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Grayling shares “Chalk Dust,” their first new song in over three years

Grayling | photo by Ashley Gellman | courtesy of the artist

The last music Grayling released was her Everything That Burns EP. The five song collection came out way back in April of 2016. In the three years since that release we haven’t heard much new material from the Philly alt-punk artist (though they remained a presence on the city’s live music scene). That changed this week when Grayling’s Lexi Campion took to social media to announce that she has signed with 6131 Records and has a new song available. The track, titled “Chalk Dust” displays a great deal of artistic growth since the last time we heard from Grayling.

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Jamila Woods’ cultural time capsule makes for a commanding set at The Foundry

Jamila Woods | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Chicago’s Jamila Woods makes enchanting, eclectic rock and R&B music grounded in strong songwriting, but to sum up what she does by calling her a “musician” would be a massive oversimplification. Woods has a poet’s grasp of vivid and evocative language, a cultural historian’s drive to contextualize the stories of the past into lessons for the present. She has a compelling visual sense, from coolly calculated movements onstage, to the eye-popping pillars with lyrical snippets that stand behind her four-piece band.

More than a typical concert, Woods’ performance to a packed house at The Foundry of The Fillmore Philly last night was a seminar, a workshop, a multimedia encapsulation of a time and place in history, weaving together stories of personal frustrations with observations about the collective struggles of marginalized citizens over the past century. This is a central theme of Woods’ new album Legacy! Legacy!, where almost all the songs are named for important voices in black and brown cultural history — Octavia Butler to Miles Davis to Jean-Michel Basquiat. Continue reading →

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Brandi Carlile makes sure you don’t forget Mother’s Day with new video for “The Mother”

Brandi Carlile | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Fresh off winning three Grammys in February, Seattle singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile has released the music video for By The Way, I Forgive You track “The Mother.” The video, which is dedicated to “every mother, everywhere,” opens with clips of mothers being woken up by their children. It then follows them through the innumerable things they do for their little ones in a single day. The video presents motherhood across cultures, ages, religions, and lifestyles.

Created by an all-female crew, the video in and of itself demonstrates how much mothers are able to accomplish. Coming just days before Mother’s Day, the video feels more than appropriate, and can serve as a reminder to sort out any last minute Mother’s Day plans, or just to call mom and say “thank you.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Low Dose’s self-titled, Nat Turner Rebellion’s Laugh to Keep from Crying, Caracara’s Better, and other Philly albums out today

Low Dose | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // Nat Turner Rebellion | photo courtesy of Mad Dragon Records // Caracara | photo by Ashley Gellman | courtesy of the artist

Once again, it’s happened. The stars have aligned and several Philly releases we’ve been eager to listen to all landed on the same day. We’ve got our headphones and flame emoji ready; here are five new Philly records released on March 29th: Low Dose‘s self-titled, Nat Turner Rebellion‘s Laugh to Keep from Crying,Caracara‘s Better, S.R. Frost‘s Moving Light, and Lily McKown‘s Sea of Junk. Continue reading →

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Caracara is aspirational on the Mannequin Pussy-assisted title track from their new Better EP

Caracara | photo by Ashley Gellman | courtesy of the artist

Local rockers Caracara are moving up in the world. The band teamed up with Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip for their next release, a three-track EP called Better. The EP will be released on March 29 digitally and April 14 physically via Yip’s Memory Music label, and its title track is out now. Continue reading →

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Beach Bod’s new album Stress You Out is more complicated than it seems

Beach Bod | Beach Bod | photo by Ashley Gellman | courtesy of the artist | agellmanphotos.com

This month, Philly duo Beach Bod returns with a new album, Stress You Out, a collection of songs that pushes the creative boundaries of ambient chill music as we know it. Beach Bod is the brain child of local musicians Rachel Wild and Nathan Avila. The two released their debut EP Carpal Summer in 2016, and dropped a single from this new album, “Little Norma,” in October 2018. On this new album, Wild commands the vocals with a whispered tone, while the two musicians play across all instruments. In its entirety, Stress You Out is a stunning portrait of the complexities of love and loss. Beach Bod strives for an fluid sound that is reminiscent of Courtney Barnett’s EP The Sea of Split Peas and Alvvay’s latest album, Antisocialites, smashed together. It’s laid-back but urgent, relaxed but unsettled. There is something underneath the undulating waves of synth and guitar that weighs on your chest and draws you in to their layered sound. Continue reading →

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Orion Sun discovers magic and love in wintertime Berlin in the new “angel” video

Orion Sun | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com
Orion Sun | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Shiny golden balloons fill a dreary city in Orion Sun‘s new video for “angel,” but as we soon find out, they’re more than just pretty objects floating through the sky. Orion Sun shared the new video in honor of her birthday, and as she shares in the video’s description, the balloons represent “receiving and sending love letters to my angel.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon, and Sunflower Bean will play BB&T Pavilion

Beck | photo by John Vettese for WXPN // Cage The Elephant | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN // Spoon | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN // Sunflower Bean | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

A strong contender for the ridiculous concert lineup of the summer has arrived. Long-running alternative-era impresario Beck and Kentucky rock juggernaut Cage the Elephant announced a co-headlining tour this morning, which would be good enough news as it is. But for their Philly regional date, August 21st at Camden’s BB&T Pavillion, they’ve enlisted not one but two incredible openers: indie stalwarts Spoon and garage rock newcomers Sunflower Bean. Continue reading →

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Hurry, Joshua Chase Miller, and Keith Goodwin of Good Old War, are among the artists playing the second Rock the Troc benefit for Rock to the Future

Joshua Chase Miller | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN // Keith Goodwin | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // Hurry | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

If you follow Radio 104.5’s Cole Selleck on social media, you probably know that 70% of the content he posts is about something called Rock The Troc (with some percentage of the remainder being about Applebee’s Quizzo). If you’re unfamiliar, RTT is a benefit concert Selleck launched last year at famed Chinatown venue The Trocadero to help fund public education in Philly, and today he just announced the lineup of the second edition. Continue reading →