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Freddie Gibbs and Madlib share a new track ahead of Made In America

 

Freddie Gibbs | still from video

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, despite their unusual pairing, make really good music and make a lot of it. The duo released their second collaborative album, Bandana, in June of this year but that won’t stop them from putting out more music. Late last week, Adult Swim premiered “The Next Day” as part of their Adult Swim Singles series. If anything, the song will make you want to  revisit Bandana and Piñata, and get you very excited for the duo’s set at Made In America. Continue reading →

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Listen to the debut EP from Philly duo Love? said the Commander

Love? said the Commander | via lovesaidthecommander.bandcamp.com

Love? said the Commander is made up of Kate Hall and Chris Bishop, two extremely talented Philadelphians. Hall sings, plays guitar, violin, and percussion, while Bishop currently only has the guitar to his name. As a duo, Hall and Bishop create soaring, yet graceful songs. Their debut EP, titled A Million Miles Away, boats five such songs.

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Get into the trippy wizardry of Pulgas on “Largemarj”

Pulgas | via pulgas.bandcamp.com

In case #XPNStock made you hungry for more psychedelia this weekend, Pulgas have you covered. The experimental duo made up of Simon Martinez from Killiam Shakespeare and Zane Shields make foggy and spell-binding jams. Their latest track, “Largemarj,” is the first taste of the upcoming Or Best Offer EP and builds on their hazy and expansive catalog.

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ROSALÍA decided that releasing four Song of the Summer contenders wasn’t enough, so she’s shared a fifth

ROSALÍA and Ozuna | still from video

I think ROSALÍA wants me dead. I mean, why else would she release so many stellar tracks with very little warning? She wants to overwhelm me with her talent and knock the life out of me. She can’t get me though. I’ll push through if only to hear the next ROSALÍA single.

In her latest attempt to decimate me, “Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi”, the flamenco revolutionary teams up with Puerto Rican trap star, Ozuna. The track is a bouncy reggaeton joint that sees ROSALÍA bending yet another genre. She clearly can’t be stopped, nor should she be.

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Just Announced: JPEGMAFIA won’t disappoint at First Unitarian Church in November

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JPEGMAFIA | photo by Rozette Rago | courtesy of the artist

The description box for JPEGMAFIA‘s latest video only says, “THE DISSAPOINTMENT CUMS SOON.” It’s unclear if this is a threat or a plan, but either way it doesn’t make sense. Nothing the Baltimore rapper has done has been disappointing. From his Backstreet Boys cover to his wild Firefly set, Peggy is always the opposite of disappointing. With his upcoming fall tour, including a stop in November at Philly’s First Unitarian Church, Peggy seeks to disappoint fans nationwide. That definitely won’t happen though.

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Busses return with a performance video of the new “Talk To The Sea” ahead of Spruce St. Harbor Park show

Busses | still from video

Since they released Wizard of the Eye in 2015 we haven’t head much from Philly’s Busses. That was intentional. After releasing and touring the record, the Philly prog-psych trio took a break from playing together. At some point though, after about four years of focusing on family, work, and other obligations, the trio came back to each other. Next Thursday, August 22nd, Busses will make their return to performing together. Before then, the band has shared a video of them playing a new track, titled “Talk to the Sea” live. It is the perfect reintroduction to their work.

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On Meaning, Field Mouse transcend doom

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

When Trump was elected in November 2016, it forced a lot of us to take stock of our values. The ongoing and constant-impending doom that characterizes this administration is debilitating at times. For Field Mouse, it definitely was for a while. The band went their separate ways and took a break from making music. Eventually though, they were drawn back to it. On their new album, Meaning, the Philly/Brooklyn indie rockers lay out what’s important to them and find meaning in this dark, troubled world.

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Just Announced: Julia Jacklin will break your heart at The Foundry

Julia Jacklin | photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN

On Crushing, Julia Jacklin recounts the end of a relationship. The album is heartbreaking, yet addicting. The Australian artist writes emotionally potent songs that nestle their way into your heart and make you want to play them over and over again. On Monday, November 11th, Jacklin will bring Crushing to The Foundry. As sad as it may be, you won’t want to miss this show.

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Your guide to YallaPunk 2019

YallaPunk 2019 Official Flyer

The end of summer can only mean one thing. No, not the start of the school year. It means that it’s time for YallaPunk! The multi-platform Philly festival celebrating Southwest Asian and North African (SWANA) individuals though art and culture is returning for its third year. Whereas in the past the festival served as a response to lack of representation of SWANA creators, as well as a changing and tumultuous political landscape, this year, the festival is turning its attention to nurturing the community it has built. With a stacked and varied lineup, this year’s YallaPunk promises to be a meaningful and joyful one.

Like the previous two iterations, this year’s YallaPunk celebrates SWANA individuals through music, film, comedy and more. Each night of the festival offers new and exciting opportunities to tap into the creative accomplishments of this resilient community. YallaPunk also provides non-SWANA Philidelphians with the opportunity to learn more about the the art and culture of their SWANA neighbors. Check out our rundown of what to expect at each night of the festival.

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Jeremiah Tall returns with his most expansive music yet

Jeremiah Tall | photo by Nikki Catanese | courtesy of the artist

One-man band no more! Bucks County’s own Jeremiah Tall has pushed his sound to heights he hasn’t reached before. He accomplished this by inviting some friends to add their talents to his interpretation of Americana traditions. From Bare Bones, Tall’s new album due October 11th, is an expansive and robust addition to his catalog. The album’s first single, “Graves”, and Tall’s upcoming shows, will provide fans with a glimpse into how the artist has grown since his 2015 album, Where The Lore Began.

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