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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 →

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The Districts, Son Little, Good Girl, The Dove and The Wolf and more to play #AmplifyPhilly SXSW showcase

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

For the third year running, the Philly music scene has its own SXSW showcase on 6th Street in Austin. This year’s #AmplifyPhilly party, co-sponsored by the City as well as the folks from RecPhilly, takes place March 14th, 2017 — the second night of SXSW — at Buffalo Billiards, with a headlining performance from rock and roll force of nature The Districts.

Also on the lineup is electro-rock / soul soundscaper Son Little, eclectic pop visionary Bilal and dynamic R&B four-piece Good Girl. Philly / LA artist Julian King joins the lineup as well, along with breezy indie poppers Queen of Jeans and spacey folk duo The Dove and The Wolf; between sets, DJ Aktive spins.  Continue reading →

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Listen to Son Little cover Bruce Springsteen’s “State Trooper”

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Philly rocker Son Little has been taking things quiet since wrapping up his early summer run with Leon Bridges (and playing a handful of festivals around the country). But if that gives him time and space to get another album out into the world, all the better.

In the meantime, he shared this cover of “State Trooper” from Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska. The original is harrowing and howling, with the tone reportedly inspired by the Boss’ love of NYC experimental synthpoppers Suicide. Son Little keeps it minimal, but takes it out of that acoustic zone, adding back some of those electronic textures he’s so good at. It’s his own nervy interpretation of a desperate man on the lam and his fear of encountering the authorities…something that, given recent (and not-so-recent) events, takes on an added layer of poignancy. Continue reading →

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Listen to Son Little’s new studio recording of “All Wet,” sing along at Firefly today!

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Those who have seen Son Little perform in person are probably familiar with his latest track, “All Wet.” The Philly musician says he plays the song often, but this newly released studio version differs from what’s played live. In this stand-alone single, Son Little is said to combine blues, folk and psychedelia, but It’s hard to really peg what this song could be definitively labeled as. However, it’s equally tough to get this chorus out of your head. It’s a catchy one. Continue reading →

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Son Little performs soulful Mokum Session in Amsterdam

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Philly’s Aaron Livingston, better known as Son Little, recently released a sweet-sounding acoustic version of his popular track “Lay Down.” The performance took place in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark as part of an online Amsterdam-based series known as the Mokum Sessions. Watch the video below, and if you enjoy what you hear, go back and check out Son Little’s “Toes” video or his set from CMJ. Continue reading →

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Son Little brings the blues to the party in new video for “Toes”

Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Son Little | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

Philly soulman Son Little (aka Aaron Livingston) has just shared the video for “Toes”, the most recent single from his self-titled debut record, via Pitchfork.

Livingston has been up to some big things recently, from going on tour with Leon Bridges (they brought down The Fillmore last month), to collaborating with RJD2 again on his new record, Dame Fortune. His wide range of influences create a unique version of soul-inflected blues rock, especially on songs such as “O Mother” and the aforementioned “Toes.” Continue reading →

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Listen to a new RJD2 song from Dame Fortune featuring Son Little

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RJD2 | photo by Nick Fancer | courtesy of the artist

Music producer extraordinaire RJD2 has released “We Come Alive”, yet another great new song from his upcoming record Dame Fortune.

“We Come Alive,” which features Son Little (Aaron Livingston) on vocals, kicks open with a pounding drum fill before the keys and Livingston’s earnest vocals enter. The song, a soulful R&B jam laden with warm reverb, features honest lyrics such as “feeling deaf, dumb, and blind” and “find me when the smoke has cleared.”

It is important to note that Livingston is credited as Son Little on this song, Continue reading →