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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rosali at Ortlieb’s, Modern Baseball at The Fillmore, Good Girl at The Trocadero

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Rosali Middleman | photo by Alyssa Maloof Photography | courtesy of the artist

With the release of her debut LP Out of Love just last month, Rosali is in Philly tonight for a hometown record release show at Ortlieb’s. The folk singer songwriter premiered her music video for the track “Black As Ashes” with us earlier this month and you can check out the kaleidoscopic world she creates below. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this show. Continue reading →

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Watch Mason Porter celebrate Dylan Day via VuHaus

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Mason Porter | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Last month XPN celebrated Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday with a full day of special programming and a midweek Free at Noon concert featuring Mason Porter. The local musician gathered up his band and performed a full set of Dylan material at World Cafe Life, hitting classics like “Just Like a Woman” and “Like a Rolling Stone” while throwing in a quick nod to the birthday boy with “Happy Birthday.” Our friends at VuHaus were on hand to capture the whole performance, which is now available for streaming. Check it out below and revisit more Dylan Day tributes here.

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Japanese Breakfast evoke the supernatural in “Jane Cum” video, land a deal with Dead Oceans

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Japanese Breakfast | photo by Morgan Smith | phobymo.com | courtesy of the artist

Japanese Breakfast’s debut full-length Psychopomp quickly became one of our favorite albums of the year so far. Lending its name from Greek mythology, (a psychopomp guides souls to the place of the dead) the LP touches on issues of loss, death and healing following vocalist and guitarist Michelle Zauner’s mother’s death.

The result is something sonically special, peculiar in its honesty, with pain often disguised under layers of pop-friendly melodies. In her new music video for “Jane Cum,” Zauner walks away from the upbeat, candid night out portrayed in her “In Heaven” music video out last month.

The “Jane Cum” video is exceptionally pieced together, playing more like a short suspense film with a killer soundtrack. The dreary backdrop and forest imagery combined with the black-rimmed hats and supernatural undertones made for a Twin Peaks x American Horror Story: Coven mashup that was enthralling to watch unfold. Continue reading →

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Thin Lips share a day in the life in new music video ahead of their Fillmore gig Sunday

Thin Lips | Photo by John Vettese
Thin Lips | Photo by John Vettese

Polaroid photos, shimmering crystals and other neatly organized belongings come into frame in a blur, slowly gaining focus to make out what they are. This kind of building clarity is central to Thin Lips’ latest music video for the song “My Mouth is Skinned Like an Apple,” where we explore frontwoman Chrissy Tashjian’s everyday life and home — her possessions, like anyones, abstract at first, reveal their significance once they’re presented in terms of their beholder. Continue reading →

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Watch The Head and the Heart play “All We Ever Knew” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The Head and The Heart | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
The Head and The Heart | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

Following a stellar showing at NonCOMM last month, which included the debut of new single “All We Ever Knew,” The Head and the Heart stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! for a performance in support of their new album, Signs of Light. This appearance really shows the band for the rockstars they’ve become, owning the stage and confidently jamming on to the new track. Continue reading →

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The Album Leaf share “Between Waves” video, announce Johnny Brenda’s show

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The Album Leaf | photo courtesy of the artist

California electronic soundscapers The Album Leaf are gearing up for their Relapse Records debut: Between Waves will be released on August 26th, six years after the band’s last effort. A tour will follow, with leader Jimmy LaValle and his new line-up bringing the LP to Johnny Brenda’s on September 15th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Chameleon Club, Tunji Ige at The Fillmore, Lisa Loeb at Haddon Lake Park

Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Indie rock songwriter Katie Crutchfield will be bringing her project Waxahatchee to Philly tonight with a performance at The Chameleon Club. We saw Waxahatchee earlier this month for a spectacular show at Connor Barwin’s 3rd Annual Make the World Better Benefit concert at Union Transfer. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out her song “La Loose” off the album Ivy Tripp below. Continue reading →