The Pioneering Women of Philly Soul

Fifty years ago, the sound of Philly Soul was born out of the legendary Philadelphia International Records. With the talents of The O’Jays, Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, The Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, and others, the label rewrote the standards of soul music by blending in R&B, funk, and doo-wop with massive orchestral arrangements. To celebrate all P.I.R. contributed to the world of music, we’re giving away a Best of Philadelphia International Records prize pack.

Aluna Creates All Black, POC, Female Electronic Festival, 'Aluna & Friends: RODEO RAVE'

Aluna today announces her very own personally curated all Black, POC, Female electronic virtual festival, ALUNA & FRIENDS: RODEO RAVE. One half of the internationally renowned duo AlunaGeorge, Aluna Francis is stepping out solo, riding the wave of freedom that came with her new album, Renaissance, from earlier this year. “Originally, putting together my dream festival line up (Black, POC and women DJs who play dope dance music) was an incredible goal, a chance to show exactly how I see the futu

Taylor Swift - folklore

The second to last song on Taylor Swift’s quiet, exquisite album 'folklore' is called 'peace'. A once-vindictive Swift, once at the mercy of her come-and-go lovers, has finally found peace. Peace can be used to describe everything about folklore, from the sonic atmosphere it creates, to the creative period in which she’s written it, to the cocoon of misplaced longing and self-reflective mental housekeeping that quarantine forces you into. That the fast-paced nature of our lives has finally fall

Seven Comebacks That Defined The Noughties

Bands come and go like seasons— sometimes it's a slow burn, and sometimes it happens when you're not looking. This decade had its fair share of all of it, from spurned ‘90s bands rising from the ashes of the grunge era, to bands that broke up and reformed, all in the same decade. Here are our top seven picks for bands that all but disappeared into thin air, and soared right back. Pop punk was rather unforgiving in 2013. We can’t count on two hands the number of pop punk outfits that disbanded

Hannah Diamond - Relections

Hannah Diamond started releasing tracks a long six years ago, and finally her debut album is here. While the first track, 'Reflections', is a bit of a flat start, it’s by no means representative of the rest of the project, which picks up immediately with ‘Invisible’, a glimmering, hyperreality track with a stunning hook that reminds us what this futuristic artist is really capable of. In this Charli-XCX-meets-Sarah-Bonito album, Diamond explores collapsed relationships, but within that themes

Coldplay - Everyday Life

Listening to the swirling ambience of 'Everyday Life's orchestral, lyric-less two-minute opening track, a listener would never know that a sweeping commentary on seemingly every global issue was to follow. 'Everyday Life' is not an ambient album - as the first track would suggest - but rather Coldplay’s own misguided stab at social justice through song, one that aims to change the world with a touchy-feely, white-savior-esque, disingenuous call-to-unity that borders a bit on naivety. Across the

Up Close As Charli XCX Returns To Los Angeles

There were 18 days between the release of Charli XCX’s new album and her (five-years-overdue) return to The Wiltern. That may be the amount of time we need for our throats to recover afterwards. “That was fucking insane,” concert-goers said as they trickled out into what was an uncharacteristically brisk Los Angeles night. Maybe it was the quick transition from being pressed up against each other, swapping sweat and body heat in the sold-out Wiltern that made outside feel strange. Maybe we were

Charli XCX - Charli

Charlotte Aitchison has come a long way from Iggy Azalea’s 'Fancy'. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since that song was everywhere - and equally as much time since Charli XCX has released a full studio album. While she’s kept us quite a bit satiated in between with two different mixtapes and her 'Vroom Vroom' EP, the much-anticipated release of Charli finally looms ahead. Out now via Asylum/Atlantic, 'Charli' sees producer A.G. Cook (of PC Music - known for pushing the limits of pop

Gallery: Claypool Lennon Delirium and Uni in Austin, TX

It's been nearly three years since the summer tour that paired Primus with Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, but borne out of it was an experience that would change them forever. Straight after the tour, Les Claypool (of Primus) and Sean Lennon (of Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger) were inspired to combine their talents for a joint endeavor, The Claypool Lennon Delirium. This year, the duo has just released their sophomore record, which is every bit as exhilarating live as it is in the studio. Joined b

Exclusive Premiere: Weathers Drop Live Acoustic Video for "Problems"

Press shuffle to land on any one of the songs Weathers have dropped since their formation, and it’s clear the LA rockers are staring down the barrel of superstardom. From their viral 2016 single “Happy Pills” to their recently released debut LP, the four-piece have an irresistible sound—one that often masks a thread of darker, relatable lyrics that are best heard "alone, driving in your car, at night," as frontman Cameron Boyer said in a recent interview. Their most recent single, "Problems" is

20 Outside Lands Performers Traveling to a City Near You This Fall

On August 9, music lovers will flock to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco for one of the most anticipated festivals of the year, Outside Lands. The three-day annual event continuously delivers performances from some of the biggest names in music, as well as indie gems and throwback acts. Of course, not everyone can make it out to Cali for the festivities, and if you’ve found yourself sitting across the country missing out, we feel you, but that doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance. Many of th

Gallery: Sad Summer Fest Packs a Punch with Incendiary NYC Inaugural Run

“This may be a simulation but at least we’re here experiencing it together, all at once,” John O'Callaghan of The Maine yelled. “Under this big red moon! On the count of three, I want everyone to howl,” he said, pointing to the glowing blood crimson orb in the sky. The entire crowd—which stretched from the stage to the edge of the rooftop almost a city block away—howled in response. “Perfect!” he mused. If NYC is the capital of unlikely events, then Tuesday, July 21's spectacle fit right in. A

Tycho - Weather

A command, a principle of summer, and a word that recalls none other than Tycho’s second studio album. While he’s most known for that 2012 album you probably came across on the sidebar of Youtube and fell in love with, Tycho’s Scott Hansen has been making music like this for the better part of a decade. It’s been three years since Tycho has refreshed us with (truly) new music, and this year’s comeback is nothing short of a surprise. A refreshingly short record of eight songs, every note of ‘Wea

Willaris. K Shares What He Listens to on the Road

For more than three years now, electric technician-turned-bedroom producer Willaris. K has been making frivolous, pulsating melodies that uplift listeners while drawing upon the darkest of moods. Since the release of his 2018 debut EP, Alchemy— that we hear is an absolute whirlwind to experience live— the Australian-born Willaris. has been riding the wave of success, racking up fans from every corner of the globe. If you missed him while he was opening for Rüfüs Du Sol's US tour earlier this s
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Valerie is a music journalist and photographer with 4+ years of writing experience. She is currently a staff writer at Substream Magazine, previously Editorial Intern at Bandsintown, and has contributed culture and music content to the following publications: W Magazine, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, EARMILK, Consequence of Sound, TheFortyFive, Gigsoup.