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Watch Johnny Popcorn rage in the video for “Coming Home” from the new Totem Pole

Johnny Popcorn | still from video
Johnny Popcorn | still from video

Philly rock four-piece Johnny Popcorn has a massive reserve of energy. We saw it when they recorded their Key Studio Session, we heard it when they started rolling out songs from their new album Totem Pole. And now, thanks to a frenetic visual for the song “Coming Home” from the new record, we can see it clearly. Or maybe not so clearly.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sylk 130 at the TLA, Johnny Popcorn at Bourbon and Branch, Made in America Day Two

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

Philly DJ legend King Britt is reuniting his late 90s funktronica band Sylk 130 tonight for a one-time-only performance at the TLA on South Street. Expect lots of surprise guests, expect lots of body movin’. To clue into what this show is all about and why it’s such a big deal, revisit this MTV clip from 1998 here. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, get it on to “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.”

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Johnny Popcorn asks all the right questions on its funky new single, “Where The Party At?”

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Johnny Popcorn | Photo by John Groome for WXPN

In their latest release — a single that didn’t end up making it onto their upcoming album Totem Pole — Johnny Popcorn has asked the important questions. “Where The Party At?” is a funky pop-rock jam infused with soulful cries and slick raps.

Featuring 7even Thirty, “Where The Party At?” is just as fun as the times we had when Johnny Popcorn came through for a Key Studio Session in April. It’s a three-and-a-half-minute search for a fiesta with a sound that’s really hard to turn down. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Johnny Popcorn

Hezekiah Davis spent a decade building his name as a relentless player in Philadelphia’s hip-hop community. He earned a rep as a charismatic, engaging stage presence and honed his skill for thought-provoking, observational lyrics met with driving beats (“Put Your Toys Away” from his 2005 debut Hurry Up And Wait is pretty classic). But like most passionate consumers of music, Hezekiah’s tastes aren’t constrained to a single sound.

Enter Johnny Popcorn, the project and persona he’s immersed himself in of late. On the surface, it’s rock and roll, but defining the band by genre sort of defeats the point, since Hezekiah and co front-person Jani Coral dip and dive across an exploration of various styles and vibes. Continue reading →

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Genre-bending Johnny Popcorn to play two shows in December, release new album Totem Pole in February

Johnny Popcorn performing at the Apollo Theater | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/johnnypopcorn1/
Johnny Popcorn performing at the Apollo Theater | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/johnnypopcorn1/

The word “genre” isn’t in Johnny Popcorn’s vocabulary. The four-piece group, which began as a collaboration between Philadelphia rapper Hezekiah and producer Tone Whitfield and has since grown to include an additional vocalist and guitarist, blends soul, rock, country, and hip-hop into a delicious sonic amalgam of influences. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sheer Mag at Union Transfer, Reef the Lost Cauze at Johnny Brenda’s, Queen of Jeans at Triumph

Sheer Mag
Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

Philly five-piece Sheer Mag brings its mix of rock and roll and radical politics to Union Transfer tonight. It’s the band’s first headlining gig since the release of the awesome Need to Feel Your Love LP, which is racking up critical acclaim like nobody’s business. Tonight they’ll be joined by Purling Hiss, Haram and Dark Thoughts; details on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, see what you can expect in the revved up “Fan The Flames” video.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Psychic Ills at Johnny Brenda’s, Bilal at World Cafe Live, XPN Welcomes Northern Liberties Music Fest with Ruby the Hatchet and more to The Fire

New York experimental rock band Psychic Ills headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  The psychedelic-infused outfit recalls the distorted and distressed, laidback sound of early Kurt Vile with lo-fi vocals and hypnotic arrangements that seem on the verge of exploding.  Psychic Ills will be releasing One Track Mind on February 19th via Sacred Bones Records, following up 2011’s Hazed Dream.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Nothing and Mike Bruno & The Black Magic Family Band can be found here.  Stream “Might Take A While” from the upcoming record below.

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