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Eric Slick stands against hate and bigotry in new track, “secrets” ft. Sadie Dupuis

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

On the heels of performing the loaded Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live, Eric Slick just shared a new track titled “secrets” via Boiled Records, which features Speedy Ortiz’s / Sad13’s Sadie Dupuis.

Of the song, Slick describes writing it after watching a news piece focused on a Jewish real estate agent in Montana who had been viciously trolled and threatened by a Neo-nazi hate group. Continue reading →

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Don’t miss Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah at Beyond the Bars benefit at JB’s

Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com
Reef the Lost Cauze | photo by Reji B. for WXPN | rejibphotography.com

On August 26th, Reef the Lost Cauze, The Bul Bey, and Hezekiah will take the stage at Johnny Brenda’s for not only an amazing and epicly stacked local show, but also as a benefit for the Beyond the Bars organization.

Founded in 2015, Beyond the Bars is a nonprofit with a mission to bring musical instruments and instruction to incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Since its inception, a press release states that the organization has guided sixty young adults in writing and recording their own music across a variety of genres, along with recently implementing a free music program for Philly youth with incarcerated loved ones. Continue reading →

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Drink The Districts’ Popular Manipulations at Johnny Brenda’s to Benefit Beyond the Bars

The Districts | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

The Districts‘ highly-anticipated upcoming record Popular Manipulations is due August 11th, and now you can drink it too. The indie rockers have teamed up with Crime and Punishment Brewing to create the Popular Manipulations IPL, and the first keg will be tapped on Monday, July 31st at Johnny Brenda’s. The Districts themselves will be the event’s DJs, taking over the Fishtown venue to spin an all-vinyl, four-hour happy hour set – the perfect way to cap off a weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Ellen at PhilaMOCA, Chill Moody at Boot and Saddle (benefit for Beyond the Bars), The Cactus Blossoms at Johnny Brenda’s

Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The official release of Katie Ellen‘s debut LP Cowgirl Blues is tomorrow, but you can hear it live a night early at the band’s record release show tonight at PhilaMOCA. The new project of Anika Pyle, former frontwoman of punk outfit Chumped, Katie Ellen is her platform for anthemic, cathartic, feminist “sparkle pop twang punk fuzz core” jams. Listen to leading single “Sad Girls Club” below and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Beyond the Bars: The Districts, Queen of Jeans and more rip it up for a good cause

The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

I could sit here and regale you with stories and stats about the Prison-Industrial Complex all day, but is that going to do anything? Even for the most #woke among us, it’s hard to know where to start to deal with something as massively unassailable as a for-profit prison system that funnels young lives straight into jails. But—much like music—it’s best to start with stories. Sunday night at World Cafe Live, Philly organization Beyond the Bars hit home with a massive benefit show incorporating both to strike back.

By going into prisons and teaching music to incarcerated youth, Beyond the Bars staff and volunteers are able to bring hope and respite to members of society that most people have already written off as a loss. “Even though they’re in prison, they’re still people, man. Just people,” said Bars staff member Christopher Thornton. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beyond The Bars Fundraiser ft The Districts at World Cafe Live, No Brainer Benefit ft Avi Wisnia at Dave and Buster’s

The Districts
Photo by John Vettese | for WXPN

Tonight, a terrific lineup of Philly artists bands together to support Beyond The Bars at World Cafe Live. The organization, which provides musical instruments and lessons to incarcerated youth in Philadelphia, has been around since early 2015, and has found supporters in The Districts, Frances Quinlan from Hop Along, Queen of Jeans, The Bul Bey, Ben Arnold, and Milton. Raj Haldar of Lushlife will be DJing inbetween sets. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Beyond the Bars benefit adds Queen of Jeans, The Bul Bey

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | photo by Kelly Kurteson | courtesy of the artist

Next month’s Beyond the Bars benefit concert was already going to be phenomenal, with The Districts, Frances Quinlan, Ben Arnold, Milton and Lushlife set to perform in support of a program that gives music education opportunities to the city’s incarcerated youth. Now we have two more reasons to grab some tickets and head to World Cafe Live on April 17th: local “denimcore” trio Queen of Jeans and West Philly rapper The Bul Bey have been added to the bill. Check them out below and learn more about the fundraiser here. Tickets for the all-ages event (which begins at 5:00 p.m.) can be found here.

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The Districts, Frances Quinlan, and more to play Beyond The Bars benefit at World Cafe Live

 

The Districts
Photo by John Vettese | for WXPN

Well this is happening: The Districts, Frances Quinlan, Ben Arnold, and Milton will be performing at World Cafe Live on Sunday, April 17th at World Cafe Live to support Beyond The Bars. In addition, Lushlife‘s Raj Haldar will be DJing in between sets.

Beyond The Bars is a program that benefits music education for incarcerated youth in Philadelphia. Their programs consist of providing instruments and music lessons to “empower young men and women as they navigate the criminal justice system.” Beyond The Bars was founded by Matthew Kerr, Eric Ammon, Brian Thomas, and Christopher Thornton. The organization has been gaining momentum and was recently featured on WHYY. Continue reading →

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Building Up From Rock Bottom: Philly’s Matt Kerr on making music with incarcerated youth

Matt Kerr of Beyond the Bars at Philadelphia Industrial Correction Center | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com
Matt Kerr of Beyond the Bars at Philadelphia Industrial Correction Center | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Restorative. Not punitive. That’s what musician and teacher Matt Kerr believes all prisons should be.

Kerr, a teacher in the Philadelphia school district and former guitarist in the local band Family Vacation, decided this year to start a music after-school program at the school he was teaching at, which led to a thought-provoking conversation with the mother of one of his students. Continue reading →