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XPN Drops Y-Rock from the Air

We were sad to see in the City Paper that XPN had experienced a bunch of layoffs which included Josh T. Landow, Y-Rock’s champion through all its media format changes in the past few years. Gone with Landow are the Wednesday-through-Friday evening on-air programs that Y-Rock contributed to the station. It amazes us with how quickly the indie rock scene is growing, especially in our own city, that we are still losing a voice in our own community. DIY maybe overused these days, but it still remains a necessary part in fostering the arts.
 
We have also received many emails regarding Roger LaMay’s statement on how he’s particular stoked about them starting a blog that is "100 percent focused on local music". Our response: What took you so long? We are glad that we are making an impact on our beloved music community and that more people are following in our footsteps. There are plenty of music lovers out there who can choose whatever they want to read. We all read different publications and blogs. We all read some of the same publications and blogs. And if you’ve been paying attention to what we write about, do you really think that whatever XPN’s blog with the “Philly-centric name” will actually cover the exact same shit that we do and in the way that we do it? We hope not. If they do, then we might have some beef. ;o) (Photo by Evan M. Lopez, City Paper) - The Deli Staff
 

 

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Preview The Roots’ How I Got Over for FREE & New Video "Dear God 2.0"

The Roots will be releasing their eleventh album How I Got Over tomorrow June 22. You can check out the entire album for FREE at their MySpace page. Standouts for me are "Dear God 2.0" (Jim James, Monster of Folk), "Radio Daze" (Blu, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw, Mercedes Martinez) and "Right On" (Joanna Newsom, Sugar Tongue Slim). I’m sorry. But is it really necessary to have two tracks with John Legend? Does listening to him ever make you feel like cutting yourself? Hehe…just wondering. Check out the new video above for "Dear God 2.0", which was directed by Jason Goldwatch. - H.M. Kauffman

 

 

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Thanks Again!

Just wanted to thank all who contributed to a fun, long Summer Solstice weekend. It started early Thursday evening with the private Punk Rock Payroll Potluck which included some tasty homemade dishes and intimate performances in PRP’s HQ/Frede’s living room with The Extraordinaires, The Armchairs and Chrissy Tashjian (Dangerous Ponies). Molestice also rocked like I knew it would! Special thanks to Delia, Erpel and Brendan for all your hard work in putting this event together and allowing me to do what I do best: picking bands that I’d like to hear and getting fucked up. Also much love to Chang Chang (watch out for those Four Locos, buddy - that shit will kill you), Hair Rocket (we can always count on you to bring the pyrotechnics), Attia Taylor ( for your sweet vocals and sharing your backline with the rest of the acts) and Rick(?) (for making and generously sharing your home-brewed kegs of Belgian-ish sour ale giving me a good reason to use my stolen Chimay glass from Brussels). Good times! Good Times! - Q.D. Tran
 

 

 

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Summer Solstice Festival at Kimmel Center June 19

I’m a less-is-more gal (well, for certain things), but when I guess that you are as big as the Kimmel Center and hoping to fill it all day and evening on a day where there is an abundance of things to do, more is better (for them). Well, I know that you might want to get away from the children’s face painting and adult contemporary stuff. Luckily, you can take a quick stroll to the Molestice Block Party (N. Mole St. between 15th/16th and Race/Cherry Sts.) from the Kimmel Center and grab a glass of home-brewed beer while listening to tunes that make you feel young again. Don’t worry - you’ll make it back in time to catch Philly’s Queen B of Hip Hop Bahamadia. Looks like the female protégée of Gangstarr's Guru (R.I.P.) is back on the scene, and she’ll be dropping her fourth global release HERE this summer. Other things that might make you want to pop in: Toy Soldiers, The Philadelphia Ukulele Orchestra, Gina Ferrera, The ReBel Yell, PhillyBloco and The Fleeting Ends as well as First Person Arts Story Slam and Bob & Barabara’s Drag Show. Kimmel Center, 260 S. Broad St., 3pm - Dawn, All Ages - H.M. Kauffman
 

 

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Clark Park Festival’s 40th Anniversary June 19

Clark Park is just a cool place to have outdoor concerts. If you enjoyed hanging out for the day in the park at Best Fest, then you’ll have your chance again when they celebrate Clark Park Festival’s 40th Anniversary with the funky albeit cringingly white dance outfit Prowler who will be headlining the event. Each time I hear these guys it’s something new I find perplexing about their sound from the percussions versatility to the music’s urgency or splintered vocals, but somehow it all works out. They’ll be joined by the ghoulish indie pop of Conversations with Enemies as well as The Josh and Pete Band, Upsincefriday, The Spades and many more. Clark Park, 43rd and Chester Sts., 12pm - 8pm, Free, All Ages - Adam G.

 

 

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