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Julia Rainer explores emotional catharsis in the new “Blood Run” video

Julia Rainer | photo by Dom Malandro | courtesy of the artist

“I wrote the song a few days after arriving in treatment for addiction,” says Philly singer-songwriter Julia Rainer of her moving single “Blood Run.” “But I think it is emotionally relatable to the experiences of anyone who’s lost their mind for a period.”

The song comes from Rainer’s 2017 album Spirits, and the music matches the mood, with intertwining electric guitars strumming chords and bending notes in a forlorn twang. Beyond that, it’s just Rainier’s vocal in our ears — no backing band, no bombastic production — just a person relating their trauma and trials, their self-doubt and insecurities, and their determination to overcome.

“My thoughts they tried to kill me, heavy with their blows,” Rainer sings. “So now I must defend them, my sanity, my soul.”

Last month, the song got a powerful visual component care of director Alex Blaszczuk, cinematographer Chris McKee and actor Shelby Marne, where a lonely day wandering in the autumn woods helps the central character find release in a blood-soaked catharsis

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Heart Harbor releases benefit single “A Million Years” featuring Erin McKeown, Julia Rainer and more

Heart Harbor 0 Jessica Kourkounis
Heart Harbor | Photo by Jessica Kourkounis | courtesy of the artist | Kourkounis.com

Recording under the name Heart Harbor, local musician Kerry Hallett is well-positioned to provide songs that heal and comfort. Her newest single “A Million Years” does just that, written in response to the tragic shooting in Orlando earlier this year and benefitting GALAEI Philadelphia, a queer/Latinx social justice organization.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Spacin’ at Everybody Hits, Julia Rainer at Kung Fu Necktie, Field Mouse at First Unitarian and more

Photo via facebook.com/spacintheband
Photo via facebook.com/spacintheband

Philly’s Spacin’, whose frontman is Jason Killinger of Birds of Maya, are ready to take 2016 by storm with a new album titled Total Freedom. The band will debut the record tonight at Everybody Hits! They have released their first single off the album “Titchy” — which you can listen to below. For more information on tonight’s show, go to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Low Cut Connie at World Cafe Live at the Queen; Julia Rainer at The Fire; The Skatellites at World Cafe Live

Photo by Josh Weisgrau
Photo by Josh Weisgrau

Not many blue-collar artists made it onto the White House’s summer playlists curated by POTUS himself. In fact, only one DIY style artist, Low Cut Connie, made the cut of the two twenty-song playlists. The Philly rock band’s frontman Adam Weiner told Digital Music News that he wrote the song, “Boozophilia,” about “all these lunatics and weird-balls and gorgeous individuals who populate dank barrooms all over the USA.  People with big hearts and busted up dreams and dirty jokes and so much love.” Low Cut Connie released their third studio record, Hi Honey, in April of this year. You won’t want to miss their wild performance tonight at World Cafe Live at the Queen in Wilmington. Images and videos of the band’s performances show Weiner standing on his piano bench while he slams the keys and sings. Get tickets and more show information here. And watch Low Cut Connie’s video for “Boozophilia” below. Continue reading →

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Dance along Graffiti Pier with Julia Rainer in the “One Of Us Is Dead” video

Julia Rainer | Photo via facebook.com/juliarainermusic
Julia Rainer | Photo via facebook.com/juliarainermusic

This spring, Philly singer-songwriter Julia Rainer released her latest album, Now I’ll Be Free. It’s a catchy and emotional blend of poppy melodies and heart-wrenching delivery – reminiscent at turns of The Cranberries, Cowboy Junkies and Sixteen Horsepower. Today, Rainer released a music video for the lead single “One Of Us Is Dead.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Julia Rainer’s new LP Spirits

Julia Rainer | photo via juliarainermusic.bandcamp.com

South Philadelphia’s  Julia Rainer has graced us with some hauntingly serene songwriting over the last few years. The singer and guitarist first appeared on the scene with 2011’s EP Noise & Smoke, followed by Now, I’ll Be Free in 2015. Her simple yet sweeping folk-influenced songs have found an interesting home among the widely diverse Philly music scene, a niche but resonant kind of music that has often proven to be just what we needed. Continue reading →

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Indie pop trio Pritty Gritty debuts with the short and catchy “Let It Ring”

Pretty Gritty | via prettygritty.bandcamp.com

Dream pop trio Pritty Gritty just released its debut single, “Let It Ring”; it’s about the length of a ringtone and just as incessantly catchy. Vocalists Amy and Alex share harmonies, their voices intertwining over arpeggiating guitar riffs. The lyrics invite twinges of melancholy, capturing the desire to be left alone, begging, “just let me a little vulnerable / let it ring, let it ring, let it ring.” The song was recorded at Miner Street Studio by Julia Rainer, and is a collaboration between Julia Rainer and Girls Rock Philly. Listen below. Continue reading →

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Miner Street / Weathervane compilation album will help benefit Philadelphia Public Schools

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Hemming’s Candice Martello and Cayetana’s Augusta Koch with Three Man Cannon’s Matt Schimelfenig in Miner Street Recording | photo by John Ryan | courtesy of the artist

Fishtown studio Miner Street Recordings and non-profit Weathervane Music have been collaborating to produce some of the most exciting musical projects in Philadelphia for awhile now — you may recognize them from the Shaking Through documentary series (which just released its latest episode with Jesse Hale Moore this morning). Now, the two organizations have announced their latest endeavor: a compilation album to benefit Philadelphia Public Schools.

Called Equal Loudness, the album will feature music from various Philly-based artists, including Cayetana, American Trappist, Square Peg Round Hole, Hemming and more, who have each donated a song to the compilation with the goal of raising awareness and bringing about change to schools in need. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at The Foundry at The Fillmore, Line Leader at Kung Fu Necktie, Those People at MilkBoy and more

Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese

If you haven’t gotten a chance to see a show at the brand new Fillmore Philadelphia then why not break in the venue with tonight’s Creepoid show on the Foundry stage. The Philly psychedelic rockers will take the stage beginning at 8 p.m. alongside the alternative rock supergroup No Devotion. Click here for more details on tonight’s concert. Continue reading →