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It’s been a good summer for Philly R&B crew Good Girl

Good Girl | via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl

Philly R&B / pop four-piece Good Girl is awesome – we’ve known that for quite a while. But they’ve been having a hell of a 2016, from their massively well-received appearance on America’s Got Talent (they didn’t make the finals but still slayed all the same) to a killer collaboration with rising local MC Joie Kathos (appropriately titled “Slay”).

They’ve also been dropping a sick string of standalone singles this summer, from the trap banger “Have Mercy” to the playful club jam “My Shit” and the rhythmic house rager “All Mine” (a personal favorite over here). The crew has been out in LA recording these jams and more in preparation for a debut record, and wraps its summer by returning to Philly to kick off labor day weekend by headlining the TLA on Friday, September 1st. Continue reading →

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Watch Philly rapper Joie Kathos pay tribute to Queen Bey with R&B crew Good Girl

Joie Kathos
Joie Kathos | Photo by Josh Runs | joshruns.us | courtesy of the artist

Talk about a killer collaboration: after a few weeks of teasing it, Philly hip-hop dynamo Joie Kathos today unveiled her new single and electrifying music video made possible with a huge assist from R&B four-piece Good Girl.

The song is called “Slay,” a term that’s has become a huge part of our global lexicon this year thanks to Beyonce. True to that lineage, the Good Girl ladies incorporate the hook from “Formation” into this song, with a drum line and visual cues in the Josh Runs-directed video also drawing inspiration from Queen Bey.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Rosali at Ortlieb’s, Modern Baseball at The Fillmore, Good Girl at The Trocadero

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Rosali Middleman | photo by Alyssa Maloof Photography | courtesy of the artist

With the release of her debut LP Out of Love just last month, Rosali is in Philly tonight for a hometown record release show at Ortlieb’s. The folk singer songwriter premiered her music video for the track “Black As Ashes” with us earlier this month and you can check out the kaleidoscopic world she creates below. Check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on this show. Continue reading →

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Watch Good Girl cover K. Michelle’s “Hard to Do”

Good Girl | Photo via Facebook.com/wearegoodgirl
Good Girl | Photo via Facebook.com/wearegoodgirl

When Philly R&B four-piece Good Girl stopped by for a studio session with The Key back in March, they brought just the right sound, fitting to the title of their 2014 mixtape 90s Kind of Love: intimate R&B that was reminiscent of female vocal powerhouses of the 90s (like Destiny’s Child, TLC and Janet Jackson, as John Vettese mentioned).

Now the group is breaking into more recent turf by covering singer-songwriter K. Michelle’s “Hard To Do,” off of her 2014 album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? Continue reading →

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13 (featuring Bardo Pond, Girlpool, Moosh & Twist and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 13
Photo by Ola Baldych | facebook.com/ola.baldych

I don’t want to gush. But I’d be lying if I said that this latest collection of performances from The Key Studio Sessions wasn’t special to me.

In the past four months, I’ve recorded one of my favorite Philadelphia bands of the past 20 years – shamanistic psychedelic rock masters Bardo Pond, whose performance was a thrill – as well as one of my favorite new Philadelphia bands – the brilliant duo Girlpool, transported locally from LA this winter with a unique sound and an incredible collection of songs in tow. I also recorded a local guitar icon whose work I’ve admired since I first began covering the scene for City Paper 15 years ago, Mike “Slo-Mo” Brenner, doing a set of his raga-influenced compositions on the 22-stringed chaturangui. (Brenner also sat in on lap steel with folk outfit Kicking Down Doors.)

And that’s only the beginning. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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The Key Studio Sessions: Good Girl

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese

It doesn’t take long to get hooked on infectious Philly R&B group Good Girl; I’d say about 60 seconds into their 2014 mixtape 90s Kinda Love was about all I needed. As somebody who grew up in the 90s, this charismatic four-piece captures everything that was great about TLC, Destiny’s Child, En Vogue, Janet Jackson…all those feel-good pop jams that soundtracked our bus rides and school dances. But as much as the ladies – Morgan, Megan, Arielle and Courtney – play off of this sense of nostalgia, you don’t need to be pushing 40 to appreciate what they’re doing. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Mprynt, Good Girl, and Jermey Isaac Will Sing Their Hearts Out At The TLA

MPrynt | photo via www.facebook.com/MPryntOnline
MPrynt | photo via www.facebook.com/MPryntOnline

If there’s one thing that Philly has shown us in the past year, is that the local R&B scene is on the rise in a big way. Whether you’re listening to their music or watching them perform, Philly R&B singers show a plethora of potential and talent. On Thursday, March 5th, Philadelphia’s Mprynt, Good Girl and Jermey Isaac will be shutting the house down with their voices at the Theater of Living Arts and show why their city gave a start some of the greatest singers the world has every heard. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Thief Steal Me a Peach at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Kirra Kimbrell | via facebook.com/tsmap

Speaking of the appropriateness of titles, Thief, Steal Me a Peach took its name from a 1993 7″ by emo icons Sunny Day Real Estate, and you can totally hear it. The Philadelphia band released its Anxious Math EP just about two years ago, so we’re due for some new material. Tonight they play Kung Fu Necktie; tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Meet Philly’s Good Girl: Four ladies with a 90s sound

Good Girl | photo via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl
Good Girl | photo via facebook.com/wearegoodgirl

Who doesn’t love music from the 90s? For those who grew up in that decade, there’s a certain feeling we get when we hear its music. It makes us reflect on the great memories we had during those times. What’s even better is new music that sounds like it came from the 90s, especially hip hop or R&B. This is why Philly R&B group Good Girl is important for this generation. These lovely ladies – Megan Nicolle, Morgan (J.L.), Courtney (Bobbie) and Arielle – not only have a sound that has been missing for years, but they also showcase authentic talent to their listeners and audience. Continue reading →