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Thundercat teams up with Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins on “Show You the Way”, announces new album

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

California basslord Thundercat has finally announced the followup to 2015’s The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam, and he’s calling it Drunk. Where its predecessor came in at a criminally-short six tracks, this one makes up for lost time with a whopping twenty three. You can expect a variety of exciting collaborations from the likes of Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar, but the team-up that’s perhaps the most exciting is the one that dropped today. “Show You the Way” features both Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, and it’s everything you would want it to be. Continue reading →

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Watch Michael McDonald, Schoolly D and Earth Wind and Fire performances from The Roots’ July 4th weekend jam

The Roots threw a big party this weekend, curating shows and headlining an all-star July 4th jam on the Parkway featuring Michael McDonald, Earth, Wind & Fire, Eddie Levert from The O’Jays, Boyz II Men and others. Below, check out some videos of the former Doobie Brother with The Roots, Earth, Wind & Fire and a jam from Schoolly D. Work Drugs played Sunday night at Johnny Brenda’s and you can check out John Vettese’s photo recap here.

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Weekend Picks: Work Drugs, Diplo + DJ Jazzy Jaff, Mercer Street Block Party, Philly 4th Of July Jam, ft: The Roots + Earth Wind And Fire and Michael McDonald

Work Drugs

FRIDAY, JULY 1 See-I + RK$TDY, DJ Ruder1 at World Cafe Live (8 p.m., $12); Goodnight Lights + In Grenada, Levee Drivers at Johnny Brenda’s (9 p.m., 21+, $10); Mr. Lif + Swift Technique, Citizen Xavier at Kung Fu Necktie (8 p.m., 21+, $18)

SATURDAY, JULY 2 El Fuego + Bonethrower, The Warhawks at Danger Danger Gallery (all ages, $5-$10); Breakwater at World Cafe Live (7:30 p.m., $30-$40)

SUNDAY, JULY 3 The dog days of summer typically begin right around the Fourth of July, so it’s appreciated in more ways than one that lo-fi chillers Work Drugs have been dropping plenty of new material to cool audiences off. The duo’s feel-good tunes are ideal for the season; evocative of sundresses, biking in the city, and water ice on stoops with good friends. This show will share a similar feel, as it’s a part of The Roots’ multi-show Fourth Of July Jam. Much of tonight’s material may come from Work Drugs’ new dreamy summer indie-rock release, the five-track Ice Wharf (Smooth P), which includes the new song “Ice Wharf,” three live tracks, and a great Summer Heart remix of “Rad Racer.” “Ice Wharf” is available for free download from SoundCloud, and the album is available for $2 from BandCamp. Work Drugs perform with CSLSX, Wrestling, and Smooth Sailing DJs: Red White & Smooth at Johnny Brenda’s at 9 p.m. (doors at 8 p.m.); tickets to the 21+ show are $10. —Claire Fishkow

Also playing: Diplo + DJ Jazzy Jaff & Dj Questlove, DJ Spinna, J Rocc at Club Voyeur (10 p.m., 21+, $29.50); Making Time with T3ETH + Puro Instinct, John Maus (6 p.m., 21+, $10-$12); Mercer Street Block Party featuring Cheers Elephant + Bandname, Tin Horses, Conversations With Enemies, Crills Wilson, Eric N Eric, Early Apes (free, 2 p.m.)

MONDAY, JULY 4 Philly 4th Of July Jam, ft: The Roots, Earth Wind And Fire, Michael McDonald, Estelle, Sara Bareilles, DJ Jazzy Jeff at Ben Franklin Parkway (free); Nobunny + TV Ghost, Joe Jack Talcum, The Pussy Dogs at Kung Fu Necktie (5 p.m., 21+, $10)

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PREMIERE: Moon Bounce channels M83 and Michael Jackson on his debut LP, Clean House

Moon Bounce | photo courtesy of the artist
Moon Bounce | photo courtesy of the artist

Since 2012, Philly’s Corey Regensburg, a.k.a. Moon Bounce, has been releasing EPs that blend electronic music with hip-hop, soul, funk and a whole mess of other wonderful shenanigans. This Friday, he debuts his first ever full-length album, titled Clean Housewhich you can stream below.

