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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tal National at Silk City, Line Leader at PhilaMOCA

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Tal National | Photo via Facebook

Nigerian ensemble Tal National plays Silk City tonight, bringing their unique fusion of West African music styles to Philly – from bright and optimistic highlife melodies to intense Afrobeat rhythmic passages. The band’s latest, Zoy Zoy, came out on Fat Cat Records in April, and they perform tonight with H/PRIZM (High Priest of Antipop Consortium) and the Data Garden DJs. More information can be found at the Facebook event page. Watch Tal National get down on KEXP below. Continue reading →

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Lauryn Peacock plays The Random Tea Sessions and Daytrotter

Lauryn Peacock | Photo courtesy of the artist
Lauryn Peacock | Photo courtesy of the artist

Former Philadelphian Lauryn Peacock recently went out on tour in support of her awesome new record Euphonia, and stopped by The Random Tea Sessions when she was in Philly to perform her song “Six Month Quandry.”  The very intimate performance included an accompanying violin which propelled Peacock’s somber vocals and guitar strums to new levels, both despairing and beautiful.

Oh her way back to Nashville, Peacock also spent some time in Rock Island, Illinois, playing a couple songs at Daytrotter Studios. Continue reading →

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Watch Hop Along cover Beyonce circa 2009, pray for a Bey x Hop Along collab at Made In America

Hop Along at Titan House | by Jackie Nevin
Hop Along at Titan House | by Jackie Nevin

If you’ve been following Hop Along for a while, you know that frontwoman Frances Quinlan is an unironic, unapologetic fan of pop music. We’ve seen her cover La Roux at solo gigs in the past, and we know the when she talks about being excited for sharing a bill with Beyonce at Made in America, she’s actually legitimately excited. Continue reading →

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Watch Alex G’s dreamy new video for “Bug”

Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Alex G | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Nobody captures midtwentysomething ennui quite like Philly’s Alex G. The quiet guitar strums and dreamily chiming harmonic leads, the murmured lyrics, the midtempo pace and listless minimalism. It kind of nails that point in everyone’s life where directon is unclear and the only positive use of time is sprawling out under a graffiti-covered bridge, smoking cigarettes and watching the sun set. That’s pretty much the vibe of the new video for Alex G’s “Bug,” directed by Micah van Hove; it almost feels like a slice-of-life short story, a vignette following a squatter couple about their day. Continue reading →

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Get a taste of Kurt Vile’s b’lieve i’m goin down… in a new album trailer

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Kurt “Bae” Vile in the b’lieve i’m goin down album trailer

Personally, I will never get tired of “Pretty Pimpin’.” It’s Kurt Vile‘s best single to date, hands down. But he’s got a whole new record of music about to drop next month, and from this new trailer released today, it’s sounding pretty promising. Matched with footage of the band goofing around in the desert and working in the studio, we hear bits of songs “I’m An Outlaw” and “Lost my Head there.” Check it out below, and pre-order b’lieve i’m goin down…over at Kurt’s website. He headlines Union Transfer with Waxahatchee on Friday, October 9th. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Kopecky play “Heartbeat” at XPNFest via VuHaus

Kopecky | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Kopecky | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

XPN favorites Kopecky returned to Wiggins park this year for the XPoNential Music Festival – and though they only played one set this time, it was a knockout.

The band covered The Weeknd’s hit “I Can’t Feel My Face” and delivered a strong mix of cuts from their debut Kids Raising Kids and the new Drug for the Modern Age, not to mention their trademark rendition of Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk.”  Continue reading →