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Watch Xenia Rubinos dance up on some strangers in the video for her vibrant new single “L.O.V.E”

Xenia Rubinos | Photo by Shervin Lainez

If you come across something more unequivocally positive than this new Xenia Rubinos single by the time Sunday rolls around, you are having a very good week. “L.O.V.E.” is the latest from the Brooklyn singer/songwriter, and it’s as vibrant, funky, and soulful as you’d expect. With its heartwarming new video, which sees Rubinos dancing with people all over New York, she positions the track as a joyful extension of the olive branch in the face of prejudice, anger, and hate. Stream the track below. Continue reading →

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Drive-By Truckers, Angel Olsen, Strand of Oaks, Joseph and more will play Wiggins Park at XPoNential Music Festival 2017

Drive By Truckers | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

You’ve heard about the Friday night show at BB&T with Wilco, Conor Oberst and Hop Along; you’ve heard that Saturday will be headlined by Spoon, Amos Lee and more. This morning, we bring you the first wave of artists performing at Wiggins Park during the 2017 XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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King Britt announces Sylk 130 greatest hits LP, plays Johnny Brenda’s this week

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King Britt | Photo by John Vettese

After putting together a 20th year reunion show at The TLA earlier this month, King Britt has announced the release of a Sylk 130 greatest hits album called What Happened Was…The LP is a collection of unreleased recordings of songs from the Sylk 130 catalog, featuring the legendary Philadelphia musician / DJ / producer’s many collaborators like Ursula Rucker and the late Grover Washington Jr.

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Dig into the archives of Musicians Talk, hear interviews with Alex G, Emily Yacina and more

Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com
Alex G. | Photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN | hellerhound.com

Greg from Como Tapes dropped us a line this week to share a podcast he’s been working on for a few years, and boy are we glad he did. The Vermont / New Jersey tape label has been producing its Musicians Talk series since 2013, sitting down with local favorites and national up-and-comers to get into their heads about songwriting and to hear some live performances.

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Son Little fights distractions, slays at Johnny Brenda’s homecoming

Son Little | Photo by Sameer Rao
Son Little | Photo by Sameer Rao

As we mentioned in our preview of Son Little’s homecoming show at Johnny Brenda’s last Friday, nothing stops him from putting on a tight, compelling show.

Even though Aaron Livingston dealt with technical difficulties, a restless sold-out crowd, and some audience members showing complete disregard for him during soft songs, he ultimately regrouped and went on to play a stellar set. Joined at times by guests like DRGN King’s Lucy Stone, Son Little tore through a barn-storming and eventually-transfixing (through no fault of his own) group of songs that included cuts from his excellent new self-titled album, some older pieces, and even a sultry cover of Drake’s Hotline Bling. Continue reading →

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Son Little brings his homecoming show to Johnny Brenda’s

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Son Little | photo by Anthony Saint James

Earlier this year, I bore witness to one of the greatest things any concertgoer can ever see.

It was a WXPN Free At Noon show. The artist: Son Little, the Philly-based singer/guitarist whose minimalist take on old-school soul and R&B repurposes a classic American art form for new ears. Dressed simply in a beanie and nondescript flannel, he was nonetheless extremely magnetic, playing and singing by himself to open one of his songs, I think “Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches.” Everybody in attendance was in the palm of his hand. Well before the release of his highly-acclaimed, self-titled album on indie/rock giant ANTI- last month, he had all the trappings of someone on his way to big things.

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Addicted to the Build-up: Battles are masters of jiggling electronic rock

Battles | Photo by James Breslin
Battles | Photo by James Breslin

Experimental rock band Battles hails from New York and came to Union Transfer this past Sunday night in support of their third full-length album, La Di Da Di. The skilled trio produces instrumental music that falls somewhere between rock, funk, and dance, and does so by pairing technology with more classical instruments to create fluttering, robotic sounds. The main draw of seeing Battles live is the excitement that comes with witnessing them compile instrumental loops until each song shape shifts into its grandiose climax. Continue reading →