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The Key Studio Sessions: Anthony Green

It seems like there’s a fountain of wisdom coming from Anthony Green these days. Maybe it’s his hard-won sobriety and the introspection that comes with battling depression. Maybe it’s the fact that he just came off of a tour that simultaneously looked back and looked ahead, celebrating the 10th anniversary of his solo debut Avalon as well as his latest record, Would You Still Be In Love, released last month on Memory Music. Maybe it’s the fact that he’s fully embraced his role as a rock and roll dad — as anybody who follows him on social media will tell you, this dude clearly loves the heck out of his kids.

But as Green played songs from the new record in a breathtaking, intimate solo acoustic session at WXPN Studios recently, it felt at points like he was letting those experiences had and knowledge obtained over his 36 years creep into the room through his striking tenor voice. Continue reading →

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Nothing pours it all into the 7-minute ballad “Carpenter’s Son”

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Nothing | photo by Ryan Lowry | courtesy of the artist

Each song Philly shoegazers Nothing drops off highly anticipated Dance On The Blacktop, out August 24th on Relapse, is another tile in the mosaic masterpiece this album promises to be. Frontman and songwriter Domenic Palermo holds back nothing on latest track “The Carpenter’s Son,” pouring his entire self into this 7-minute ballad. Continue reading →

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Yowler comes to terms with herself on the new single “WTFK”

Yowler | photo by Sam Split | via NPR Music

Maryn Jones is well-known for her work with the pop punk All Dogs and folk rock band Saintseneca, but she also leads her own lo-fi project called Yowler. Yowler’s second album, Black Dog In My Path releases October 12 on Double Double Whammy, and today we got a taste of its lead single “WTFK.”

Where debut album The Offer (2015) was composed of faint, wavering vocals and dark acoustic guitar, “WTFK” tackles a more rugged sound. The opening lyrics are backed by a grinding, robust bass line combined with starry synths that balances a tipping seesaw between gloom and hope, like shards of light piercing through thick clouds. Continue reading →

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LGP QUA gets “Ruthless” in his new single with Zah Sosaa

LGP Qua | photo by Colin Kerrigan | via complex.com

Self-described as “The Voice of the Youth,” LGP QUA and teen rap sensation Zah Sosaa are two rising talents straight out of Philadelphia, who have joined forces and brought the heat in their new single titled “Ruthless”, produced by Jahlil Beats.

Similar to Meek Mill’s rapid-fire bars-forward style of rapping, you can feel LGP QUA getting angry, spitting some socially conscious verses, and you got Zah Sosaa backing him with some solid ad-lipping. Continue reading →

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Listen to Gene Wildest’s genre bending stoner opus Spectral Terrestrial

Gene Wildest | photo via genewildest.com

It’s not easy to write an introduction for Gene Wildest. The Philadelphia rockers can channel the whole of guitar-rock history in the span of a song, mixing genres as freely as spices. On their new LP, Spectral Terrestrial, GW draw from doom metal, space rock, shoegaze, math rock, and more to sustain an absorbing spaced-out atmosphere. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Tank and the Bangas will be joined by Big Freedia on tour this fall, with a stop at the TLA in October

Tank and the Bangas | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Although we may still be recovering from the unforgettable “vortex of crazy” that was Tank and the Bangas‘ XPN Fest performance, it’s never too soon to welcome them back for another show. Now that we’ve had over a week to catch our breath post-festival, the news of Tank and the Bangas’ return to Philly feels perfectly timed, and their upcoming fall tour couldn’t have a better lineup. Continue reading →

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Start your day with Mitski’s burning new ballad “Two Slow Dancers”

Mitski
Mitski | photo by Bao Ngo | courtesy of the artist
For the first single from Mitski’s forthcoming album, she went epic and orchestral. For the second, she hit the dancefloor.

This morning, the indie rock singer songwriter brings us to the end of the night, long after the lights have come up, long after the doors are locked, long after everybody else has moved on, and all that remains are “Two Slow Dancers.” The song is withdrawn and contemplative, a solitary Rhodes-sounding keyboard as the scene is set with an estranged couple reunited in a high school gymnasium and reflecting how “it would be so much easier if we were young again.” Continue reading →

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Pusha T, 6ix9ine, LilSkies, and Daniel Caesar added to Jay Z’s Made In America lineup

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Pusha T | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

There has been a great deal of conversation surrounding Jay Z’s Made In America on whether or not the annual music festival would continue to be held on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Luckily the city of Philadelphia decided to keep the festival in place (read about it here), and in further good news, the festival announced a bunch of new artists this week. 

Joining the Labor Day Weekend event are Pusha T, Tekashi 6ix9ine, Lil Skies and Daniel Caesar. They will be performing alongside powerhouse artists such as Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Meek Mill, Diplo and more. Continue reading →

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Philly rocks with DJ Lean Wit It

DJ Lean Wit It
DJ Lean Wit It | photo by Sannii Crespina-Flores | courtesy of the artist

The blue collar energy that Philadelphia provides builds character for its local artists. It takes a certain type of talent and dedication to win the attention and the heart of Broad Street but once it’s captured, it strengthens your confidence to shine outside of your of city.

That’s something DJ Lean Wit It has learned throughout his years behind the turntables. Whether was on Temple University’s campus, a Heineken Green Room event or even a local bar, the North Philly DJ has spent years perfecting his craft to capture the attention of not only his hometown, but in other cities and countries as well. And as DJ Lean Wit It prepares for a really huge set for the upcoming No Place Like Home event at The Fillmore on Saturday, August 18th — not to mention his warm-up gig at Spruce Street Harbor Park this Thursday — I was able to sit with him to talk about his early stages as a DJ and how a Philadelphia crowd separates itself from any other crowd in the world. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Hilary Woods to play intimate Church Side Chapel show

Hilary Woods | photo via facebook.com/HilaryWoods.Musician.Artist

Experimental Dublin artist Hilary Woods recently announced a limited number of U.S. Fall Tour dates for this summer, New York, Chicago, and, yes, Philadelphia’s First Unitarian Side Chapel among those few stops. Woods’ quiet, ethereal sound has been described by critics as “bewitching,” “ominous and dreamlike.” After reading about her solo performances, looping piano melodies and layering vocals throughout the set, the closest live experience I can think to relate this to is harpist Mary Lattimore’s. The Side Chapel at the Church is in for an especially entrancing night this September when the Irish artist performs in Philadelphia for the first time. Continue reading →