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Watch boygenius perform a Tiny Desk Concert

Boygenius | photo by Cameron Pollack for NPR

We can’t get enough of boygenius, the new collaborative project from singer-songwriters Lucy Dacus, Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers, so their recent appearance at NPR’s Tiny Desk almost makes up for the fact that the trio’s tour skipped over Philly. Decked in their band uniform of matching embroidered jackets, the group shares a single microphone in the tight office space, performing stripped-down versions of three songs off their new self-titled EP. Continue reading →

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus make their Late Night debut as boygenius with “Me & My Dog”

Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

boygenius is one of those collaborations that feels too good to be true. The indie singer-songwriters Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, met while on tour and since then have been making waves in the music world with their individual albums, as well as their new collective project. Continue reading →

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Hear Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus in supergroup form on the boygenius EP

Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

After generating two months’ worth of buzz following the announcement of their new project boygenius, the three artists behind the supergroup have released their self-titled debut EP two weeks early. The collaborators, Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus, formed a fast friendship when they crossed paths while touring behind their individual solo material. When the trio of singer-songwriters finally booked a tour together, the idea to collaborate took form, and the result, a six-track EP under the name boygenius, is out today digitally. Continue reading →

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Me and My Dog” by boygenius

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

The three musicians behind the new project boygenius — Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus — are well known individually for their solo work, but have evidently been thinking about joining forces for some time now. After some vague teasing of a collaboration, we finally know what the songwriters have been up to. They’ll release a self-titled EP as boygenius in November and have shared three tracks from it. Continue reading →

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus team up as boygenius

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Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus | photo by Lera Pentelute | courtesy of the artists

The three musicians behind the new project boygenius — Phoebe Bridgers, Julien Baker and Lucy Dacus — are well known individually for their solo work, but have evidently been thinking about joining forces for some time now. After some vague teasing of a collaboration, we finally know what the songwriters have been up to. They’ll release a self-titled EP as boygenius in November and have shared three tracks, “Bite The Hand,” “Me & My Dog” and “Stay Down,” that are available to stream now. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new album from Philly psychedelic rockers, Copper Monks

Copper Monks album artwork | courtesy of the artist

Everyone loves a super-group. Last year we were blessed with Kids See Ghosts and boygenius, and now we have Philly’s Copper Monks. The psychedelic leaning rock group is made up of Richard Douglass on guitar and vocals, Alfred Goodrich on bass and vocals, Chuck Treece on drums, and John Paul Miller on keys.

You may be questioning the validity of Copper Monks’ status as a super-group, but one look at the band’s resume and you’ll change your mind. Douglass is an award-winning musician who has opened for the likes of Bo Diddley and Dr. John. Meanwhile, Goodrich is a trained cellist and has opened for Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Hornsby, They Might Be Giants, Suzanne Vega, and more. Treece is a versatile drummer who’s been around forever, between his skate-punk band McRad and his contributions to Questlove’s 90s / 00s dance party Back2Basics. He is also known for playing bass on Billy Joel‘s “The River of Dreams” and playing drums at a Pearl Jam show. Finally, Miller has composed for choral ensembles and film scores. Astoundingly, the combined output as Copper Monks is even greater than the sum of its parts.

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Lucy Dacus covers “La Vie En Rose” for holiday-themed EP

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

After a busy 2018, Lucy Dacus is approaching this year a bit differently. Throughout 2019, Dacus will unveil a series of unconventional holiday-themed songs, both covers and originals, that will culminate with an EP appropriately titled 2019.

The first song, a cover of the 1947 Edith Piaf classic “La Vie En Rose,” comes just in time for Valentine’s Day. Singing in both French and English, Dacus gives the dreamy, romantic song an indie rock twist, trading in languid pace of the original for a more dynamic sound. Continue reading →

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Bridgers and Oberst’s Better Oblivion Community Center is familiar, yet fully and equitably intertwined

Better Oblivion Community Center | photo by Nik Freitas | courtesy of the artist

Frequent collaborators Phoebe Bridgers and Conor Oberst have worked together so often over the last few years that news of a full-length release from the duo shouldn’t surprise us — and yet it did. Maybe the two artists sensed that rolling out their new project, Better Oblivion Community Center, wouldn’t be a huge shocker if they did it the traditional way. According to a press release, the two songwriters “kept their plans under wraps for months as they wrote and recorded in Los Angeles in the summer and fall of 2018,” opting for some cryptic teaser brochures offering services like “chosen family therapy” and “free human empathy screenings.”

And before anyone could say the name of the new band three times fast, Better Oblivion Community Center was performing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and their LP had appeared on streaming services. Continue reading →

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19 Philly concerts we’re looking forward to in 2019

Kacey Musgraves | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN // Anderson .Paak | photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN // Steve Gunn | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

After the excitement of ushering in the New Year, sometimes the winter months can become a bit bleak. The holiday season is over, but the freezing cold temperatures remain, and it can be tempting to stay indoors as much is possible. But we all know that the best way to keep the doldrums away is by catching some live music, and lucky for us there are a lot of great shows coming our way this winter. Here’s what The Key recommends. – Sarah Hojsak Continue reading →

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The Key’s Year-End Mania: The Django Pages 2018 – A.D. Amorosi’s greyhound rates the hits, disses the misses of the year gone

Django Amorosi at Kimpton Hotel Monaco | photo by Reese Amorosi | courtesy of the artist

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2018 incredible. Today, Key contributing writer A.D. Amorosi turns to his greyhound Django for another pass at the year’s hits and misses.

After the rush of respect, acclaim and fame from 2017’s The Django Pages at The Key – his critical debut – my fleet greyhound certainly felt a serious sense of responsibility when it came to documenting his continued love affair (and occasional disgust) with the music around him, and the multi-culturalism surrounding that. Plus, he got a gig writing for Pitchfork, something that has, so far, alluded me during my career as an arts journalist.

As it was a weird year (politically, socially), so much of what Django took in, and appreciated/dissected had to be filtered through the noise of rhetoric and correctness. With that came an addition to his usual outward signs of approval and disapproval (relaxed ears or laying with legs akimbo for the former, grimace and growls for the latter): a side-eyed glare as if to say, “c’maan, really?” Many of these looks got shot at me at the sound of anything having to do with Kanye West (from his innumerable rants to his Kids See Ghosts), Asia Argento, Jeff Sessions, 6ix9ine (even though his performance at Made in America was stellar), Larry Krasner and Justin Timberlake (really, just JT’s whole Man in the Woods burly guy routine. Everything else is cool). Continue reading →