The Kindred Presents variety show might just be the best live music event in the city

Kindred the Family Soul | photo by Maya Darasaw for amadworks photography | courtesy of the artist
Kindred the Family Soul | photo by Maya Darasaw for amadworks photography | courtesy of the artist

On Monday, November 20th, beloved Philly Soul duo Kindred The Family Soul, will host the latest installment of their Kindred Presents weekly series at South Philly’s famed venue and Soul Food restaurant, Warmdaddy’s. Putting a creative spin on the traditional live music format, Kindred Presents is staged variety show style, with the hosts Aja Graydon Dantzler & Fatin Dantzler conducting live interviews with guests, as well as energizing performances from a veritable who’s who of Jazz and R&B acts as well as a variety of poets and activists. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: By Surprise at The Trocadero, Kindred the Family Soul at World Cafe Live

By Surprise
By Surprise | Photo by Maggie Shannon | | courtesy of the artist

South Jersey / Philly indie outfit By Surprise open The Trocadero tonight for ’90s hardcore band Piebald. Noting Piebald as one of their favorite bands, By Surprise has had a solid year playing shows with some of the bands that inspired their career, most recently Motion City Soundtrack’s final show in NYC. The band has some new material in the works, but for now check out their 2015 split with Broadcaster below. Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for some last minute tickets and more information on tonight’s show. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: DRGN King at Johnny Brenda’s, Seoul Delhi at Bourbon & Branch, Kindred The Family Soul at World Cafe Live and more…

DRGN King | photo by Caitlin McCann |

Local indie rockers DRGN King kick-off a nearly two-month long, cross-country tour at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. They also helped to kick-off the 2015 season of Free at Noons, “skipping their day jobs” to rile up the crowd at World Cafe Live back in January. They performed songs from their recent Baltimore Crush LP (which you can learn more about here), as well as tracks taken from their 2013 debut Paragraph Nights. Listen back to the concert here and check out a live-session video for “Undertow” below. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Field Mouse and Teen Men can be found here.

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From the pages of JUMP: Kindred The Family Soul: A Philadelphia Family Affair

Kindred2013Text by Niesha Miller. Images by Michael Bucher.

This article originally appeared in JUMP

Aja Graydon and Fatin Dantzler sit beside each other in their studio near 60th Street and Baltimore Avenue in Southwest Philly. Their creative space is painted sky blue and is home to an old piano, keyboards, racks of clothing from local Philly designers ,and sketches and abstract oil paintings of the duo.

Before they were noted neo-soul artists, Kindred the Family Soul, were two musicians waiting on their big break. The two met during a studio session with The Roots in New York City. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cliff Hillis with Modern Inventors at World Cafe Live, M83 at Electric Factory, Zeus with Juston Stens at North Star, and Kindred the Family Soul at @ World Café at the Queen

Tonight singer-songwriter Cliff Hillis celebrates the release of his latest album, Dream Good, with an official Philly record release show upstairs at World Cafe Live. The album is Hillis’ first release in three years and the show includes a performance by the Philly indie rock band Modern Inventors (who recently recorded with WXPN’s Helen Leicht on Leicht Lunch). The all-ages show starts at 9PM. Tickets are $10 and available for purchase here. Listen to Cliff Hillis’ new album in the player below.

French electronic band M83 are bringing their ambient vibes to the Electric Factory before they head to Lollapalooza and then continue their extensive three month-long U.S. tour. The all-ages show starts at 8PM and features support from Big Black Delta. Tickets are $40.40 and can be purchased here. Watch the official music video for the band’s infectious single “Midnight City” from their latest album, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming in the player below.

Toronto band Zeus are headlining a show at the North Star Bar tonight along with Juston Stens & The Get Real Gang (featuring Juston Stens formerly of Dr. Dog) and Megan Reilly. The 21+ show starts at 8PM and tickets are available here for $10.

Finally, Philadelphia natives/married couple/musical duo Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon (AKA Kindred the Family Soul) are bringing their soulful sound to World Cafe at the Queen in Wilmington tonight at 8PM. Reserved seats for are sold out, but general admission tickets are still available for $29 here.


Watch new videos from The Roots and Kindred The Family Soul (via Okayplayer)

The Roots premiered the first of a series of new videos for songs from their forthcoming album undun on Okayplayer yesterday. The album is being released on December 6th. From Okayplayer:

Here is the first of four videos from The Roots undun, the next three to be released at 12:06pm the next three Tuesdays leading up to release on 12/06. Watch the clip for “Make My” above and stay tuned for “Stomp” next week.

Okayplayer also premiered a new video from the husband-wife soul music duo Kindred The Family Soul. The video is the song “Take A Look Around” from their album Love Has No Recession. The video features Philly’s Bilal and BJ The Chicago Kid. Watch the video below.


Listen to two new Kindred The Family Soul songs (with guests Raheem DeVaughn and Snoop Dogg)

The folks at Okayplayer tipped us to one of these new songs below from Philly’s Kindred The Family Soul. The husband-wife soul-music duo of Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon are releasing a new album on July 26th called Love Has No Recession. Some of the guests on the record include Philly’s Bilal, Rich Medina, Lady Alma Horton and Ursula Rucker. Washington DC’s “Father of Go-Go” Chuck Brown makes an appearance and below, listen to “We All Know” featuring Raheem DeVaughn and “You Got Love” featuring Snoop Dogg.

Kindred The Family Soul “We All Will Know” feat. Raheem DeVaughn by R&B/Soul Promotions

Kindred the Family Soul “You Got Love” feat. Snoop Dogg by R&B/Soul Promotions