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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 →

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Radiator Hospital, Shannen Moser, The Guests, Hurry and more will play benefit gigs at Boot & Saddle this month

Radiator Hospital | still from video // Shannen Moser | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // Hurry | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN

As 2019 gets into full swing, Boot & Saddle will continue what’s become an annual tradition for the venue. Throughout the month of January, local bands will take the stage for two series of shows benefitting various local charities.

The third annual Peace & Noise series kicks off this weekend, with a show featuring The Guests on Saturday, Jan. 5, and continues later in the month with Radiator Hospital. The Peace & Noise shows will benefit charities including the Philadelphia Tenants Union and Decarcerate PA. Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: Directors’ Cut — The XPN video team picks its favorite performances of the year

Jupiter and Okwess | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2018 incredible. Today, World Cafe videographers John Groome and Galea McGregor share their top performances of the year.

Two of the hardest working people at WXPN are easily Galea McGregor and John Groome, our two in-house videographers who document practically everything that happens at the station. Free at Noon concerts, World Cafe sessions, NonCOMM, the XPoNential Music Festival — they see and hear just about ever performance that happens in our little world, and they are arguably the most qualified to say what the best performances of the year are. Here are their picks. Continue reading →