watch the video below. Get more information about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. 

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