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Questlove, Sheila E., Morris Day and PnB Rock will honor Prince with a free West Philly concert

Questlove | Photo by John Vettese

When Prince passed away last year, he was eulogized by artists the world around — and one of the most devoted voice was from Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, drummer and bandleader of The Roots. Quest was a fan from a young age, and as he wrote in Rolling Stone essay last April, “I patterned everything in my life after Prince.”

Next month, Questlove leads a loving tribute to the Purple One at the 2017 N2N Festival (Neighborhood to Neighborhood), and the performers joining him are no joke: Prince collaborators Morris Day and Sheila E. will take the stage at the free concert along with a rising rap sensation from Germantown, PnB Rock. The event, which takes place Saturday, September 16th, is basically a huge block party in West Philly between 49th and 51st Streets, stretching from Willows to Catherine with its nexus at at 50th and Baltimore.  Continue reading →

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Watch Low Cut Connie’s weird and colorful video of Prince cover, “Controversy”

Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist
Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist

The frontman of Philly’s Low Cut Connie, Adam Weiner, is a massive Prince fan; so much so that the band included an amazing cover of “Controversy” on their latest album, Dirty Pictures, Pt. 1. 

When the track was first released back in May, the cover held the title of XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, so we like it quite a bunch around here. More recently, Diffuser has premiered a colorfully weird video as the tune’s visual counterpart. Continue reading →

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Drummer Bobby Z remembers Prince ahead of The Revolution doubleheader at The TLA

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Prince and The Revolution | photo by Larry Williams

The news of Prince’s death just over a year ago came as a shock to nearly everyone who heard it, with music fans in mourning around the world. But it hit particularly hard for those select few who knew and worked with the famously reclusive icon.

“I saw the words ‘Prince Dead’ on TV, and those two words just didn’t make sense,” recalls drummer Bobby Z, a member of Prince’s band from 1979 to 1986, the years from his breakthrough to the recording of Purple Rain and beyond. “It was incomprehensible that for some reason he was gone.”

Bobby Z and the other members of the classic line-up of The Revolution – guitarist Wendy Melvoin, keyboardist Lisa Coleman, bassist Brown Mark and keyboardist Matt “Doctor” Fink – have reunited to pay tribute to His Purple Badness, stopping in Philly for two nights at the TLA this weekend. According to Z, the concerts provide a degree of catharsis for musicians and audience alike.

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Low Cut Connie remember Prince with cover of “Controversy” from new LP

Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist
Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist

On the first anniversary of his death, Prince is being remembered around the world and in a variety of ways. For Low Cut Connie, the tribute is a cover of the late musician’s 1981 hit “Controversy,” released today and and appearing on the local band’s forthcoming Dirty Pictures (part 1) LP. The album is due on May 19th, midway through a national tour that leads into a hometown date at Union Transfer on September 8th.

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April 21 in Music History: The Cure releases Wish, Prince passes away

The Cure Wish

1967 – The Beatles complete the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road studios in London. The final recordings are of gibberish and noise which would follow “A Day in the Life” in the run-out groove. They record assorted noises and voices, which engineer Geoff Emerick then cuts up and randomly reassembles and edits backwards. At John Lennon’s suggestion, they also add a high-pitch whistle audible only by dogs. These are omitted from the American version of the album.

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XPN MusicNotes: Listen to a new Prince song, “Deliverance,” from controversial forthcoming EP

Prince | photo by Michael Ochs / Getty Images | via RollingStone.com

“I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing, I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many”- George Ian Boxill – Producer & Engineer for Prince

Friday marks the one year anniversary of Prince‘s death. It’s also the day a posthumous EP called Deliverance will be released. It features six previously-unheard recordings by Prince, including the title track, which you can listen to below. Continue reading →

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Elegant Animals channels Prince on new Warm Blood Pt. 1 EP

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Jules Kazys Franklin had been pretty quiet on the Elegant Animals front after the 2014 release of Carnivora, but that changed this week with the emergence of Warm Blood Pt. 1. The EP marks the electronic project’s fourth release and was recorded at The Headroom with Kyle Pulley.

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