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Sonya Kitchell releases single 'Funeral' about 2016 US elections

Since the appearance of Donald Trump on the US political scene, we've been receiving several submissions of protests songs, most of them filled with apocalyptic imagery and often also insults. We haven't published any of them, maybe because... we felt Michelle Obama was right when she said "when they go low, we go high." Single 'Funeral' by talented Brooklyn songwriter Sonya Kitchell certainly raises the level of the conversation, analyzing the complicated swirl of emotions brought by the 2016 elections, appropriately compared to the ultimate ritual of loss. Not new to the scene, Sonya earlier this year released her third full length album 'We Come Apart' after a long silence (her previous release is dated 2010), check out the video for single 'Mexico' below.





Sad13 Slugs It Out at Everybody Hits Dec. 12

After being advised to take a break from releases this year with her band Speedy Ortiz to avoid having fans get burned out, Sadie Dupuis found herself with an excess of songs that she had already written, inspiring her to record her debut solo effort as Sad13. Slugger (which is now available via Carpark Record) became a new lo-fi, electro-pop vehicle for Dupuis to tackle personal and societal issues. She is also currently on her first solo tour in support of the new LP, and it will be making a stop home this evening at Everybody Hits. She’ll be joined by tourmate Vagabon, the project of NYC guitarist and singer Laetitia Tamko, and dream-pop artist Emily Reo. (BTW: Unfortunately, Told Slant, who had been originally announced to perform, is no longer on the bill after getting picked up by Elvis Depressedly for their latest tour.) Everybody Hits, 529 W. Girard Ave., 9pm, $12, All Ages (Photo by Chad Kamenshine) - H.M. Kauffman





New Mumblr Album Available for Streaming & Purchase

Mumblr recently returned from an extensive journey around the U.S. that they dubbed the Family Fun Tour. They also recently shared a collection of recordings, accumulated over the last three years and now titled Foster Kids: B-sides and Unreleased Songs. The Philly quartet will be donating all proceeds from the seventeen-song album to Planned Parenthood so be as generous as you can and grab your copy below. Mumblr is scheduled to perform next in Philly on Thursday, January 26 at Johnny Brenda’s, but you never know if the guys will pop up for a performance somewhere around town before then so keep a lookout.





Buzz Alert: New Hampshire Singer/Songwriter Lina Tullgren Mesmerizes with EP "Wishlist"

New Hampshire songstress Lina Tullgren's Wishlist is a raw, vulnerable exploration of love, growth, and heartbreak.  Utilizing the warmth and character of analog, Tullgren invents a reflective melancholic sound that is both original and inescapably personal, sacrificing technical perfection for emotional connection.  With songs that feel more stream of consciousness than solid in form, Wishlist allows the listener a peek through the looking glass of what it is to be young and what it means to grow up.  Lina is a unique and mezmerizing voice, and we can't wait to hear what else she has to say. -Brian Varneke

 





Eliza Hardy Jones Comes Into Her Own at Boot & Saddle Dec. 10

Eliza Hardy Jones is a unique talent in the Philly music scene that seldom gets her due. This classically trained pianist with the voice of a Siren has contributed to such notable projects as Buried Beds, Nightlands, Strand of Oaks, and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals over the years. But now, Eliza is set to come into her own with her debut solo album, being produced by Brian McTear and Nick Krill (Teen Men, Spinto Band). Tonight's performance at Boot & Saddle will be a prime opportunity to hear what she's been working on, backed by a full live band. Jones will also be joined by longtime friend and former member of mewithoutYou, Greg Jehanian, who is better known these days as GeologyBoot & Saddle, 1131 S. Broad St., 8:30pm, $10, 21+ - Bill McThrill

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