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Watch Sharon Van Etten cover Sinéad O’Connor’s “Black Boys On Mopeds” for SiriusXM

Sharon Van Etten | photo by Rachel Barrish for WXPN

Sharon Van Etten has been performing a cover of Sinéad O’Connor’s “Black Boys On Mopeds” on tour this year, and recently she stopped by SiriusXM to record a live acoustic version of the powerful song. “Black Boys On Mopeds,” from O’Connor’s 1989 album I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, was written in response to the 1983 death of Colin Roach, a 21-year old black man who was shot and killed inside a London police station. Though the death was ruled a suicide, the circumstances of the tragedy spurred protests that still feel painfully relevant in today’s world. Continue reading →

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Erin Fox lets go of expectations and insecurities in the new “Tides” video

Erin Fox | photo by Abad Rosa | courtesy of the artist

When she’s not leading Philly hard rockers Resilient, singer-songwriter Erin Fox releases solo music under her own name, which she describes as “dark folking indie.” Fox’s latest record Forbidden Youth was released last May, and now she’s back with a new video for the track “Tides” from that album. Continue reading →

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Follow Mannequin Pussy on an emotionally-wrought night out in the new “Drunk II” video

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Marcus Maddox

Mannequin Pussy just announced that Patience, the Philly four-piece’s third full-length and Epitaph Records debut, will be released June 21. The forthcoming album’s lead single “Drunk II” is out now, along with a video directed by singer-guitarist Marisa Dabice.

“Drunk II” is a song about overcoming heartache, and its video explores the feeling of loneliness in a crowd as it follows Dabice on an emotionally wrought night out with her bandmates as she tries to hide the pain she’s feeling under the glittery sheen of the bar. Continue reading →

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Wyatt Flynn shifts from uncertainty to optimism on Moving Day EP

Wyatt Flynn | via wyattflynn.bandcamp.com

Philly singer-songwriter Wyatt Flynn makes his debut with the new Moving Day EP, out now on Bandcamp. A self-described “Trans Sadboy Making Music About Being Gay And Having Feelngs,” Flynn filters his personal experiences into narrative-driven songs, moving from uncertainty to optimism over the EP’s four tracks. Continue reading →

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters show off their funky swagger on “Mr. and Mrs. Hush”

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Elvis Costello | photo by Stephen Done | courtesy of the artist

In preparation for their upcoming summer tour, Elvis Costello & The Imposters shared a new video for “Mr. and Mrs. Hush,” a track off their recent album Look NowRolling Stone describes “Mr. and Mrs. Hush” as a “punchy soul-kissed tune,” and its funky swagger is matched with the colorful, psychedelic animation in the new lyric video. Watch, and sing along, below. Continue reading →

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Lucy Dacus continues 2019 singles series with “My Mother & I”

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

Lucy Dacus shared a new song, “My Mother & I,” in honor of both Mother’s Day and the Taurus astrological season, during which she and her mom will celebrate their birthdays. With the soft, guitar-driven track, Dacus takes a heartfelt look at her relationship with her mother and the many things they share.

This is the second track in her 2019 song series, which will eventually make up an EP. We last heard her cover of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” around Valentine’s Day, and she will continue to mark special occasions with new songs — a mix of covers and originals — throughout the year. Continue reading →

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Anika Pyle of Katie Ellen joins Her Smell director Elisabeth Moss for a post screening Q&A at The Roxy

Katie Ellen | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

After years fronting former punk band Chumped and her current project Katie Ellen, local songwriter Anika Pyle knows a thing or two about the music industry. This weekend, she’ll share some of her insider knowledge during a Q&A following the Philadelphia Film Society’s screening of the new film “Her Smell.” Pyle will join the film’s writer and director Alex Ross Perry for a conversation following the 6:30 p.m. screening this Saturday, April 27, at the PFS Roxy Theater.

“Her Smell” stars Elisabeth Moss as a fictional punk rock singer, Becky Something, who saw major success in the ’90s but is now down on her luck and struggling with addiction. The story follows Becky Something’s journey to recovery as she reckons with her past and tries to reclaim the creativity and inspiration that made her successful.

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Thin Lips surprised us with a new EP, Carrot Milk

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Thin Lips | photo by Scott Troyan | photo courtesy of the artist

What better way to start the week than with some unexpected new music from Thin Lips? The band released a new EP, Carrot Milk, this past weekend, showing a stripped-down, introspective side to the band. It’s three tracks are sparse and intimate demos that set Carrot Milk apart from Thin Lips’ usual punk sound that we’re used to. It’s also a deeply personal project for singer-songwriter Chrissy Tashjian, who wrote, recorded and produced the new release. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Tame Impala will play The Mann this summer

Tame Impala | photo by Neil Krug | courtesy of the artist

Tame Impala‘s touring schedule this spring and summer involves a lot of ocean crossing. But after Kevin Parker and his band finish bouncing back and forth between North America, Europe and Australia, they’ll wrap up the tour here on the East Coast, stopping in Philly for a show at The Mann on August 23.

Tame Impala released two new singles, “Borderline” and “Patience,” recently, and performed on SNL last month. The project’s last album was 2015’s Currents, and it certainly looks like we can expect to hear something about a new release soon. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Lizzo will headline The Met in September

Lizzo | photo by Luke Gilford | courtesy of the artist

After selling out nearly every single show on her upcoming “Cuz I Love You” tour, Lizzo just announced another run of shows this fall. The “Cuz I Love You Too” tour will take the multitalented singer/rapper/flutist throughout the US, playing some of her biggest venues yet. Just four months after Lizzo plays a sold-out TLA show on May 18, she’ll return to town to headline The Met on September 18.

After releasing a series of instant-favorite singles, like the ever-so-catchy “Juice,” and making several television appearances throughout the winter, Lizzo’s highly-anticipated album Cuz I Love You came out last week; it’s her third full-length and her major label debut. Continue reading →