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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Bilal, Nathaniel Rateliff and more

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Bilal | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo | racheldelsordophotography.com

Local singer-songwriter Bilal stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session. He brought with him songs from his latest effort In Another Life, performing acoustic versions of “Satellites,” “Love Child” and more. Download the full session here and catch Bilal live at the WXPN-curated Red Bull Sound Select show at Underground Arts on August 20th.

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Download a Magic Death Sounds Block Party mixtape featuring Aphra, Hello Shark, Elegant Animals and more

Aphra | Photo via facebook.com/aphraband
Aphra | Photo via facebook.com/aphraband

The third annual Magic Death Sounds Block Party takes place on August 30th at the corner of Blair and Dreer in Kensington, and it’s a solid lineup of Philadelphia psychedelic, avant-garde, experimental and otherwise left-of-center leaning pop.

To get us all psyched for the event, the folks at the Philly-based Magic Death Sounds label dropped a mixtape featuring tracks by all ten of the artists on the bill – from the dream-like electronic tapestries of Rebecca Way’s Aphra to the Joy Division-esque fuzz-rock of Whaler. Continue reading →