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Folksong Society to host Haimish Harmonies klezmer music series this fall

Tsibele | courtesy of the artist

The Philadelphia Folksong Society works to promote the past, present and future of folk music, and now that the organization is at home in a new performance venue, it has even more time and space to accomplish that goal. This fall, new Roxborough venue will host Haimish Harmonies: A Series of Klezmer Connections, showcasing the centuries-old tradition of Jewish folk music through the sounds of some of today’s best performers. Continue reading →

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Watch Haim play Something to Tell You standouts in new video Valentine

Photo by John Vettese

Haim season is evidently still in full swing, and we couldn’t be happier about it. XPN’s favorite sister trio released their highly anticipated sophomore album Something to Tell You in July, and in the spring we shared the band’s Paul Thomas Anderson-directed teaser video for “Right Now.” Now, Haim is back with another Anderson collaboration — the 14-minute short film Valentine. Continue reading →

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Now Hear This: New songs by Haim, SZA, Kesha, Daphni, Aminé, Julia Michaels and more.

SZA | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
SZA | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

Ciao!! Now Hear This is coming to you this month one week later than regularly programmed, due to your faithful correspondent’s international travel schedule: I recently spent ten days in Sicily, where I got to experience firsthand the pleasures of a record-setting heatwave fondly dubbed “Lucifer.” Trips abroad always afford an interesting lens on pop music – you never know quite what you’ll get when you flip on a radio. The Italian pop I encountered seemed generally jaunty and decidedly dorky, featuring a surprising amount of accordion. The DJs were effusive and highly entertaining, speaking faster than I could probably follow even if I did know any Italian. I heard “Young Folks” and noname (the latter playing in a shop.) I heard one DJ leapfrog from The Beatles to Run-DMC to Empire of the Sun; rambling excitedly over the introduction to each song. The only current American pop number I heard in multiple places while in Italy was Calvin Harris’ “Feels” (ft. Pharrell, Katy Perry and Big Sean), a supposedly “summery” song that I guess I support more in theory than in practice. Continue reading →

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Watch Haim boogie down a street in new “Want You Back” video

HAIM | still from video

Haim’s infectious summer groove “Want You Back” now has a video to match. In the video, we follow Danielle, Alana, and Este strut down an LA street and…well that’s about it, really. But with each member’s confident, silly personalities shining through each super fierce step, the simple concept becomes an incredibly fun and highly entertaining endeavor.

Beginning with sparse air motions of vitally important backing sounds (i.e. Baby Haim’s fabulous move at 0:51 – or Danielle’s utterly amazing drum solos) the video later builds up to a grand finale of an impeccably choreographed routine. Continue reading →

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Listen to HAIM’s new “Right Now,” get long-awaited details on their sophomore album

Photo by John Vettese

The followup to pop-rock sister act HAIM‘s massively popular debut Days Are Gone has been one of the most hyped records in recent memory, but we finally have official for-real details to report on it. It’s called Something To Tell You; it’s out on Columbia Records on July 7th. And the first song we’re hearing from it is “Right Now,” a serious serious slow-burner — the beat doesn’t kick in until 3 minutes and 16 seconds into the 4:30 song — but with definite power ballad anthem potential.

The band just released a live performance video directed by P.T. Anderson (of Magnoia and Boogie Nights fame); the band told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe that their mom was Anderson’s art teacher a lifetime ago, and the connection led Anderson to document their time in the studio making Something to Tell YouContinue reading →

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HAIM covering Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” will knock you out

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HAIM | photo courtesy of the artist

This is so awesome that we dearly, dearly wish that there were more than 30-second Instagram clips to share with you. As Pitchfork reports, SoCal rockers HAIM over the weekend performed at the Girls to the Front gala in LA – a benefit for the Girls Rock Camp Foundation – and they did a knockout cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” in their stripped-down performance. Continue reading →