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Elvis Costello & The Imposters show off their funky swagger on “Mr. and Mrs. Hush”

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Elvis Costello | photo by Stephen Done | courtesy of the artist

In preparation for their upcoming summer tour, Elvis Costello & The Imposters shared a new video for “Mr. and Mrs. Hush,” a track off their recent album Look NowRolling Stone describes “Mr. and Mrs. Hush” as a “punchy soul-kissed tune,” and its funky swagger is matched with the colorful, psychedelic animation in the new lyric video. Watch, and sing along, below. Continue reading →

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Watch Brandi Carlile and Dave Grohl busk on the streets of Seattle

Brandi Carlile got her start by busking on the streets of her hometown of Seattle, and this past Saturday she took a nostalgic trip to Pike Place Market to play an impromptu set, bringing along fellow Seattle native Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters. The two musicians were accompanied by Carlile’s bandmates Phil and Tim Hanseroff, a.k.a “the twins,” and part of their set was streamed live on Carlile’s Facebook page, while onlookers captured their own video.

As crowds gathered outside the famous market to watch the unannounced set, Carlile and Grohl played a rendition of The Beatles’ “Let It Be,” plus some of their own songs, including the Foo Fighters’ “Times Like These.” Carlile wrote later on Instagram that the 15-minute set was “one of the most surreal moments of my life.” Watch clips of the performance below. Continue reading →

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J.S. Ondara shares video for “Television Girl”

J.S. Ondara | photo by Josh Cheuse | courtesy of the artist

After he released his debut album Tales of America earlier this year, there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding J.S. Ondara, XPN’s February Artist to Watch. Sold-out audiences are now to be expected for the folk singer-songwriter, but Ondara shuts out any outside noise in his intimate new video for “Television Girl.” Shot in black-and-white, the minimalistic video captures Ondara with just an acoustic guitar, his captivating voice echoing throughout the room. It’s easy to see why Ondara, who immigrated to Minneapolis from Kenya just a few years ago, cites Bob Dylan and the American folk tradition as influences — and why everyone is calling him an artist you need to know. Continue reading →

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Resistance and Resilience: Taina Asili on merging music and activism

Taina Asili and band | photo by Kiki Vassilakis Photography | kikivassilakis.com | via facebook.com/tainaasilimusic

Tonight, Philly welcomes back Taina Asili, a musician, activist, and documentarian whose group will be rocking the Rotunda with their highly spiritual, amalgamated blend of merengue, cumbia, reggae and DIY punk.

It’s an amazing mix of styles fully realized on the new album they’ll be celebrating, Resiliencia. Support for the band will be provided by the equally eclectic Afro-latin future fusion band Interminable. We sat down and chatted with Asili about power of music, culture and spirit. Continue reading →

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Let the music move you in Hozier’s “Sweet Music” video

Hozier | still from video

Irish singer-songwriter Hozier knows a thing or two about connecting music with deep sentiment, and in his new music video, he adds an element of motion to all that emotion.

The snappy “Sweet Music” boasts a slight electronic groove and a massively catchy melody, and as the song plays out, we find Hozier performing it in a warehouse space, surrounded in various corners by musically-inclined people dancing to the rhythm: a cellist and a jazz trio, a tap dancer and a couple pulling interpretive moves in their apartment. Continue reading →

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Gary Clark Jr. brings family and blues-rock to the NPR Music Tiny Desk

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Blues-rock champion Gary Clark Jr. took on the NPR Tiny Desk stage this week with a dazzling, stripped back set. Behind the famous desk, Clark shared songs from his recent album, This Land, which reflect on the black experience in America after the 2016 election, as well as stories from his personal life. Clark chose to focus on the personal rather than the radical in this performance, but as NPR put it, “these songs still roared with the assurance and force of a showman at the top of his game.” Continue reading →

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Tierra Whack serves up bizarre, macabre fun in “Unemployed” video

Tierra Whack | still from video

Philadelphia rapper Tierra Whack set the bar incredibly high with her 2018 visual album Whack World, but the new video for “Unemployed” is no visual slouch, comparatively on par with her previous project in its imagination and captivating strangeness.

As Whack’s lyrical flow shines bright over the minimal trap production, she finds herself donning a chef’s hat and slicing up a patch of potatoes, with one innocent spud brought to life through CGI. The music video, directed by Cat Solen, turns somber as Whack brings them to a bitter end, at the hands of a giant potato monster. The video is bizarre, fun, and intriguing to say the least. Continue reading →

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Courtney Barnett gets cerebral on the “Everybody Here Hates You” video

Courtney Barnett | still from video

Courtney Barnett released a pair of singles for Record Store Day this past weekend, which included the brand new song “Everybody Here Hates You.” The song is now available on streaming services, and it has a new video to go along with it. The Danny Cohen-directed video draws on the “it’s only in your head” line of the song by showing Barnett and her band performing onstage before taking us on a journey into the inner workings of the songwriter’s mind, pink brain walls and all. Watch below. Continue reading →