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Free at Noon Flashback: Ben Arnold and the 48 Hour Orchestra break through the clouds with soulful jams

Ben Arnold | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

To kick off 2018 and the 13th year of WXPN’s Free at Noon concert series, long-time friend Ben Arnold, who is no stranger to World Cafe Live’s stage, performed a sleek and soulful set despite the abysmal weather currently inhabiting Philadelphia. Appearing in the Free at Noon series in its first year as a trio, the Philly-native returned with a backing band 10 members deep this time around. Dubbed “The 48 Hour Orchestra,” the band provided a spirited brass section, punchy drums assisted by congas, and heartfelt backing vocals to the set. Continue reading →

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Pick up an ACLU benefit 7″ featuring Sad13, Purling Hiss, Louds, and more

Sad13 | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Philly and Minneapolis-based label Dirty Pillows just released a compilation featuring local artists from both of their homes. Titled ACLU Benefit Vol. 1 Phl/Mpls, the compilation is the first in a series of benefit releases that will split its tunes between two cities, and then donate the proceeds to those local community’s ACLU chapters.

This a-side of this first installment boasts Philly artists (woo we’re #1!) including Sad13, Louds, Dulls, Harsh Vibes and Purling Hiss. Making up the b-side are Minneapolis-based artists France Camp, Sasha Conda, 3M 1995, The Cult of Lip and Fog. Continue reading →

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On Tonight’s New Music Show: Mark Lanegan Band, Shout Out Louds & more!

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We’re fresh off a Record Store Day Weekend, and that means we’ve got some exclusive tunes to spin on our New Music Show tonight.  In the mix we’ll feature a new song from Philly’s own The War on Drugs, that doubles as our “Gotta Hear Song of the Week”.  And Jason Isbell contributed a live EP to the weekend festivities, we’ll play you something from that too.  Also, tonight we’ll hear more from Australian sensation Tash Sultana and another track from the forthcoming Afghan Whigs album.  Make sure your radio is set to WXPN at 8PM, we’ve got all that and more.

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Listen to LOUDS’ insanely catchy “Touch My Body With Your Skin”

Louds | photo by John Evin Groome for WXPN
Louds | photo by John Evin Groome for WXPN

Self-described “analog dance music” five-piece, LOUDS, just released a single called “Touch My Body With Your Skin” on Bandcamp and holy cannoli, it’s a catchy tune. Really — I’ll bet you five dollars that your foot will start tapping the moment you press play. And if you somehow manage to escape bobbing along to the cheery, carefree melodies, then you are a robot and can have my five bucks.

Members (and brothers) Charlie and Petie Brooks say the song stemmed from a “burst of creativity” that led to the making of LOUDS’ upcoming EP, WE ARE NOT MEN WE ARE ANIMALS. If the other songs are as addicting as this one, they should stick with this new process. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Louds

For the past few years, Philly indie rock outfit Louds has craftily fused artful textures and atmospheres with infectious pop/rock sensibilities. Founded by brothers Charlie and Petie Brooks (guitars / vocals and keyboards, respectively) the band is fleshed out by Juston Stens on drums, Dan Henry on bass and Alejandro Giraldo Torres on guitar.

Their 2015 debut EP  If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art was solely a studio project of the Brooks Bros. that friends were brought in to bring to life onstage; since then, Louds’ studio work has turned into a lively full-band collaboration. Petie describes it as a middle ground between synth-pop and more organic 60s and 70s tinged rock and roll — I hear pieces of aughties faves Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Broken Social Scene, and MGMT, and well as flourishes of New Order and The Feelies. Continue reading →

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LOUDS unleash their high-energy single “Takes Two”

LOUDS | photo via facebook.com/loudsmusic
LOUDS | photo via facebook.com/loudsmusic

The new single from Philly indie-dance band LOUDS is feel good music with every intention to make you move. “Takes Two” allows you to do that and then some with energetic arrangements and poppy rhythms. The follow up to the band’s debut track “Waves” will appear on their debut EP, If More People Bought Art, More People Would Buy Art, and LOUDS’ contagious sound implores you to get up, be free and lose yourself in the trance like beats. Give it a listen below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dogs on Acid at Boot & Saddle, Louds at Johnny Brenda’s, Jamaican Queens at Milkboy

Dogs on Acid
Dogs on Acid | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Dogs on Acid headline Boot & Saddle tonight, along with Quit and The Spirit of the Beehive. As Dogs wrote on their Facebook page, it’ll be a night of “friends in the same room doing the two things they love the most with the people they love to do it with.” The Algernon Cadwallader / Snowing spin-off is gearing up to release a new 7″ on Asian Man Records and you can hear “flushed” off of the effort below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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