The Week Ahead: Sidney Gish, JD McPherson, Kingsley Ibeneche, Lyle Lovett, and #XPNFest of course

Kingsley Ibeneche’s Realms ensemble | photo courtesy of the artist

Okay, friends, it’s the final week in July, and that means one thing here in the XPN universe: the XPoNential Music Festival. So while that is our number one concert suggestion for the week — and who can argue with this ridiculous lineup starring Hozier, Japanese Breakfast, Elvis Costello, Blondie, Amy Ray, Guster, Dawes, Lucy Dacus, Caroline Rose, Y La Bamba, local folks like Ali Awan, RFA, Foxtrot and the Get Down, and Zeek Burse — there is lots more live music to see this week. From the Glasgow post-punk duo Sacred Paws tonight to the jazz stylings of Lafayette Gilchrist and the retro rock swagger of JD McPherson, here are 13 concerts to see all around Philadelphia in the next seven days. Continue reading →


Kingsley Ibeneche’s new theatrical production REALMS: A Soul Opera will premiere at the PMA next week

Kingsley Ibeneche | courtesy of the artist

Writer, musician, and choreographer Kingsley Ibeneche has become a familiar face around Philadelphia for his music, but his latest project, REALMS: A Soul Opera, branches out into theatrical territory. Combining music with dialogue and movement, the production will make its premiere with two performances in the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday, July 26. Continue reading →


Killiam Shakespeare, Camp Candle, Kingsley Ibeneche will play Tiny Room For Elephants Festival

(clockwise from left) Killiam Shakespeare, Kingsley Ibeneche, Camp Candle

Local art collective and creative network Tiny Room For Elephants has found a home in the newly-renovated Cherry Street Pier, which includes both artist studios and public event space. The group, which aims “to create, document and share culture,” uses the pier for events throughout the year, but they’ll host their biggest project next month — a living art gallery that culminates in a three-day music and arts festival. Continue reading →


Kingsley Ibeneche chases love and communes with nature in the “Sanctuary” video

Kingsley Ibeneche | still from video

The cover of Kingsley Ibeneche‘s new Realms EP, released via Astro Nautica a couple Fridays ago, features a beautiful and dream-like photograph of three muses perched on a balcony, and the scene comes to vivid life in the new music video for “Sanctuary,” the song that opens the set.

In it, we see Ibeneche racing through green spaces and wooded hills, following the muses into a mysterious greenhouse where the scene turns from hazy to magical. Continue reading →


Soul Music / Music for the Soul: Kingsley Ibeneche’s Realms EP is filled with inspirational sounds

Kingsley Ibeneche | photo by Kathryn Raines | via

Listening to Kingsley Ibeneche‘s new EP, you’ll see why the artist describes his work as “soul music.” Ibeneche just released Realms on Astro Nautico records, and its five eclectic tracks are filled with the things that inspire him both as a musician and a dancer. Smooth vocals are paired with spoken word and jazzy saxophone to create a musical atmosphere that dwells on how personal music can be, and how it’s essential to community. Continue reading →


Kingsley Ibeneche returns with two suave and infectious new jams

Kingsley Ibeneche | via Bandcamp

A year after his last release, Camden-based singer songwriter Kingsley Ibeneche returns with two new singles “Encompass That​” and “Kknees,” out on New York label Astro Nautico. With the help of producers Lee Clarke and Kevin Ripley, Kingsley was able to create two soulful pieces with infectious melodies and suave R&B vocals. “Encompass That​” takes on a faster-pace than “Kknees,” hitting you with a collection of beats/sounds that work in harmony. At first, it sounds a little chaotic, but once you get settled in, you’ll begin to get lost in the vibrant funky melody.  “Kknees” slows things down, mixing things up between spoken word and singing. Continue reading →


Gaelynn Lea and Kingsley Ibeneche will play a free concert and talk about using music for social change at Moore


NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest winner Gaelynn Lea joins Philadelphia singer-dancer-songwriter Kingsely Ibeneche next month for a free concert at the Moore College of Art and Design. The first in Moore’s Mutual Irradiation series, the event also includes a dialogue concerning their artistic journeys and the way both artists utilize their talents for healing and social change. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche

When we first met Kingsley Ibeneche, he was dancing.

More specifically, he was onstage backing Kate Faust and her sensual electronic rock with impressive poise and fluid motion. The Camden artist, who studied ballet at University of the Arts and spent a few years after school practicing modern dance in Germany, has always been an interpreter of music, the vehicle that a current of music sets into motion. But the more time he spent around it, the more he began to absorb and incorporate music directly into his practice. This year, Ibeneche debuted with CHi, an eclectic EP that serves as a fine introduction to him as a singer and songwriter, an interdisciplinary artist. Continue reading →


Kingsley Ibeneche will play The Barnes Foundation’s College Night

Kingsley Ibeneche | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Experimental artist Kingsley Ibeneche is set to play The Barnes Foundation’s third annual College Night, in partner with Campus Philly, on October 19th. Throughout the month of October, The Barnes will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of their move to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a series of events that reflect the Barnes Foundation’s commitment to community engagement.

Kingsley Ibeneche is no stranger to performance: he’s trained professionally in ballet from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and soon after graduation he pursued a modern dance tour through Europe. He’s appeared onstage with Kate Faust as a dancer, but as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and songwriter, has begun performing his own material lately as well. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Great Time

They’re rigorously schooled musicians, but as their name suggests, Great Time likes to have fun. Back in the early teens, vocalist Jill Ryan, guitarist / bassist Zack Hartmann, and drummer Donnie Spackman connected in New York City, where all of them were jazz students. They loved the music they were absorbing in class, but they also wanted to do their own thing. So after graduation, they moved to the Philadelphia burbs, built a home studio, and began writing electronic pop songs in the vein of Twin Sister, Sylvan Esso, and Little Dragon. Continue reading →