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Hear Full Bush, Resilient, Lizdelise and more in NonMutant Presents’ Unite! benefit compilation

Full Bush | photo by Lindsay Steigerwald | via facebook.com/FullBushBand

Brooklyn-based label NonMutant has just released Unite!, its second volume in a series of charitable Bandcamp compilations. The 26-track volume features songs from emerging Philly and NYC artists, including familiar faces Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds, Lizdelise, Full BushResilient, and many more. All proceeds from its sale will go to United We Dream, an immigration advocacy organization that focuses on securing protections and educational access for immigrants, preventing deportations, and supporting LGBTQ immigrants. Continue reading →

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“It Takes An Entire Community”: Talking to the artists and organizers of the Shut Down Berks benefit concert

Hardwork Movement at the Shut Down Berks benefit | photo by Yoni Kroll for WXPN

Last weekend, Hardwork Movement and Frances Quinlan from Hop Along played a special all-ages matinee at Boot & Saddle on South Broad to benefit the Shut Down Berks Campaign, a coalition of groups fighting the incarceration of immigrant families at the Berks County Family Detention Center. Equal parts political rally and concert – Hardwork Movement repeatedly reminded the sold-out crowd that, “They work for us and not the other way around!” – the show raised more than $1200 for the organization. The whole event was organized by Katy Otto (Callowhill, Trophy Wife) in conjunction with Jasmine Rivera from Shut Down Berks. We spoke with the two of them as well as the musicians who played. Continue reading →

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Chill Moody, Swift Technique and more will play Eagles center Jason Kelce’s “Night of Philly Music” to benefit Make The World Better

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Continuing in the tradition lead by former Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin, current Eagles center and Philly icon Jason Kelce is throwing a concert dubbed “A Night of Philly Music” this Saturday at The Ardmore Music Hall. Similar to Barwin’s benefit shows, all of the proceeds will be donated to the Make The World Better Foundation. Continue reading →

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Strange Parts, Tact and Full Bush to play benefit show for Planned Parenthood

Strange Parts | photo by Adam Haney | via facebook.com/pg/strangeparts

Amid all of the usual Fourth of July festivities happening next weekend, Johnny Brenda’s will play host to a smaller event, bringing together local music for a good cause. On Saturday, July 7, a lineup of three local bands will join forces for Rock & Roll & Birth Control, a benefit show in support of Planned Parenthood. Strange Parts, the duo of Attia Taylor and Corey Duncan who just released their debut album Oh God, What A Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild, will headline the show. Also on the bill are local duo Tact and punk four-piece Full Bush. Listen to music from each artist below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Frances Quinlan will play solo at Boot & Saddle benefit show

Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan has never shied away from tackling heavy, political, or otherwise complicated subject matter in her songs, so it makes sense that she would extend her activism onstage. On July 8, Quinlan will take a quick break from Hop Along’s busy touring schedule to play solo at Boot & Saddle for a show benefiting the Campaign to Shut Down Berks. Continue reading →

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Anika Pyle floats like a tightrope walker in new song “On Self Respect,” plays youth orchestra benefit in NYC

nika nika (aka Anika Pyle) | via anikapyle.bandcamp.com

Dreamy pop-punk artist Anika Pyle of the band Katie Ellen recently released a new solo song, “On Self Respect.” Posted to Bandcamp under the name nika nika, the lo-fi acoustic track is doleful, Pyle’s voice wavering sweetly. She sings like a tightrope walker, floating and full of lightness, but unfailingly sure-footed. The song is a mournfully poignant note on self-forgiveness, a reminder to be kind to oneself despite the  gnawing teeth of insecurity and doubt. It echoes the millennial age message of self-care and wellness meant to combat a generation with plunging self-worth. Anika speaks on letting go of plaguing anxieties to embrace oneself. Her poetic songwriting is minimal and bare, and she attributes Joan Didion as inspiration for her song. Continue reading →

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Ellen Siberian Tiger and more to play WOAR benefit show at World Cafe Live this weekend

Ellen Siberian Tiger | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

This Saturday, May 26, the upstairs venue of World Cafe Live will be filled with the sounds of four of today’s best emerging artists for the kind of stacked benefit show that doesn’t come along all that often.

Local favorite Ellen Siberian Tiger, who last fall released the fantastic feminist anthem “When Men Explain Things To Me,” will headline the show. Fellow locals Queue and Baltimore’s Joy Postell will both open, along with the just-added Grace London from New York. Continue reading →

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Orion Sun, Hero / Victim will play benefit and training event to combat opioid crisis at Vox tonight

The numbers are chilling: 1,217 people in Philadelphia died following a drug overdose last year, according to the Department of Public Health. These figures have steadily increased over the past decade – they’re up 34% from just 2016 – leading to what is currently being described as an epidemic.

While it might be easy for those who aren’t dependent on opioids to ignore this crisis, users don’t exist in a vacuum. They are our friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors and their plight is very much intertwined with ours. The arts and music scenes have historically been heavily affected by drug and alcohol abuse. This is also true today in Philadelphia, with numerous musicians and artists dying after overdoses just in the past couple years.

Because of stigma surrounding drug use, the conversation around how to prevent these tragedies is oftentimes muted. Sarah Kim is trying to change that. The artist and journalist has helped put together an event tonight at the Vox Populi art gallery that is both panel discussion and training for the overdose-reversal drug Narcan, as well as a concert featuring electronic acts Hero/Victim and Orion Sun.

Money raised at the door will go towards the local harm reduction organizations Project SAFE and Philadelphia Overdose Prevention Initiative (POPI). Continue reading →

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Miner Street / Weathervane compilation album will help benefit Philadelphia Public Schools

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Hemming’s Candice Martello and Cayetana’s Augusta Koch with Three Man Cannon’s Matt Schimelfenig in Miner Street Recording | photo by John Ryan | courtesy of the artist

Fishtown studio Miner Street Recordings and non-profit Weathervane Music have been collaborating to produce some of the most exciting musical projects in Philadelphia for awhile now — you may recognize them from the Shaking Through documentary series (which just released its latest episode with Jesse Hale Moore this morning). Now, the two organizations have announced their latest endeavor: a compilation album to benefit Philadelphia Public Schools.

Called Equal Loudness, the album will feature music from various Philly-based artists, including Cayetana, American Trappist, Square Peg Round Hole, Hemming and more, who have each donated a song to the compilation with the goal of raising awareness and bringing about change to schools in need. Continue reading →