His most cohesive work to date, Clean House features nine eccentric, no-boundaries tracks that turn electro-pop music on its head. Elements of M83 and Glass Animals seep its way into the album, amongst sultry vocals and well-crafted pop lyrics–with songwriting influences ranging from Michael Jackson to Prince to Michael McDonald. Continue reading →

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Oh, Harry: The multifaceted Harry Connick Jr. talks about jazz, the Big Easy, and all things music

Harry Connick Jr.
Harry Connick Jr. | photo courtesy of the artist

There will always be two Harry Connick Jr.’s. There is the one who, since the 2000s, has made himself well-known and beloved in sit-coms (the first go-round of Will & Grace), children’s film fare (A Dolphin’s Tale), as judge and foil to J-Lo (American Idol), and as a talk show host (Harry).

The other Connick Jr. is a consummate musician, arranger, orchestrator and vocalist whose love and encyclopedic knowledge of Tin Pan Alley standards and the New Orleans music of his past and present make him a treasure still, even if you’ve paying more attention to the mass mediated Harry. The second, better one will play at the Mann Center on June 16 – celebrating New Orleans’ 300th birthday – for his first area live appearance in well over a decade. The second, better one is who The Key spoke with, exclusively, about music. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Philly Music Fest, Soraia at MilkBoy, Thundercat at Union Transfer

Strand of Oaks | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

It’s day two of the inaugural Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live, and Strand of Oaks take the stage for a headlining set. The festival’s eclectic lineup seeks to showcase local musicians and encourage Philadelphians to support our scene. Also performing today are Steve Gunn, Deadfellow, Ivy Sole, Shannen Moser, and lots more. Check out the festival’s website for tickets, set times, and more info. We most recently saw Strand of Oaks rocking the Marina Stage at this year’s XPN Fest; read a recap of that performance here. Below, watch a video from the band’s recent World Cafe session. Continue reading →

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Now Hear This: New songs by Thundercat, Alex Lahey, Justin Carter, Dirty Projectors, Spoon and more

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

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

Mmmm…You can just feel it in the air, wafting in on the alt-Spring breeze and/or bluster: South by Southwest season is upon us.  Like a gulf coast hurricane spinning off a series of storm fronts, the mid-March musical mega-marathon stirs up tour schedules all across the country ‘round about now (and again toward the end of the month) as countless up-and-comers begin plotting their way down to Texas and/or their triumphant return therefrom.  Early Spring is a time for new life and, especially, new music: bigger, better-established artists tend to take a backseat at SXSW (and to some extent, perhaps accordingly, in March release schedules), although there are always a couple notable exceptions, including, this time around, Austin’s favorite indie-rocking sons… Continue reading →

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XPN’s New Music Show Preview w/ The New Pornographers, Matthew Logan Vasquez & more!

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The New Pornographers | photo by Jenny Jimenez | courtesy of the artist

Hey it’s Monday and that means new music discovery on XPN! Tonight at 8pm, gather ‘round the radio as we’ve got a few interesting collaborations to play, including a new song from Thundercat featuring both Michael McDonald AND Kenny Loggins.  Yup … you read that correctly.  In fact, it’s our “Gotta Hear” Song of the Week!  Also, Ray Davies of the Kinks teams up with The Jayhawks for his first new album in almost a decade.  The cool kids are talking about the new tune from Real Estate, we’ve got that to spin.  Plus some other highlights like …

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Show You The Way” by Thundercat

Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist
Thundercat | photo by Eddie Alcazar | courtesy of the artist

Last week California bassist Thundercat announced his new album Drunk, the followup to 2015’s The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam. The 20 song collection includes contributions from Pharrell and Kendrick Lamar, and on “Show You the Way,” Thundercat invited Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins in on the soulful, smooth rock song. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tiffany Jones Quintet at World Cafe Live, The Last Waltz at Verizon Hall

Tiffanyh Jones | via her website
Tiffany Jones | via her website

Philadelphia’s Tiffany Jones Quintet will bring their soul jazz stylings to World Cafe Live tonight. They’ll be joined by V. Shayne Frederick. Jones’ latest project, the Him EP, came out last April, and you can stream a live performance of its smooth, sensual title track below. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →