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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sheer Mag at Union Transfer, Reef the Lost Cauze at Johnny Brenda’s, Queen of Jeans at Triumph

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

Philly five-piece Sheer Mag brings its mix of rock and roll and radical politics to Union Transfer tonight. It’s the band’s first headlining gig since the release of the awesome Need to Feel Your Love LP, which is racking up critical acclaim like nobody’s business. Tonight they’ll be joined by Purling Hiss, Haram and Dark Thoughts; details on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, see what you can expect in the revved up “Fan The Flames” video.
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Don’t miss Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah at Beyond the Bars benefit at JB’s

Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com
Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com

On August 26th, Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah will take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s for not only an amazing and epicly stacked local show, but also as a benefit for the Beyond the Bars organization.

Founded in 2015, Beyond the Bars is a nonprofit with a mission to bring musical instruments and instruction to incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Since its inception, a press release states that the organization has guided sixty young adults in writing and recording their own music across a variety of genres, along with recently implementing a free music program for Philly youth with incarcerated loved ones. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gun$ Garcia at Ortlieb’s, Chill Moody and Reef the Lost Cauze at Johnny Brenda’s, Cold Cafe at Underground Arts and more…

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Gun$ Garcia | photo via Facebook

Local DJ Gun$ Garcia headlines a free night of music at Ortlieb’s. The D.C. native honed her record-spinning skills while at art school here in Philadelphia, joining up with the Brick Bandits collective and getting tapped for sets at the Mad Decent Block Party thanks to her dance-centric style of DJing. Stream Garcia’s remix of “A Little More” by Ariana Grande below and get more information for tonight’s show here.

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Watch Reef the Lost Cauze’s new video for “You Know Me Well” from Furious Styles

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Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly rapper Reef the Lost Cauze teamed up with versatile Philly beatmaker DJ Bear One this summer for the Furious Styles LP, released via iTunes last month. It’s hard-hitting, unflinching rap of the sort that people who sing the praises of Run The Jewels might dig…the difference being that Reef has been doing his thing for about a decade longer than RTJ.  Continue reading →

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Required Listening: Reef the Lost Cauze makes his voice heard on “Radio Suckas”

Reef The Lost Cauze | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Reef The Lost Cauze | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Philly rapper Reef the Lost Cauze has never been one to mince words, and his latest record, Furious Styles – out now via Soulspazm – sees him and a cast of friends, from producer DJ Bear One to STS, Peedi Craak and Truck North, doing just that.

Exhibit A: the fierce and furious “Radio Suckas,” which meditates on the homogeny of corporate media, and the barriers it creates – particularly for black artists – when it comes to getting voices heard.  Continue reading →

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The High Key Portrait Series: Reef The Lost Cauze & DJ Caliph-NOW

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High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in biweekly installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

In the Summer of 2015, Spotify published a survey of 1000 cities internationally, analyzing some 20 billion tracks, and concluding that hip hop was the highest consumed genre of music worldwide. That’s maybe no surprise to its fans, especially in New York City and in Philly, the two cities where the genre was conceived and first took root in the late 1970s.

Philly’s own Sharif Lacey is better known as Reef The Lost Cauze. Together with friend and producer Todd McConnell, known onstage as DJ Caliph-NOW, Reef has earned his status as a prominent steward of that legacy.

Informed by influences as diverse as Killer Mike, to Jadakiss, to Phantogram, to local compatriots The Roots and the late Philly rapper Viro the Virus, Reef’s prolific catalog offers eclectic tastes of a full spectrum of hip hop’s evolution, including an upcoming release with producer DJ Bear-1 on the Soulspazm label that the rapper considers to be his “most accessible, most gutter record” to date. He notes, “I’ve never really done something that I think dudes that hustle in the streets of Philly would really fuck with, and [Furious Styles] is that record.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: George Clinton at Sands Bethlehem, Reef the Lost Cauze at Voltage Lounge

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George Clinton | photo via Facebook

Legedary funk man George Clinton performs at Sands Bethlehem tonight. Leading a number of incarnations of his bands Parliament and Funkadelic since the 50s, Clinton became known as the Grandfather of Funk after catapulting the genre into popularity. Now running a solo act, Clinton performed “Uptown Funk” with Mark Ronson, Mary J Blige and Grandmaster Flash at Glastonbury just last week. Pick up tickets for tonight’s concert here and watch the video for his song “Atomic Dog” below.

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Reef The Lost Cauze and King Syze strike fear in the opposition with “Sigel”

Reef the Lost Cauze | photo via www.facebook.com/lostcauze
Reef the Lost Cauze | photo via www.facebook.com/lostcauze

As if Philadelphia legend Reef The Lost Cauze had any other reason to be more menacing.  The new track “Sigel” with fellow underground Philadelphian King Syze displays the two trading bars in a video that’s shot in various locations around the city.  The Snowgoons remix is believed to be part of Year of the Hyenas, a collaborative album between the two artists that’s due out July 2nd. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Vaselines with Amanda X at Johnny Brenda’s, Mic Stew and Reef the Lost Cauze at Underground Arts, Arc Iris at Tin Angel and more…

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Scottish outfit The Vaselines visit Johnny Brenda’s with Amanda X tonight. The indie pop veterans first released material in 1987 on an EP called Son of a Gun. Seven more efforts followed, culminating in last year’s V for Vaselines LP which was partially a nod by The Vaselines to the sound of the Ramones. Tourmates Amanda X kept busy last year with shows near and far while recording a new 7″. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here; watch The Vaselines’ video for “High Tide Low Tide” below.

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