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

Elvis Costello
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 →


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 →


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 →


Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers were loose, limber, and incisive at Underground Arts

Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers | photo by Senia Lopez for WXPN |

Three full-length records, one bestselling memoir, and countless tours interspersed between: the past few years haven’t exactly left Laura Jane Grace with much free time.

The current venture: the tailend of a U.S. tour in support of the Against Me! bandleader’s 2018 solo record, Bought to Rot (released last fall on Bloodshot Records), with her backing band the Devouring Mothers. Friday night’s show at Underground Arts served to highlight Grace’s deft songwriting talents and showcase Bought to Rot’s freewheeling “mixtape” sensibilities onstage. Continue reading →


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

Agudos Clef | photo by Abbas Wiswall | | 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 →


Just Announced: SNL’s Pete Davidson to perform at The Trocadero this weekend

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With the confirmed closing of the historic Trocadero theater, many Philadelphians are wondering what final shows will grace the beloved stage. In that spirit, ir was just announced on social media that stand-up comedian Pete Davidson will perform this Saturday, April 27 at the Trocadero. Davidson is best known for his five-season run as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. He has also appeared in films such as Set It Up, Big Time Adolescence, What Men Want, and The Dirt. Continue reading →


A convenience of marriage: Nels Cline + Yuka C. Honda’s CUP

CUP’s Yuka Honda and Nels Cline | via Ars Nova Workshop

Guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Yuka C. Honda would be (and have been) fascinating as interview subjects without having to join forces. The former was an established guitarist in the avant-garde world before he joined Wilco in 2004; the latter is best known as co-founder and producer of art-pop outfit Cibo Matto, though she has a robust resume of production, collaboration, and multimedia work.

Cline and Honda’s new pairing as CUP, however, doubles the fun and requires the married duo to give their first-ever joint interview for one of its earliest conjoined shows – April 26 at RUBA, a gig that doubles as the record release celebration for Desertion Trio, the experimental jam outfit led by Cline’s friend, Philly guitarist Nick Millevoi. Continue reading →


Anika Pyle of Katie Ellen joins Her Smell director Elisabeth Moss for a post screening Q&A at The Roxy

Katie Ellen | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

After years fronting former punk band Chumped and her current project Katie Ellen, local songwriter Anika Pyle knows a thing or two about the music industry. This weekend, she’ll share some of her insider knowledge during a Q&A following the Philadelphia Film Society’s screening of the new film “Her Smell.” Pyle will join the film’s writer and director Alex Ross Perry for a conversation following the 6:30 p.m. screening this Saturday, April 27, at the PFS Roxy Theater.

“Her Smell” stars Elisabeth Moss as a fictional punk rock singer, Becky Something, who saw major success in the ’90s but is now down on her luck and struggling with addiction. The story follows Becky Something’s journey to recovery as she reckons with her past and tries to reclaim the creativity and inspiration that made her successful.

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Thin Lips surprised us with a new EP, Carrot Milk

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Thin Lips | photo by Scott Troyan | photo courtesy of the artist

What better way to start the week than with some unexpected new music from Thin Lips? The band released a new EP, Carrot Milk, this past weekend, showing a stripped-down, introspective side to the band. It’s three tracks are sparse and intimate demos that set Carrot Milk apart from Thin Lips’ usual punk sound that we’re used to. It’s also a deeply personal project for singer-songwriter Chrissy Tashjian, who wrote, recorded and produced the new release. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Tame Impala will play The Mann this summer

Tame Impala | photo by Neil Krug | courtesy of the artist

Tame Impala‘s touring schedule this spring and summer involves a lot of ocean crossing. But after Kevin Parker and his band finish bouncing back and forth between North America, Europe and Australia, they’ll wrap up the tour here on the East Coast, stopping in Philly for a show at The Mann on August 23.

Tame Impala released two new singles, “Borderline” and “Patience,” recently, and performed on SNL last month. The project’s last album was 2015’s Currents, and it certainly looks like we can expect to hear something about a new release soon. Continue reading →