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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mumblr at PhilaMOCA, Childbirth at Kung Fu Necktie, Homeboy Sandman at Union Transfer and more

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Mumblr | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Local punks Mumblr are having a record release show for their sophomore album The Never Ending Get Down tonight at PhilaMOCA and it’s bound to be a load of fun. We got an inside look at what makes the band tick thanks to our friends at Swell Tone and their sweet session of the fresh album cut “Microwave.” See what other musical gems can be found on this exciting follow up to their debut LP Full of Snakes. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar and you can watch Mumblr’s Swell Tone session below. Continue reading →

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Feast your “Eyes” on Homeboy Sandman’s new video, catch him at Union Transfer this Saturday

Homeboy Sandman | Photo by Gavin Thomas via Stones Throw
Homeboy Sandman | Photo by Gavin Thomas | courtesy of the artist

Homeboy Sandman will open up for Aesop Rock this Saturday, June 11th at Union Transfer. Before you head to Spring Garden Street, we thought we’d share with you the newest video from the Queens-based rapper. In this visual for “Eyes,” off the new album Kindness for Weakness, everybody is watching Boy Sand — either his hardly-clothed lady friend, or creepy peepers through newspaper cutouts and paintings. No matter who’s looking on, it’s a given that Homeboy Sandman is spitting fire all the way through. Continue reading →

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In the dungeon, Homeboy Sandman’s “God” is as dope as ever

Homeboy Sandman | Photo by Gavin Thomas via Stones Throw
Homeboy Sandman | Photo by Gavin Thomas via Stones Throw

Dungeon is a dark word, but that’s the name Stones Throw Records gave their studio sessions series. Homeboy Sandman, the Queens-based rapper with ties to Philly (he went to school here), is signed to the venerable hip-hop label, and with his new record out now and a tour on the way, he filmed a Dungeon Session version of his song “God,” which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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Aesop Rock will play Union Transfer in June; Homeboy Sandman opening

Aesop Rock
Aesop Rock | Photo courtesy of the artist

Hip-hop mastermind Aesop Rock releases his first album since 2012’s Skelethon in April, and he has just announced a US tour that includes a stop at Union Transfer on Saturday, June 11th.

Rock’s new album, The Impossible Kid, comes out April 29th. He previously shared the single “Rings” in February. This will be his 7th studio album. Featured on The Impossible Kid will be Philly funk-freaks Grimace Federation (who used to tour as Rock’s live band). Continue reading →