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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: 070 Shake will play the TLA this fall

070 Shake | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

A rising voice in hip-hop, 070 Shake gave a captivating performance at Firefly this past weekend. Now, the up-and-coming artist has announced a fall tour that will bring her to Philly for a show at the Theatre of Living Arts on October 12.

A North Jersey native, 070 Shake has been teasing her forthcoming debut album, Modus Vivendi, with the singles “Morrow” and “Nice To Have.” Although no release date has been announced yet, 070 Shake has a steadily growing fanbase, and can claim Kanye West as a mentor — many first heard her voice when she sang a standout verse on the ye track “Ghost Town.” Continue reading →

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Settled Arrows finds forgiveness in “What” video

Settled Arrows | still from video

Settled Arrows, the project of Philadelphia songwriter Andrew Mars, has released their first-ever music video. “What” is a track off their 2015 live album Unsend, and the new video follows Mars through the city as they revel in the changing seasons. Made with artistic collaborator Michael E. Kelly, the video was filmed on a smartphone with zero budget, but still manages to showcase the simple beauty of the world around us. Continue reading →

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Angel Olsen joins Mark Ronson on roller rink song “True Blue”

Angel Olsen | photo by Cameron McCool | courtesy of the artist

Mark Ronson is known for his collaborations with folks like Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus, but the familiar voice on his new song “True Blue” is none other than indie rock favorite Angel Olsen. The track is off Ronson’s new album, Late Night Feelings, which came out Friday. The album features an impressive roster of pop star collaborators, but Olsen’s appearance is a welcome surprise, and she brings a dose of her own style to the song. Continue reading →

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J.S. Ondara collaborates with Dawes on “Torch Song (Echo Park)”

J.S. Ondara | photo by Josh Cheuse | courtesy of the artist

J.S. Ondara‘s recent album Tales of America has brought the singer-songwriter much acclaim this year, and On “Torch Song (Echo Park),” Ondara is joined by Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith of Dawes, and other guest collaborators including Mike Viola, Sebastian Steinberg, Joey Ryan of The Milk Carton Kids, and Eric Lea. Continue reading →

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#XPN5050: 1993

For fifty weeks this year, we’re celebrating the music of a specific year every Saturday on WXPN. We’ll be choosing the years randomly; for this week’s #XPN5050, Julian Booker is putting the musical spotlight on the year 1993.

26 years ago, everyone was talking about this new thing called the internet, and the introduction of web browsers made it easy for us to welcome this new technology as a part of our daily lives. The way we listened to music was changing, too. By ’93, CDs were beginning to outsell cassettes, and you could take your tunes on the go with a Sony Walkman that would only set you back 30 bucks.

Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover” topped the Billboard charts for eight weeks straight, and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle became the fastest-selling hip-hop album ever. Beck burst onto the scene with “Loser,” and Radiohead released their debut album, Pablo Honey. The Cranberries also made their debut that year, giving us songs like “Dreams” and “Linger.” Continue reading →

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Open Sound returns to Lansdowne with The Afterglows, Strawberry Runners, Big Nothing and more

Strawberry Runners perform at Open Sound Lansdowne

Open Sound Lansdowne is back, and bigger than ever. The summer concert series began last year in the up-and-coming suburb just west of the city. This year, the series has expanded to six weeks — every other Thursday from late June to early September — and each show will feature a lineup of three local bands, many of which are familiar faces in the Philly scene.

The triple bill of The Afterglows, Ther, and F Woods will kick off the series next Thursday, June 27. A few acts, like The Diaphone and Strawberry Runners, played Open Sound last year, but the rest are venturing out to Lansdowne for the first time. Noise rock band Tact, singer-songwriter Anika Pyle, and indie rockers Big Nothing are just a few of the performers you won’t want to miss. Continue reading →

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Birdie Busch sings the outlaws and finds resolve in new single “Dreamers”

Birdie Busch | courtesy of the artist

Birdie Busch has been making music in Philadelphia for over a decade, and with her newest song, she turns inward to explore her place as an artist in today’s world. “Dreamers” was recorded with fellow Philly musicians Todd Erk, Charlie Brooks, Jaron Olevsky, and Nick Krill, and is accompanied by a video directed by Daniel Fox. “You told me to love the dreamers, and so I love the dreamers,” Busch sings as projected images wash over her in black and white. “We listened to all the outlaws, and so I sing the outlaws.” Continue reading →

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Sharon Van Etten shares a “simple, stark, raw” video for “No One’s Easy to Love”

Sharon Van Etten | still from video

Sharon Van Etten‘s new album Remind Me Tomorrow has been making its way onto several best of 2019 (so far) lists recently. Before the songwriter embarks on a European tour with those well-deserved accolades in tow, she’s shared a new video for the track “No One’s Easy to Love.” One of four videos Van Etten has made for the album, it’s the second one directed by her friend, filmmaker Katherine Dieckmann. The video keeps things simple, with Van Etten against a stark gray urban backdrop that lets the song take center stage. Continue reading →