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PREMIERE: Heavy Harold give a friend a tour of the city in “My Friends Don’t Want Me Around” video

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Heavy Harold | photo by Alex Cotsarelis

Any newcomer to Philadelphia wants to see the classic sights of the city: Love Park, the Liberty Bell, the Ben Franklin Bridge, and of course the steps of the Art Museum. So when Heavy Harold‘s new friend came to town last summer, they gave him the ultimate tour to help him get acquainted with his new digs. Those (mis)adventures are captured in the local outfit’s new video for “My Friends Don’t Want Me Around,” a track taken from last year’s Giants In Our Own Minds record.

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Watch Chuck Berry jam with John Lennon on the Mike Douglas show in 1972

Chuck Berry and John Lennon on the Mike Douglas show in 1972

Yesterday we were saddened to hear the news that rock and roll pioneer Chuck Berry passed away. Today, we bring you a local memory of him, in video form.

In February, 1972, John Lennon and Yoko One were invited to guest host the Mike Douglas Show in Philadelphia for a week, and they brought on Berry as  a guest. Douglas was an afternoon television talk show host; at the time, he taped in Philly at the KYW studios at 1619 Walnut Street. Lennon, with Ono and their band, backed Berry for two songs, “Memphis, Tennessee,” “Johnny B. Goode,” and sat for an interview with Douglas together.

“If you had tried to try and give rock and roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry,” Lennon said in his intro to the legend.

Seated in the audience at this performance was XPN midday host Helen Leicht, who worked in the production department at KYW TV at the time — you can see her clapping along to “Johnny B. Goode” beginning at the 10:48 mark. Continue reading →

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Rock and Roll legend Chuck Berry, dead at 90

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The legendary Chuck Berry has died. The 90 year old rock and roller, singer, songwriter, and guitarist, defined rock and roll with songs like “Johnny B Goode,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Music,” “Maybelline,” “Roll Over Beethoven,” and dozens of more classics. Continue reading →

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March 17 in Music History: Grateful Dead release their debut, Ray Davies receives his CBE

The Grateful Dead Self-Titled Debut Album

1957 – Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. The 23-room, 10,000 square foot home on 13.8 acres of land is expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the King moves in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been used as a place of worship by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.

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Nightlands channels Simpsonwave in new “Lost Moon” video

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Nightlands | photo by Dustin Condren | courtesy of the artist

Dave Hartley is rolling out more material from his latest Nightlands project I Can Feel the Night Around Me, this week sharing a surreal video for lead single “Lost Moon.” The album is out on May 5th via Western Vinyl, and Nightlands will wrap up an accompanying tour at Johnny Brenda’s on May 27th (featuring Eliza Hardy Jones, Jesse Hale Moore, Anthony LaMarca, and Scott Churchman alongside Hartley in the live set-up). Continue reading →

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Eric Slick creates a black and white dystopia in “The Dirge”

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Eric Slick | photo via Egghunt Records

In just over a month we’ll have Eric Slick‘s debut solo LP Palisades in our hands, an exciting moment for us and for the Dr. Dog drummer. He’s shared some digital material over the years but this will be the first official, cohesive release, and it’s proving to be worth the wait. We heard a lead single called “You Became the Light” back in February, and this week Slick shared a video for “The Dirge.”

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