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Listen to a new, previously unreleased Diego Garcia song, “Jenny And Juan”

Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Diego Garcia | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

This Saturday night, October 25th, Diego Garcia returns to Philly to the Tin Angel. The last time he visited town was when he played the XPoNential Music Festival this past summer in July. During his set at the festival, accompanied by his guitarist, Diego performed material from his 2011 debut, Laura, and his latest release, Paradise, that came out in October, 2013. With stand out songs like “Laura,” “You Were Never There,” and “Sunnier Days” in his catalog, now we have a “new” song from Garcia to add to that body of work. Continue reading →

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Halfro releases Squalor, gets funky at album release show this Saturday

Photo by Dan Lidon
Halfro | Photo by Dan Lidon

To see Philly-based hip-hop quartet Halfro play live is to partake in one of the most fun and rare experiences a live show-lover can have: a young band with impeccable execution that gives its always-eclectic audience a raucous party while showing no sign of stagnation.  When the band drops their debut self-released EP Squalor at Saturday’s album release show at 3rd and Girard, audiences will get to hear that energy dropped straight into a lively, sometimes-existential-always-rollicking record that successfully captures a great deal of their live show’s immense power. Continue reading →

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Introducing the soulful sounds of Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.
Leon Bridges | Photo courtesy of the artist.

Fort Worth, Texas soul and R&B singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is a name you want to put on your radar. The soul, R&B and gospel influenced musician caught the attention of Austin Jenkins from the band White Denim in a bar in Fort Worth. Jenkins, along with White Denim’s drummer Josh Block are currently working on a debut record by the 25 year old Bridges. According to the Fort Worth Weekly: Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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The 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly is coming

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Created to explore the music, past and present, and the storied legacy of the City of Brotherly Love, the 4th Annual Philly Sings Philly event returns to The Fire during the month of November. Across four Tuesdays, local musicians will pay homage to their idols, adding a personal touch to their favorite songs by Philly-born artists. Each week is curated by a different local music organization. Continue reading →

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Hometown Heroes: mewithoutYou celebrate ten years of Foxes with fans The Troc

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

“I guess we didn’t really think it through, does that kinda make us like dinosaurs?” Aaron Weiss—just as charmingly awkward as ever—asked the audience late on Saturday night. Earlier in the evening, he and his longtime friends who make up mewithoutYou had taken the stage of the Trocadero to the swelling orchestral theme from Jurrasic Park, to celebrate their breakout album Catch for Us the Foxes turning 10 years old. Whether you see Catch as a fossil from mewithoutYou’s early days or the cornerstone of their career-writ-large, Saturday’s sold-out, hometown show was undeniably one for the history books. Continue reading →

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Phantogram dazzles a sold-out Union Transfer crowd

Phantogram | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Phantogram | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

New York based electronica duo Phantogram rocked Union Transfer this weekend with an electrifying performance. On Sunday, the band played the second of two back-to-back sold-out shows in support of their second full-length album, Voices, which was released in February. Josh Carter (vocals, guitar, and electronic beats) and Sarah Barthel (vocals, keyboard, and guitar) were backed by a three-piece band, which allowed them to give a spectacular, full-sounding performance. Continue reading →

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Cheltenham’s Lil Dicky gives wild performance at The TLA

Lil Dicky | photo by Morgan Smith | www.phobymo.com
Lil Dicky | photo by Morgan Smith | www.phobymo.com

It’s a damn good day to be a white dude – this white dude in particular. David Burd, AKA Lil Dicky, performed for a packed venue and a warm homecoming at the TLA Thursday night. Laughter, thigh sweat and body hair flowed freely to “Lemme Freak” as the Cheltenham native stripped down to well-worn boxer briefs and gave a bewildered fan something that might be categorized as a type of lap dance, the sticky intensity of which she most definitely hadn’t anticipated.

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Unlocked: The Key’s review of Young Statues’ The Flatlands are Your Friend

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Young Statues’ The Flatlands are Your Friend

It’s almost fitting that the release date of Young Statues’ sophomore LP, The Flatlands Are Your Friend, would fall around Halloween.

Whereas the South Jersey-based band’s self-titled debut could be categorized as indie pop, and its 2013 EP Age Isn’t Ours bordered on pop punk, Flatlands is something total different — an eerily haunting, rock-driven release.

We’re obviously not talking “Monster Mash” here. It’s edgy and emotional in the vein of “Gimme Shelter,” and a far cry from anything the band has ever done in the past.

Young Statues has always stuck out because they’ve never really fit in where they were. Punk and hardcore bands dominate the band’s label, Run For Cover Records. This has informed the tours Young Statues been on and the fan base they have developed. But you’d be mistaken to lump them in with many of their label mates or this “emo revival” everyone keeps talking about. Continue reading →

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Check out FortuneWest’s new single, “We Eat, We Feed”

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Philly instrumental electro hip-hop producer Cory Wilson is better known by his production handle, FortuneWest, and this past Friday he released his newest single, “We Eat, We Feed.” The combines old-school sound with new-school structure, borrowing from the sampling and sequencing practice of 80s hip-hop and applying it to  the synthesis and groove of newer electro-hop. It’s a song with a melancholy ambiance. but a lively one that keeps moving by a fluid drum pattern under almost trance-like pad sounds.

Beyond just “We Eat, We Feed,” FortuneWest has managed to convey an ethereal and pleasantly ambient sound which he self-describes as “experimental hip-hop delving into the realms of old school sampling, funky synths, and catchy leads.” Continue reading →