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Bri Steves is cutting checks in the new single “Miami”

Bri Steves | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When we last heard from Philly rapper Bri Steves, she was onstage at Made In America with Kendrick Lamar, singing her summertime jam “Jealousy” for the crowd gathered on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Late last week, she released her latest single, a jam called “Miami” that creates a compelling contrast between the dreamlike, downtempo beat and Steves’ rapid fire, aggressive delivery. She spits truth about music industry sexism, and the challenge of grinding and hustling to get to the boss-level she’s attained, creating a song that reflects on her journey so far while looking ahead to what’s next. Continue reading →

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Bri Steves lays it down in her new single “Ain’t Sh*t”

Bri Steves | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

From Lil Uzi Vert to Tierra Whack, Philly has spent the past few years re-claiming its spot in the rap game. Now, it is all about the come-up of Bri Steves, who is the latest MC to come out of the City of Brotherly Love. She has opened for artists such as Freeway and Dave East then last week at Made In America, Kendrick Lamar stopped mid-set and brought out the 23 year old on stage to perform her debut single “Jealousy” in front of thousands of people.

On Friday,, Bri Steves released a new single titled “Ain’t Sh*t”, produced by BNYX, and it bumps. Continue reading →

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Bri Steves and Tierra Whack will be taking on Power 99’s Peace On The Streets at Festival Pier.

Bri Steves | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Bri Steves has had a pretty eventful year, between being signed with Atlantic Records home to Cardi B, Bruno Mars, The War on Drugs and more — and releasing her debut track “Jealousy” along with a music video filmed right in our backyard. Steves returns to the Philly stage tomorrow, July 26, to perform at Power 99‘s Peace On The Streets concert series at Festival Pier with Georgia’s TK Kravitz, Jamaican-born emcee Hoodcelebrityy, and rising star Tierra Whack.

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Bri Steves stays loyal to the 215 in her new music video “Jealousy”

 

Bri Steves | photo by Kenneth St. George | via okayplayer.com

If you don’t know about Philly’s own Bri Steves, you gon learn today. Bri has been breaking barriers for female MC’s all over since the age of 17. She has the flow of Camp Lo, the sensual voice of Ms. Lauryn Hill and storytelling skills of J. Cole.

From performing at warehouses to bars, the #TempleMade artist has been rising to the top at an unbelievable rate and just recently got signed to Atlantic Records. Along with that, Bri released a music video for her new song “Jealousy” which will be featured on her upcoming mixtape. The video was shot right in our backyard. In the video, in front of Max’s, you can see Bri just spittin’ some crazy bars and singing with such ease as she is walking with all that confidence and grace. Continue reading →

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The Ultimate Summertime Jam: Watch Bri Steves salute DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

Bri Steves | via Facebook

First things first: Bri Steves, if you didn’t know this already, is awesome.

The up-and-coming MC is a loud and proud Philadelphian, and you’ll often see her rocking the stage in either a Temple or Sixers jersey while she spits verses about the 215. She’s got a dynamic presence and a compelling delivery – pointed and strong, but with plenty of chill to balance the vibe out. Her set opening for Bahamadia at Johnny Brenda’s this spring was impressive, and I’m equally digging this latest throwback to her roots – “Summer’s Mine,” a song where she salutes DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince’s classic “Summertime” by incorporating it into her own anthem for the season.

The music video for the song, premiered yesterday on The Fader, is equally fun, re-creating many shots from the original video as she rides around town with DJ HVNlee. Continue reading →

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The venue formerly known as the Electric Factory will now be called Franklin Music Hall

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The Districts on stage at The Electric Factory | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Franklin Music Hall. That is what the former Electric Factory will be known as going forward.

The 2,500 capacity music venue on 7th and Callowhill announced last month that it was changing hands and identities, and with new owner Bowery Presents / AEG (who had been booking the room for years) legally restricted from using its old name, a contest launched to rename the venue. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Swearin’, Death Cab For Cutie, Gorillaz, Florence and the Machine, and more

Florence and the Machine | photo by Vincent Haycock | courtesy of the artist

This week, our concert agenda includes indie rock institutions as well as left-of-center art popsters, arena shows to DIY shows, rock and roll and folk and Afrobeat and everything in between. Here are 19 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia over the next seven days. Continue reading →

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Made In America round two was a mixed bag, but Kendrick Lamar, Miguel and Alessia Cara saved the day

Kendrick Lamar | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

On paper, the second day of this year’s Made In America festival was the stronger lineup — it had Kendrick, Nicki, Pusha, Miguel, and those were just the top-billed names. The way it played out was a bit different, with equipment malfunctions (and wardrobe malfunctions) scattered across the day. It felt at a point like we were alternating between artists who had their act incredibly together, and those who did not, and though it was a mixed bag, it was a lot of fun to sort through. Here’s what we heard and saw.
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The Week Ahead: Roots Picnic, Porchfest, Natalie Prass, Depeche Mode and more

The Roots at The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

No superstition here — this week we’ve got 13 concerts for you to see around the Philadelphia area, major festivals and basement shows alike. Start things off tonight on Lancaster Avenue, where if you time things correctly, you’ll be able to see three different gigs in one shot. Dive in Continue reading →