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Cayetana reflects on uncertainty and doubt in new single, “Certain for Miles”

Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Cayetana’s been sharing much good news lately, and today there’s even more. They band just released their new single, “Certain for Miles,” which should hopefully keep fans slightly more sated until the release of album, New Kind of Normal, because it’s one heck of a jam.

With opening lines confessing “I always seem to doubt / what everyone seems so certain about,” the song continues to meditate on the universal feeling of uncertainty, and thinking that everyone else has it all figured out. The honest and introspective lyrics are impeccably quotable, with later building-in-intensity lines questioning: “When the world bears down on me / will I laugh at its audacity?” Anthemic in sound, this jam will be a beauty to see performed live, when the crowd will most definitely build upon these verses with a collective voice. Continue reading →

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Party with Cayetana alongside a stacked lineup at New Kind of Normal record release shindig

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Cayetana | photo by Jess Flynn

May 5th just went from an awesome day to a supremely wonderful hooplah of a day.  In addition to the upcoming Cayetana record New Kind of Normal being released, Guild Shows just announced that Cayetana will rock a record release show that night at First Unitarian Church alongside the likes of Katie Ellen, Shannen Moser, and Aster More. Can I get a heck yee. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vessna Scheff at Bourbon and Branch, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Johnny Brenda’s, You Blew It! at First Unitarian Church, and more

Vessna Scheff | Photo by Johnny Call via artist’s Facebook page

Vessna Scheff grace the stage tonight at Bourbon and Branch, and you can expect clear, sultry vocals atop ukulele strumming and saucy trumpet backings (courtesy of Koofreh Umoren.) Yes, this eclectic combination is a real thing, and it’s refreshingly amazing. See for yourself by watching Vessna Scheff perform “Nodding (Always On My Mind)” live below, and then head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more info on the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ensemble Novo at Paris Bistro, Eliza Hardy Jones at the Art Museum, Indie Pop Prom at the First Unitarian Church

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Ensemble Novo | photo by David Dzubinski | courtesy of the artist

Tom Moon brings his Ensemble Novo to Paris Bistro in Chestnut Hill for the second of a three-night Latin jazz run tonight. The local outfit released its balmy Look To the Sky EP last month, following up 2013’s Blue Night debut with six new songs you’ll be able to dance to tonight. More information for the event can be found here; listen to “Vento Bravo” below.

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OMG: Watch a stunning teaser video of Cayetana’s next album, New Kind of Normal

Cayetana | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Oh my, you might want to sit down for this.

Cayetana posted a 23 second teaser trailer on Facebook late last week, which can only mean one thing: grand-spanking new tunes are on their way. The clip features a slow-mo, reverse shot of what looks like bassist, Allegra Anka, being immersed in a tub of water, with a sharp cut to the bold words “New Kind of Normal.” Oh and not to mention, an ominously-building new song called “Dust” plays for a quick sec. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Hardcore heavyweights Code Orange to tear apart First Unitarian Church in February

Code Orange | from facebook.com/codeorangekids
Code Orange | from facebook.com/codeorangekids

If First Unitarian Church hasn’t already set a high enough bar for next year with announcing gigs with Title Fight, Lemuria and You Blew It! , then get ready to raise it a little bit more. Pittsburgh’s unorthodox Code Orange will be making a stop at the church February 11th to celebrating their newest album Forever, also out in early 2017.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Darla at Boot and Saddle, Katie Ellen at First Unitarian Church, Hawkwind at Kung Fu Necktie and more

Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band
Darla | photo by Karl McWerter | courtesy of the band

Boot and Saddle gets one hell of show as fusion jazz hounds Darla take the stage, celebrating the release of their newest record Darla Rolls the Dice! with Nik Greely & the Operators, as well as Roz and the rice cakes. The octet keeps it upbeat by blending their smooth brass instrumentation with grooving back beats, staging a great night of good times and great tunes. More information can be found on the WXPN Concert Calender, and also check out Darla’s visit to The Key for a intimate Studio Session here (and listen to the audio below!) Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: RFA at World Cafe Live, Frankie Cosmos at First Unitarian Church, Pine Barons at Ortlieb’s and more…

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RFA | Photo by John Vettese

RFA celebrate the release of Something New from RFA at World Cafe Live tonight. It’s the local indie rock band’s second EP, following last year’s Freaking Out. We heard a new track called “Indigo” earlier this year, which you can check out below. Tickets and information for the all-ages show with The Honey Hounds and Whiting can be found here. Continue reading →