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The tower of the Tower Theater is coming down

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It’s hard to imagine traveling to 69th and Market streets in Upper Darby without the Tower Theater‘s namesake greeting you on the horizon. The iconic aerial, a curious mix of 1800s oil well and space-age orb with red light-up letters vertically descending to spell out T-O-W-E-R, is coming down today, the Inquirer reports. The removal follows engineering reports that the decades-old fixture had become structurally unsafe. Continue reading →

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Meek Mill granted retrial in decade-long legal case, launches Dream Chasers Records with Jay Z

Meek Mill | photo by Lissa Alicia for WXPN

A Pennsylvania appeals court ruled unanimously on Wednesday to overturn Meek Mill‘s conviction in the 2007 legal case that has kept the local rapper on probation for the last decade. After years of legal battles, including spending five months in 2017-2018 incarcerated on a parole violation, Meek Mill will now be granted a retrial. District Attorney Larry Krasner has not yet decided whether or not to drop the case. Continue reading →

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Empath signs with Fat Possum Records to reissue Active Listening: Night on Earth

Empath | photo by Troy Memis | courtesy of the artist

Philly punk band Empath just shared the news that they’ve signed to Fat Possum Records, a Mississippi-based independent label that started out as a local blues label before picking up a range of successful indie bands. This fall, they’ll reissue their debut album, Active Listening: Night on Earth, which was first released this May on local label Get Better Records. The reissue will also include the band’s 2018 breakout EP Liberating Guilt and Fear, which has not previously been available on vinyl. The package will be released on October 4, and you can pre-order it here. Continue reading →

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Questlove combines passions for music and food in upcoming cookbook, Mixtape Potluck

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Questlove is the sort of artist that likes to dabble in just about everything. Aside from his thriving music career, Questlove brought vegetarian cheesesteaks to Citizens Bank Park, appeared in various television cameos, and even curated a soundtrack for Michelle Obama’s memoir. On Tuesday, he took to Instagram to announce his 5th book and 2nd cookbook, Mixtape Potluck Continue reading →

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“Big Changes”: Janet Weiss announces departure from Sleater-Kinney

Sleater-Kinney | photo by Charlie Engman | courtesy of the artist

With the release of their ninth studio album a month away, Sleater-Kinney drummer Janet Weiss announced her departure from the the celebrated indie rock trio this morning.

“The band is headed in a new direction,” Weiss wrote in a message posted to Twitter. “And it is time for me to move on.” Continue reading →

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Brittany Howard steps away from Alabama Shakes to share her truth on solo album

Brittany Howard | photo by Danny Clinch | courtesy of the artist

Alabama Shakes‘ frontwoman, Brittany Howard, has led the band through chart-toppers and Grammys since their debut album Boys & Girls came out in 2012. Their sophomore effort Sound & Color came in 2015 and pushed them deeper into the alternative music scene. Now, Howard has just announced a forthcoming solo album titled Jaime, due September 20th via ATO Records. She’s also shared the LP’s leading track, “History Repeats”. Continue reading →

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Watch a trailer for Meek Mill’s Jay-Z-produced docuseries Free Meek

Meek Mill | photo by Lissa Alicia for WXPN

Philly rapper Meek Mill has had a wild career. Following run-ins with the law from his youth and into his adulthood, Mill has seen the dark side of the legal system and is ready to expose its flaws. Teaming up with Jay-Z, Mill has just announced Free Meek, a five-episode docu-series chronicling Mill’s fight for exoneration in his legal case while exposing the broader flaws of the U.S. criminal justice system. Continue reading →

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Work is under way at the former North Star Bar

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Long-running Fairmount venue North Star Bar met a sad end a few years back when its music offerings were unceremoniously declared over in 2015. At the time, word was the space was going in full restaurant mode, with plans to expand its food and beer offerings, but it has sat dormant with most of the block wrapped in chain-link fence for the past three years.

Right now it appears that the building is being partially gutted; earlier today, a music-loving neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous snapped this photo of a work crew demo-ing the east half of the building, the half that formerly contained the North Star’s stage, and it’s been circulating around on social media since.  Continue reading →

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Sheena, Anika, and Augusta team up for simple pleasures

Sheena, Anika, and Augusta | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

There’s a new supergroup in town, folks. Local songwriters Anika Pyle (Katie Ellen, Chumped) and Augusta Koch (Cayetana, Gladie) have joined forces with Sheena Ozzella of Lemuria for a new project. The trio will perform under the name Sheena, Anika, and Augusta, and have announced a four-track EP called simple pleasures that will be released on Asian Man Records. Continue reading →

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Soul Glo is releasing their new album on SRA Records in June

Soul Glo’s new album cover | photo via SRA Records

Philadelphia punk outfit Soul Glo has gone through a lot of changes since the release of their UNTITLED LP from 2016. The propulsive hardcore of that record is steeped in taut playing and nervy shrieks, but the gigs they’ve played have gradually developed and changed, making ample room for large swaths of expansive, cathartic noise. Theirs is a live show that makes the audience feel the frustration and anger of the music in a visceral way, and seeing the song listing of their new album include a cut called “noise tracc,” we expect that it will echo what we’ve been seeing Soul Glo bring to the stage over the past year or so. Continue reading →