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Watch Rasan In The Heyday play practically every club in Philly ahead of a big weekend of Philly gigs

Rasan In The Heyday | still from video

Philly rock outfit Rasan In The Heyday first appeared last April with a Bandcamp demo that, while rough around the edges, showed a great deal of promise. A year later, the band is beginning to deliver on that with the release of “Rely On,” an uplifting modern rock song in the vein of The Lemonheads and Recovering the Satellites-era Counting Crows.

Band leader Rasan Allbritton sings with conviction about the race through life the connections we make on the way, and in the accompanying music video, we see him and his bandmates Hayden Remick on guitar, Patrick Bayer on bass, and Josh Caton on drums rushing across a spectrum of Philly clubs from Kung Fu Necktie to Bourbon and Branch to MilkBoy and more. Continue reading →

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The Black Keys’ “Eagle Birds” is another boot-stomp earworm from their next album “Let’s Rock”

The Black Keys | photo by Alysse Gafkjen | courtesy of the artist

Akron, Ohio rockers The Black Keys have been dominating the airwaves, not just here on XPN, but pretty much everywhere with their barn-burning single “Lo/Hi,” and today we have another new song from Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney to add to the mix. The bluesy boot-stomper “Eagle Birds” is a get-lonely jam that comes with the announcement that The Black Keys’ ninth studio album will be called “Let’s Rock” — something we previously knew as the name of their tour — and it comes out on June 28th via Nonesuch / Easy Eye Sound. Per the album cover, those quotation marks are part of the title — punctuation nerds, take note.  Continue reading →

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Erin Fox lets go of expectations and insecurities in the new “Tides” video

Erin Fox | photo by Abad Rosa | courtesy of the artist

When she’s not leading Philly hard rockers Resilient, singer-songwriter Erin Fox releases solo music under her own name, which she describes as “dark folking indie.” Fox’s latest record Forbidden Youth was released last May, and now she’s back with a new video for the track “Tides” from that album. Continue reading →

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Liz Parsons’ vocals are smooth like “Honey” on Big Nothing’s newly released track

Big Nothing | photo by Jared Castaldi | courtesy of the artist

This week, Philly punk four-piece Big Nothing released a second song from their album Chris after releasing lead single “Real Name two weeks ago, and though the album won’t be released until May 10 via Salinas Records, “Honey” is keeping us satisfied in the meantime. Bassist Liz Parsons writes and sings the track, and her smooth yet powerful vocals combine punk and pop in an irresistibly ear-catching blend. The song takes a classic sound and adds spice, delivering a catchy chorus that’ll get stuck in your head. Continue reading →

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Follow Mannequin Pussy on an emotionally-wrought night out in the new “Drunk II” video

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Marcus Maddox

Mannequin Pussy just announced that Patience, the Philly four-piece’s third full-length and Epitaph Records debut, will be released June 21. The forthcoming album’s lead single “Drunk II” is out now, along with a video directed by singer-guitarist Marisa Dabice.

“Drunk II” is a song about overcoming heartache, and its video explores the feeling of loneliness in a crowd as it follows Dabice on an emotionally wrought night out with her bandmates as she tries to hide the pain she’s feeling under the glittery sheen of the bar. Continue reading →

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Wyatt Flynn shifts from uncertainty to optimism on Moving Day EP

Wyatt Flynn | via wyattflynn.bandcamp.com

Philly singer-songwriter Wyatt Flynn makes his debut with the new Moving Day EP, out now on Bandcamp. A self-described “Trans Sadboy Making Music About Being Gay And Having Feelngs,” Flynn filters his personal experiences into narrative-driven songs, moving from uncertainty to optimism over the EP’s four tracks. Continue reading →

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Elvis Costello & The Imposters show off their funky swagger on “Mr. and Mrs. Hush”

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Elvis Costello | photo by Stephen Done | courtesy of the artist

In preparation for their upcoming summer tour, Elvis Costello & The Imposters shared a new video for “Mr. and Mrs. Hush,” a track off their recent album Look NowRolling Stone describes “Mr. and Mrs. Hush” as a “punchy soul-kissed tune,” and its funky swagger is matched with the colorful, psychedelic animation in the new lyric video. Watch, and sing along, below. Continue reading →

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DJ Haram fuses bounce and Middle Eastern dance music in new EP Mixed Berries

DJ Haram spins at Break Free Fest | photo by John Vettese

Philadelphia-based producer DJ Haram just released her debut EP, Mixed Berries, which mixes the energy of booty bounce with brooding electronic textures and darbuka percussion heard in Middle Eastern dance music. Or, as DJ Haram put it on Twitter, “#darbukabloodrave.”

The album features three songs, “Rotten”, “Ripe”, and “No Wave.” The songs interact with each other to create a cohesive whole — rather than three separate songs, its three songs that work together as one. Haram’s sound is part percussion, part spoken samples, part electronic club beats. It feels like she is challenging the boundaries of club music and pushing for an international sound. Continue reading →

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Lucy Dacus continues 2019 singles series with “My Mother & I”

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

Lucy Dacus shared a new song, “My Mother & I,” in honor of both Mother’s Day and the Taurus astrological season, during which she and her mom will celebrate their birthdays. With the soft, guitar-driven track, Dacus takes a heartfelt look at her relationship with her mother and the many things they share.

This is the second track in her 2019 song series, which will eventually make up an EP. We last heard her cover of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie En Rose” around Valentine’s Day, and she will continue to mark special occasions with new songs — a mix of covers and originals — throughout the year. Continue reading →

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Agudos Clef’s new single “Nadie” experiments with the boundaries of Latin hip-hop

Agudos Clef | photo by Abbas Wiswall | facebook.com/Abbas-Wiswall-Photography-171298639642494 | courtesy of the artist

The two voices at the front of Trenton-based Latin hip-hop group Agudos Clef have stepped out with a new single, “Nadie,” fusing new and old sounds to tease their upcoming project, Morir Soñando. The group is comprised of Josue Lora and Nota G who were last featured on the Key back in 2017. Then, Lora and Nota G had released “No Soy Yo”, a song about navigating identity. “Nadie” embraces similar themes but pushes for independence, self-determination, and making your own way in the world. Continue reading →