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Download a live music sampler from Jackie Greene

Jackie Greene | Photo via http://www.jackiegreene.com/
Jackie Greene | Photo via http://www.jackiegreene.com/

As a sideman singer, songwriter and guitarist Jackie Greene has toured and recorded with the Black Crows, Phil Lesh and Friends, Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, and is currently a member of Trigger Hippy along with Joan Osborne, Steve Gorman, Tom Bukovac, and Nick Govrik. On his own however, he still manages to lead his own career, and is about to release his new studio album, Back To Birth in August. Continue reading →

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Listen back to Michaela Majoun’s final Morning Show broadcast on WXPN

Michaela Majoun | Photo by John Vettese
Michaela Majoun | Photo by John Vettese

Michaela Majoun’s final four hours on the WXPN airwaves were bittersweet: there was laughter, there were tears, there were surprise guests and a lot of emotion. Stationed on the upstairs stage at World Cafe Live, Majoun received on-air wishes from longtime XPN volunteers, from musicians, colleagues and friends. The Hooters phoned in from Germany; Lucinda Williams contributed a pre-recorded message. Christine Havrilla and Jonatha Brooke performed live.

And throughout the show, World Cafe host David Dye, Kids’ Corner host Kathy O’Connell, midday host Helen Leicht and morning show co-anchor Bob Bumbera all shared their memories with Michaela, as well as station General Manager Roger LaMay. Listen back to Majoun’s farewell broadcast below, and look at a gallery of photos from the event at World Cafe Live. Continue reading →

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She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column will screen at International House

Fifth Column | photo via http://rhizome.org/announce/events/61457/view/
Fifth Column | photo via http://rhizome.org/announce/events/61457/view/

You know what’s a good thing to do on a Thursday night? Seeing a film that’s never been shown in Philadelphia before!

The International House, in partnership with Permanent Wave Philly, is hosting a film screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column on July 16. Directed by Kevin Hegge, the film follows Fifth Column, a band of four young Toronto women.  In the early eighties they collaborated in various music, film, and self-publication projects to defy conventions of art practice, gender ideas, and to challenge homophobia. These efforts eventually led to global art and political movements. The  film explores their work in-depth, and offers an explanation of why you may not have heard of them, despite their impact. Continue reading →

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Marah is celebrating the vinyl reissue of Kids in Philly with its “classic” lineup

Marah's Kids in Philly
Marah’s Kids in Philly

Legendary Philly alt-country rockers Marah are coming to Underground Arts on October 17, and they’re bringing back the lineup that recorded their breakout album, Kids in Philly.

Marah have gone through many, many lineup changes throughout the years. If you missed your chance to see this stellar lineup back in the early 2000s, you’re in luck. Frontman David Bielanko will be joined by his brother, Serge Bielanko, along with Christine Smith, Adam Garbinksi, Dave Petersen, and Mark Sosnoskie, and special guests Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner and Matt Cappy + horns. Continue reading →

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Girlpool played a killer basement show in West Philly

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Girlpool | Photo by Simon Klein

The first thing I noticed in entering Nico Nico Mansion on Saturday was the décor of the house. There was nothing on the walls, and no light fixtures, only bulbs. The house turned venue was experiencing its second show ever, and the hosts hadn’t had time to put any sort of bookshelf, art piece, or poster to cover anything or to make the house feel like home since moving in. Despite the stark surroundings, a very small, young crowd was abuzz to see a great basement show in West Philly.

The magic of the music environment in Philadelphia, and what makes it unique in some respects, is the community and quality of the basement scene. People around the living room were visibly excited for the show that they were going to see. Headlining this show Saturday were up and coming duo Girlpool. These two ladies have been heavily praised around the internet for their songwriting, and punk inspired harmonies. Included on the bill were a host of other great small bands including Philadelphia’s Free Cake for Every Creature, and Southern California’s Watercolor Paintings, that created an atmosphere of youthful exuberance, and sincerity. Continue reading →

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Tyler Burkhart crafts mesmerizing dream pop on his new album, Sweet Spell

Tyler Burkhart | Photo via tylerburkhart.bandcamp.com
Tyler Burkhart | Photo via tylerburkhart.bandcamp.com

Lancaster is an expansive farming region, showcasing some of Pennsylvania’s finest rolling landscapes. During the summer in suburbs like these, golden fields border you on every side, and the sky opens wide with towering clouds. The surrounding landscape feels intimate, and life can move at a much slower pace than the city.

Tyler Burkhart, a Lancaster native, echoes such notions on his newest effort, Sweet Spell. It’s 11 songs of euphoric, meticulously crafted dream pop that reflect the relaxed nature of suburban living. Continue reading →

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El Malito releases the festive Buscando EP

El Malito | photo via facebook.com/elmalitoandthe33rdcentury
El Malito | photo via facebook.com/elmalitoandthe33rdcentury

Spanish reggae and dancehall never sounded better. Philly rapper El Malito brings the island sound to South Philly in his newest EP Buscando just in time for summer.

“The EP was inspired by my travels to Egypt, Puerto Rico, getting ready to be a new father and a deep desire to keep all the dumb shit that’s been going on in the world from bringing me down” he tells us.  The track “Terremoto” is the first song off the EP and perhaps the most infectious, as saxophones delightfully blare and the upbeat tempo whisks listeners to a place with palm trees and sandy beaches. Continue reading →