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Vagabon blasts off with Infinite Worlds release show at PhilaMOCA

Vagabon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

“You’re a big fish now, though!” someone shouted from sidestage, just before Vagabon launched into “The Embers,” the final song of a stunning record release show at PhilaMOCA on Saturday night. Vagabon — the stage name of one Laetitia Tamko — was riding high on the release of Infinite Worlds, out the 24th on Father/Daughter Records. “The Embers,” a song exploring a more solipsistic landscape, repeats in its refrain that “I’m just a small fish.” While inside, Tamko may feel like a small fish in a big pond, the acclaimed release of Infinite Worlds and it’s two sold-out release shows (Friday night she appeared in Brooklyn with Mal Devisa and Jelani Sai) are ripples indicating that something big is emerging from beneath the surface. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chelsea Sue Allen at Boot and Saddle, Shamir at First Unitarian Church, Son Little at Johnny Brenda’s and more

Photo by John Galla via facebook.com
Photo by John Galla via facebook.com

Earlier this week, Chelsea Sue Allen released her latest record, Lonely Ages, and we streamed it here. On the record, Allen croons lovely narratives accompanied by haunting instrumentation. Catch Chelsea Sue Allen tonight at Boot and Saddle; get ticket and show info at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to Lonely Ages after the jump. Continue reading →

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Celebrating 15 years of Making Time RADness

Shamir| Photo by John Vettese
Shamir| Photo by John Vettese

For the last several years, Philly DJ and party thrower Dave P has been gracing the airwaves monthly on WXPN with the broadcast version of Making Time, Making Time RADio. Way before the radio show, Making Time has been throwing incredible parties, live events with bands (before they were big) and deep-into-the-night dances that have become an institution in Philly. Continue reading →

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10 Artists To Watch in 2015

Ibeyi } Photo courtesy of the artist
Ibeyi } Photo courtesy of the artist

Say goodbye to 2014. Hello 2015. It’s always a challenge to look into the rock and roll crystal ball and predict the future of great musical discoveries. But there are signs. Here’s ten artists I’m excited about and look forward to hearing more from in 2015. Continue reading →