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Moor Mother previews new record of poetry and soundscape with “This Week”

Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Moor Mother | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The Motionless Present is a forthcoming collection of poetry set to acerbic soundscapes from local artist and activist Moor Mother. Scheduled for a March release ahead of her appearance at Berlin’s CTM Festival, the album follows last year’s breakthrough Fetish Bones. Previewing her new work, Moor Mother’s Camae Ayewa has shared a collaborative track with NYC producer Geng called “This Week.”

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Moor Mother talks about the truth of music in new Vice profile

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Moor Mother | photo via Bandcamp

Anyone who’s heard Moor Mother‘s music, either on last year’s excellent Fetish Bones LP or on her earlier recordings, knows that Camae Defstar doesn’t shirk from the often brutal truth of her life experience. In a new interview with Daily Vice’s Michelle Lhooq, the Philadelphia artist shares her thoughts on the importance of hearing stories straight from the people who live them as well as music’s political place.

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Moor Mother and NAH collab on industrial “May 7th” video

Moor Mother | photo via Bandcamp

Local experimental musician NAH is wrapping up 2016 with new records and a pair of new videos, one of which features fellow Philly artist Moor Mother. Taken from this month’s MICHAEL LP (one of three projects NAH put up on Bandcamp last week), “May 7th” has an industrial rawness that The Deli related to “a horror-movie urgency” when they picked up on the accompanying clip. That ominous feeling is compounded by the slow-mo, flickering black and white frames of the video – the camera pans across a desolate city street as Moor Mother’s Camae Defstar raps over the gritty, metallic beats.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mick Jenkins at The Foundry, Moor Mother at The Pharmacy, Shovels and Rope at Union Transfer and more…

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Mick Jenkins | Photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins brings his debut album The Healing Component to The Foundry tonight for a Red Bull Sound Select show. We first caught wind of the up-and-comer after his The Water[s] mixtape, a showcase of Jenkins’ prog-hop take on production. Check out his collaboration with BADBADNOTGOOD below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Moor Mother debuts striking new “By The Light” video

Moor Mother | via Don Giovanni Records

Local artist / activist Moor Mother has released a new video for “By The Light,” a track taken from this month’s Fetish Bones LP. Dark and chaotic, the clip follows a spotlit Camae as she wanders down deserted streets and sits in front of abandoned houses. The pitch-shifted spoken word vocals are harsh and unsettling, as are the doubled-over, disorienting images. As we’ve come to expect from Camae’s work, she expresses frustrations and social commentary in the rawest way possible. Continue reading →

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Screaming Females, Moor Mother playing the Church basement in November

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Screaming Females | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Badass show alert: New Brunswick power trio Screaming Females will headline the basement of the First Unitarian Church on Sunday, November 6th. The band’s most recent album, Rose Mountain, came out via Don Giovanni Records last year. Tickets to the all-ages show are $15 and available now via R5 Productions’ website.

Joining them are their DG labelmates Moor Mother, the Philly experimental project helmed by Camae Defstar; their LP Fetish Bones is out next month. Continue reading →