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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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Jacqueline Constance ruminates on reflection and resolution in a new video for “Carl Thomas”

Jacqueline Constance | still from video

Philly R&B singer Jacqueline Constance has made a name for herself through alluring single releases over the last several years and an engaging live show built around live looping and crowd participation. Her emotional vocals breathe life into the songs she creates, and her latest, “Carl Thomas,” has just recieved a beautiful music video treatment that highlights Jacqueline’s powerful lyrics.

Constance told us over email that “conceptually, ‘Carl Thomas’ is a song around reflection and resolution, and I wanted the video to reflect that. Especially the elements of scattered thoughts and emotions redirecting themselves to a particular event that you wished you had performed differently in, the party where I wish I was more social or an experience with lost love that I wish I could have been more open to.” Continue reading →

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Trash Boy talks new music, Philly’s DIY scene, and the hopelessness of our society

Trash Boy | via facebook.com/trashboyphilly

Punk-rock quartet Trash Boy is exemplary of Philly’s independent music scene, and proud of it. Forming in 2016, the band put out their debut album The Future is Trash in 2017. Two years and one bass player later, Trash Boy has polished off their second studio album Who Will Take the Trash Out When We’re Gone?, scheduled for release this Friday, August 16th via Good How Are You Records. They’ve recently shared a single from the new record, entitled “Perfect Teeth”— a catchy, uptempo, humorous-yet-accurate rejection of societal conventions.

To celebrate Who Will Take the Trash Out When We’re Gone?, Trash Boy will play a release show at Everybody Hits this Friday, August 16th. They’ll also be playing Johnny Brenda’s on Wednesday, October 30th. For more information about both of their Philly shows, visit the XPN Concert Calendar. To read what the band’s guitarists and vocalists Chris Fortunato and Dan Baggarly have to say about their single, their album, and how much the world sucks, read on. Continue reading →

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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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The Key Studio Sessions: AnnonXL

AnnonXL is a singer who can stop you in your tracks. From strong core melodies to vibrant melisma, teasing drops of pitch-shifting and a constant sense of passion and joy, he is a commanding force as a vocalist…not to mention as a charismatic frontperson and left-of-center songwriter.

The emerging Philadelphia artist caught our ear with his second project, last year’s Teen Angst album; this year he followed it up with a breezy EP called Summer Affair. While both releases have their roots in pop and R&B, they branch into unexpected directions — bubbling, dancefloor-ready electropop as easily as cloudy and cosmic balladry. Some moments vibe like house jams, others like Disney theme songs. In a way, AnnonXL makes music in the spirit of other unable-and-unwilling-to-be-easily-defined artists — Prince to Frank Ocean to James Blake — and with a new six-piece band joining him for this week’s Key Studio Session, the sound and style expands even further. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: American Trappist

In a sense, American Trappist is the project of a single person: New Jersey’s Joe Michelini. He’s a rock and roll singer-guitarist who led the blog-popular collective River City Extension in his 20s, and more recently refocused his song-craft and existential dread into records like last year’s great Tentanda Via, which is as cathartic as it is uplifting.

But American Trappist is also very much a band, as we see in this week’s Key Studio Session, and to whatever extent Michelini is a blossoming producer (he recorded the most recent album by The Vernes at his home base of Berlin Studios) and the visionary behind the songs (though we’re reasonably sure he’s too humble to embrace the term”visionary”), it’s the skill and chemistry of his bandmates Shane Luckenbaugh on drums, Max Kulicke on guitar, and Lewie II on bass that brings the music to life. Continue reading →

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PorchFest returns to South Wayne

photo courtesy of South Wayne PorchFest

PorchFest, a concept that’s increasingly popular in cities across the country, will return to the suburb of South Wayne for the third year in a row. On September 14, the community will close off five residential blocks to traffic and transform the neighborhood into an outdoor music venue, using porches as their stages to host more than 60 local acts. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Jidenna’s 85 to Africa tour brings him to the TLA this fall

Jidenna at WXPN’s Free At Noon Concert on 7/7/17 | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

R&B singer-songwriter Jidenna has announced his fall tour in support of his new album, 85 to Afrida. The album is set to release on August 23rd, and Jidenna has already given fans a taste of the new music with the songs “Tribe” and “Sufi Woman.” The tour brings him through Philadelphia to perform at the TLA on October 27th; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →