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NON-COMM Recap: Adia Victoria enchants on the NPR Music stage

Adia Victoria | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Nashville’s Adia Victoria brought her striking combination of blues, pop rock and R&B to the NPR Music Stage Wednesday evening at #NonCOMM. Her voice was smooth and enchanting as ever and her songs were structured like mainstream R&B hits, but in her most memorable moments Victoria turned away from the traditional styles of blues and soul, and turned instead toward something more macabre– like the moody trip-pop of Lorde and Billie Eilish. This darker sound, with stronger electropop influences, sets her new album, Silences, apart from her 2016 debut, Beyond the Bloodhounds. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Adia Victoria, James Blake, Things Fall Apart tribute, Anderson .Paak and more

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals @ The 9th Annual Roots Picnic | photo by Wendy McCardle

From tonight’s headlining set form DIY faves Adult Mom to Sunday’s hotly anticipated return of Anderson .Paak, singer-songwriters Lily & Madeline and a 20th anniversary tribute to Things Fall Apart, this week is packed with live music. Here are 15 concerts to see in the next 7 days, all around Philly. Continue reading →

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XPN Fest Recap: Adia Victoria bewitches the crowd with eerie, stunning soul

Adia Victoria | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

There’s a frenzied unpredictability to Adia Victoria — it what makes her performances so captivating. It’s like an underlying current of electricity that bursts unexpectedly through her trademark soft and raspy vocals. And just as quickly as it comes, it disappears with a sweet smile, but is left with traces of daggers in her eyes.

It’s this undeniable swagger and confidence that oozes through the slinky, unsettling songs of Victoria’s acclaimed album, Beyond the Bloodhounds — which she entranced the XPN Fest crowd with today.   Armed with a guitar and commanding vocals, Victoria strays from sugar-coated, predominantly white country music depictions of Southern life by unapologetically describing the harsh realities of living as a black woman in the South. Continue reading →

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Meet Adia Victoria, XPN’s Artist To Watch for July

Adia Victoria | Photo courtesy of artist
Adia Victoria | Photo courtesy of artist

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Adia Victoria is WXPN’s Artist To Watch for July. Having just released her impressive debut album, Beyond the Bloodhounds, the Nashville based musician digs deep into her Southern musical roots for a collection of songs that blend, blues and rock with touches of psychedelia and dark imagery and haunting storytelling. Continue reading →

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Tiani Victoria’s mixtape Hard Candy is finally out and it’s dope

Tiani Victoria rehearshing for #KeyFest | photo via instagram.com/tianivictoria
Tiani Victoria rehearshing for #KeyFest | photo via instagram.com/tianivictoria

Tiani Victoria officially released her debut mixtape Hard Candy this week, and wow – it is tight. The 15-track release is full of the artist’s unstoppable flow and smooth, crisp beats.

Opener track “Million Dollar Flow” kicks it off strong with laid back, classic hip hop vibes. The song was The Key’s original run-in with Tiani when she released it as a single a year ago, immediately putting her on our radar. Another quick favorite is her bumpin’ track “Marinate,” filled out with a danceworthy beat and eery vibes reminiscent of fellow Philadelphian Meek Mill. Continue reading →

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NON-COMM Recap: The National preview the stunning new I Am Easy To Find

The National | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

During today’s Free at Noon, indie rock giants The National treated us to an early taste of over half of their new album. Produced by Mike Mills, I Am Easy To Find will be officially released tomorrow, May 17th, and is accompanied by a short film directed by Mills and staring Alicia Vikander. Expanded to a ten-piece band, The National showcased ten of the album’s sixteen tracks, demonstrating the beauty and strength of the project. Vocalist Matt Berninger led a the group’s vast array of instruments and vocalists, and kept everything from sounding overwhelming. The resulting set was a glorious display of emotion and expansive sound.

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The Week Ahead: Josh Ritter, Tash Sultana, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jim James and more

Tash Sultana | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Yes, we get it — it’s a crazy busy musical week here in Philly, between NonCOMM kicking off at World Cafe Live tomorrow and a certain mega-sold-out Saturday night show that will be packing in the crowds on South Street.

But don’t let that stop you from getting out and seeing music; if you’re not grooving to Lizzo’s “Juice,” might we suggest Juice WRLD? Or how about the dazzling guitar stylings of Tash Sultana, or Rodrigo Y Gabriela? There’s a modern rock benefit on Sunday, two killer jazz events, singer-songwriters galore…here are 16 concerts to see in the next 7 days, all around Philly.
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Just Announced: The National is coming back to Philly and bringing Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers along

The National | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Prepare yourselves, because there’s an incredibly good show coming our way this fall. So good that it may take a moment or two to process that it is actually happening. It hasn’t been too, too long since we’ve seen The National in town (those who were lucky enough to score tickets, that is) — the band played to a very sold-out Kimmel Center in December, and performed their new album Sleep Well Beast to an even more sold-out Union Transfer last September for NPR Music’s First Listen Live.

This September, The National is coming back to Philly — not to either of the previously mentioned venues, but to the Mann Center. And if that’s not reason enough to get excited, the opening acts will be Cat Power and Phoebe Bridgers. What?! How does a lineup like this even come together? Maybe it’s best not to ask questions, but just mark our calendars and thank whatever cosmic forces made this happen. Continue reading →