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PREMIERE: American Babies debut trippy new music video for “Fever Dreams”

American Babies
American Babies | Photo by Skylar Carfi | courtesy of the artist

With American Babies’ recently released fourth effort entitled An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, it comes as no surprise that the Philly psych-rockers would experiment with imagery that comes from the dichotomy of good and evil.

Released today, the band’s latest music video for its single “Fever Dreams” is an animated whirlwind of vibrant colors and distorted characters fit for an actual feverish hallucination.

The video opens as cartoon frontman Tom Hamilton is losing his grip, literally and figuratively, on the side of a cliff and falls endlessly into a cavernous pit. The video is full of anxious nightmare narratives like this one, such as losing teeth and being naked in front of your peers. Seemingly innocent details like the clinking of ice cubes in Hamilton’s glass of whiskey transform into the quivering tail of a rattlesnake as we watch him disassociate with reality. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Savages at Union Transfer, The Felice Brothers at Ardmore Music Hall, Laura Stevenson at Boot & Saddle

Savages
Savages | Photo by Dustin Cohen, courtesy of the artist

Post-punk outfit Savages headline Union Transfer tonight. The London-based band released its second LP Adore Life in January, stopping by The Late Show with Steven Colbert earlier this week to perform album single “Adore.” Check out the video below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show here.

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Getting to know the real Andra Day with a riveting performance at Ardmore Music Hall

Andra Day | Photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN | wendymccardle.com
Andra Day | Photo by Wendy McCardle for WXPN | wendymccardle.com

You already know Andra Day, the rising R&B newcomer with an impenetrable retro style. You might call it a Lucille Ball-meets-Rosie The Riveter look. Perhaps that look caught your eye on the Grammy’s, where she earned her first nomination for her acclaimed debut, Cheers To The Fall. Or maybe you know “Rise Up”, the inspirational tearjerker that has become Day’s biggest single to date. But if you weren’t in attendance at her show at Ardmore Music Hall on Thursday night, you don’t really know Andra Day. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: American Babies at Ardmore Music Hall, 3rd Planet Festival at World Cafe Live, and Mock Suns at Johnny Brenda’s

American Babies
American Babies | Photo by Skylar Carfi | courtesy of the artist

Tom Hamilton’s American Babies return to Ardmore Music Hall tonight to support their new album An Epic Battle Between Light And Dark. Opening the show will be Aron Magner of The Disco Biscuits, Tom McKee of Brothers Past and The 9’s. More information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Underwater Sounds at Underground Arts, Sheer Mag at Ortlieb’s, Wiki of Ratking at Ardmore Music Hall, and more…

underwater sound
Underwater Sound | photo by Samuel Markey Photography

Down Under: The Underwater Sounds take on Underground Arts for the last time tonight. The Philly reggae group has been together playing shows in the area for around six years now, so do not miss this last chance to see them. Everyone who attends the show will receive a copy of Visions Of Love And Light Part II. Also performing will be The Snails and The Rosemary Fiki Band. For more info, check out the link here. Continue reading →

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What about the band? Maceo Parker and crew do it to death at Ardmore

Maceo Parker | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Maceo Parker | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

There were a few recurring mantras when Maceo Parker hit the stage at a sold-out Ardmore Music Hall on Saturday, January 8th. One was “Make It Funky” – the veteran saxophonist’s theme song of sorts. As Shaun Brady discussed in his interview with Parker earlier this month, the man has worked under James Brown and George Clinton in his storied career, resulting in a unique blend of showmanship that launched with “Funky Fiesta” and rolled across two hours into “Soul Power.”

Then there was “What about the band?” – a phrase that Parker interjected at turns throughout the set whenever it came time to showcase one of the seven players joining him. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Bourbon and Branch, Weekender at Johnny Brenda’s, HighKick at Ardmore Music Hall and more

DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack
DRGN King | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

Philly indie rock faves DRGN King are going on hiatus for 2016 as its various bandmates and collaborators head into a busy year with a variety of other projects. Tonight, they play their last show for a while at Bourbon and Branch tonight with Mumblr and Mostly Only, and we’re expecting a full assortment of jams from 2014’s awesome Baltimore Crush and 2013’s equally awesome Paragraph Nights. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to “Hazy Memories” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Maceo Parker at Ardmore Music Hall, Thief, Steal Me a Peach at Kung Fu Necktie, Xiu Xiu at First Unitarian Church and more

 

Maceo Parker | photo by Philip Ducap | courtesy of the artist
Maceo Parker | photo by Philip Ducap | courtesy of the artist

Maceo Parker is a one-of-a-kind performer, but that doesn’t mean that he isn’t willing to borrow from the best. Playing saxophone in bands with both George Clinton and James Brown provided a pretty solid basis for how to get a crowd going and Parker has used this experience, as well as his own long solo career, to put together one of the most energized and exciting live performances going. Parker will be at Ardmore Music Hall tonight alongside Philly-natives Rugby Road; click here for more info. Continue reading →