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Preservation Hall Jazz Band doc A Tuba To Cuba will screen at The Rotunda next month

Tuba to Cuba | via Facebook

“You get more out of life when you believe in building bridges,” says Ben Jaffe of Preservation Hall Jazz Band in a trailer for A Tuba to Cuba. The 2018 documentary film traces the New Orleans Brass Band’s travels across the Gulf of Mexico and to the island nation that contains so much of their musical heritage. As Jaffe points out, truly understanding the music on New Orleans means understanding the music of Cuba. Continue reading →

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Sixteen Jackies will play Mission Taqueria for Lo-Fi Apertifs party

Sixteen Jackies | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Theatrical Philly rock band Sixteen Jackies will rein in the blood-spitting of their more wild gigs this Sunday March 24th for a low-key evening set at center city’s Mission Taqueria for Lo-Fi Live, the new events series sponsored by Bay Area craft spirits makers Lo-Fi Aperitifs. Continue reading →

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Mumblr returns from the great beyond for a new (final?) album, Genie, and a new video for “Game Show”

Mumblr | still from video

Things have been quiet in the world of once-ubiquitous Philly DIY rock four-piece Mumblr since they wrapped up a tour in late 2016 and played a sold-out Johnny Brenda’s show with The Districts. Not that they haven’t been busy — drummer Scott Stitzer in particular has been recording and mastering several projects, and has drummed in Curtis Cooper’s power trio, among other acts.

But Mumblr remained bubbling in the background, and next month they’ll return with their first album since 2016’s The Never Ending Get Down. Titled Genie, it will be released on April 1st, and the band gave it a bit of a teaser this week with a goofy music video for “Game Show” which depicts the bandmates heads superimposed on vintage game show footage. Unlike the Mumblr of yore, which was typically hard-hitting out the gate, this one starts off tentative and reserved with breezy beats and clean-tone guitars as frontperson Nick Morrison sings about struggling to think of the correct answer on a quiz show, battling the countdown, and realizing “it’s just a waste of my time, a waste of my time, a waste of my time.” Continue reading →

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Hippie Sabotage shows Philly The Beautiful Beyond

Hippie Sabotage | photo by Emily De Hart for WXPN | dehartvisuals.com

We have all had our fair share of hard times. Artists are no different: painters, sculptors, photographers, musicians, singers and the like. The only factor separating them from everyone else is how they display their painful experiences. Both Kevin and Jeff Saurer of California EDM act Hippie Sabotage equally carry out this consciousness throughout their digital and in-person presence with no problem. This talented brother duo are well aware of this beautiful process and bring it to life with every step and every word.

This idea of conceptualizing pain has maintained an underlying theme of the duo’s production and lyricism since the very beginning. One of their pioneering releases of 2014, “No Trouble,” briefly touched on the subject: “But the pain feels sick / But I’m on my way / Every time my brain / Trouble seems to weigh me down.” Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Low Dose

Like a lot of Philadelphians who encountered them last summer, I was completely taken by surprise the first time I saw Low Dose. It was one of their first-ever shows, it took place at the Everybody Hits batting cages, was headlined by the always-galvanizing Soul Glo, and found the bandmates setting up gear in the wake of an instrument-slamming set by post-hardcore ragers Great Weights — in other words, they were bookended by two fellow Philadelphia punk scene players who don’t skimp on the captivating energy.

Not that it was an obstacle. Frontwoman Itarya Rosenberg stood quietly holding the mic, a brutal guitar riff began looping out of the speakers, and it was like a switch flipped on — bandmates Mike McGinnis on guitar, Jon DeHart on bass, and Dan Smith on drums launched into a crushing jam, Rosenberg crouched to the floor, and howled. I stood to the side, next to Great Weights’ Meri Haines, and we both watched drop-jawed and awestruck. Twenty minutes of poppy hooks, dissonant freakouts, and general punk catharsis later, we looked at one another all like “What the hell was that?”

Low Dose, to put it lightly, knows how to make a formidable first impression. Continue reading →

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Nothing More, Of Mice and Men, Badflower, and Palisades bring a hard rock spectacular to the Fillmore Philadephia

Palisades | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Nothing More came to the Fillmore Philadelphia with three spectacular openers whom all absolutely killed the show. Palisades, a post-hardcore band from Iselin, New Jersey; Badflower, an up and coming Los Angeles band you should tune your ears to; Of Mice And Men, a classic for 90s metal/punk kids. Continue reading →

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No days off for Pixies at the Fillmore Philly

Pixies | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Currently in the middle of a U.S. tour with Weezer, Pixies decided to work on their day off and headline their own show here at the Fillmore Philadelphia. With a forever-changing set list, you never know what you are going to get: many fans came to see the show again for new songs or even a different structure of the tracks played. They can play anywhere from 10 to almost 40 songs and always tinker with the order and song choices. At this show, they played a whopping total of 33 songs, and the crowd was thrilled. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Maggie Rogers will play the Skyline Stage at The Mann this fall

Maggie Rogers | courtesy of the artist

Maggie Rogers is about to head out on tour behind her new album Heard It In A Past Life, and she’ll play a sold-out show at The Fillmore at the end of this month. But if you missed out on tickets to that, here’s a bit of good news: Rogers has just announced another string of tour dates for this fall, bringing her back to Philly to play The Mann Center’s Skyline Stage on October 4. Empress Of will open the show. Continue reading →