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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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Listen to Erin Fox’s mesmerizing single “Your Joy” from her upcoming solo EP

Resilient | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Resilient | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Known for leading Philly rock band Resilient, lead singer-guitarist Erin Fox can do no wrong with her new single “Your Joy”, the title track from her new solo EP. Her last outing, do it yourself heartbreak, showed a more pop rock side of Fox while “Your Joy” emphasizes more of her vulnerable and emotional side. Her vocals on the track are mesmerizing and create an atmosphere that provokes your mind to wander off. Continue reading →

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Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado is covering Springsteen’s Born To Run and that’s cool with us

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Rock and roll eccentric Jonathan Rado of Foxygen has his work cut out for him juggling irony, sincerity and pure showmanship, and he always manages to keep those parts in fluid motion. For his latest undertaking — besides, you know, Foxygen’s fourth LP Hang and their upcoming appearance at the XPoNential Music Festival — Rado will cover Bruce Springsteen’s epic 1975 LP Born To Run in its entirety.

Despite the comical / ridiculous promotional photo with Rado’s face superimposed on both The Boss and Clarence Clemons, this project isn’t some goofball flight of fancy; he is doing it as part of Turntable Kitchen’s Sounds Delicious series, where contemporary artists cover classic albums in their entirety. Continue reading →

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The Week’s Best MP3 Downloads, incl. Bad Braids, Erin Costelo and Foxygen

This week’s Key Studio Session featured the transcendent acoustic folk project of Bad Braids.  The moniker of Megan Biscieglia, Bad Braids’ session was recorded during a visit to XPN2’s Folkadelphia show and features Biscieglia on vocals and guitar with Mike Bruno on an assortment of backing instruments (including percussive mortar and pestle).  The four songs recorded for the session will be included on an upcoming LP expected for release this winter on Haute Magie.  Listen to the full session here; stream and download “White Mane” below.  Check out upcoming dates for Bad Braids on their Bandcamp.

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Foxing brings drama, high energy, and beautiful catharsis to Union Transfer

Foxing | photo by Ashley Gellman for WXPN | agellmanphotos.com

You’ve got to hand it to Foxing; the St. Louis experimental rock outfit knows how to set a mood.

Before they stepped on stage at Union Transfer, all the lights venue’s lights powered off, and into the shivering pitch blackness piped the ethereal tones of Enya’s “Only Time.” Not the song I was expecting to hear at this juncture, but as the pulsing green lights faded up and the band walked out on stage — each clad in matching Foxing sports tees with corresponding surnames on the back — it totally worked. It was a bit of serious drama, a bit of ironic irreverence, and as frontperson Conor Murphy strutted to the edge of the stage, arms flailing at the front row like a conductor wearing a huge grin, he was the living embodiment of this dichotomy. Continue reading →

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Foxing releases the frenetic, game-changing “Gameshark” from Nearer My God

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Foxing | photo by Hayden Molinarolo | courtesy of the artist

I don’t know that Foxing will ever break the Internet, but they definitely broke emo as a genre. “Gameshark” is the third single off the band’s upcoming album, Nearer My God, out August 10. The song is a violent, nightmarish trip. Frontman Conor Murphy sings in falsetto that is frantic and taut as wire. The guttural, spiked chorus rises over a slithering bass line and electronic grooves. Continue reading →

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Firefly Bonus Reel: Photos from Smallpools, Foxtrot and the Get Down, Portugal. The Man and more

Smallpools | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

A week ago today, we were heading into the Dover Woodlands for our third day covering the annual Firefly Music Festival. We saw dozens of artists, shot hundreds of photos, and are continuing to sort out our thoughts on the experience — more of which we’ll share with you later this week. For now, take a look at some bonus photos from the weekend, shot by The Key’s Dylan Eddinger. Continue reading →

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(Sandy) Alex G announces new headlining tour dates and an opening spot with Fleet Foxes

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

On July 17th, the Fleet Foxes Instagram account posted an announcement that they had added several artists to their upcoming US tour(Sandy) Alex G in the Northeast, Natalie Prass in the Northwest, Bedouine in the Southwest, and Nap Eyes in the Midwest in addition to the already-billed Animal Collective and Beach House.

For a good 24 hours, information on this news was nowhere else to be found, save the account (likely run by frontman Robin Pecknold) answering direct fan inquiries in the comments section. Either way, I naively thought that it was safe to assume the addition of Philly’s own Alex G to the upcoming July 31st show at The Mann Center was a given, as he had no other scheduled shows that day and Philadelphia is a Northeast location. Continue reading →