Check out an easygoing new Dewey Decibel jam featuring Rone

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Philly-based rapper / producer Dewey Decibel released a new track this week featuring fellow local rapper Rone titled “Never Gave A Shit.” The song is smooth and engaging, throwing some oddball synths your way and blending them with Dewey and Rone’s easygoing flow. Holding your attention throughout, the track’s different timbres of voice and synth juxtapose comfortably and bounce around the room, with the MCs spitting their lines with confidence. Check out the new song below.

“Never Give A Shit” comes from Sub Cult, the new EP Dewey Decibel is releasing in early 2015. He will be playing at MilkBoy this Friday, November 21st, opening for Red Martina; for tickets and more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Explore Nantucket in Rone’s Music Video for “Stranger”


Philly hip hop artist Rone just released the music video for his track “Stranger,” the first single off of his forthcoming release, Disneyland for Grownups. The music video was shot by Philly photographer/cinematographer Dan King on Nantucket, and features Rone spitting catchy raps while surrounded by summery New England scenery and dressed in the finest prep gear. Although the video might seem a bit incongruous for the eyes and ears at first, it actually really works – partially because Rone raps and sings over a sample of the great breezy track “Lovers Carvings” by UK producer Bibio. Check it out below.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Freeway at The Blockley, Rone at Kung Fu Necktie

Philly rap icon Freeway – he of #TeamEarly fame – is celebrating the release of his latest LP, Diamond in the Ruff, tonight at The Blockley. The album drops on Tuesday, and features collabos with Musiq Soulchild, Nikki Jean and Wale. The 21+ show begins at 9 p.m., more information is available here. Below, dig on the ominous “Numbers,” Free’s collaboration with fellow Philly rapper Neef Buck.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Free Energy at Johnny Brenda’s, Primus at The Tower Theater, Flobots and Rone at MilkBoy

Local pop-rock outfit Free Energy play Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a show presented by Out of Town Films.  Tonight’s event is the first in what Out of Town Films hopes to be a regular event, a showcase bringing high-caliber acts to smaller, more intimate venues.  Free Energy recently announced details for their forthcoming sophomore record called Lovesigns, which will be released through the band’s own label on January 15th.  Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show are $12; the doors will open at 8:00 p.m.  Below, watch Out of Town Films’ video with Free Energy for “Hold You Close” from the summer.

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Raw Life Records presents Jam House tonight at The Legendary Dobbs

Eclectic local label Raw Life Records is hosting a label showcase entitled “Jam House” tonight at The Legendary Dobbs. The line-up is a genre-spanning mix of pop, hip-hop, rap, and dance music featuring host Rone and performances by Nicos Gun, Dice Raw, Black Stars, Young Gliss & De’ko (performing “The Dream Sequence” EP), Finesse, a DJ set by Les Professionnels, and special guests.

There’s no cover for the 21+ event and the show starts at 9 P.M. For more information visit the event page here.

Check out Nicos Gun’s video for “We Could Die” below.

Listen to Young Gliss & De’Ko’s “The Dream Sequence” EP in the embedded player.


Happy record release day to Rone (playing MilkBoy on Saturday)

With a laid-back demeanor and an affinity for melody, Philadelphia’s Adam Ferrone – Rone to his fans – drops his debut full length today on local imprint Raw Life Records. The First Story casts a broad net. It goes fast and fierce with a jazz piano and pounding beat on opener “Against The Wall” (label honcho Dice Raw spits a verse on that track), Later, it ropes things in for some introspection and breezy sentimentality on “200 Miles to Philadelphia,” the acoustic-guitar quasi-singer-songwritery number we heard on Raw Life’s compilation The New School Presents: America’s Next. Rone also sings a lot of his own hooks – another unique slant to his sound. You can watch the video for his single “Giving My Love” below, stream the album over at Soundcloud and help Rone celebrate his album’s release this Saturday, June 23, at MilkBoy.


Listen to The New School Presents: America’s Next, a new compilation from Dice Raw’s Raw Life label

You might know him as a longtime affiliate of The Legendary Roots Crew, but Dice Raw also has a sharp ear for up-and-coming talent in the city. Today, his label Raw Life released The New Sound Presents: America’s Next, a thirteen-track compilation of rising stars in the city’s pop and hip-hop scene. It features the charismatic Young Gliss, who just released the incredible Glimmer EP; Patty Crash, Philly’s answer to the pop-star badassery of Robyn; melodic-minded rapper Rone; the suave, dancefloor-oriented tones of Mike Taylor; and many more. You preview the compilation in the Soundcloud stream below, or buy yourself a copy over at iTunes.

You can also catch Dice, Gliss and Rone tonight at The Jam House party at The Legendary Dobbs on South Street – they’ll be joined by Swift Technique and City Rain.

Below, check out a video for the compilation’s lead single: “200 Miles to Philadelphia” by Rone.