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Brittany Howard enlists Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews for “Stay High” video

Brittany Howard & Terry Crews | courtesy of the artist

What do you do when you get an email from Brittany Howard asking you to be in her next music video? You obviously say yes. That’s exactly what Brooklyn Nine-Nine star, Terry Crews did. According to a press release, the Alabama Shakes frontwoman emailed Cruz asking him to be a part of the video for “Stay High” and explained how the song is about her beloved father.

Howard offered to film the video in Los Angeles so it could be convenient for Crews, but he insisted it be filmed in Athens, Alabama, Howard’s hometown. The resulting video, directed by Kim Gehrig, is tender, endearing, and the perfect sample of Howard’s upcoming album.

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Wilco announce new album Ode to Joy and share first single

Wilco | photo by Annabel Mehran | courtesy of the artist

Three years after the release of their tenth album, Wilco are finally ready to present their eleventh. The Schmilco follow up is titled Ode to Joy and is set to be released  October 4 via Wilco’s own dBpm Records. In addition to announcing the album, the band has shared its first single, “Love is Everywhere (Beware)”. Both the single and the album detail the band’s reckoning with the current political climate and the act of finding joy within it.

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Tierra Whack will be a featured artist on the new Beyonce-curated Lion King album

Tierra Whack | photo by Senia Lopez | senialopez.photography

We’ve known that Tierra Whack is a star for a while now. Since Whack World dropped last year, more and more artists have been co-signing Whack and spreading the Whack Gospel. Now, the one and only Beyoncé has given Whack her stamp of approval. The eccentric Philly rapper is set to feature on The Lion King: The Gift, Beyoncé’s upcoming album inspired by the Lion King. The Beyoncé-curated and produced album will be released this Friday, July 19th. In addition to Whack, the album also features Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, 070 Shake, Burna Boy, WizKid, and more.

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Watch Kurt Vile join Purling Hiss onstage at PhillaMOCA for “Walkin’ With Jesus”

Purling Hiss and Kurt Vile | still from video

On Tuesday of this week, Philly’s own Purling Hiss released their latest EP, titled Interstellar Blue. Last night, they played PhilaMOCA to celebrate its release. During their set, the band surprised the crowd by inviting Kurt Vile up on stage with them to perform a cover of Spacemen 3’s “Walkin’ With Jesus”. Purling Hiss released a studio version of their cover back in 2018 as a b-side to “Out Tonight” and have been performing it with Vile since at least 2016.

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Eve returns with “Reload”, her first new track in six years

Eve’s “Reload” cover art | via twitter.com/TheRealEve

We don’t say it enough, but Eve is a Philly legend. “Let Me Blow Ya Mind” and “Rich Girl” belong in the history books. Perhaps the reason we don’t always give Eve her dues is because after the early 2000’s, she got quiet. Label issues, album delays, and a spot co-hosting The Talk kept her from releasing music at the rate she did at the beginning of her career. With her latest single, “Reload”, the Philly rapper may be looking to reclaim her legacy.

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Let the haze of Pouring Silver’s “Time Is Right” wash over you

Pouring Silver | photo by Grey Haas | via instagram.com/pouringsilverband

After a show last month with Lovelorn, Queen Jo, and Arch of Love, Pouring Silver have finally shared their debut single. Made up of Far Out Fangtooth‘s Jo Kusy, Travis Weissman of Haunted Homes, Nina Scotto from Queen of Jeans, and Pet Milk‘s Adam Herndon, Pouring Silver is the indie Philly supergroup you didn’t know you needed. The band’s debut single, “Time Is Right”, is a hazy track that you’ll want to wrap around you like a soft blanket.

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House Cat announces Yellowhammer Fund Dance Party

Yellowhammer Fund Dance Party flyer | via House Cat

In the past year over a dozen states have passed, or tried to pass, legislation that would restrict women’s access to abortions. The Alabama state senate passed the most restrictive one yet. In response to that, the Yellowhammer Fund provides financial support to anyone seeking an abortion at any of Alabama’s three remaining clinics. In support of the work the fund is doing, Philly event promotion company House Cat, has announced a dance party fundraiser. The Yellowhammer Fund Dance Party will take place at Underground Arts on Saturday, August 10. All proceeds from the event will go to the Yellowhammer Fund.

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Chastity Belt are living their best life in the video for “Ann’s Jam”

Chastity Belt | still from video

Usually when a band goes on hiatus it signals that something bad is on the horizon. Luckily, that wasn’t the case for Chastity Belt. The Seattle quartet took a bit of a break from each other in 2018, worked on some different projects, but then got back together. Upon reuniting, the band got right back to work. Produced alongside indie pop phenom, Jay SomChastity Belt is due September 20 via Hardly Art.

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Jay Som reflects on love in the digital age on funky new single “Tenderness”

Jay Som | still from video

Social media is a tough thing to navigate. It gets even more complicated when you add crushes and relationships to the equation. On her latest single, Oakland indie pop star Jay Som, explores the muddiness of love in the digital age. “Tenderness” is the second taste of Jay Som’s upcoming album Anak Ko. The song and its accompanying video reflect the haziness of social media as well as the brightness of budding romance.

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#XPNFest artist Ali Awan shares tender State House Session

Ali Awan | photo by Caitlin Phillips | via statehousesessions.com/ali-awan

It’d be weird if Ali Awan did something we didn’t love. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold. His latest gift to us all is a two-song State House Session. Backed by his band, Awan treats viewers to mellow renditions of “Be a Light” and “Butterfly.” Compared to his bombastic NON-COMM set, this session shows off Awan’s tender and soothing side.

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