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Check out this awesome new video from Amanda X for “Guatemala”

Photo by Pete Murray | http://petermurrayphotography.com/
Amanda X | Photo by Pete Murray | http://petermurrayphotography.com/

The first track off of Amanda X‘s latest album, Amnesia, now has a cool new video to accompany it. The song is called “Guatemala,” and the video features a first person point of view of the band’s experiences road tripping, giving the listener a feel for what life is like on tour. Continue reading →

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Watch Cookie Rabinowitz’s comforting “Every St.” video

Cookie Rabinowitz
Photo via facebook.com/CookieRabinowitz

Local R&B-soul singer songwriter Cookie Rabinowitz recently released a video for “Every St.” The song is off of his newest album, Four Eyed Soul. The album title refers to the “blue eyed soul” genre which has deep roots in Philly, where artists like Hall and Oates who brought the genre to commercial success.

Originally an alternative singer songwriter, Cookie quickly embraced a more soulful direction when he started collaborating with local MC Schoolly D and guitarist Erik Horvitz. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Delorean and City Rain at Morgan’s Pier, Douglas Thomas at The Fire, Evening River Band at Kung Fu Necktie

Delorean
Photo by Nacho Vidal via facebook.com/dlrean

Spanish dance group Delorean plays a free show at Morgan’s Pier tonight. Last year, the group released its second album, Apar, produced in the band’s private studio in El Poblenou. The title is a Basque term that means to froth or foam. The sounds in the album, a very minimum instrumentation and vocals, has a feeling of being destroyed yet remaining strong. The band released a playlist of some of the fantastic remixes they’ve done this year, as well as a warped video for “Unhold” featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek. They will be joined by Philly’s City Rain, who were featured on the Key’s Unlocked Series. Similar to Delorean, City Rain recorded its newest album High School Dance near a family shore house. Catch both bands for their free show at Morgan’s Pier. Get more details at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch The Early November play acoustic at World Cafe Live

The Early November | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
The Early November | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Jersey punk band The Early November just released a few videos from last week’s sold out acoustic show at the World Cafe Live, shot by The Key’s Ally Newbold. In an interview after the show, guitarist Joseph Marro talked about how playing acoustic was different from playing with a full band, saying “Stripping it down and making it fun was really the main objective for this tour and we’re really happy with how it’s gone.” Continue reading →

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Watch Creepoid’s mesmerizing “Yellow Wallpaper” video

Creepoid
Creepoid | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Local psych punk band Creepoid just released their latest music video for “Yellow Wallpaper,” a track off of the band’s 2014 self-titled LP. The Philly-bred band recently added Far Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp to their lineup and relocated to Savannah, Georgia – but were only in their new home temporarily as they immediately went out on a run of tour dates with Against Me!. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Frank and the Pheromones at Rittenhouse Square, Steady Hands and W.C. Lindsay at The Fire, Leana Song at Penn Museum

Katie Frank and the Pheromones
Photo by Will Hoover


Katie Frank and the Pheromones
play a free show tonight at Rittenhouse Square as part of Philadelphia Weekly’s Concerts in the Park series. Last year, the band recorded a rockin’ Key Studio Session and released their debut single, “Tunnel Vision.” This year, the band’s timeless debut LP Counting Your Curses came out. In an interview for the band’s feature on The Key’s Unlocked, Frank explained the difference between performing solo to performing with The Pheromones: ““I feel so much more empowered when I’m onstage with the band. I can be timid when it comes to singing my songs.” Catch the empowered Katie Frank and the Pheromones, along with DJ Lisa Love and Divers tonight. Get more details about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Listen to the title track from Counting Your Curses below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beverly at Boot and Saddle, Thin Lips at Kung Fu Necktie, Agnes Obel at World Cafe Live

Photo by Frank Sun via facebook.com/wearebeverly
Photo by Frank Sun via facebook.com/wearebeverly

Brooklyn lo-fi pop band Beverly will headline Boot and Saddle tonight. The group originally started as a project between Drew Citron and Frankie Rose (of Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls). Since then, Citron has added band members Jamie Ingalls (from Chairlift) on drums and Scott Rosenthal on bass. The band just released their debut album Careers in July. They also released a video for  ”Out on a Ride” off of Careers., shot with a VHS camcorder to give it a vintage, DIY feel. Watch it below. Beverly will be playing with local indie band Roof Doctor and fuzz pop duo Tender Vision. Get more info about the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Strand of Oaks’ electric performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren
Strand Of Oaks | Photo by Dusdin Condren

Last night Philly’s Strand of Oaks made its television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers with a rousing performance of “Shut In,” a moving song from this year’s critically acclaimed album HEAL. Frontman Tim Showalter played with the same zeal he showed at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival and Free at Noon. Continue reading →

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Five artists to discover at the 2014 Philadelphia Folk Festival

El Caribefunk is playing Philadelphia Folk Fest
El Caribefunk | via facebook.com/funkchoyelcaribefunker

Anybody who’s ever attended the Philadelphia Folk Festival can attest that the best part about it is the surprises you’ll find within. Sure, Old Crow Medicine Show is going to be great in their Friday night headlining slot, and singer-songwriter icon Janis Ian will dazzle the Saturday audience, but to truly experience this half-century running celebration of global roots music, we recommend getting away from the nighttime main stage sets. Here are our picks for five artists you won’t hear discussed as much, but who should make it a point to catch. You’ll go away from the festival loving them. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Buddy Guy at Sun Center

buddy guy
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Blues guitar legend Buddy Guy will be playing at the Sun Center tonight with Quinn Sullivan. The now 78 year old recently celebrated his birthday at his venue, Chicago’s Buddy Guy’s Legends. For guitar enthusiasts, he recently released an interesting Squier Challenge where participants try to tell the difference between a low end Squier affinity Series strat and Buddy Guy’s personal polka dot axe. Continue reading →