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Download a Magic Death Sounds Block Party mixtape featuring Aphra, Hello Shark, Elegant Animals and more

Aphra | Photo via facebook.com/aphraband
Aphra | Photo via facebook.com/aphraband

The third annual Magic Death Sounds Block Party takes place on August 30th at the corner of Blair and Dreer in Kensington, and it’s a solid lineup of Philadelphia psychedelic, avant-garde, experimental and otherwise left-of-center leaning pop.

To get us all psyched for the event, the folks at the Philly-based Magic Death Sounds label dropped a mixtape featuring tracks by all ten of the artists on the bill – from the dream-like electronic tapestries of Rebecca Way’s Aphra to the Joy Division-esque fuzz-rock of Whaler. Continue reading →

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 10 (feat. Modern Baseball, Elegant Animals, Marah and more)

TheKeyStudioSessionsVol10Summing up an entire region’s music scene in an hour-ish long compilation is pretty much impossible. But dangit, we try our best. I’m very psyched for the roster of artists we’ve lined up on The Key Studio Sessions Volume 10, out today as a free download you can grab below. Pop-punk wave makers Modern Baseball did a version of “The Weekend” from their 2012 debut LP Sports, and the mini XPN shoutout they deliver at the end of the first chorus might be my favorite moment of the set. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Rodrigo y Gabriela, Elegant Animals, Railroad Earth and more

 

Photo via facebook.com/rodgab
Photo via facebook.com/rodgab

On Thursday WXPN announced the 25 acts that will take part in this year’s XPoNential Music Festival – among the list of artists are “dueling Spanish guitarists” Rodrigo y Gabriela.  Get a preview of the duo’s forthcoming LP 9 Dead Alive by downloading “The Soundmaker” below.

Railroad Earth bounded into the Folkadelphia studios for this week’s session, bringing an arsenal of songs that prove their musical sum is greater than any labeled parts.  The New Jersey band has released seven full-lengths, including a new one called Last of the Outlaws.  Stream and download the acoustic session below.

Philly band Elegant Animals are this week’s featured Key Studio Session subject, a five-piece that blurs the lines between electronica, R&B and rock.  They performed two songs from a 2012 debut Spectrum Nocturnal and a pair from this month’s Carnivora.  Take a listen to “Carnivora” below and get the full set here.

New York outfit Spottiswoode & His Enemies released a new album called English Dream, touching on pop and rock with a piano foundation.  You can stream and download “No Time for Love” off of the record below, and catch the band live at World Cafe Live at The Queen on May 1st.

Pulling work by beatmakers from all over the country for their compilation Oddiology, Philadelphia production pair ILL Clinton and John E Cab (Us Natives) have put together an instrumental work of art.  Stream “War Chant” by New Jersey’s Expo below and get the full album here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Elegant Animals at MilkBoy, Zilla Rocca and Curly Castro at The Fire, Onelinedrawing at First Unitarian Church and more

Elegant Animals | Photo by John Vettese
Elegant Animals | Photo by John Vettese

They’re the kind of band you can’t quite categorize. Philly’s own Elegant Animals has a bit of every genre rolled into a singular style. Just a few weeks ago, they showcased that unconventional sound during their Key Studio Session. Check them out tonight with Kate Faust and Minka at MilkBoy. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and the $8 tickets can be purchased here.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Elegant Animals

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Elegant Animals | Photo by John Vettese

Philly’s Elegant Animals are five musicians with an adventurous spirit that transcends genres. You could call them an electronic band, an R&B band, or a rock band. And even though their music borrows from all these styles – soaring guitar solos to soulful vocals and evocative beats – none of those descriptions on their own feels accurate. In that sense, Frank Ocean may be their closest parallel – both artists have a style that’s eclectic and elusive but utterly captivating. In 2012, Elegant Animals released its debut EP, Spectrum Nocturnal, and this month they’re following it up with the excellent debut full-length Carnivora. For their Key Studio Session, the band played two songs from each release live in our studio. Listen and download their performance below, and get tickets and information on their album release show – Saturday, April 19th at MilkBoy with Kate Faust and Minks – the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Elegant Animals return with a new single, “A Ghost”


Back in early March we wrote about a new electronic, soul, and R&B influenced duo from Philly called Elegant Animals. They’re back with a new single called “A Ghost” that is going to be included on a compilation released in June by Human Kindness Overflowing, a charity organization that raises money and collects food for people in need. “”A Ghost” is a sweeping, orchestrated R&B gem that owes as much to the modern day darksoul of The Weeknd as it does to some of those timeless slow jam classics by Jodeci. Listen below.

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Philadelphia Bandcamp Hunter: Elegant Animals

Elegant Animals is a new electronic-, soul-, and R&B-influenced band from Philly. The band just released its Spectrum Nocturnal EP, which you can download for free. The band includes Jules Kazys on vocals and Brandon Shockley on guitar. The excellent production on the record uses samples and warm keyboards, with hints of dub step influenced rhythms. Spectrum Nocturnal is a terrific collection that musically connects the dots between the dark electronic soul of The Weeknd, the intimacy of James Blake, and the Quiet Storm jams of The Isley Brothers. Highly recommended.