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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

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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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Listen: King Britt talks new Fhloston Paradigm album, After…

King Britt | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly grown, internationally known Producer, DJ and composer King Britt has been pushing the broad and malleable boundaries of Electronic music for the better part of the past two decades. Working under a variety of genre pseudonyms, Britt’s catalog serves as an illustrative study of dance music’s hallowed past, with several experiments that point to potential futures. Firefly’s heady take on Classic House music, the pristine Future Soul remixes released under the Scuba moniker. Keeping with this practice of exploring specific sounds/genres under different names, Britt premiered his Fhloston Paradigm project in 2011. Under the Fhloston Paradigm moniker, Britt infuses experimental production techniques electronics with Afrofuturist ideals. Deviating from the soulful, dancefloor-ready of his earlier work and diving into strange, evocative soundscapes. The Fhloston… project reached a high point of detail and refinement with 2014’s The Phoenix full length, released on the Hyperdub label. For his latest FP album, After…, Britt has fused the highly abstract style of minimalist composers such as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich with his own experiments in sound design

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kate Faust at Silk City, Big Thief at Chameleon Club, The Avalanches at The TLA and more…

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Kate Faust | photo via artist’s Facebook

Bouncing back to Philly after an LA sojourn, Kate Faust will perform at Silk City tonight. The electro R&B / pop musician released a new batch of songs called Capsizing earlier this year; watch “Your Body(Breaking)” from the EP below. Tickets for the 21+ show with Kingsley Ibeneche and Jacqueline Constance can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Surgeon at Kung Fu Necktie, Xavier Omär at William Street Commons

Surgeon | via facebook.com/SurgeonBand

Local metal outfit Surgeon headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight, their first show back in Philly after a late March southern tour. The quartet released its sophomore LP Beast of Light last summer – watch an animated video for album cut “Forest of Ghosts” below and get more info for the 21+ show here.

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