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Join Lushlife and Weathervane Music for the premiere of a new Toynbee Tile-inspired Shaking Through Session at Art in the Age on 11/7

Photo via www.facebook.com/lushlifemedia
Photo via www.facebook.com/lushlifemedia

Shaking Through‘s fall season is off to a tremendous start with their current episode from The So So Glos and an upcoming episode spearheaded by Lushlife.  The Weathervane Music project, which brings bands and artists to Miner Street Recording in Fishtown to record a brand new song in two days, let the local hip hop artist loose in the studio and the result is a four-movement, eleven minute “rap epic” titled Toynbee Suite.  The inspiration, as noted by the recording’s title, were the mysterious messages inlaid across the city and around the world known as “Toynbee Tiles.”  From the press release:

…Toynbee Suite arcs across four dramatically different movements and features a tremendous cast of musicians. With key contributions from RJD2NightlandsYikes the Zero, as well as orchestral arrangements from Joshua StamperToynbee Suite is perhaps the most ambitious song from the already ambitious Shaking Through, which Pitchfork calls “an inspired recording project,” and IFC declares is “one of the best online music series.”

The episode premiere will take place at Art in the Age on November 7th, with appearances by Lushlife, Tim Meskers (formerly of Brown Recluse) and Bailiff.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch Lushlife’s video for “Magnolia,” followed by the trailer for the 2011 documentary on Toynbee Tiles called Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles.

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Q.D. Tran from The Deli Magazine Philly guest DJs on tonight’s edition of XPN Philly Local

Photo by David Turcotte | thefullframe.org
Photo by David Turcotte | thefullframe.org

We’re pretty amped for The Deli Magazine‘s 5th anniversary throwdown this weekend at PhilaMOCA. It has a solid lineup of Literature, Night Panther and The Homophones; it has a costume contest, it has prizes. You can get all the details here, or you can listen to the Philly Local Show on WXPN tonight when The Deli’s editor Q.D. Tran joins me on the air during the 9:00 hour of the Philly Local Show to guest DJ, preview the concert and spin jams from some of his Philly faves. An advance peek at his playlist indicates Q is spinning some Spacin’, Lushlife and a cool track from Creepoid’s first LP that simply doesn’t get heard enough. Tune in at 9 p.m. at 88.5 FM or XPN.org. Below, check out The Deli’s Choice / Cuts video session with Lushlife for the song “Still I Hear the Word Progress.”

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Lushlife to play next Red Bull Sound Select event on 9/17 with Cuddle Magic, Heliotropes and Johnny Showcase

redbullsoundselect The next Philly Red Bull Sound Select show will be held on Tuesday, September 17th at a secret location TBA. Curated by Tayyib Smith of Little Giant Media, the showcase will feature Cuddle Magic, Heliotropes, Johnny Showcase and Lushlife. Tonight is the August edition of Red Bull Sound Select at The Blockley with Kilo Kish, Nico’s Gun, Mic Stewart & Joie. Go here for more information about tonight’s show, curated by Veteran Freshman. Below, listen to some tunes from Lushlife, Cuddle Magic and Johnny Showcase.

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John Pfeffer (of Capillary Action) released new track “Bodega”, co-starring a wide variety of fellow Philly artists

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John Pfeffer of Capillary Action is a unique songwriter. Having dabbled in free-form avant-rock in the past with his band - which, as he acknowledges, has been more like a name he uses for whatever music he’s currently working on – he just released a new, very avant-garde track  under his own name called “Bodega.” It features collaborations he’s done with a handful of fellow Philly artists, including Ricardo Lagomasino of Many Arms, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, YIKES the ZERO, Lushlife, and Jeff Zeigler of Arc In Round. The  track is wildly experimental, and largely instrumental until around the 7 minute mark (it’s 10 minutes in total). Check it out for yourself below, via Soundcloud.

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Watch Dice Raw perform at Race Street Pier for BITBY (playing Third Thursdays Live and Local tonight)

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Local rapper / singer / all-around-showman Dice Raw recorded a short video for Bands in the Backyard, previewing the new free music series, Third Thursdays Live and Local, which happens at the Race Street Pier every month. In the video, Dice gives a short yet compelling performance of his song “1995″, and gives further info (sort of) about the upcoming show at the pier. The series, presented by Philebrity and in conjunction with Black Music Month Week, will kick off tonight with performances by Dice Raw, Lushlife, Jade Alston, and D’Vina. Find additional info here, and check out more videos from this week’s artists after the jump.

