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Just Announced: The Menzingers will bring new album Hello Exile to Franklin Music Hall this fall

The Menzingers | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

The Menzingers will return with their sixth album this fall. The local punk-rock favorites just announced that Hello Exile will be released on October 4 via Epitaph, and their lead single “Anna” is out now. After a show in Lancaster, PA with Queen of Jeans at The Chameleon Club this Friday, they’ll return on November 29, playing a show at Franklin Music Hall with Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse.

Hello Exile follows The Menzingers’ 2017 album After The Party. The band returned to producer Will Yip’s Conshohocken studio to record the new album. “That’s the longest amount of time we’ve ever worked with Will,” vocalist Greg Barnett said in a press release. “We wanted to make sure these stories didn’t get lost in the music, so we kept it to a lot of room sounds with the guitar and bass and drums.” Continue reading →

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Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home will be screened at BlackStar Film Festival

Solange’s When I Get Home film | still from video

The upcoming BlackStar Film Festival has expanded its previously announced lineup to include a screening of Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home during its closing night on August 4. The short film features music from Solange’s album by the same name and is currently available on Apple Music. BlackStar will screen an extended director’s cut of the film, featuring new scenes and musical arrangements. Continue reading →

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Philly Dogs: Watch David Bowie serenade the Tower with “Rock and Roll Suicide” from the David Live recording

David Bowie | still from video

In July of 1974, David Bowie took over the Tower Theater for an unconventional week-long stint of performances. The iconic glam rocker played the Upper Darby venue, known for its unique acoustics, every night from July 8th through the 12th. These shows served as the source material Bowie’s his first concert album, David Live. Continue reading →

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Listen to the first single from Queen of Jeans’ new album If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid

Queen of Jeans | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Philly trio Queen of Jeans just announced that their new record If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid, will be released August 23 via Topshelf Records. The lead single “Get Lost” is out now, and its accompanying video explores what it’s like when you just need to smash something with a baseball bat. Continue reading →

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The women of Tate have had enough in new “Cheerleader” music video

Tate | still from video

Tate released their latest creation just last week: their first ever LP After You. The new record is chock full of unapologetic introspection, set to the tune of floaty melodies and Tate Kamish’s tender vocals. The band’s brand new music video for “Cheerleader” delivers a visual display of the album’s emotions.

The video features three scenes where the women of Tate are looked down upon by men — in a bar, on a basketball court, and in the workplace. At the end, they come together in cheerleading uniforms, only to “quit” cheering for the men that surround them.  Continue reading →

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Listen to “Sister Buddha,” the first single from Belle and Sebastian’s new film soundtrack

Belle and Sebastian’s Days of the Bagnold Summer | via Matador Records

Days of the Bagnold Summer began as a graphic novel written by Joff Winterhart in 2012. It was recently turned into a forthcoming feature film, for which alternative folk-pop group Belle and Sebastian wrote the soundtrack. Containing 11 new songs and two re-recorded ones (“Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying”; “I Know Where the Summer Goes”), the album will be released on September 13th via Matador Records. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cheeky’s new electro-pop single “Pretty”

Cheeky | still from video

Kaylee Sabatino, better known as Philly electro-pop artist Cheeky, has just released her new single “Pretty.” It comes a year after she put out her latest EP Flora in June of 2018.

Cheeky’s new single rides a low-key groove, with intricate sounds blended together with her gentle vocals laid overtop. Heavily percussive, most of the sounds are sharp hits, and the melody is carried by her voice and a distant melodic drone. Continue reading →

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This Is Not A Drill: Bootsy Collins and Branford Marsalis will play a free show in Clark Park for Community Unity Music Festival

Bootsy Collins | via facebook.com/communitymusicfestival

Yes, you read that correctly. Philadelphia’s 2019 Community Unity Music Festival will feature funk-soul legend Bootsy Collins, along with celebrated saxophonist Branford Marsalis. The festival will take place in West Philly’s Clark Park on Saturday, August 3rd, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Continue reading →

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Watch a breathtaking performance by Philly instrumental ensemble Hour for Folkadelphia and The Key Studio Sessions

The seven members of Philadelphia instrumental ensemble Hour are intricately aligned, the pieces they play fitting together perfectly like a puzzle. In a recent visit to WXPN studios, the band showcased music from each of its two albums, last year’s moving Anemone Red — whose compositions are gradual bloomers, but deeply affecting, approximating the haunting film score for a naturalistic drama — and 2017’s Tiny Houses — an exercise in minimalism, and crafting sonic spaces marked by absence more than presence. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Cvgebird

For Philly’s Selina Carrera, live music isn’t a one-way thing. A concert can be a form of community, and it’s something the charismatic Philadelphia singer-songwriter and rapper brings to the stage under the banner of her project Cvgebird.

A small example: at every concert, Carrera takes a few minutes to freestyle while her band improvs underneath, and she makes the experience show-specific by asking the audience to start her off with a few words to build her bars around. Sometimes these improv ideas make their way into songs in the Cvgebird repertoire, and sometimes they exist purely in the moment.

When the band visited WXPN Studios this week to record a Key Studio Session, there was no audience to go to for suggestions, so Carrera asked the crew: myself and production assistant Makena Duffy. I went with the word “falafel” (my lunch earlier that day) while Duffy offered “peanut butter” (we were in a food mood, I suppose?) and sit-in bassist Rah M. Sungee rounded it out by suggesting “butterfly” (bouncing into the world of nature). Carrera nodded, pondered, and as the mellow funky groove began to blossom around her, she launched into a story about two people in the early stages of a relationship, trying to get to know one another better over a meal. The words of choice were not shoe-horned in, as I’ve often seen happen with this type of freestyle, but flowed naturally into a dreamlike world, a place in a story that had not existed moments before. Impressive.
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