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The War on Drugs blissed out The Tower for their biggest hometown show to date

vThe War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com
vThe War on Drugs | Photo by Kate McCann | katemccannphotography.com

War on Drugs shows becoming a major event is a trend I can get behind. Last night, the Philly psych-rock favorites kicked off their winter tour by headlining the Tower Theater – their biggest-ever hometown show, preceding a run through the largest U.S. venues they’ve played to date.

It was the sixth time I’ve seen them perform and, like every other time, just when I think they can’t get more exciting, they up the ante. Continue reading →

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Watch Hezekiah’s frosty, fresh video for “Let’s Network”

Hezekiah | Photo by John Vettese
Hezekiah | Photo by John Vettese

Philly rapper Hezekiah has recently released a new music video for “Let’s Network,” a track from his February LP Dreams Don’t Chase Themselves. Filmed half in Philly and half in Montreal, Canada, the video opens with Hezekiah standing in a frosty urban setting layered in snow as he spits his verse. Eventually the backbeats fade out, leaving Hezekiah’s raw vocals to carrying themselves before the jazzy saxophone and snare beats rejoin him to close out the video.  Continue reading →

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Pi Lam’s Human BBQ lineup is stacked and we’re stoked

Photo via Human BBQ Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1448929562064660/)
Photo via Human BBQ Facebook event page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1448929562064660/)

The 37th annual Human BBQ festival fast approaches and the event looks killer. Hosted by Penn fraternity Pi Lambda Phi, the event boasts 21 bands in the lineup, including Philly punk groups Mischief Brew, DRGN KING, and Slow Animal among a slew of others. The event will also have plenty of food for consumption, including your typical barbecue items as well as vegetarian and vegan options. You can check out the full lineup and find more information on their Facebook event page. Give a listen to some of the featured artists below. Continue reading →

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Download a World Cafe performance of “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party” by Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese
Courtney Barnett | Photo by John Vettese

The most awesome Courtney Barnett released her new album, Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit last Tuesday. The album has been getting rave reviews, including The Key’s John Vettese who said Sometimes I Sit is “a freaking arrival, a big rock record with catchy hooks and fierce playing from Barnett and her bandmates.” Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: “Buy This Fracking Album!” w/ Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls & Steve Earle, and Ex-Nirvana member joins Modest Mouse on next album.

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Two dozen artists including Bonnie Raitt, Indigo Girls, Steve Earle, John Butler Trio and Michael Franti have contributed songs to a two-disc compilation intended to educate listeners about the controversial method of “hydro-fracking:” The contentious process of extracting natural gas from the earth’s shale. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tobias Jesso Jr at Boot and Saddle, Impressionist at Bourbon and Branch, The Cloth at Underground Arts

Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com
Tobias Jesso Jr | photo via tobiasjessojr.com

Buzzing Vancouver artist Tobias Jesso Jr. headlines Boot and Saddle tonight. The singer-songwriter and pianist writes smooth and sincere pop songs in the vein of Randy Newman, and was produced by members of The Black Keys and New Pornographers (and features drumming from Danielle Haim). His album Goon came out last week on True Panther Sounds. Watch the video for “How Could You Babe” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch South Jersey’s Ju-Taun cover London Grammar’s “Strong”

Ju-Taun | Photo by Stan Golden | Via Facebook.com/jutaun
Ju-Taun | Photo by Stan Golden | Via Facebook.com/jutaun

South Jersey “band of brothers” Ju-Taun rocked SXSW in Austin last week, and their latest offering is a cover of London Grammar’s “Strong.”

British electro-pop trio London Grammar wowed Philly back in January at the Electric Factory, which marked their third time joining us in the past two years, so you may be well-acquainted with their sound.

Ju-Taun’s take on “Strong” is as ethereal as London Grammar’s, with just enough members to harmonize and bring a bluesy/folksy ambiance to the track. Continue reading →

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Check out Roses’ soul-searching Space Jam Session performance of “Boys”

Roses | Photo by John Vettese
Roses | Photo by John Vettese

Matt Scheuermann’s acoustic project Roses is a guitar-driven soul search. Formerly of indie rockers The Sidekicks, Scheuermann sat down to record a Space Jam Session of “Boys,” from his debut EP. “My past, my atmosphere / I can’t go back to change it all.” His soft vocals speak volumes to his lyrical dexterity. Balanced by simple acoustic chords and winsome melodies, this track and the two others off the EP are worth a heartwarming listen. Roses will be playing at Girard Hall with Field Guides, Chimney, Girl Dog, and Matt Holden (Legs Like Tree Trunks) on April 3; ore information on the event can be found on Facebook. Check out Roses’ Space Jam Session below. Continue reading →