Man Man returns to play Philly Music Fest 2019 alongside Sun Ra Arkestra, Vacationer, Restorations, Arnetta Johnson and more

clockwise from left: Man Man | photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | Arnetta Johnson | photo by John Vettese for WXPN | Vacationer | photo by Joe Bloss for WXPN | Sun Ra Arkestra | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Philly avant-garde rockers Man Man have risen from hibernation this year, and will headline the 2019 edition of the Philly Music Fest, just announced today.

The project of songwriter Ryan “Honus Honus” Kattner and drummer Chris “Pow Pow” Powell was a highlight of the 2014 XPoNential Music Festival, but has since gone bicostal, with Kattner releasing solo music. Along with some previously-announced west coast tour dates, this gig marks their formal return to action, and their first time playing the city where they got started in four years. Continue reading →


Eric Slick stands against hate and bigotry in new track, “secrets” ft. Sadie Dupuis

Eric Slick| Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN |

On the heels of performing the loaded Philly Music Fest at World Cafe Live, Eric Slick just shared a new track titled “secrets” via Boiled Records, which features Speedy Ortiz’s / Sad13’s Sadie Dupuis.

Of the song, Slick describes writing it after watching a news piece focused on a Jewish real estate agent in Montana who had been viciously trolled and threatened by a Neo-nazi hate group. Continue reading →


Slomo Sapiens to Skull Eclipses, Shannen Moser to Strand of Oaks: Scenes from the inaugural Philly Music Fest

Ceramic Animal | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

This past weekend, the inaugural Philly Music Fest touched down at World Cafe Live, filling the venue’s upstairs and downstairs stages with two nights of performances by local artists. Highlights included dazzling late-night performances by headliners Cayetana and Strand of Oaks, packed-floor upstairs sets by Harmony Woods and Ivy Sole, the live debut of Skull Eclipses — the experimental hiphop project of Lushlife and Botany — and much more.

In the mix were foodies, artists and crafters, musicians in the audience watching the musicians onstage, and a couple top-secret stripped down performances for VIP ticket holders. 26 artists performed in total, money was raised for LiveConnections, and you can take a look at scenes from the weekend care of ace Key photographer Rachel Del Sordo.To see more of her work, check out her website, and give her Instagram a follow.  Continue reading →


Hear Harmony Woods perform new track, “Best Laid Plans II” at Graffiti Pier

Harmony Woods | still from video

Harmony Woods‘ Sofia Verbilla recently took a trip with Feet First Productions to Graffiti Pier, from which we were gifted with a live performance of “Ghosts.”

Now, a second video is here, but this time with a more colorful background, and a brand new song titled “Best Laid Plans II.” Definitely keeping up to par with the expectations of Nothing Special, the video showcases a beautiful performance that grows in power as Verbilla cuts through the song with her raw vulnerability and strength. Continue reading →


Prep for Philly Music Fest with a loaded set-time schedule

Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist
Cayetana | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

The Philly Music Fest is fast approaching. On the weekend of September 22nd, a heaping of Philly’s most talented will descend upon World Cafe Live. In preparation for this event, we now have a trusted set time schedule.

And prepare we must, because there’s a whole lot of awesome local bands at this thing. I mean, the lineup’s more stacked than a can of Pringles. Continue reading →