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Get a free download of White Birds’ new song “Woman”

 White Birds | Photo via www.facebook.com/truewhitebirds
White Birds | Photo via www.facebook.com/truewhitebirds

After trying on a new moniker for size earlier this year, local lo-fi pop artist James Harvey has returned to his White Birds roots this month, releasing a new track called “Woman.”  The song comes from a place of joy, “not a typical source of inspiration for this project” Harvey says.  ”Woman” is much more euphoric than White Birds’ older releases, with operatic backing vocals and lyrics about love, though the lo-fi production preserves the fragile and vulnerable nature of the project.  Stream and download the track below via White Birds’ Bandcamp page.

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Download a track from Forever Evers, the new project from White Birds’ Jim Harvey

You can count on the factions of the fractured Philly band Drink Up Buttercup to keep us on our toes. When the group split in 2011, three of its four members re-formed as the ethereal echo-folk project White Birds. That band had a nice run, put out a solid EP and full-length, then fell off the map.

Last year, White Birds alums Farzad Houshiarnejad and Mike Cammarata emerged as the groove-pop outfit Night Panther, leaving us wondering what became of singer and songwriter Jim Harvey. An apologetic White Birds song late last year was the final blip from him in this incarnation, before he re-emerged this week as Forever Evers.

Got all that? It’s okay, we’re a little confused too. Basically, what you need to know is Harvey is still making music, his singing is still soaring and melodic, Houshiarnejad is still working with him (they’re brothers, after all) and the tone is still echoed-out, but with a dance-pop sensibility that we didn’t hear in either of his previous two bands. Grab a free download of Forever Evers’ song “I Could Stay” below.

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Trixie Whitley, Bobby Long, The 12 Days of Local Christmas

The 12 Days of Local Christmas are back this year, kicking off with a track called “Christmas Eve With You” by Aaron Brown & The York Street Hustle.  Mid-day host Helen Leicht has curated a great compilation of original holiday songs by local musicians, featuring music by Good Old War, Deb Callahan and more – go here to download the full set, and listen in to XPN to hear the songs played back during My Morning Download with Morning show host Michaela Majoun in the 9 a.m. ET hour and on Helen’s Philly Local pick of the day in the 1 p.m. ET hour.

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Philly lo-fi disco duo Night Panther covers Grizzly Bear’s “Two Weeks” (playing Kung Fu Necktie on Saturday)


As though the song couldn’t get any catchier already, Philly lo-fi disco duo Night Panther – descendants of White Birds and Drink Up Buttercup – recorded and released a cover of Grizzly Bear’s hit “Two Weeks” last month. It’s a bright and blooming rendition, reaching for (and getting close to) Passion Pit stratospheres. Download it below, and catch the band in concert this Saturday night, September 15, when it performs at Kung Fu Necktie with Maria Minerva. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10 and available here.

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Stream the debut album from Pond (playing at Johnny Brenda’s on March 20th)

Matthew Saville

Australian psychedelic rockers Pond release their new album Beard, Wives, Denim on March 6th. Pond includes members of another Australian psychedelic rock band, Tame Impala. The band is playing at Johnny Brenda’s on Tuesday, March 20th, along with Oberhofer and Philly’s White Birds. Below, stream Pond’s forthcoming album in its entirety (via Hype Machine):