Tonight’s Concert Picks: I Want To Know What Love Is at Boot and Saddle, Little Strike at Johnny Brenda’s, Truck North at The Fire, and more…

Walla Fest
Clique | photo by Sabrina Jacot

Love Is In The Air: Boot and Saddle is presenting “I Want To Know What Love Is,” a Valentine’s showcase featuring art from Jacqui Powell, Jordan Stiff, and Lauren McFadden and performances from many bands such as Clique and Woven In. For more info, go here. Continue reading →


The Wurxs release a new single featuring Black Thought and Truck North, “Visions Polarized”

Photo courtesy of the artist.
Photo courtesy of the artist.

West Philly MC and production duo The Wurxs worked with The Roots MC Black Thought and Roots collaborator Truck North on the latest installment in their\ #WURXSWEDS series, “Visions Polarized.”

The Wurx are Gee Moolah & Trons, and have been making music together since 2009. With a handful of EP’s and singles, the duo is carving out its own unique voice in the local hip-hop scene. As producers they’ve worked with Dice Raw, Asher Roth, Peedi Crakk, and with Truck North who appears on this new single. You can listen to all their music on their Soundcloud here.

Below, over a popping and funky horn driven sample, The Wurxs trade verses with Black Thought and Truck North over a groove that you don’t want to hear end on “Visions Polarized.”


Download a couple new freestyles from Truck North

truck_north1 One of the Money Making Jam Boys and Roots crew collaborator Truck North has just released a couple of free freestyle downloads in anticipation of the release of his forthcoming album, Murder by Mourning . According to his Facebook page the album is due out later this month and features production from Khrysis, The Wurxs and Dante Lewis. Below, download “Celebrate,” and “Grammy Family Freestyle.”


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tin Bird Choir at Steel City, Cody ChesnuTT at World Cafe Live, Curly Castro / Dice Raw / Truck North at The Fire

Tin Bird Choir

Locals Tin Bird Choir bring their soulful folk sound to Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville tonight. It’s a CD release show for the self-proclaimed “barn rock” outfit, whose new record is titled Homesteady. Check them out performing at 30th Street Station a few weeks ago for XPN’s Lunchtime Buskers series. You can find tickets and information here.

Tin Bird Choir busking at The Porch at 30th Street Station from WXPN FM on Vimeo.

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15 reasons why Philly’s music scene will go from 10 to 11 in 2013

DRGN KNG Photo by Nicky Devine
As far as the local music scene goes, we thought 2012 was an excellent year. Our hats go off to the dozens of bands across an impressive, diverse range of genres for notching things up last year. Roll call: Dr. Dog. War On Drugs. Meek Mill. Hop Along. Cheers Elephant. Arc In Round. Toy Soldiers. Hezekiah Jones. Lushlife. Work Drugs. Chill Moody. Sun Airway. The Stray Birds. Purling Hiss. Free Energy. The Fleeting Ends. Aaron Brown. Res. Low Cut Connie. Spacin’. Swearin’ (there’s a double bill we want to see). Shark Tape. In The Pocket. DRGN KNG. Cold Fronts. Moosh & Twist. Nothing. RJD2. Night Panther. Reef The Lost Cauze. Buried Beds. Vacationer. Ape School. Adrien Reju. The Spinto Band. Ground Up. Vintage Kicks. Pissed Jeans. The legendary Roots crew. Santigold. Birdie Busch. Zilla Rocca. Scot Sax. Man Man. Schoolly (don’t need the “D” anymore, he’s just “Schoolly”). Freeway. Strand of Oaks. Good Old War. King Britt. Heyward Howkins. Arctic Splash. White Birds Chiddy Bang. GrandeMarshall. Meg Baird. City Rain. Juston Stens and The Get Real Gang. The Money Making Jam Boys. Nicos Gun.

Who’d we forget? Probably dozens more. Our apologies if we left you out. We hope you get the point though; these days, Philly is miles deep and miles wide with talent and creativity. If 2012 was a “ten,” here’s 15 reasons why Philly’s music scene is about to go to 11 in 2013. Continue reading →


The Week So Far: Eight must-read stories on The Key

Bing & Ruth’s David Moore on the ambient performance he brings to The Barnes Friday [link]

The new LP from The Fleeting Ends, Our Eyes are Peeled, gets the Unlocked treatment [link]

Dave Hartley, bassist for The War on Drugs, launches his sports column From The Key [link]

South Jersey pop-punks Aspiga treat us to a song from each release in their Key session [link]

Roots collaborator Truck North releases Our American Cousin free EP [link]

Does cover art make the album? We ponder this and look at some great local album covers [link]

Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and drummer John Maloney tonight at Space 1026 [link]

Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees is features on this week’s Folkadelphia session [link]


Listen to a new Truck North song (produced by The Wurx), “The Rain Maker”

Okayplayer tipped us to this new Truck North song, “The Rain Maker.” Produced by The Wurx, it’s from his forthcoming EP, Our American Cousin. North, a legendary Roots Crew Affiliate and member of the Money Making Jam Boys. “The Rain Maker” is built on a a simple yet deceptive and haunting piano chord progression, looped over a tight nicely syncopated beat, snippets of Malcolm X quotes, and North’s always on time rhymes.