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Watch Jacqueline Constance’s live looping cover of “Pray You Catch Me (Lemonade)” and “XO” by Beyonce

Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When we first heard Philly’s Jacqueline Constance, it was the clever and soulful mixtape The Jacqueline Show that got our attention. But see her play live and you’ll realize that it’s only one part of the puzzle. Onstage, the Philadelphia singer and sound artist mixes her own originals with covers of anyone from Sylvan Esso to Jazmine Sullivan — and the only accompaniment is her voice.

Over the past year and change, Constance has honed her craft as a live looping artist via her YouTube channel, and her latest tackles the title track from Beyonce’s much-discussed new visual album Lemonade. Shot, as all her videos are, in a bedroom, Constance lays down a mediative blanket of hums and beats that goes on to intertwine words and melodies from “Pray You Catch Me (Lemonade)” and “XO” from Beyonce’s self-titled 2013 album. Continue reading →

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Listen to Jacqueline Constance’s hypnotic James Blake cover

Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly R&B singer Jacqueline Constance makes music is exciting in its own right. But as we saw during her Key Fest set this spring, she also does incredible covers. Constance recently recorded a session with the folks over at RECPhilly, and it features her version of James Blake’s haunting “Retrograde.” She injects with a bit more soul than the (equally captivating) original using only a loop pedal and some impressive vocal control. Watch the session below. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance: A set of simmering Philly hip-hop and R&B with Brielle, The Bul Bey, Jacqueline Constance and Tiani Victoria

Brielle
Brielle | Photo by Reji B. | rejibphotography.com

I kind of see our first-ever Key Fest as a tour of the Philly scene, from the basements to the coffeehouses and ending up in thenightclubs. Since the concluding night of the series happens to be on a Saturday, we had to make it a party by getting together some of our favorite voices in Philly hip-hop and R&B and bringing them to the MilkBoy stage. Here’s a look at what’s in store. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacqueline Constance at The Fire, Readership at Bourbon and Branch, Goat Mumbles at Golden Tea House

Jacqueline Constance | photo via twitter.com/JacqConMusic
Jacqueline Constance | photo via twitter.com/JacqConMusic

Emerging Philly soul queen Jacqueline Constance headlines The Fire tonight with the arty and adventurous Brielle. Last year, the South Philly singer and songwriter released The Jacqueline Show, an imaginative album that blended positive melodies, slice-of-life storytelling and Constance’s voice (which reminds us of a young Jill Scott). Check out the video for “Good Life” (featuring Antwan Davis) below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aspiga at Ortlieb’s, Jacqueline Constance at World Cafe Live, Hezekiah Jones at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Aspiga
Aspiga | photo via Facebook

New Jersey punk group Aspiga celebrate the release of What Happened To You? at Ortlieb’s tonight.  The LP marks Aspiga’s second effort for Paper + Plastik records, following 2012’s Every Last Piece full-length.  On “My Little Eraser,” the first song shared from the new record, Aspiga hardens their pop-punk sound with an aggressive pace and a knack for brevity.  More information for the 21+ show with Thing Lips, By Surprise and Fo A Cha can be found on the Facebook event page here. Listen to “My Little Eraser” below.

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Binge “watch” the new Jacqueline Constance Show LP

Jacqueline Constance
Jacqueline Constance | photo via www.facebook.com/jacqueline-constance

Jacqueline Constance‘s work is simply amazing. It’s very rare to hear a project from an artist, whether it’s an EP, mixtape, or album, that you can play through the whole thing and stay engaged. From the beginning to the end, The Jacqueline Constance Show – released this spring – is an impressive piece of work from one of our best up-and-coming local artists.

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Celebrate and support badass music ladies at Pussy Claps Back event

Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Anyone who knows me knows that I am passionate about two things: ice cream and badass women being awesome and making changes in the music world. So when I see events like Pussy Claps Back: Celebrating Philadelphia Femmes in the Arts, I get pretty pumped.

