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PREMIERE: Liz De Lise shares video for “Baby Bird,” pens an essay about harassment

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Liz De Lise | photo by Cecilia Brown | http://www.ceciliabrownphoto.com

Local singer-songwriter Liz De Lise is settling back into her Philadelphia life after spending two months on the road supporting the self-titled debut LP she released this past fall, but she’s not slowing down just yet. She and her bass player Mark Watter will hit the Boot & Saddle stage this Friday, January 13th for their first hometown show of 2017, and today we have the premiere of a brand new video for album standout “Baby Bird.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Boot and Saddle, The Bigness and Liz De Lise at Ortlieb’s, Diet Cig at The Chameleon Club

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Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia born alternative hip-hop group Hardwork Movement is sure to draw a crowd tonight at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. The group promotes the importance of togetherness and striving for uniqueness. Hardwork Movement draws increasingly larger crowds each show they play, from venues like Kung Fu Necktie to Spruce Street Harbor Park. With fellow hip-hop inspired openers Ill Doots and TubaFresh, this is not a gig to miss. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Liz de Lise shares “Baby,” the first single from her new LP

Liz De Lise | photo by Abi Reimold | via facebook.com/hereisldl

Her June Key Studio Session had us itching for more, and now Liz de Lise is just about ready to hand it over. The Philadelphia singer/songwriter has released the first single from her forthcoming self-titled LP, a standout track called “Baby,” and we can expect to hear the full record on September 9th.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Liz De Lise

Philly singer-guitarist Liz de Lise writes arresting songs rooted in observational honesty – whatever tone they happen to take. When we first met her early this winter, the music was jazzy folk-pop, and reminded us of 70s Joni Mitchell and Laura Nyro records. The project at hand was a series of monthly DIY videos completed across the course of 2015, preceded by 2014’s To & Fro – an acoustic collection based on stories the songwriter gathered from homeless youth she encountered in Portland, Oregon.

In the time since, de Lise has developed her sound into something more cerebral – yet no less catchy. As we hear in this Key Studio Session, she has two chief collaborators: Mark Watter on bass and vocals (you might know him from Rosu Lup, Caroline Reese + the Drifting Fifth, and his own band Howlish), and a tight network of effects pedals and loopers, which she works with skill and finesse (I guess that’s more of a tool than a collaborator, but you get the picture). The set swallows you in sound, with layers of vocal rounds floating alongside askew lead guitar reminiscent of St. Vincent’s Annie Clark. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: J. Dilla Tribute ft Slum Village at Johnny Brenda’s, Liz De Lise at Kung Fu Necktie, Ben O’Neill at Boot and Saddle

The Kings Court Tour comes to Johnny Brenda’s tonight to pay tribute to the late J Dilla. Slum Village, Guilty Simpson, Phat Kat, and Black Milk will be performing music to honor the memory of “one of the music industry’s most influential hip-hop artists.” For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Liz de Lise at Kung Fu Necktie, Archer Spade at The Rotunda

Liz De Lise | Photo by Adam Krevchuck | courtesy of the artist
Liz De Lise | Photo by Adam Krevchuck | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Liz de Lise recalls the jazz-tinged singer-songwriter era of the 1970s – Laura Nyro, Carole King, and of course Joni Mitchell – filtered through production and perspectives into something wholly contemporary. Last year she released the short A songs collection and embarked on a video-a-month project; tonight she headlines Kung Fu Necktie in Fishtown. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →