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Whitney Who? Local emcee Whitney Peyton wins “Emerging Indie Hip-Hop Artist of the Year” award at 2014 Tri-State Indie Music Awards

Photo via facebook.com/whitneypeytonmusic
Photo via facebook.com/whitneypeytonmusic

Up against well-known local hip-hop acts Ground Up and Moosh & Twist, Whitney Peyton‘s victory at last night’s Tri-State Indie Music Awards was unexpected. This isn’t the first local triumph for the rapper who has been rounding up countless local awards for her work since 2010. Peyton has even performed alongside Jadakiss, Kid Ink, Jim Jones, and more solidifying her status as more than just your average rap newcomer.

With her raw energy and fast flow, Peyton comes across as the female Machine Gun Kelly mixed with melodic influences of Missy Elliott (check out the hooks on “Made You Look” and “Boom Ba Yay”). The best thing about her, which comes across immediately when you listen to her rhymes, is that she’s not trying to be anyone else but Whitney Peyton. Clearly, hip-hop fans recognized this and awarded her for it. Fresh off the release of her new album, On the Brink, Peyton will blaze the TLA stage this Friday. Get tickets here and watch her video for “Woopty Woo Woo” below.

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Tonight! The 3rd Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards at World Cafe Live

Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com Ali Wadsworth photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaver.com[/caption] Tonight is the 3rd Annual Tri State Indie Music Awards at World Cafe Live. Performing at the awards ceremony will be The Lawsuits, Chill Moody, Maitland, Ali Wadsworth and many more of our local friends. The awards start at 6PM and will be hosted by Jonas Oesterle, who plays drums and keyboards in PURPLES. The red carpet affair will award local and regional indie bands in a variety of categories. Check out the full list of nominees here.

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Five Things to Look For at Sunday’s Tri-State Indie Awards

This Sunday night, our friends at Tri-State Indie are throwing their second annual awards bash at World Café Live. Dozens of artists, local and national, are competing in almost 30 categories, with a slate of performers lined up as well. Last year’s show was a lively spectacle. Here are five things to look for this year.

1. Philly music folks decked out in their finery on the red carpet

Confession time: red carpets make me uncomfortable. It’s totally not my scene. I’ll probably be hiding in a corner somewhere when the various nominees and presenters file in to World Café Live starting around 5:00. But even I’ve got to admit that it was fun and kind of inspiring to see musicians, bloggers, DJs and producers queued all the way up the World Café staircase, decked to the nines, during last year’s awards. Some folks just adorned scraggly jeans with a suit jacket and tie. Others went all out, with sharp suits, fancy dresses and, uh, costumes (pictured). When you work in a dress-down industry, it’s a rare and kinda nice occasion to see your peers get so excited about dressing up.

2. Not enough Kuf Knotz

Kuf the man was everywhere at last year’s event. Performing onstage with his band, hosting the show between songs, working the crowd when he wasn’t doing that, singlehandedly striking the stage and loading out the backline out after the show was done, shutting off the lights and locking the doors. Okay, maybe some of those aren’t true. But this year, Kuf’s role is a lot more low-key; he’s nominated for Indie Hip Hop Artist of the year, he’s presenting an award for National Overall Indie Band of the Year, and he’s also performing at a pre-game show of sorts. Aside from that, he’ll be relaxing and enjoying the festivities. Which he earned after working so hard last year, no doubt. But there’s always room for more Kufie. Maybe he’ll be inspired to spit a verse on a Sweet Leda or Nicos Gun song. Continue reading →

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