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Caracara navigates a world of moving portraits in new “Evil” video

Caracara | still from video

They went to SXSW in March, they’ve got a show coming up at the cages before December is out, and in between, the impressionistic post-hardcore Philadelphians of Caracara have kept a relatively low profile in 2018. This could change in the new year, though, as the band was recently picked up by Memory Music, the boutique label curated by Conshohocken producer Will Yip. Continue reading →

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Watch Curly Castro get his Death Grips on in a fired-up teaser for the TOSH LP

Curly Castro | photo via curlycastro.bandcamp.com

If you just went off of his Bandcamp discography, it might seem like Philly rapper Curly Castro hasn’t been too busy since the run of singles following his debut LP Winston’s Appeal. This would not be correct by a longshot; Castro’s excellent Fidel project dropped in 2013 via Man Bites Dog Records, he released EPs Brody and Restroy & Debuild with the Wrecking Crew in 2015 and 2015, respectively. Earlier this year, he and Zilla Rocca teamed up in the new duo project Grift Company, and not too long ago he revisited his debut with the remix / reimagining project Winston’s Dubplate.

So now that we’re up to speed on his Bandcamp extracurriculars, it’s a good time to dive into Castro’s latest; TOSH, his first full-length since Fidel. The project drops this Friday, December 14th, and Castro has given followers a few specimens to try out in advance of its release. Continue reading →

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Listen to Buddie’s social anxiety anthem “Sink”

Buddie | courtesy of the artist

It’s been some time since we’ve heard from Philly punk rock 4-piece Buddie. After their debut in 2016, the band was put on hold as frontperson Daniel Forrest left to work as a conservation biologist in Bioko, Central Africa. Now, reunited with a new lineup, the band is gearing up to release a new EP via Super Wimpy Punch. Continue reading →

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Noname takes down racism and Chicago politics with her satirical “Blaxploitation” video

Noname | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren for WXPN

It’s been a busy and successful year for Chicago rapper Noname, and to close it out she’s released her first-ever music video. The Alex Lill-directed video brings her song “Blaxploitation” to life, referencing Godzilla while addressing racial politics in her home city. In it, we watch the unfolding narrative of a black child in giant form, exploring the city streets as the headline “Chicago Under Siege: Monster Baby Must Be Stopped” flashes across the screen. Continue reading →

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Masie Blu embraces change on visual album Transform

Masie Blu | still from video

Philly artist Masie Blu has released a visual album of her latest project, Transform. The theme is self-evident: embracing change to evolve into a better version of yourself. The visuals provide a stunning accompaniment to each song, the singer appearing in pop-color outfits in the woods, on the beach at night, at a party surrounded by friends. Continue reading →

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Watch John Legend get into the holiday spirit with “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” video

John Legend in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” | still from youtube video

There’s plenty of holiday music to go around, but the season always seems a little more festive when a new tune comes our way. John Legend recently put his own stamp on some classic holiday songs with his new album A Legendary Christmas, and just released a fun, retro-inspired video for “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” The singer duets with Esperanza Spalding on the track, and the video sees both musicians decked out in their holiday best, reveling in the season’s festivities as they sing. Continue reading →

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The Innocence Mission find power in quiet at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk

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If you’ve ever doubted the power that a few acoustic instruments and some whispery vocals can produce, The Innocence Mission is here to prove you wrong. When the Lancaster-based folk trio stopped by NPR recently to record a Tiny Desk Concert, NPR Music’s Lars Gotrich described their music as the kind that, though quiet, captivates listeners immediately, writing: “The Innocence Mission, ever the most careful cultivators of quiet, encouraged us to come closer, to discover the ‘thing beautiful enough’ in the moment it’s delivered.” Continue reading →