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Watch Ibeyi’s video for “Me Voy” ahead of their November Union Transfer show

Ibeyi | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

French-Cuban duo Ibeyi — made up of twin sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz — can often be found crafting intricate songs full of harmony and rhythm. Sometimes haunting, sometimes dance-worthy, always energetic and full of depth, Ibeyi’s songs have carved out their own unique place in music over the last few years, and their unforgettable artistic style has left us waiting for more. It’s been a few years since Ibeyi brought the sounds of their self-tited debut album to Philadelphia for a captivating show at World Cafe Live, but now the duo returns to town to headline Union Transfer on Nov. 4 with support from theMIND. Continue reading →

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Five artists playing the Roots Picnic you shouldn’t miss

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Ibeyi | photo courtesy of the artist

The annual Roots Picnic is the unofficial start of summer here in Philadelphia, a Saturday spent along the Delaware River listening to a line-up of eclectic music handpicked by the legendary crew. This year’s picnic, next Saturday, June 4th, boasts a seriously great bill of acts, including Future, Usher, Leon Bridges, Blood Orange, Willow Smith, and Gogo Morrow. But we want to make sure you get the most bang for your buck, so check out five other artists you definitely do not want to miss.

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Confidence and Soul: Ibeyi brings their commanding show to World Cafe Live

Ibeyi | Photo by Cameron Pollack | http://cameronpollack.500px.com/
Ibeyi | Photo by Cameron Pollack | http://cameronpollack.500px.com/

I have seen no duo in my admittedly brief history of concert going more commanding of a crowd, more loving of groove, and with more infectious, intricate songwriting than Ibeyi. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi ooze confidence and soul, constantly singing and smiling through the set, at each other and at the audience. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ibeyi at World Cafe Live, RVIVR at First Unitarian Church, Telepathic at Boot and Saddle and more

Ibeyi | Photo via facebook.com/ibeyimusic
Ibeyi | Photo via facebook.com/ibeyimusic

Experimental Parisian pop duo Ibeyi headline World Cafe Live tonight. The project of sisters Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz released its self-titled debut back in February, an alluring set of R&B mixed with Afro-Cuban jazz, anchored by the duo’s harmonies. Their video for “River” is a haunting must-see, so check it out below if you haven’t already. They’re joined on the bill tonight by Philly’s Son Little; tickets and information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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10 Artists To Watch in 2015

Ibeyi } Photo courtesy of the artist
Ibeyi } Photo courtesy of the artist

Say goodbye to 2014. Hello 2015. It’s always a challenge to look into the rock and roll crystal ball and predict the future of great musical discoveries. But there are signs. Here’s ten artists I’m excited about and look forward to hearing more from in 2015. Continue reading →