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Listen to Forgotten Bottom’s striking debut Hostile Architecture

Forgotten Bottom | courtesy of the artist

Whether or not we know what it is, we have all seen examples of “hostile architecture.” It is defined as a design trend through which public spaces are altered to inhibit inappropriate use. The most glaring examples of it are bench dividers that discourage the homeless from sleeping in public or spikes that limit where birds can nest. On their debut tape, Philly experimental duo Forgotten Bottom tackle this concept and the ways in which the city has changed throughout their lives. As a viola and bouzouki drone duo, Forgotten Bottom’s music is instrumental, intriguing, and deeply affecting.
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Listen to The Highwomen cover Fleetwood Mac for The Kitchen

The Highwomen | photo by Alysse Gafkjen | via facebook.com/TheHighWomen

The Kitchen, the new movie starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish and Elisabeth Moss, needed a song to drive home its themes of female empowerment and resilience. It makes sense that Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain” is the song they picked to soundtrack the film’s trailer. It makes even more sense that they got The Highwomen to cover it specifically for the film.

The group, made up of Brandi CarlileNatalie Hemby, Maren Morris and Amanda Shires, give the song some extra oomph with their thrilling harmonies. In addition to teasing The Kitchen, “The Chain” also lets fans know what they can expect from The Highwomen’s upcoming album.

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Get ready for Calexico and Iron & Wine’s Union Transfer show by watching their Tiny Desk Concert

Calexico and Iron & Wine | still from video

Everyone loves a good Tiny Desk Concert. Iron & Wine frontman, Sam Beam, seems to love performing behind the desk more than he loves watching the series. Beam has played the iconic venue (can a desk be a venue? We think so…) once as Iron & Wine and another alongside Jesca Hoop. For Beam’s third appearance, he is joined by Joey Burns and John Convertino, otherwise known as Calexico. Iron & Wine and Calexico just released their second collaborative album, Years to Burn, in June. The folk-rock supergroup’s Tiny Desk Concert offers fans a glimpse into what they can expect from their September 20th show at Union Transfer.

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Queen of Jeans are the ultimate third wheels in new video for “All The Same”

Queen of Jeans | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Now that it’s August, it’s officially if you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid month! On the 23rd of this month, Queen of Jeans will release their new album, and we can not wait. To tide us over until the full album drops, the Philly trio has shared the video for the album’s second single, “All The Same.” In the video, Miriam Devora serenades couples on dates and explores the experience of being tied to someone despite the dissolution of a relationship.

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Celebrate Car Wheel’s On A Gravel Road‘s 20th anniversary with Lucinda Williams at World Cafe Live

Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams | Photo by David McClister | courtesy of the artist

20 years ago, Lucinda Williams unleashed her masterpiece onto the world. Car Wheels On A Gravel Road quickly became a defining album in the Americana canon. On Tuesday, October 1st, Philly will have the chance to celebrate the record with Lucinda herself. The roots rock icon will grace World Cafe Live with her presence and music in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary.

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The Lumineers are coming to town, but not till next summer

The Lumineers | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Next month, The Lumineers will release their album, III, and next year they’ll track around North America performing it. The Denver folk group will play BB&T Pavilion on Friday, June 5th. On one hand, it’s a real bummer that we have to wait so long to see them, but on the other, we have tons of time to learn the new album. The long wait for their show is far from ideal, but hey! At least they’re coming at all!

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Angel Olsen announces her new album All Mirrors and shares its title track

Angel Olsen’s “All Mirrors” cover art

For the past few months it has felt like an Angel Olsen album announcement was imminent. She announced a fall tour with Vagabon, including a Halloween show at Franklin Music Hall, and featured on Mark Ronson’s Late Night Feelings. With a tour planned and a big-name collaboration out, all Olsen was missing was an album. Today, she finally revealed the missing piece in her plan for 2019-domination. Olsen’s fourth album, All Mirrors, will be released on October 4th.

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Just Announced: Black Belt Eagle Scout will bring new album to Union Transfer in December

 

Black Belt Eagle Scout | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Black Belt Eagle Scout, the indie rock project led by Katherine Paul, is returning to Philly. The band played PhilaMOCA last fall with Saintseneca, and now they are returning for a show at Union Transfer with Devendra Banhart. The show is in support of Black Belt Eagle Scout’s sophomore album, which is due on August 30th. At the Party With My Brown Friends follows last year’s Mother of My Children. The album’s lead single, “At the Party,” reflects on themes of community and serves as a captivating thesis statement for the record.

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Trap Rabbit’s latest song deserves to be way longer than it is

Trap Rabbit | photo by Kuf Knotz | courtesy of the artist

Sometimes you find a song so good that you want it to last forever. That is the case with the latest Trap Rabbit single. “Chunnel Through The Garden” is another slice of psychedelic alt jazz that sounds as if it could be stretched ad infinitum. Sadly though, the song is just under 3 minutes, so the repeat button will have to suffice.

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