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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sonni Shine at Hard Rock Philly and Shapebreaker at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo courtesy of the artist
Photo courtesy of the artist

Best known for her work with reggae outfit The Underwater Sounds, Philly’s Sonni Shine is all on her own tonight for an intimate acoustic show at Hard Rock Philly. It’s been two years since her band has released new material, but on its Facebook page they promise 5 new tracks are on the way. With elements of funk and jazz, the band’s music is designed to be danceable and melodically seducing. Listen to “What You Waiting For” from their 2012 release Que Se Queda below and come out to see the free show tonight at 5:00 p.m.

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Indulge in Simple Pleasures courtesy of neo-soul newcomer Milton

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Photo courtesy of the artist

Milton may be new to the local music scene, but he’s already proving to have something interesting up his sleeve on his debut album Simple Pleasures. It begins with a pair of laid-back, groovy R&B tracks that welcome the listener to his sound and are reminiscent of Dwele and Raheem DeVaughn. But then things get a lot more interesting. Dubstep and electronic influences make their way to the surface unexpectedly and compliment Milton’s smooth vocals on “Questions”, the ode to his drug of choice on “Green Acres”, and his falsetto-driven “Slippin Dippin”.

The stand-alone electric guitar and Milton’s impassioned vocals on sensual ballad “Emotion Picture” takes us back to basics before the synthesized sounds return via “G.M.A.C.” He dreamily sings of wanting to fully immerse himself with thoughts of his lover on “Lost” which unearths the album’s ambient undertones that he digs deeper into with “Eros Attraction”. Conflict and tensions arise in the form of “U vs. Me” where Milton finds himself at odds with his partner and questioning “why does it gotta be you versus me?” led by piano. Milton ends the record with the forward-looking “Curtain Call” where he sings of moving on and letting go. Through interesting production choices, Milton takes traditional R&B to the next level on his impressive debut.

Hard Rock Philly welcomes Milton to its stage on March 30th for an album release show. Get tickets here and listen to “Questions” below.

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Chill Moody preps for the impending rap takeover on his new track “Godzilla”

Artwork via soundcloud.com/chillmoody
Artwork via soundcloud.com/chillmoody

Philly’s Chill Moody is asserting dominance via hashtag rap on his new Mike Zombie-assisted track “Godzilla”. Both rappers spit lethal rhymes over the beat which includes a loop of what sounds like a shrieking Godzilla. Before getting sentimental at Hard Rock Cafe for his annual Valentines Day show (inspired by his mixtape Who Do You Love) on February 7th (tickets here), Chill Moody will blaze the Trocadero stage on January 30th. Get tickets here (for 96 cents!).

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Liz and the Lost Boys at Kung Fu Necktie, Nightlands at Ortlieb’s, Former Belle at Hard Rock Cafe and more

liz_lost_boysJazz-tinged Philly four-piece Liz and the Lost Boys headlines Kung Fu Necktie tonight. Fronted by singer, songwriter and harpist Liz Ciavolino, the band just released a digital single for the songs “February” and “The Forest and the Farmer,” and the new compositions are their most expansive to date. Moving far from the folk-pop of their earliest EP, both new songs are steeped in metaphor and mythology, and harness complex structures for an almost prog vibe. Listen below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar.

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Listen to Sugar Tongue Slim’s new Khari Mateen-produced single “Hell Wrong” (playing Hard Rock Philly tomorrow)

Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold
Sugar Tongue Slim | Photo via facebook.com/SlimIsGold

The rapper formerly known as Sugar Tongue Slim is still pretty much known as Sugar Tongue Slim; he’s just going by the punchier S.T.S. these days, which is fine by us. Today the Philly MC rolled out his latest song, “Hell Wrong,” produced by the inimitable Khari Mateen. Like any of Khari’s projects, the beat is crazy futuristic and the instrumental textures and are unique, intriguing and sonically addictive. This give’s Slim’s rhymes a massive amount of lift, as he spouts off about money and material culture – in both a celebratory and satirical manner. “Smellin’ like psuedo wealth, just tryana be who I be / first I need a presidential Rollie and an iced-out Jesus piece.” Take “Hell Wrong” for a spin below, and catch STS live in tomorrow night’s free showcase with Caliph Now and Reef the Lost Cauze at Hard Rock Philly; information can be found here.