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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sad13 at PhilaMOCA, Mexrrissey at The Kimmel Center, T.J. Kong and The Atomic Bomb at Underground Arts and more

Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist
Sad13 | photo by shervin lainez | photo courtesy of the artist

Mostly known for her role as frontwoman for grunge-pop band Speedy Ortiz, Sadie Dupuis is slated to release her first solo album Slugger on November 11th under the moniker Sad13. She kicked off her debut tour on Thursday, and is paying Philadelphia a visit tonight at PhilaMOCA. Sad13’s music is largely centered around the idea of empowering women, and we’re all for it. Joining this Massachusetts synth-popper will be Philly artists Ivy Sole and Empath with NYC-based rapper Sammus topping off this stacked lineup. Go to the WXPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this all ages show. Get a taste of Sad13 with this song off her new album, “Devil in U.” Continue reading →

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Ceramic Animal travel back to 1996 for DNC hijinks in new video “Daydreams via Memories”

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What a strangely simple time it was. Footage from the 1996 Democratic National Convention in Chicago has been popping up across the internet a lot lately, because quite frankly, the clips are amazing. And so, the Bucks County four-piece Ceramic Animal, who just stopped by our station last week for a Key Studio Session, have complied the very best bits of delegates getting down and trying their hand at the Macarena in this incredible mashup video for their new song “Daydreams via Memories.” The footage of politicians and candidates having some good ol’ fashioned fun is held in stark contrast to the dumpster fire that is this election season 20 years later. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ceramic Animal

Stylish Bucks County four-piece Ceramic Animal dabbles in psychedelic rock of the classic variety. The keyboard-and-guitar interplay you’ll hear in this week’s Key Studio Session hits an undeniable Doors-esque sweet spot; the guitar solos (particularly on “Codename Righteous”) are totally Pink Floyd. However, as much as the band informs its sound by history, it works with one foot in the now, and is getting ready to release its self-titled debut album this fall. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Celebrate five years of MilkBoy with Fishbone, The Weeks, and more

Fishbone | photo courtesy of the artist
Fishbone | photo courtesy of the artist

MilkBoy in center city has been hosting great shows for five years, and it’s time celebrate such an impressive milestone. On August 11th through the 13th, MilkBoy will host a three night anniversary party, and they’re holding nothing back in the process.

Big time out-of-town acts like reggae legends Fishbone and Mississippi rockers The Weeks will headline on August 12th and August 13th, respectively. Plus, it wouldn’t be a MilkBoy party without some of the finest local acts in Philly — so Nik Greeley and The Operators, Ceramic Animal, Foxtrot & The Getdown, Hardwork Movement, Carmalized, and The Last Generation On Film will all be joining the shindig. More acts are expected to be announced as the celebration draws closer. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Ceramic Animal gets whimsical along the water in the “Maybe” video

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Ceramic Animal on the set of the “Maybe” video | courtesy of the artist

“At some, point Warren said the word ‘whimsical,'” reflects Erik Regan. “And we all gravitated towards it.  That became the guiding light for the six of us on shoot day.”

The drummer of Doylestown psych-rock five-piece Ceramic Animal is talking about the band’s latest video for the song “Maybe,” which we’re happy to premiere for you this morning. It takes them out of the studio, out of the club, and sets them up in a forest in suits and turtlenecks, climbing out of a hobbit hole (actually a sewer entry, I think?) and playing their instruments alongside the Neshaminy Creek.

“This is our first live action music video, we knew we wanted something other than the ‘here is Ceramic Animal playing the song,’ type of approach,” explains Erik’s brother Warren, singer-guitarist of the band. “We wanted a storyline but nothing too serious, just something fun that left room for spontaneity the day of the shoot.” Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Ceramic Animal filters classic pop through a trippy prism on “Mad”

Ceramic Animal | Photo by Sarah McKenna-Mill | courtesy of the artist
Ceramic Animal | Photo by Sarah McKenna-Mill | courtesy of the artist

Psychedelic Philly four-piece Ceramic Animal is gearing up to release its debut record this spring. After hitting the finals of last summer’s Beta Hi Fi competition at World Cafe Live, the band dropped the new single “Against the Wall” last month, with plans to release the record in April. Today we’re psyched (har har) to bring to the premiere of the band’s latest song, “Mad.”  Continue reading →

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Ceramic Animal share a new song “Against The Wall”

Ceramic Animal | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Ceramic Animal | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly psychedelic outfit Ceramic Animal was among the impressive roundup of finalists in last year’s Beta Hi Fi battle of the bands at World Cafe Live. As I said at the time, their set reminded me of Todd Rundgren and Hall & Oates, Dr. Dog and The Doors, with some Black Keys thrown in to boot, but their recordings were kind of limited – so it was good that they won studio time as part of their prize package.

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The Show Goes On: Escape the Pope weekend crowds with these awesome gigs just outside of Philly

Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Dr. Dog | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Yesterday we gave those of you spending pope weekend in Philly some tips on what is going on and how exactly you should get there. But many are probably wary of what will be one of the most crowded weekends in the city’s history – and thankfully, there’s plenty of live music a short roadtrip away. Today, we bring you a roundup of concerts that are worth venturing outside of Popeville to catch. Continue reading →

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The Beta Hi-Fi class of 2015 packed in the talent at World Cafe Live

The finalists of Beta Hi Fi 2015 at World Cafe Live | Photos by John Vettese
The finalists of Beta Hi Fi 2015 at World Cafe Live | Photos by John Vettese

I’ve been a judge on World Cafe Live’s annual Beta Hi-Fi competition for several years now, and it’s always a treat to meet the Philly artists that come up through its ranks – past winners have included Commonwealth Choir and The Districts. Last night, the finals of Beta Hi-Fi 2015 were held, and the talent was at a higher level than ever before. Continue reading →