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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Late Greats at Ortlieb’s, Barns Courtney at Milkboy, Magic Man at Union Transfer and more…

The Late Greats
The Late Greats | photo courtesy of the artist

We met local rockers The Late Greats in a profile last month, and now is your chance to see the band live. They’ll bring their recent Kids You Knew EP to Ortlieb’s tonight, which The Key described as “Weezer covering the Buzzcocks or Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers.” Check out “Lost Highway” below and get more information for the 21+ show here.

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Spotify study reveals Penn students love Magic Man, hate Kendrick Lamar and sleep late

Kendrick Lamar | Photo by John Vettese
Kendrick Lamar is not a favorite of University of Pennsylvania students, according to Spotify  | Photo by John Vettese

Okay, number nerds, this is pretty interesting: Spotify this week released a study on “the most musical universities in America,” ranking schools based on amount of music listened overall and number of subscriptions at their student rate. The University of Pennsylvania ranked as the 34th most musical school in the country, and the school-specific breakdown provides an interesting snapshot of the West Philly ivy league institution’s listening habits. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Magic Man will play Boot & Saddle on 10/27

Photo courtesy of Magic Man
Photo courtesy of Magic Man
Boston electro-pop group Magic Man have announced a show at Boot & Saddle on October 27th.  XPN premiered  the band’s new song “Every Day,” which is included on their just released You Are Here EP.  Tickets and information for the show will be available here. Stream and download “Every Day” via Noisetrade below.

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The Week’s Best MP3s, incl. Magic Man, Christopher Paul Stelling, Our Griffins

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Folkadelphia shared its session with Christopher Paul Stelling, a musician from New York who is quick-fingered and impassioned.  Stelling performed songs from his new False Cities LP, including “Every Last Extremist,” which you can stream and download below.  Grab the full set here and tune into XPN’s Folk Show with Gene Shay on September 15th to hear more from Stelling.

Our Griffins‘ debut Michael Boyd LP was the focus of this week’s Unlocked series.  The Lehigh Valley project of DJ Brown has grown since its Conversations EP was released in 2012, expanding its introspective hushed sound to a Bon Iver-esque proportions.  Stream and download the “Blood On My Sleeves” below and check out the full feature here.

Kate Faust stopped by for a Key Studio Session recently.  The local singer and collaborator  released her solo Crucial Companion EP this year and performed three songs from the record for this session.  Soaring and personal, the tracks, alongside two new ones, are stellar introductions to Faust and her new band.  Stream and download “Crucial Companion” below and get the full set here.

Wednesday’s My Morning Download was a track from This Frontier Needs Heroes called “It’s Over Now.”  Based in Brooklyn, the brother-sister duo came down to Philly to record Hooky at Dr. Dog’s studio.  Tight vocals and trickling drums float between sitar-sounding melodies, bridging Americana and psychedelic worlds in a delicate and memorable way.  Stream and download the song below.

XPN was happy to premiere Magic Man’s new single “Every Day” this week after getting to know the New England-based band with a My Morning Download earlier this year.  It’s a colorful electro-pop track featured on Magic Man‘s new You Are Here EP, set for release this Tuesday, September 10th.  Download “Every Day” via Noisetrade below.

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Song premiere: “Every Day” by Magic Man

Photo courtesy of Magic Man
Photo courtesy of Magic Man

Looking into the rock and roll magic crystal ball we’re seeing a bright future for the Providence, RI/Boston band Magic Man. Since 2009 they’ve been creating soaring, jubilant electro-pop. The band debuted with the album Real Life Color in 2010 and this past February they resurfaced and released a new single, the instantly familiar and catchy “Paris,” which quickly captured the attention and love of the music blogosphere. The band – helmed by Alex Caplow (vocals) and Sam Vanderhoop Lee (guitars and keyboards) – followed the song up with several remixes of songs by Atlas Genius, Smallpools and The Colourist, then released another new song, “Texas,” a high energy song that we featured as a My Morning Download. Magic Man release a five song EP called You Are Here next Tuesday, September 10th. It’ll include some of their recently released new songs along with a new song, “Every Day,” which we’re premiering today below. We think it’ll segue nicely with Human League’s “Don’t You Want Me,” and Passion Pit’s “Little Secrets.” Listen to the song below, or download it via NoiseTrade.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Arc in Round, Moon Palace, Magic Man

65516_10151096489396659_980587142_nArc in Round‘s debut LP got the remix treatment this week.  A handful of local projects, including Ape School and King Britt (along with national acts Benoît Pioulard and Lymbyc System) contributed reworkings to the collection.  Stream A Sunny Day in Glasgow‘s remix of “II” below and get the full album here.

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My Morning Download: “Texas” by Magic Man

Photo by Danny Hoshino
Photo by Danny Hoshino
Last month, the Providence, Rhode Island synth-popsters Magic Man released its debut single to lots of music blog love. They recently released a new song, “Texas,” that you can download below. It’s another great track from a band we’re looking forward to hearing more from in the future.

Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company