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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Kids at Boot & Saddle, Andre Altrez at The Barbary, Mild High Club at Johnny Brenda’s

Black Kids | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Florida indie pop outfit Black Kids released their long-awaited (seriously, it’s their first full-length in nine years) second LP Rookie last month, and tonight their tour makes a stop at Boot & Saddle with support from Surf Rock Is Dead. The genre-bending new album is full of catchy tunes that more than make up for the long hiatus, and given their unpredictable history, Black Kids’ appearance in town is definitely worth catching. Stream Rookie standout “Obligatory Drugs” below and find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Philly rapper André Altrez steps out with his blissed-out debut Sprout

Andre Altrez
Andre Altrez | photo by Cheyenne Chapman | courtesy of the artist

This Thursday, Philadelphia based rapper producer Andre’ Altrez will be self-releasing his debut project, Sprout: an EP full of blissful, lo-fi hip hop songs.

The music is built around melodic jazz and ambient-tinged beats with clever rhymes that are alternately swaggering and introspective. This is hip-hop that is youthful, vaporous and chilled out.   Continue reading →