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Watch Jacqueline Constance’s live looping cover of “Pray You Catch Me (Lemonade)” and “XO” by Beyonce

Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

When we first heard Philly’s Jacqueline Constance, it was the clever and soulful mixtape The Jacqueline Show that got our attention. But see her play live and you’ll realize that it’s only one part of the puzzle. Onstage, the Philadelphia singer and sound artist mixes her own originals with covers of anyone from Sylvan Esso to Jazmine Sullivan — and the only accompaniment is her voice.

Over the past year and change, Constance has honed her craft as a live looping artist via her YouTube channel, and her latest tackles the title track from Beyonce’s much-discussed new visual album Lemonade. Shot, as all her videos are, in a bedroom, Constance lays down a mediative blanket of hums and beats that goes on to intertwine words and melodies from “Pray You Catch Me (Lemonade)” and “XO” from Beyonce’s self-titled 2013 album. Continue reading →

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Listen to Jacqueline Constance’s hypnotic James Blake cover

Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Jacqueline Constance | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly R&B singer Jacqueline Constance makes music is exciting in its own right. But as we saw during her Key Fest set this spring, she also does incredible covers. Constance recently recorded a session with the folks over at RECPhilly, and it features her version of James Blake’s haunting “Retrograde.” She injects with a bit more soul than the (equally captivating) original using only a loop pedal and some impressive vocal control. Watch the session below. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance: A set of simmering Philly hip-hop and R&B with Brielle, The Bul Bey, Jacqueline Constance and Tiani Victoria

Brielle
Brielle | Photo by Reji B. | rejibphotography.com

I kind of see our first-ever Key Fest as a tour of the Philly scene, from the basements to the coffeehouses and ending up in thenightclubs. Since the concluding night of the series happens to be on a Saturday, we had to make it a party by getting together some of our favorite voices in Philly hip-hop and R&B and bringing them to the MilkBoy stage. Here’s a look at what’s in store. Continue reading →

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The Bul Bey added to night three of Key Fest

The Bul Bey | via thebulbey.tumblr.com
The Bul Bey | via thebulbey.tumblr.com

The first ever Key Fest is just around the corner, with three nights worth of impressive local artists curated by The Key kicking off at MilkBoy starting April 23.

The latest hype is that Philly rapper The Bul Bey will be joining us for the third day of the fest, alongside Brielle, Jacqueline Constance and Tiana Victoria. Unfortunately Sugar Tongue Slim had to drop off the festival due to a scheduling conflict, and while we’ll miss him, this is still a lineup you can’t miss. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacqueline Constance at The Fire, Readership at Bourbon and Branch, Goat Mumbles at Golden Tea House

Jacqueline Constance | photo via twitter.com/JacqConMusic
Jacqueline Constance | photo via twitter.com/JacqConMusic

Emerging Philly soul queen Jacqueline Constance headlines The Fire tonight with the arty and adventurous Brielle. Last year, the South Philly singer and songwriter released The Jacqueline Show, an imaginative album that blended positive melodies, slice-of-life storytelling and Constance’s voice (which reminds us of a young Jill Scott). Check out the video for “Good Life” (featuring Antwan Davis) below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aspiga at Ortlieb’s, Jacqueline Constance at World Cafe Live, Hezekiah Jones at Ardmore Music Hall and more…

Aspiga
Aspiga | photo via Facebook

New Jersey punk group Aspiga celebrate the release of What Happened To You? at Ortlieb’s tonight.  The LP marks Aspiga’s second effort for Paper + Plastik records, following 2012’s Every Last Piece full-length.  On “My Little Eraser,” the first song shared from the new record, Aspiga hardens their pop-punk sound with an aggressive pace and a knack for brevity.  More information for the 21+ show with Thing Lips, By Surprise and Fo A Cha can be found on the Facebook event page here. Listen to “My Little Eraser” below.

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Binge “watch” the new Jacqueline Constance Show LP

Jacqueline Constance
Jacqueline Constance | photo via www.facebook.com/jacqueline-constance

Jacqueline Constance‘s work is simply amazing. It’s very rare to hear a project from an artist, whether it’s an EP, mixtape, or album, that you can play through the whole thing and stay engaged. From the beginning to the end, The Jacqueline Constance Show – released this spring – is an impressive piece of work from one of our best up-and-coming local artists.

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