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The Key Studio Sessions: Cvgebird

For Philly’s Selina Carrera, live music isn’t a one-way thing. A concert can be a form of community, and it’s something the charismatic Philadelphia singer-songwriter and rapper brings to the stage under the banner of her project Cvgebird.

A small example: at every concert, Carrera takes a few minutes to freestyle while her band improvs underneath, and she makes the experience show-specific by asking the audience to start her off with a few words to build her bars around. Sometimes these improv ideas make their way into songs in the Cvgebird repertoire, and sometimes they exist purely in the moment.

When the band visited WXPN Studios this week to record a Key Studio Session, there was no audience to go to for suggestions, so Carrera asked the crew: myself and production assistant Makena Duffy. I went with the word “falafel” (my lunch earlier that day) while Duffy offered “peanut butter” (we were in a food mood, I suppose?) and sit-in bassist Rah M. Sungee rounded it out by suggesting “butterfly” (bouncing into the world of nature). Carrera nodded, pondered, and as the mellow funky groove began to blossom around her, she launched into a story about two people in the early stages of a relationship, trying to get to know one another better over a meal. The words of choice were not shoe-horned in, as I’ve often seen happen with this type of freestyle, but flowed naturally into a dreamlike world, a place in a story that had not existed moments before. Impressive.
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Dialer hits the road with Tour Tape 2019

Dialer | photo by Woven In | courtesy of the artist
Dialer | photo by Woven In | courtesy of the artist

Before they head out on a short summer tour, Philly band Dialer has shared a few new tracks. Tour Tape 2019, out now on SRA Records, features demos of four new songs, and, according to the band “some extra stuff that isn’t online anywhere.” This latest addition to Dialer’s catalogue follows a split with Chronic Anxiety that was released earlier this year. Continue reading →

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Field Mouse announce new album Meaning with “Heart of Gold”

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Field Mouse will return with a new album this summer, their first in three years. The Brooklyn/Philly indie rockers just shared the lead single from the forthcoming Meaning, which’ll be out August 16 via Topshelf Records. The upbeat “Heart of Gold” introduces the album’s theme of finding a way to cope with the feeling of impending disaster. Despite the fear and uncertainty of what the future may bring, “I still got a heart of gold / I still got a heart,” sings vocalist/guitarist Rachel Browne. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Son Little will headline World Cafe Live in November

Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist
Son Little | photo by Marc Lemoine | courtesy of the artist

It’s been a few years since we’ve seen him last, but Son Little just announced a U.S. tour for the fall, with a Philadelphia stop at World Cafe Live On November 29th, he will perform at World Cafe Live. North Carolina based folk singer, Christopher Paul Sterling will open the show.

While Son Little — the stage name of guitarist / producer Aaron Livingston — grew up in Los Angeles and has lived in New York and New Jersey, he established roots and started his career as electro-soul singer-songwriter singer in Philly. With The Roots being one of his biggest inspirations (and a past collaborator of his), and first concert experience being at the Tower Theater, there’s a special place in his heart for this city. It will be exciting to see him back onstage in his stomping grounds. Continue reading →

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Delaware’s Jea Street Jr. bridges art and activism at Firefly

Jea Street Jr. | photo by Joe del Tufo for WXPN

As the sole Delaware-based band at Firefly, Jea Street Jr. had a lot on his shoulders kicking off the festival from the South Hub as the rain subsided on Friday. Street and his all-star band did not disappoint. With a set billed as Artivism, with activism and social justice embedded in most of the lyrical content, Street connected well with a crowd that grew with each song. Continue reading →

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North Mississippi Allstars announce new album Up and Rolling, release “What You Gonna Do?” with Mavis Staples

North Mississippi Allstars | photo Wyatt McSpadden | courtesy of the artist

North Mississippi Allstars have just announced their tenth studio album, Up and Rolling, which will be released October 4th. That’s a ways off, sure, but in the meantime the blues-rock trio have given us the first single from the record, “What You Gonna Do?” featuring legendary American gospel singer Mavis Staples. Continue reading →

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Dreamswell might Spoil your mood with the heavy “doomgaze” of its first LP

Dreamswell, Spoiled | via facebook.com/dreamswellband

Heavy rock group Dreamswell made their debut in 2017 with the single “Illusionist.” Two EPs and another single later, the Philly four-piece have just released their first full album, called Spoiled.

If you’re familiar with Dreamswell, yes, the album maintains the deeply haunting sound we’ve heard from the band before. If you’re unfamiliar, the band’s self-proclaimed genre is “doomgaze,” and for good reason.  Continue reading →

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Listen to the new album from Philly psychedelic rockers, Copper Monks

Copper Monks album artwork | courtesy of the artist

Everyone loves a super-group. Last year we were blessed with Kids See Ghosts and boygenius, and now we have Philly’s Copper Monks. The psychedelic leaning rock group is made up of Richard Douglass on guitar and vocals, Alfred Goodrich on bass and vocals, Chuck Treece on drums, and John Paul Miller on keys.

You may be questioning the validity of Copper Monks’ status as a super-group, but one look at the band’s resume and you’ll change your mind. Douglass is an award-winning musician who has opened for the likes of Bo Diddley and Dr. John. Meanwhile, Goodrich is a trained cellist and has opened for Rufus Wainwright, Bruce Hornsby, They Might Be Giants, Suzanne Vega, and more. Treece is a versatile drummer who’s been around forever, between his skate-punk band McRad and his contributions to Questlove’s 90s / 00s dance party Back2Basics. He is also known for playing bass on Billy Joel‘s “The River of Dreams” and playing drums at a Pearl Jam show. Finally, Miller has composed for choral ensembles and film scores. Astoundingly, the combined output as Copper Monks is even greater than the sum of its parts.

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Slomo Sapiens celebrate Halloween in June with “Jeepers Creepers”

Slomo Sapiens | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Jeepers creepers is right! Philly psychedelic rock band Slomo Sapiens is back on the scene with an ominous new single. On June 13th, the band released song “Jeepers Creepers” in anticipation for their upcoming album Cabin Fever Dreams. Despite Cabin Fever Dreams being the band’s debut, they are not so new to the music scene. Since 2017, the band has released two EPs Fishtown Tapes and Hot Milk as well as single “Fangs.”  Continue reading →