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PREMIERE: Ill Fated Natives level up on the new slow-burner “Blind Man”

Ill Fated Natives
Ill Fated Natives | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

After debuting with the raw psychedelic blues of their Savages EP, Philly power trio Ill Fated Natives linked up with David Ivory, a producer who got his start engineering The Roots’ early records, including Things Fall Apart. Today, the band released “Blind Man,” the first song to emerge from their collaboration. Continue reading →

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Ill Fated Natives return with political rocker “2+2”

Ill Fated Natives | courtesy of the artist
Ill Fated Natives | courtesy of the artist

Philly power trio Ill Fated Natives return just in time for Inaguration Day with “2+2”, their first new single since 2015’s Savages. It’s no coincidence either, as the track is a fiery, socially-conscious rocker that the band refers to as a war song. You can stream the track, along with its politically-charged visual, below. Continue reading →

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This Saturday at The Fire: The SunDrop All-Day Block Party featuring Illinois, ill Fated Natives, Ben Kessler and more…

SunDrop Festival

The SunDrop Music and Arts Festival’s All-Day Block Party will be held this Saturday, June 4th at The Fire. Picky about your music tastes? Not to worry, the more than eight hours of music will bring a lot to the table, from synth-pop to hard rock to hip-hop and everything in between. And if you’re on a tight budget, once again do not fret — this block party won’t cost a dime. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Listen to producer and saxophonist Max Swan’s newest jam, “So Much Chime”

Photo Courtesy of the Artist
Photo Courtesy of the Artist

Philly’s Max Swan is slowly building himself an impressive resume when it comes to Philly’s local jazz scene. A graduate of the University of the Arts, Swan was a featured performer in this year’s Center City Jazz Festival. Today, he is giving us a taste of what we can expect to hear in the future from the up-and-coming saxophonist and producer. Continue reading →

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Fun, Free and Awesome: NoLibs Fall Fest features Joie Kathos, RoseMary Fiki, Ill Fated Natives and more

Joie Kathos | photo via facebook.com/JoieKathos
Joie Kathos | photo via facebook.com/JoieKathos

Beyond the world of pumpkin spiced everything, October means The Fire‘s annual Northern Liberties Fall Festival, which is set to happen this Saturday from noon to 8:30. Yes, you’ll find pumpkin carving and food there, but it will also feature incredible music from Philly’s rock, punk and soul communities.

Among the talented performers playing the free concert is local rapper, MH the Verb who will be celebrating the release of his new record alongside Philly blues rockers Ill Fated Natives, the funky RoseMary Fiki, and DJ Sylo headlining the night. Continue reading →

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Love of My Life: The 8th Annual Roots Picnic celebrates a generation of innovative music

The Roots | Photo by John Vettese
The Roots | Photo by John Vettese

Every year, the Roots Picnic inches closer to Philly musical utopia. The pre-summer day fest is curated by local hip-hop heroes The Roots, the self-proclaimed hardest working band in America. True to their own innovative and barrier-breaking approach, the lineup is always a unique, eclectic and interesting trip. The setting and its vibe has historically been a bit rockier, beset by exponentially swelling crowds and typically sweltering heat beating down on the minimally shaded asphalt of Festival Pier.

But the eighth annual installment of the Picnic yesterday, while not perfect, was a tremendously positive event, with major improvements in the layout and organization of the festival and a trimming of the musical fat (for the most part). Continue reading →

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Listen to a soulful new collaboration between Brianna Cash and iLL Fated Natives

Ill Fated Natives performing live at The Fire | via facebook.com/illfatednatives

“Beautiful Energy” is the debut track from a collaboration between Brianna Cash and iLL Fated Natives. Cash has established herself in the Philadelphia scene as an up-and-coming R&B singer-songwriter, while the iLL Fated Natives have done similarly as a rock-and-roll trio. The song is a bluesy ode to any relationship borne of positivity and joy, and Cash’s brassy soulfulness brings the passion of the lyrics to life. Continue reading →

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SXSW Dispatch: Reppin’ Philly with RECPhilly, What Scene, Freeway, Moosh and Twist, Ground Up, Chill Moody and more

Moosh and Twist  at the RECPhilly showcase | Photo by John Vettese
Moosh and Twist at the RECPhilly showcase | Photo by John Vettese

It was a rainy night in Austin on Friday, making it the perfect time to stay indoors, off of the 6th Street melee and hang with a stacked lineup of Philly hip-hop and R&B musicians. The party at Old School Bar – thrown by promoters What Scene? and record label / artist development upstart RECPhilly – mixed up-and-comers with established names, and kept the room packed with an enthusiastic crowd across the night. Continue reading →

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RECPhilly announced an all-Philly SXSW showcase and it’s pretty awesome

Moosh and Twist | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordo.tumblr.com
Moosh and Twist rocking Made In America last summer. They play an all-Philly showcase at SXSW | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s something I’ve been saying for years: SXSW needs a Philly-centric showcase, and it needs it in the center of the action. I’ve been going to the massive music industry rodeo in Austin for a few years now, and while there have been well-curated Philly unofficial Philly parties in the past – Yvynyl and XPN’s showcase in 2011, BITBY’s showcase in 2012, Bonfire’s showcase in 2013 – all took place a modest drive or a long walk from Austin’s bustling downtown, which is kind of where the musicians need to be to make an impact.

So big shoutouts this year to the RECPhilly crew and their partners at WhatScene? for putting together a Friday night show at SXSW 2015 that is (a) official and listed in the festival guide, (b) right in the thick of things on 6th Street and (c) all-Philly. Continue reading →