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Dice Raw, Lushlife kick off new music series at Race Street Pier on 6/20

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There’s a new free concert series in town: Third Thursdays Live and Local kicks off this week at the Race Street Pier.  Presented by Philebrity and in conjunction with Black Music Month Week Philadelphia,  the evening concert will include performances by Dice Raw, Lushlife, Jade Alston, D’vina and DJ Benz.  The series has its focus set on pairing established local performers with up-and-coming acts and will feature a different genre each month.  More information for the show on Thursday, June 20th can be found here.  Watch videos from a few of this week’s artists below.

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Funky Friday: Roots Picnic edition

RootsPicnic_2013_Schedule_WEB Tomorrow is the Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing with a stellar lineup including Naughty By Nature, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Grimes, Joey Bada$$, Trinidad James, Gary Clark, Jr., Solange, Grimes, Robert Glasper, How To Dress Well, Philly’s Lushlife, DJ Premiere and others. The music starts at Noon; schedule is above. Being that’s it’s Funky Friday today, we bring you the Roots Picnic edition of Funky Friday with some of our favorite jams below. See you at the picnic!


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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Intersection of Music and Technology at Underground Arts, Kaki King at World Cafe Live, Buried Beds with Auctioneer and Great American Canyon Band at Kung Fu Necktie

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In conjunction with Philly Tech Week, WXPN and Little Giant Media present The Intersection of Music and Technology at Underground Arts.  The free event will feature live performances by Lushlife (pictured), Khari Mateen and POW POW (Chris Powell of Man Man), DJ sets by DJ PHSH and Making Time’s Dave Pianka and a panel discussion / Q&A with Questlove and XPN’s Bruce Warren.  More information for free 21+ event can be found here.  Below, watch Lushlife’s video for “Magnolia.”

At World Cafe Live, it’s An Evening with Kaki King.  The guitar virtuoso has embarked on a retrospective tour, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the release of her debut album Everybody Loves You.  Recently, King released Glow, an instrumental record on which she collaborated with string quartet ETHEL.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here.  Below, watch her video for “Glow” and revisit her set at the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival via Archive.org here.

Buried Beds headline Kung Fu Necktie tonight with support from Auctioneer and Great American Canyon Band.  Bridging the gap between their most recent release Small Stories and an upcoming as-yet untitled release, local indie pop band Buried Beds have been detailing their recording experience with video clips and updates, including this one in which the members filmed a “huge drums” session.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.  Below, watch Auctioneer’s Shaking Through episode.

Shaking Through: Auctioneer from Weathervane Music on Vimeo.

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See a Questlove Q&A, watch sets by Khari Mateen, Lushlife and Pow Pow at Underground Arts for Philly Tech Week

TechWith the 2013 edition of Philly Tech Week upon us, WXPN has teamed up with Little Giant Media for a performance, tech talk and DJ night at Underground Arts called The Intersection of Music and Technology.The free 21+ event happens on Sunday, April 28th beginning at 5 p.m.

Hosted by WXPN’s Bruce Warren, the event will kick off an hour-long Q&A with Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots. Presentations will be made by the folks at Rapgenius.com, Soulspazm Digital and theFUTURE.fm, and DJ’s Dave P of Making Time and DJ Phsh will spin.

The centerpiece live performances will come from production wizard and sonic adventuerer Khari Mateen, electro-pop experimenter Chris Powell of Man Man performing under his Pow Pow moniker, and tech-savvy rapper Lushlife. For more information on The Intersection of Music and Technology, visit its Facebook event page here. Below, watch Lushlife perform “Still I Hear The Word Progress” and talk about his gear fixation in his HotBox Studio / Deli Magazine Choice Cuts Session.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions’ SXSW PHL sampler featuring Cold Fronts, Lushlife, DRGN King and more

Bleeding Rainbow at SXSW 2012 | Photo by John Vettese
Bleeding Rainbow at SXSW 2012 | Photo by John Vettese

The music portion of the Austin’s annual South by Southwest festival kicks off today, and many of our city’s finest up-and-coming bands have been spent the last week crammed in hatchbacks or vans with amps and instruments, making their trek to Texas. Several have, over the past couple years, recorded Key Sessions in our studio, and today we present you with a downloadable sampler of artists who are repping Philly in in Austin this week.

Beginning with a snappy performance of “Jackie” by Philly pop-rockers Cold Fronts, who won a JanSport competition to be a SXSW featured artist, all the way to the doom-y “Downward Years to Come” from Nothing, it showcases some of the rock (Cheers Elephant), hip-hop (Lushlife) and punk (Lantern) Philly bands on the various bills across Austin. Listen to the set below, download at Soundcloud. And check out some bonus video after the Jump – West Philly’s Waxahatchee performs a ton of shows this week, including an NPR Music showcase with Nick Cave tomorrow, while Bleeding Rainbow is making the rounds as well. See videos of the former playing “Dark Moon” in our studio and the latter tearing up “Get Lost” at Johnny Brenda’s.

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