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Wander with Mothers in their new video “No Crying in Baseball”

Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist
Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist

In ancient times, Athens was the pinnacle of Greek society. Athens, Georgia, on the other hand, didn’t have much going on. Fast-forward two-thousand years, and things have change. Having produced a number of influential acts including R.E.M. and Neutral Milk Hotel, Athens has become its own pinnacle of the indie rock world.

Mothers are looking to add their name to the list of excellent bands from Athens, and with their new track and music video, “There’s No Crying in Baseball,” they’re off to a good start. Continue reading →

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Keith Hampson debuts new Prayer Circles project

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Prayer Circles | photo by Megan Gouda

Power Animal‘s Keith Hampson has announced a new strain of work called Prayer Circles. Branching away from the electronic pop of the former moniker and into a more experimental realm of tech-based sound, the Philadelphia musician debuted his new project this week with a video for “Swollen Larynx of Highway from Window.”

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XPN MusicNotes: Watch trailer for Miles Davis film, Chris Martin imitate Jagger and Bowie, & John Kasich says he’ll reunite Pink Floyd if elected

Exciting news for #milesaheadfilm! #NYFF #worldpremiere #doncheadle @mcgregor_ewan #emayatzycorinealdi

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There’s been a lot of buzz lately on Don Cheadle‘s performance as Miles Davis in the soon to be released film “Miles Ahead.” Now see the first trailer with Chaedle bringing the legendary jazz trumpeter to life. Continue reading →

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Watch Leon Bridges’ new video for “River”

Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com
Leon Bridges | Leon Bridges | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN | jeremy-zim.com

One of 2015′s breakout artists for us here at XPN over the past year was R&B and soul singer Leon Bridges, who last year released a stunning debut album, Coming Home. Leon is playing a sold out show at The Fillmore with Son Little opening the show, and we just today got word that he’s also on the lineup for The Roots PicnicContinue reading →

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Watch Thee, Idea Men’s bring down the Sleepless Sound Red Room in new studio session

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Philadelphia blues rockers Thee, Idea Men stopped by Sleepless Sound to record a session for the studio’s Red Room series.

The band, consisting of Matthew Jurasek (guitar, vocals), Tyler March (drums), Kris Pirnat (bass), and Matt Raspanti (guitar vocals), performed three hard-driving blues-rock numbers, two from 2014′s New Level Shoes and one from 2012′s Getcho Groo Von. Continue reading →

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Watch Lucius get bizarre in new video for “Something About You”

Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist
Lucius | Photo by Piper Ferguson | courtesy of the artist

Indie-pop band and XPN favorites Lucius have premiered their new video for “Something About You”, a single from upcoming album, Good Grief.

The Brooklyn-based quintet, fronted by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, released their first album, Wildewoman, in 2013. The band continues to experiment with electronic influences while not shying away from their catchy dance-pop tendencies. Continue reading →

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Tonight: Intercultural Journeys brings audio/visual “Home Within” to International House Philadelphia

 

Photo by Jill Steinberg | Photo courtesy of Intercultural Journeys
Photo by Jill Steinberg | Photo courtesy of Intercultural Journeys

Intercultural Journeys, a music and art collective based in Philadelphia, is bringing a new audio/visual performance, Home Within, to International House Philadelphia (3701 Chestnut St) tonight at 7:00 p.m.

The 60 minute performance has toured internationally and will feature Silk Road artists Kinan Azmeh (clarinet) and Kevork Mourad (visual art).

Home Within portrays an impressionistic view inside the struggles of the Syrian revolution that has been going on since 2011. All compositions and art are original and will be performed live. A discussion will be held with the artists after the performance. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Santigold will headline the TLA in May

Santigold for WXPN| Photo by John Vettese
Santigold| Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

One of my favorite sets from last year’s Made In America Festival was the tripped-out and colorful performance from New York-based Philly native Santigold, who brought a whole squad of friends and fans onstage to dance with her while flanked by a band and a pair of dancers working the scene with selfie sticks.

It was an awesome spectacle, but even had it been more straightforward on the visual end, it still would have ruled, since Santi is a dynamic performer with a rich catalog of catchy club jammers. This winter she’s releasing her third LP, 99¢, and her tour in support of it brings Santigold back to Philadelphia to headline the TLA on South Street on May 1st. Continue reading →

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Smashing Pumpkins will bring acoustic-electro In Plainsong tour to the Tower

Smashing Pumpkins | Photo by Kristin Burns
Smashing Pumpkins | Photo by Kristin Burns | courtesy of the artist

Of course, 90s greats The Smashing Pumpkins are known for that epic wall of guitar rock and cranked-to-11 megahits like “Today,” “Cherub Rock” and “Bullet With Butterfly Wings.” But there’s also a more nuanced side to Billy Corgan’s long-running project – the one that centered Siamese Dream with the drifting-to-blistering “Soma,” the one that wrote aching acoustic ballads like “Soothe” from Pisces Iscariot, the one that released the still-underrated Adore.

For those fans – and yo, right here, that’s me – there’s the band’s just-announced In Plainsong spring tour, a series of “electro-acoustic” performances in intimate settings, expanded from a short run of select dates the band undertook last year. The tour makes a stop at The Tower Theater on Friday, April 8th. Tickets are on sale this Friday, February 5th, at 9 a.m., and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Take a snowy trip to space in Archawah’s “Silvermoon” video

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Archawah | Photo courtesy of the artist

Bucks County’s Chris Archibald, front-dude of the long-running modern rock band Illinois, just launched a new project called Archawah and an EP-a-month release series. This week he premiered a brand new music video from the project with our buds over at The Deli for the drifting, dreamy “Silvermoon.” It’s imaginative premise, where a kid dressed up as an astronaut and playing in the snow actually succeeds in blasting off into outer space. Watch it below, and keep tabs on Archawah over at Facebook. Continue reading →