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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 →

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Watch a teaser vid for Ill Fated Natives’ Savages EP

Ill Fated Natives | via facebook.com/illfatednatives
Ill Fated Natives | via facebook.com/illfatednatives

At the end of 2014, ill Fated Natives warmed our hearts with a Facebook post, opening it with,

We are blessed. A little more than a year ago, we were just starting out, three young, black musicians with one blues song and unstoppable ambition.

That blues song, “That Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You,” set the stage for the trio as one of Philly’s up-and-coming rock groups. The track is filled with the sound we’ve come to love from them: one that can help you relax, unwind and want to party at the same time. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Wallace Brothers Band at Bob and Barbara’s, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire, Matisyahu at The TLA

The Wallace Brothers Band | via reverbnation.com/thewallacebrothersband
The Wallace Brothers Band | via reverbnation.com/thewallacebrothersband

South Philly’s Wallace Brothers Band headline a free show at Bob and Barbara’s tonight, bringing lively countrypolitan vibes to Broad and South. The band has been around for since 2007, and has had solid showings at the past two Philadelphia Folk Festivals – one year on the campground’s Front Porch Stage and one year on the main stage. Their music blends witty storytelling with sharp playing; check it out below a performance of “Jail” recorded live at the 2013 Philly Folk Fest, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ensemble Novo at World Cafe Live, Ill Fated Natives at The Fire

Ensemble Novo | Photo by David Dzubinski  | via facebook.com/EnsembleNovo
Ensemble Novo | Photo by David Dzubinski | via facebook.com/EnsembleNovo

Philadelphia Brazilian jazz six-piece Ensemble Novo opens the Twin Danger show upstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. Led by saxophone player and music scribe Tom Moon, the six-piece band recorded its Blue Night LP with Jeff Hiatt at Turtle Studios, and released last year. Listen to the easygoing vibes of “Church Is Where You Are” below, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Ill Fated Natives

We don’t know a tremendous amount about Philly’s Ill Fated Natives – they’re very new to the Philly music scene – but we can tell you with no uncertainty that they rock, and they rock hard. The local power trio is made up of drummer “Joey Stix” Pointer, singer-guitarist O. Thompson and bassist Bets Charmelus. They first caught our ear in April with their debut single, a bluesy slow-burn called “That Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You.” Our Katrina Murray described the single as “tough love at its finest.” Continue reading →

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Listen to ill Fated Natives’ (feat. Ganou) “Spanish Horses”

Photo via facebook.com/illfatednatives
Photo via facebook.com/illfatednatives

Philly’s ill Fated Natives return with another brilliant song, the second single from their debut E.P. Savages, due out later in the summer. Last year, the band played an energetic live version of “Living Water” for Philly Sound Sessions. The young band performed at World Cafe Live for Revolt TV and the Questlove Stage during the Fourth of July concert as back up to Brianna Cash. In an interview with Paradigm Magazine, Joey Pointer talked about making music, explaining “It has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day it all plays into the plan. The feelings, anything that I’m dealing with, that all goes into what I play.”

Recently, the band released “Spanish Horses” with vocals by Philly’s Ganou (aka Morgan Fouse). Fouse recently did a phenomenal Key Studio Session, performing songs off of her genre-bending debut album Catharsis. Recently, she released a video for the track “God is in the…”. Ganou creates eclectic variety of music, from raps to sparse electronic composition. Throughout it all, her powerful vocals shine.

Earlier this year, ill Fated Natives released their first single “That Don’t Mean I Don’t Love You”, a hard hitting blues anthem. In comparison, “Spanish Horses” is a languid, soulful affair. The song starts slow, but builds into a full blown crescendo, accompanied by piano and jazzy drums. The stunning, passionate vocals take front seat and really drive the lyrics home.

Listen to the “Spanish Horse” below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Modern Baseball at The Barbary, Ginger Coyle at Boot & Saddle, and Worshyper at The Fire

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/

Pop-punk Philly band Modern Baseball will kick off their summer tour this afternoon at The Barbary.  Earlier this spring, the guys participated a Key Studio Session where they successfully lit up the room with their charismatic energy.  You can listen to a full album stream of their 2012 LP Sports here and watch the video for “Your Graduation” from this year’s awesome You’re Gonna Miss It All below. Get tickets for this afternoon’s show here (while they are still available!)

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. The Interest Group, Ataloft, Psalmships and more

Local outfit The Interest Group brought a handful of new songs in for this week’s Key Studio Session to play alongside February’s “Locked On.”  The psych-pop outfit has been moving quickly since releasing a 1960s cover song that got picked up by Pitchfork a couple of years ago, and they’ll be playing more new songs at Underground Arts on May 14th.  Download “Sharing You” below and get the full set here.

Scranton, PA’s Coal Town Rounders stopped by for a Folkadelphia Session in January, which premiered this week on WXPN and online.  The stripped-down bluegrass quartet takes its music backs to the roots in a don’t-fix-what-isn’t-broken fashion.  Stream and download the session below.

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