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Tonight’s Concert Picks: City and Colour at The Tower Theater, Dewey Decibel at The Fire, Teen Men at Boot and Saddle and more

City & Colour | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com
City & Colour | Photo by Liz Waldie | lizwaldie.com

Singer and songwriter Dallas Green will bring the full-band version of City and Colour to headline The Tower tonight. C&C’s latest, If I Should Go Before You, was released back in October, and it explored cathartic, emotive spaces as well as tightly-constructed pop gems. Listen to the thrilling, 7-minute “Woman” below and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Rapper Dewey Decibel shares smoke-infused video for his new song”Ashtray”

Dewey Decibel | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/deweysdope/
Dewey Decibel | Photo via https://www.facebook.com/deweysdope/

Philly rapper Dewey Decibel has just released a new video for his song “Ashtray,” the first track off his forthcoming EP Sub Cult.

The video follows Dewey Decibel and fellow rapper/collaborator Rone, who is featured on the track, as they bike, drive, and casually cruise throughout Philadelphia, taking occasional breaks to smoke a certain illicit substance. Continue reading →

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Credit Where Credit Is Due? Drake Instagrams artwork by Philly’s Dewey Saunders without attribution

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In the social media universe, sharing and re-sharing is the name of the game. Someone’s creative effort can be blasted out to a whole new audience with a click of a mouse or a swipe of a finger that takes a fraction of a second.

Unfortunately, in this same universe, things like credit and attribution are handled in a bit more of a fast and loose manner – sometimes accidentally, sometimes out of laziness. Despite our best efforts, we’ve been guilty of it The Key on occasion in the past. We’ve seen it happen to the work of our contributors, too. Broadly speaking, when an artists’ work gets lifted without credit, it is often being presented to a limited audience – somebody’s personal Tumblr, for instance. Other times, it winds up before a whole universe of eyes.

The latter happened yesterday when Philly illustrator Dewey Saunders was re-grammed by rap mega-star Drake. Continue reading →

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Philly rappers Dewey Decibel and Zilla Rocca collab on “Cappuccino”

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Dewey Decibel | photo via facebook.com/deweysdope

The collaboration of Philly rappers Dewey Decibel and Zilla Rocca is the sound of transforming psychedelic poetry. The beat-thumping duo dropped their collaborative EP, A Different Drum, on Jan. 26 through World Around Records. Decibel and Rocca’s rap game is serious, but they still aren’t afraid to have fun with tracks like “Cappuccino,” in which they throw some poetic justice to caffeine. Continue reading →

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Marian Hill turns up the heat at Boot and Saddle

Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com
Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com

Nothing brightens up a dreary day like a nice surprise. So, thank you Marian Hill for surprising the hell out of me. I listened to your EP online and I dug the sound. I love the minimal electro vibe, and the silky smooth, often soulfully sweet vocals. I was pretty excited for the show at Boot And Saddle, and was hopeful that the sound would transfer well over to a live set. I wanted to thank you for blowing those expectations out of the water. Continue reading →

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Check out an easygoing new Dewey Decibel jam featuring Rone

Photo via Dewey Decibel Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/deweysdope)
Photo via Facebook facebook.com/deweysdope

Philly-based rapper / producer Dewey Decibel released a new track this week featuring fellow local rapper Rone titled “Never Gave A Shit.” The song is smooth and engaging, throwing some oddball synths your way and blending them with Dewey and Rone’s easygoing flow. Holding your attention throughout, the track’s different timbres of voice and synth juxtapose comfortably and bounce around the room, with the MCs spitting their lines with confidence. Check out the new song below.

“Never Give A Shit” comes from Sub Cult, the new EP Dewey Decibel is releasing in early 2015. He will be playing at MilkBoy this Friday, November 21st, opening for Red Martina; for tickets and more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Dewey Decibel invites you to his annual Open Studio Pizza Party taking place 5/23

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Dewey Decibel | photo courtesy of the artist

Local hip hop artist Dewey Decibel is unlocking the doors to his Dewey Saunders Studios workspace for his annual Open Studio Pizza Party this Friday, May 23rd.  The official invitation from Dewey has all of the info:

The doors to the studio are open to the public from 5PM—10PM.
Please join us for an enchanted evening of pepperoni pizza, beers
and cheap prints, drawings, paintings and collages. Craft beer, wine,
fun snacks and a free pizza drawing will be provided to each guest!
Take a look into the art studio and score some fresh visuals for your
bare walls. There will be a TON of work on sale, free giveaways, and
a new series of works presented for the first time. Bring a friend!

It will be a rare glimpse into the prolific art and music environment of one of the city’s premiere artists – check out the Facebook event page here and watch Dewey show-off his rap skills in the “Pizza Party Freestyle” below.

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Local hip-hop / visual artist Dewey Decibel preps for two area shows

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Hinting at a popular style of mid-90s hip-hop groups, Dewey Decibel‘s smooth and laid-back flow is paired with shimmering beats. The Philly rapper (and noted visual artist) most recently released Son of a Beach in fall of 2010; he was also featured last year on Zilla Rocca’s Neo Noir mixtape.

(Read More – Interview: Get to know Dewey Decibel)

Next Tuesday, Dewey will play at World Cafe Live (tickets here) for the first of two local shows. The other show will take place at Connie’s Ric Rac on Saturday, March 8th. Stay tuned to the venue’s website for more details and check out “Surfer” below.
Son of a Beach by Dewey Decibel

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Premiere: Zilla Rocca and Dewey Decibel’s art-rap collaboration “Chic-O-Stic” (Dewey Decibel art exhibit opens Friday in South Philly)

DeweyZillaThis evening we bring you a track from two Philly rappers who know a thing or two about style and aesthetic. First there’s Zilla Rocca, who launched the self-defined genre of noir-hop: that’s rap music peppered with samples from hard-boiled, whisky-slinging crime films of the 40s and 50s, mixed with period costumes and a design sensibility pulled from the pages of pulp novels. He’s about to drop a new mixtape called Neo Noir on a digital and cassette-only edition (that comes with a drink coaster) – or, wait, what are we talking about, it appears he’s already soft-released the digital edition – and it’s a lot about the hustle, the grind, and the philosophical underpinnings of being a rapper and a creative person.

Joining him on “Chic-O-Stic”, which we’re premiering for you below, is Dewey Decibel, aka Dewey Saunders, a visual artist and MC who bounces seamlessly between the two worlds. This weekend he has a new solo exhibition of his work opening at Benna’s Cafe in South Philadelphia, with a reception tomorrow night from 7 to 11 p.m. The track begins with a mysterious ethereal bed before a slammin’ beat enters, propelling the song forward as Dewey and Zilla swap verses and some sick Miami Vice style synthesizers enter, crafting a sick audio portrait of the nightlife and the roles that its participants play, ending on the sampled declaration: “If you don’t enjoy the doing, do something else.” Listen below.