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Listen to Wild Belle’s curated Spotify playlist with music from Tom Tom Club, The Congos, Kindness and more

Photo by Jennifer Tzar
Photo by Jennifer Tzar
Wild Belle releases it’s excellent debut album, Isles, next Tuesday, March 12th. You can listen to the album in its entirety here. We asked Natalie and Elliot Bergman to curate a Spotify playlist with some of their musical influences and inspirational jams, and they picked some fantastic music. It’s a groove laden list with music from Kindness, the Tom Tom Club, a song from the legendary reggae group, The Congos, and the Michigan indie-pop band Saturday Looks Good To Me and more. Listen below.

Wild Belle’s debut album Isles is out Tuesday, March 12th. Buy the album here.

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The Week So Far: 12 must-read stories on The Key (incl. Wild Belle, Petula Clark and Neighborhood Choir)

Eels | Photo by Michael Bucher
Eels | Photo by Michael Bucher

Check out photos and videos of Eels‘ knock-out appearance at World Cafe Live [link]

Local acoustic musician Kyle Swartzwelder recorded a stirring session for Folkadelphia [link]

Download “Joy To You Baby” from Josh Ritter‘s new LP The Beast in its Tracks, which is also XPN’s Featured Album of the Week [link]

XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of Week welcomes the return of Petula Clark with “Cut Copy Me” off of her new album Lost in You [link]

The Lawsuits recorded a rocking, eclectic Key Studio Session this week [link]

Guest VJ Nikki Volpicelli shares Philadelphia Area Music Showcase‘s line-up of local acts for this month’s Tuesday Tune-Out series at PhilaMOCA [link]

Neighboorhood Choir‘s Bennett Daniels talks roadtrips, recording and roughing it in an interview with Brian Wilensky [link]

The Key premiered Wild Belle‘s instantly captivating and mystical debut album Isles [link]

Peter Murphy will perform the music of Bauhaus at The Trocadero on May 9th [link]

Watch a video of Norwegian Arms performing “Wolf Like a Stray Dog” at Brighton Sound Studios; they play an all-ages show at PhilaMOCA tomorrow [link]

Preeminent Philly soul group The Delfonics are put in the spotlight once again with Adrien Younge Presents The Delfonics; stream the new collaborative album via NPR [link]

Steve Earle and the Dukes announce a May 3rd show at Phoenixville’s Colonial Theatre [link]

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Album premiere: Listen to the debut album by Wild Belle, Isles

Photo by Jennifer Tzar
Photo by Jennifer Tzar
Wild Belle makes music for an integrated world. Chicago natives, brother and sister Elliot and Natalie Bergman, draw on reggae, pop, West African and psychedelic music on its mesmerizing debut album, Isles, out on Tuesday, March 12th. Listen to the album in its entirety below.

Isles is brimming with warm, mystical grooves and dreamy dance songs laced in pop tradition. Natalie and Elliot perform many of the instruments themselves including a wide range of keyboards including piano, Hammond, Fender Rhodes, Memory Moog, Minimoog and Casio. Elliot plays saxophone and percussion including congas and kalimba. Natalie’s lead vocals are beguiling and sensual, and the songs are complemented with bass, guitar and drums, handled by Erik Hall, who plays with Elliot in the jazz/funk/afrobeat influenced Chicago band Nomo.

Songs like “Keep You,” “Twisted,” and “It’s Too Late,” are catchy and irresistibly playful and on “June,” Wild Belle grab a page out of the playbook of the early rock steady sounds of Jamaica with refreshing results. In fact, Isles feels like a deep dive in to the classic Trojan Records catalog with great respect for the past while crafting something thoroughly modern sounding. For Wild Belle, the groove is definitely in the heart.

Isles is out Tuesday, March 12th. Buy the album here.

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Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Firefly Festival to Dover International Speedway, featuring Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Lumineers, MGMT, Kendrick Lamar and more

Photo by Clara Balzary
XPN welcomes the return of Firefly Festival to The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway on June 21st-23rd.  The line-up is huge this year, with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and Foster the People headlining the multi-day festival and over sixty of the biggest established and rising acts in the country filling out the bill.  Firefly’s diverse bill includes Vampire Weekend, rapper Kendrick Lamar, Public Enemy, Philly’s Dr. Dog, The Walkmen and the Spinto Band, Ellie Goulding, The Avett Brothers, Passion Pit, Calvin Harris, Grizzly Bear, Toro Y Moi, ZZ Ward, Matt and Kim, Dispatch, and new favorites HAIM, Wild Belle and Foxygen. Check out videos of some of the bands we’re most excited to see this summer and go here to view the full line-up.  Tickets go on sale this Thursday, February 21st at noon; more information will be available here.

The Lumineers

Kendrick Lamar

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Photo Recap: Toro y Moi and Wild Belle at Union Transfer

South Carolinian synth-popper Chaz Bundick and his cohorts in Toro y Moi headlined Union Transfer last night in support of their new LP, Anything In Return. The Chicago group Wild Belle opened the show; check out a recap of the night in the photo gallery above.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Toro y Moi at Union Transfer, XPN Welcomes Citizen Cope to Musikfest Cafe

Indie chillwave artist Toro y Moi comes to Union Transfer tonight.  Born Chaz Bundick, the South Carolina native just released his third studio album Anything in Return.  Where his previous recordings were experimental collages of sonic textures and patterns, Anything in Return broadens Bundick’s palette to pair jazz and R&B structures alongside his staccato production style.  Tickets and information for tonight’s all-ages show with Wild Belle and Dog Bite can be found here.  Below, watch Toro y Moi’s latest video for “So Many Details.”

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