The killer event will take place at Johnny Brenda’s this Thursday, March 16th, with all door sales benefitting Planned Parenthood of Southeastern PA and Girls Rock Philly. Throughout the night, there will be DJ sets featuring Natasha Diggs (of Soul in the Horn,) The Akasha, Baby dot com, and Aura (of Sofistafunk.) Also performing are artists Coco Mamba, Jacqueline Constance, and Queen Jo. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Abi Reimold at Johnny Brenda’s, MH The Verb at Underground Arts, Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, and more…

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

After its release back in January, Abi Reimold will be holding the record release party for her album Wriggling at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Joining Reimold (who will be performing with a full band), will be Loose Tooth, Jacqueline Constance, and Sarah M. Read The Key’s interview with Reimold here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch Abi Reimold perform an acoustic session for Brooklyn Vegan

Abi Reimold | photo by Em Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Abi Reimold | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.comcourtesy of the artist

Brooklyn Vegan recently began a series of acoustic sessions with up-and-coming artists (they had Evan Stephens Hall of Pinegrove on last week) and the latest entry in the series is Philly’s own Abi Reimold.

Brooklyn Vegan met with Reimold here in Philly to film her performing her song “Arranged” in one of her favorite spots along the viaduct. The calming trickle of rain (don’t get that nice Martin guitar wet, Abi!) accompanies her throughout the Wriggling track while her plaintive vocals echo and bounce off the damp, graffiti-ed walls. Continue reading →

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Tiny Desk Philly – 2016 – Page Four

Pop singer Sophie Coran performed “Out Of Focus” on her keyboard with bass thump provided by her microphone.

R&B artist Johnny Showcase and his band performed their song “Love Is A Mystery.”

Singer songwriter Vessna Scheff performed her song “Nodding (Always On My Mind)” on ukelele with Koofreh Umoren on trumpet.

Philly rocksteady troubadours The Snails brought their song “Back Home” as their Tiny Desk entry, meshing old school sounds and modern songwriting.

Neato Bazzeato performed a very acoustic, very punk-rock “Dog Shit Pony”. There’s not much else to say.

Rapper Timothy Welbeck performed his song “Rap and Ball 2.0” featuring DJ Yahmean on beats/production.

Jacqueline Constance provided a jazzy harmonic loop for her submission, performing the song “It’s You”.

Singer and guitarist Joseph James performed “No Man’s Land” while utilizing a classical strumming pattern on his guitar.

Harpist and singer Gillian Grassie performed her song “The Knee” as her entry, which was done as a Woodlands Session.

For their “Tiny Chair” contest entry, fuzz-rockers Duke Maroon performed their song “Heart Attack.”

Folk trio Mason Porter was joined by backing players to perform “Indian Summer.”

Folk band The Rose Project performed their quiet and introspective song, “Forward Eyes.”

Harpist Tiffany Anne Barber and guitarist Sam Kwietniak performed their classically tinged song “Big Green Tree.”

Singer songwriter Charles Steckel utilized open tuning on his guitar to perform his ballad “Do You Remember Me.”

Singer songwriter Jason Reed performed his song “Give And Take” solo for his entry in the contest.

Heart Crimes (Tim Ferguson) performed his song “Missing You” in a home studio.

Musical duo Kicking Down Doors (Ernie Tokay, Autumn Walden) performed their song “Ain’t Made To Lose The Draw.”

Folk singer Kerecz (Justin Kerecz) performed his song “Broken Ribs” with an appearance from his cat.

Lots of pet appearances. Folk guitarist Evan Scheerer was joined by his dog for her performance of “Old Screwball.”

Country trio The Barn Swallows performed the honky-tonk “Stuck In Seekonk” for their Tiny Desk entry.

Singer songwriter Dave Spencer performed his Sufjan-inspired song “The Architect”.

After a tour of his own tiny desk, folk singer Brandon Bittner performs his original song “Looking Glass and Turn The Page.”

Indie rock band OK Otter literally shrinks down to tiny desk size for their performance of their song “Wishniks.”

Folk singer Jessi Teich was joined by Dane Galloway and Nick Krolak for a performance of her song “The Curtain Call.”

The Inconsiderate Bastards‘ entry for the contest is their song “Let Us Pretend”, a piano and guitar driven rocker.

Country folk janglers Apache Trails performed “Pushing On” in their kitchen.

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