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The Replacements will celebrate their sixth studio album Don’t Tell A Soul in a new box set, Dead Man’s Pop

The Replacements | photo by Dewey Nicks | via Pitchfork

American rock legends The Replacements have just announced Dead Man’s Pop, a box set based on their sixth studio album, Don’t Tell a Soul. The set contains 4 CD’s and one vinyl LP, for 60 total tracks, much of which is previously unreleased material, such as a session with legendary singer-songwriter Tom Waits. Continue reading →

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Listen to Caught Dead, the heavy-hitting new album by Philly punk trio Plot

Plot | via facebook.com/plotphilly

Philly is no stranger to punk and metal music, but what happens when the two combine? You get Plot, a punk band that loves to mix in elements of sludge metal and industrial-noise. The new EP, Caught Dead, has been released on Suicide Bong Records. Fusing many different styles together, it is a great taste of the range of sound that can come out from the Philly heavy music scene. Continue reading →

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Vivian Girls are back with “Sick,” a new album, and a fall tour

Vivian Girls | photo via Ticketfly

New York-based indie rock band Vivian Girls called it quits in 2014, playing their last show in Brooklyn, where it all started. Since then, a lot has changed. Now all living in LA, the trio have decided to reunite and release their first album in nine years, Memory. Along with announcing the album, they’ve put out a single, “Sick,” and announced a string of reunion tour dates. Continue reading →

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Philly’s Mars Parker is patient and passionate on the upbeat R&B of “Save Your Ways”

Mars Parker | photo by Breane Furlong | @brefurlong | via instagram.com/_marsparker

Singer, songwriter, and studio head Mars Parker is back with a savory R&B tune, “Save Your Ways.” The track, produced by Esquire, features big synth chords, bouncy trap-style percussion, and Parker’s creative rap and singing style. The tune channels Parker’s love for exploring different styles and incorporating them into his own songwriting, in his own way. Continue reading →

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Under The First Floor Podcast releases new Mixtape Vol. 1 comp to benefit RAICES

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The Under The First Floor Podcast is a series of lofi live sets and interviews of various bands and musicians recorded through a trusty Tascam 4-track. They have just released a compilation album featuring many of the performances over its lifetime, including many Philly acts such as Strawberry Runners, Yowler, Corey Flood, Radiator Hospital, TVO, MINT, as well as many others. Continue reading →

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Savan DePaul gets symbolic about rebirth and renewal on Brood VIII project

Savan DePaul | photo by John Vettese

Royersford’s Savan DePaul has just released Brood VIII, his next offering on his journey into conscious rap. Over the course of 22 short tracks, DePaul goes introspective and brings light to the current social climate, throwing in symbols of obscurity, rebirth, and renewal — all of which are referenced in the symbolic album art, a cicada.

DePaul chose his album art carefully. The cicada is an insect that populates Pennsylvania every 17 years for a few glorious weeks, eventually to of molt, mate, and sing before vanishing. This imagery can be seen throughout the project, as DePaul references the rare insect multiple times. On “Exoskeleton,” DePaul compares the cicada’s skin shed to the common health care struggle in America. Continue reading →

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Ill Doots’ frontman Phantom is now named US, and that’s the title of his new mixtape too

ILL DOOTS | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
ILL DOOTS | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Long-time Philly based artist collective Ill Doots have been making music as a collective for a decade, dropping numerous projects and performing all around the area. The group is back with Us, an eponymous project spearheaded by frontman MC Anthony Martinez-Briggs, FKA Phantom. Featuring production from Ill Doots as a group, Anwar Marshall, andSimon Martinez of Flanafi and Killiam Shakespeare, Us is a beautifully executed selection of boom-bap flavored hip-hop tracks. Continue reading →