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Hardwork Movement gives their powerhouse time to shine on “R2 the B”

RB Ricks and Rick Banks of Hardwork Movement | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is riding high after a New Year’s Eve concert opening for A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie at the Franklin Music Hall. R.B. Ricks, one of the group’s MCs, tells over email that us the gig was incredible: “The crowd was electric! Couldn’t really ask for a better way to start a new year than being on stage performing.”

Leading up to the show, the band dropped a lyric video highlighting a deep cut from their recent Playing With Fire project — and by extension, highlighting Hardwork’s two powerhouse MCs, the aforementioned Ricks, as well as his similarly-handled compatriot Rick Banks. Continue reading →

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What are YOU doing New Year’s Eve? A guide to regional gigs for ringing in 2019, from Hardwork Movement to Hop Along

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West Philadelphia Orchestra will play Underground Arts to ring in 2018 | Photo by John Vettese

2018 is finally coming to an end, and I think we can all agree that’s something worth celebrating. But if you haven’t made your New Year’s Eve plans yet, you may want to act fast — concerts across town on December 31 are quickly selling out. Unless you scooped up your tickets early, you won’t be able to see Japanese Breakfast wrap up their three-night hometown run at Johnny Brenda’s or Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties, the solo project of The Wonder Years frontman Dan Campbell, play a gig at Boot & Saddle. But there’s some good news, too — as we get ready to usher in 2019, there are still plenty of shows happening across town that you can still find tickets for, including several performances by local Philly acts.

We found eight shows in Philly proper that you can still get into, plus a few more scattered throughout the region — from folk to funk to good ol’ indie rock, there’s something for everyone this New Year’s Eve. Continue reading →

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Watch Helen Leicht’s 10th Annual Home for the Holidays concert featuring Ali Awan, Hardwork Movement, Katie Frank, Mutlu and more

The 10th Annual XPN Home for the Holidays concert | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

XPN midday host Helen Leicht has been celebrating the holidays on air since 2009 with her annual Home For the Holidays concert, gathering some of her favorite voices in the Philadelphia region to sing festive music for the final XPN Local show of the year.

For the tenth annual edition of the concert, Helen took Home For the Holidays out of the studio and onto the stage. Recorded on Sunday, December 2nd before a sold-out crowd at World Cafe Live, this year’s Home For the Holidays included ten musicians in the round, plus two featured performances and a group singalong to close the night. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Hardwork Movement, Ivy Sole, YallaPunk, Made In America and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

We’re in the last week of summer, people. Even though the season officially continues for another three weeks, with school starting this week and Labor Day on the horizon, this is pretty much it — so let’s make it count. Here are 12 concerts you can see in and around Philadelphia this week, starting out tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with rapper Kuf Knotz’s classically-oriented new project, and wrapping up with the giant party on the Parkway that is Made In America.
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Hardwork Movement catches “Summer Vibes” in their latest single

Hardwork Movement | photo by Dylan Eddinger for WXPN | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Summertime jams are a hot commodity in Philadelphia, which makes sense as we practically invented them. The latest locals to throw their hat in the Ultimate Summer Anthem ring are Hardwork Movement, who just dropped the effervescent “Summer Vibes” this afternoon via Chill Moody’s nicethingsMUSIC. Continue reading →

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Waterfront Sessions continue through August with Restorations, Killiam Shakespeare, Hardwork Movement and more

Hardwork Movement | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman for WXPN

This August brings us not four but *five* Thursdays, which can only mean one thing — more Waterfront Sessions. The free outdoor concert series at Spruce Street Harbor Park kicked off in June with a different local band and DJ set each week, and continues with four more performances throughout July. Now, August lineup is here, giving us more tunes to look forward to as the summer marches on. Continue reading →

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Hardwork Movement MC RB Ricks remixes Post Malone’s “Too Young”

Hardwork Movement’s RB Ricks | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Hardwork Movement stays true to their name, both as a group and in its members’ side projects. Since the collective’s full-band debut EP dropped in September 2017, HWM delivered a dazzling Free at Noon set, took Austin by storm for SXSW, and released a host of solo material – from trumpeter Becca Graham’s Honeychile project to MC Sterling Duns collaboration with Philly instrumentalist Aqeel Aadam.

Just this week, MC RB Ricks released his latest remix, this time spitting over Post Malone’s 2015 track “Too Young.” Ricks has a great ear for selecting backing tracks, previously rapping over Drake’s “4pm in Calabasas” and “Charged Up”, the latter track alongside HWM counterpart Sterling Duns, as well as Jaden Smith’s 2017 banger “Icon.” Continue reading →