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Low Cut Connie, Son Little, Vita and the Woolf, Hardwork Movement and more will play #AmplifyPhilly at SXSW

clockwise, from left: Vita and the Woolf | photo by Ebru Yildiz // Son Little | photo by Marc-Lemoine // Hardwork Movement | photo by Ashley Gellman // Low Cut Connie | photo by Ellen Miller

The folks at REC Philly have once again teamed up with the CIty of Philadelphia to showcase music from the 215 at Austin’s SXSW Festival. It’s the fourth year that REC Philly has staged an all-Philly music party on Austin’s bustling 6th Street, and the third consecutive year that it’s gone by the #AmplifyPhilly handle — and the lineup for 2018 is stacked. Continue reading →

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Son Little launches new video series with a stirring acoustic version of “Mad About You”

Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist
Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist

Son Little‘s new video for “Mad About You” is the first in a series of stripped down, more intimate versions of tracks found on his acclained album New Magic, which was released in September via Anti Records. Little has teamed up with brewing company Lagunitas for the new video series and he plans to play acoustic versions of all of New Magic to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center. Continue reading →

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Watch Son Little bring “Blue Magic” to his World Cafe session

Son Little | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

Philly R&B/Soul pop/blues/funk and everything-in-between artist Son Little brought some of his own magic to World Cafe with Talia Schlanger earlier this week. Mixed with performances from his recent Free at Noon set — “O Me O My,” “Blue Magic,” and “Demon To The Dark”  — he tells Schlanger about his journey from Los Angeles to Philly and shares the story of how a borrowed guitar set him on the path to music. Listen to the session here, and watch a performance of “Blue Magic” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Son Little at Boot and Saddle, Kid Cudi at Mann Center Skyline Stage, and Two Door Cinema Club at Electric Factory

Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist
Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist

XPN favorite singer-songwriter and guitarist Son Little plays his second of two Boot & Saddle headlining shows tonight. On tour for his acclaimed new album New Magic, the Philly native takes influences from gospel,  R&B, and  neo soul artists like D’Angelo and Musiq Soulchild, with a smoky voice to match tight songwriting and soothing melodies. Get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Son Little gives the Philly crowd an early taste of New Magic

Son Little | photo by Liz Waldie for WXPN

A hometown crowd packed World Cafe Live late this morning for a hometown hero of sorts. Son Little, the project of singer and guitarist Aaron Livingston, is a local favorite for Philly audiences, and the artist himself seemed right at home during today’s Free at Noon. After opening the set with a few new songs from his forthcoming album New Magic, Son Little welcomed the crowd, which had lined up outside well before doors opened and flocked closer and closer to the stage as the show went on, clapping and dancing along. Continue reading →

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Son Little Plays Ball

Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist
Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist

When Son Little sings “I got the blue magic / And I rock you so savage” on his upcoming New Magic album, there’s a grit and a swaggering gamesmanship to his voice that wasn’t apparent in past such as 2014s Things I Forgot EP and his eponymously-titled 2015 album. That strut may not even have been there when Aaron Livingston (Little’s birth name) recorded with The Roots or with RJD2 as Icebird.

Did the multi-hyphenate neo-bluesman and seemingly professional lodger (LA to NYC to Philly to somewhere in New Jersey) get that ‘”oomph” producing an EP for legendary gospel goddess Mavis Staples (Your Good Fortune)? Or writing for electro-R&B saxophonist / DJ GRiZ? Does his newfound love (or display of affection) for baseball have anything to do with this soulful gloat as he’s taken to singing the “Star Spangled Banner” before National League games?

Before Livingston heads into a busy autumn — beginning at this week’s Afropunk festival in Brooklyn, extending to the September 15th New Magic release and a two-night stand at Boot and Saddle at the month’s end — we caught up with him via phone so he could address some of these burning questions. Continue reading →

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Listen to Son Little call for guidance in “Demon to the Dark”

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Son Little | photo courtesy of the artist

Earlier this week, Philly’s Son Little released a new track called “Demon to the Dark,” and it’s an honest, ambient plea that cuts straight to the heart.

Moving, repentant lyrics call on a “Deacon Phillips” for help and forgiveness, who in a statement with NPR, is identified as the Gospel singer, and Little’s idol, Washington Phillips. With broken yet hopeful lines such as “Can I somehow be put together / sometime today ’cause life is short,” the song feels like you’re listening in on an intimate conversation or a prayer behind closed doors. Continue reading →

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Portugal. The Man’s new album features…Son Little?

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

The hype was very real when Portugal. The Man made their return after four long years without an album. Lead single “Feel It Still” has been crushing the alternative charts, and we learned why during a Free At Noon a few months back. But another single off the band’s brand new Woodstock has a familiar voice on it. Just a few seconds into track one, aptly titled “Number One,” you’ll hear Philly’s soulful Son Little. Continue reading →