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Carrera Shante is Philly’s next hip-hop soul singer

Carrera Shante | Photo via facebook.com/carshamus
Carrera Shante | Photo via facebook.com/carshamus

Hip Hop Soul is a sub-genre of R&B that fuses soul, blues and gospel sounds over hip-hop beats. Thanks to artist such as Mary J. Blige, TLC, R. Kelly, Montell Jordan, and Jodeci, hip hop soul exploded in the mid 90s and is still considered a classic genre to this day. It seems as if one up-and-coming Philly artist is planning on bringing the vintage sound back to limelight. Throughout the The Vintage Tape, you can hear songbird Carrera Shante impressively using her deeply soulful voice over classic hip hop beats. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Minus the Bear at Electric Factory, Mark Kozelek at First Unitarian Church Sanctuary, Chill Moody at Love Park, BITBY One Year Anniversary at Johnny Brenda’s, John Lee Hooker, Jr. at Warmdaddy’s

XPN Welcomes Seattle indie rockers Minus the Bear to the Electric Factory tonight. In August the band released its fifth studio album, Infinity Overhead,  to praise from critics who have said it has been “not so much transforming their sound as transcending it” (The Village Voice). Minus the Bear will be playing tonight with Cursive and Caspian. The all-ages show begins at 8:30 and more information about the show can be found here. Watch Minus the Bear’s new video for “Steel and Blood” below.

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Go “Inside The Studio” with Questlove of The Roots on May 15th


On May 15th, the folks at It’s The Life—a multi-media production company in Philly that produces web shows—bring their Inside The Studio to Warmdaddy’s for a conversation with Questlove of The Roots. To help guide the evening, DJ Afrodjiak will supply the music and Laiya St. Clair will host.

Inside The Studio w/Questlove runs from 7-11 p.m. Sunday, May 15, at Warmdaddy’s (1400 South Columbus Avenue); the event is free and limited to one person per RSVP (which you can do here).