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Run the Jewels will headline the Goose Island 215 Block Party this September

Run The Jewels | photo by Natalie Piserchio for WXPN | nataliepiserchio.com

After making their local debut last year in a gig starring Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chicago’s Goose Island Beer Company is throwing another 215 Block Party in Philly on Saturday, September 7th. The show will take place on the Franklin Music Hall’s outdoor stage and is set to feature Run the Jewels, Chevy Metal, and $3 beers.

Run the Jewels is the long-running collaboration of rapper and producer EI-P and rapper Killer Mike. They debuted 2013 and have been constantly creating ever since. They most recently put out their single “Let’s Go (The Royal We)” last year. Continue reading →

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The Roots’ Dice Raw brings MLK / Nina Simone homage The King of Love to New Freedom Theatre on Juneteenth

Dice Raw | photo courtesy of the artist

Karl Jenkins, better known as Philadelphian hip-hop artist Dice Raw, has written and produced The King of Love, a theatrical tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will be performed by the New Freedom Theatre for one night only on June 19th at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). It coincides with the observation of Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865.  Continue reading →

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Listen to West Philly Porchfest performances via the 25 O’Clock podcast

Porchfest | photo by Dan Drago | via instagram.com/25OClockPod

The West Philly Porchfest took place this past Saturday, June 8th with a full turnout of both musicians and spectators. In case you aren’t familiar, Porchfest is an annual do-it-yourself music festival where musicians of all kinds play free shows on their porches in West Philadelphia. It was created by residents of the neighborhood four years ago to showcase the diverse music and culture within their community. It gives Philadelphians the unique opportunity to listen to live bluegrass, jazz, rap, indie, and everything in between — all within blocks of one another. Continue reading →

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Isolation feels familiar in Tate’s new single “Bad Hangover”

Tate | Photo by Sarah Rudderow | via facebook.com/tatethings

Everyone is familiar with occasional feeling of loneliness where you feel oddly detached from a person or a place you’re usually connected to. Maybe somebody screwed you over, or maybe you’re exhausting yourself by repeating your own mistakes. Either way, you’re unsettled. Philadelphia four-piece Tate conveys this aura in their latest indie-rock single “Bad Hangover.” We’ve all been there. Continue reading →

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Y La Bamba’s “Mujeres” music video is a call to protect and fight for all women

Y La Bamba | still from video

Y La Bamba ‘s new music video for “Mujeres,” the title track to its 2019 album, is exactly what the commanding, percussion-heavy song deserves. It features women of every demographic embracing and celebrating their femininity. The group’s lead singer and songwriter Luz Elena Mendoza said, “This song is a daily mantra to continue to protect and fight, for all women, for myself.” Continue reading →

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Dylan Jane pours her heart into new EP, Half the Battle

Dylan Jane | photo by Lisa Schaffer | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia singer-songwriter Dylan Jane has been performing around the area for seven years, telling stories with dark melodies and her soft, folk voice. She’s just released her new EP Half the Battle, which is her first release since 2016’s Deceiving Yourself and Everyone Else.

Half the Battle consists of four songs, all of which are weighty displays of an emotional journey. Jane’s voice is pure and honest, the EP as a whole exuding an undeniable vulnerability. A mix of indie rock and neofolk allows each song to bring something different to the listener, making for a highly dynamic set of songs. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Tinariwen will stop at Union Transfer on their fall tour

Tinariwen | photo by Koof Ibi Umoren | koofibi.com

Saharan band Tinariwen will tour the world this fall in promotion of their forthcoming album, Amadjar, a record that’s set to feature contributions from Warren Ellis, Micah Nelson, Stephen O’Malley, and many more. On the Philly front, they’ll appear at Union Transfer on September 23rd.

With the announcement of their new music and tour, they also shared the fourth track on the new album, called “Taqkal Tarha”. The song features Micah Nelson on mandolin and charango and incorporates a distinct North American folk sound that Tinariwen’s extensive discography has never before included. Continue reading →

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Listen to Amber Mark’s silky vocals in new single “What If”

Amber Mark | still from video

The 23-year-old alternative R&B artist Amber Mark is a highlight of the Made In America festival undercard, as we hear on her soulful new single “What If.” This is the second song she’s released so far this year, the first one being “Mixer” back in April. Mark hails from New York and began songwriting when she was a teenager as a way of coping with her mother’s death. Growing up, she spent time in India, Germany, Brazil, and Nepal, soaking up different cultures and experiences. She uses this as inspiration and to tell personal tales through her music. Her newest release is about the lessons that come from hardship and how they’re necessary in order to feel happiness. Continue reading →

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“Giving Up” sets the bar high for Whitney’s forthcoming album

Whitney | via facebook.com/whitneychicago

Just as they promised, Whitney released a single last week from their upcoming album Forever Turned Around. The song, called “Giving Up”, will be track number one on their sophomore LP, which is set to be released on August 30 via Secretly Canadian. Based solely on the new song, it’s looking like those three years since 2016’s Light Upon the Lake were well spent by songwriting duo Max Kakacek and Julien Ehrlich. Continue reading →