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Vexxed’s new music video “Heaven’s Away Team” will draw you into an unknown dimension

Vexxed | photo via facebook.com/heavensawayteam

Philly electronic pop trio Vexxed released a new music video titled “Heaven’s Away Team” that will leave you in a fuzzy yet groovy indica haze, visually and mentally. To me, the song sounds like something the Mile High Club and Mac Demarco would create if they were to go camping together while on shrooms. The content of the actual clip is off-putting and the lyrics are pretty dark; in one part, the trio sings “it’s too late / this is our fate” while showing skeletons in the ground and a kid stuck in quicksand. Continue reading →

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Watch Lauryn Hill and Andra Day honor Nina Simone at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2018 class induction ceremony

 

Andra Day and Lauryn Hill at the Rock Hall induction | photos by Theo Wargo | via liveforlivemusic.com

On April 14th in Cleveland, Ohio, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held an induction ceremony for the 2018 class, and among the honored were soul goddess Nina Simone and legendary guitarist and gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Mary J. Blige had the honor of inducting Nina Simone into the Hall of elites, talks about the late singer’s songs in her speech saying, “songs about injustice, struggle, and black life resonate to this day.” Simone served as an activist during the Civil Rights Movement, using her voice as a tool to make a difference. Her work influenced many of today’s famous artists including Lauryn Hill who did a split tribute with Andra Day to honor Simone, who died of cancer in 2003. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Guided By Voices, Julien Baker, Bilal, Los Lobos and more

Guided by Voices | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Get things started tonight with prolific indie rockers Guided By Voices; keep it running throughout the week with soul master Bilal, or heartrending songwriter Julien Baker; get lost in the tones of etheral soundscaper Madam Data, then wrap up with The Mountain Goats in Ardmore. Here are 16 shows you can see in and around Philly over the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Watch Arcade Fire and Chrissie Hynde cover The Pretenders in London, plus so many more covers

Arcade Fire | photo by Mary Ellen Matthews | courtesy of the artist
Arcade Fire | photo by Mary Ellen Matthews | courtesy of the artist

Arcade Fire seem to be on tour constantly as of late. The Canadian rockers can currently be found across the pond in Europe, where they just played their second night out of three in London. Early on in night one, Arcade Fire brought out Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders to cover “Don’t Get Me Wrong.” For their final song, the band’s set-closing staple “Wake Up,” Hynde rejoined the band on stage along with openers Preservation Hall Jazz Band and The National’s Bryce Dessner. Continue reading →

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Speedy Ortiz tackle harassment in “Villain” video

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Speedy Ortiz | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

Indie rocker Speedy Ortiz, main project of Sadie Dupuis, recently released the track “Villain” along with an accompanying music video that uses dreamlike imagery to illustrate harassment of all kinds.

The guitar rock-y “Villain” sounds like a return to form for Speedy Ortiz, who previously released two pop-leaning synth-heavy tracks in the form of “Lucky 88” and “Lean In When I Suffer.” It would make sense that the track was originally written in 2014, according to Billboard. All three singles are set to appear on Speedy’s third album, Twerp Verze, out April 27 on Carpark Records. Just like the first two single, the release of “Villain” is accompanied with a music video, and this video tackles harassment. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill seeks justice in “1942 Flows” music video

Meek Mill
Meek Mill | still from video

Among the ongoing legal battle currently imprisoning rapper Meek Mill, the music video to his Wins and Losses cut “1942 Flows” has been released. The video starts off with muffled clamor from the press in a believable alternate reality, where one reporter asks, “Meek, you’re just getting out of prison, how does it feel to be part of the system?” To which he replies, “I feel like a free slave… It’s time to level up, to stand up and be the person I be. Set an example for the young brothers coming up.” Continue reading →

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Watch The War on Drugs perform “In Chains” on Late Night with Seth Meyers

The War on Drugs | photo courtesy of the artist

Grammy-award winning group The War on Drugs continued their late-night T.V. run in support of Grammy-winning 2017 album A Deeper Understanding, appearing on Late Night with Seth Meyers last night to perform deep cut “In Chains.” The abbreviated performance for T.V. still stretched over 5 minutes, and the band brought the same energy they would at a headlining live show. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Saba, RJD2, Lotus, Franz Ferdinand, Hurray for the Riff Raff and more

Hurray for the Riff Raff | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN

We are here once again with your guide to Philly concerts for the coming week, and as always, your choices are many. Start out tonight with local folks Petunia opening the gig at Johnny Brenda’s, and maybe hustle across town after their set to catch the end of Jukebox The Ghost. Do not miss Saba’s first-ever performance of songs from his new CARE FOR ME project at The Foundry tomorrow. And keep the energy going across the week, ending up at Union Transfer next Monday for the terrific triple-bill of Waxahatchee, Hurray for the Riff Raff and Bedouine. Read on for more about the week ahead: 21 shows to see in Philadelphia this week.  Continue reading →

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Who’s playing Center City Jazz Festival? Listen to music from the full lineup, check out the set time schedule

Center City Jazz Fest logo | image via facebook.com/FifthCityProductions

The 7th annual Center City Jazz Festival is approaching fast. The day-long jazz spectacular was announced earlier in the winter, and now that Jazz Appreciation Month is upon us, so is the show, which takes place on April 28th from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in a collection of venues along the Samson Street corridor.

With over 20 bands, five venues, and six-plus hours of music, it might seem like this event would be inaccessible, but that is the opposite of the case. All the featured venues are within walking distance from one another, tickets are only $25, and one ticket gets you access to every single show. This year the lineup features musicians from the Philly, New York, and DC areas — ranging from in-demand Philly guitarist Dai Miyazaki to NYC saxophonist and band-leader Sharel Cassity, local vocalist Ella Gahnt, Roots crew collaborator Jeff Bradshaw and more. Founder/artistic director Ernest Stuart has accomplished his goal in creating a diverse array of musicians “…that would normally never be featured together on the same bill.”

You can get tickets to the Center City Jazz Festival here, as well as find directions and get more information. Check out the full schedule by venue and check out music by the artists down below. Continue reading →