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playlist for being stuck inside during a pandemic

Please, everyone stay safe. In practicing social distancing, we are taking care of each other. Hope this mix is any bit as helpful to you as it has been to me today.

Listen on Spotify and Apple Music.

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Show: MeWithOutYou : Brother, Sister 14 Year Anniversary Tour 6/13 @ Union Transfer

Brother, Sister is my favorite album from MeWithOutYou. Gonna be sick to see this album played in full at Union Transfer this summer:

Go: http://tiny.cc/8388kz

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Show: Archers of Loaf 4/17 @ Underground Arts

Archers of Loaf is playing Underground Arts in Philly on 4/17. 21+

The band announced on their website that they plan to release new music via Merge records in 2020.

Grab tickets: https://bit.ly/37DIngb

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Show: Andy Schauf 5/1 @ Union Transfer

Go: https://bit.ly/2vNJqNf

Andy Schauf is heading on tour in 2020 to support his new record The Neon Skyline. Catch him on 5/1 at Union Transfer in Philly.

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Show: Brittany Howard 6/9 @ Prospect Park Bandshell, Celebrate Brooklyn (NYC)

Brittany Howard is killin’ it solo with 2019’s Jamie and you can catch her live for FREE! this summer at CELEBRATE BROOKLYN, 6/9 📍Prospect Park in BK.

Go: https://bit.ly/32e0F6Q

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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: “Neo-Soul Heaven”

Our latest playlist “Neo-Soul Heaven” is now up on Spotify and Apple Music.

This one was tough. It was hard to make. It’s 5 1/2 hours and covers songs from 1985 to today. And that’s because there is just so much. Soul has always melded and shaped to its time, and these days, it’s kinda difficult to delineate the two! – r&b and “neo-soul” that is. Which is cool too, evolution.

“Old school” is anything soulful that harkens back to another time, is smooth, and speaks of “grown folks business”. So, today, as an 80s baby, my old school is 90s R&B (SWV) and Neo-Soul – which is a modern, fluid take on classic soul and tends to lean on the introspection part more often than the romance part (Erykah Badu). Back in the 70s, you could compare the two sounds with, say, The O’jays “Cry Together” (more soul) & The Isley Brothers “Between The Sheets” (more r&b).

What I personally love about Neo-soul is the jazz, hit-hats, atmosphere, sway, time, space, caution. Solange does this so well on last year’s album When I Get Home. Maxwell does it perfectly on Urban Hang Suite, as does Amel Larrieux on Infinite Possibilities, and then of course holdin’ it down for eternity is Ms. J-I-L-L S-C-O-T-T.

While researching this playlist, I was thrilled to see a new release this year from Syleena Johnson, artist and co-host on the #blackgirlmagic that is Sister Circle Live. It’s a show I hold dear to my heart – they are doing amazing things with the platform! She speaks about the state of R&B and Neo-Soul often on air, and they make a constant effort to bring on beloved Neo-soul artists all delivering bona-fide contributions to the genre as it’s both growing new roots and being gentrified into alt – r&b. With all the new voices out here resourcing the classic elements, though, I’m confident we can keep it healthy and well fed, so we can all be fed. We need it! ☺️ Also did ya’ll peep the Roots Picnic line up this year? Sheesh.

Listen to Neo-Soul Heaven now on Spotify and Apple Music and follow @indiedigs.

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Jan/Feb ’20: Concert Calendar (Philly, DE, NYC)

Here’s a roundup and playlist of all the local shows we’re excited about for Jan/Feb!

Motion City Soundtrack 1/12 @ Fillmore https://bit.ly/2FhGGtM

Damien Jurado 1/15 @ World Cafe Live http://tiny.cc/1sc3hz

Cracker & Camper Van Beethoven 1/19 @ World Cafe Live https://bit.ly/300SMjL

The Almost 1/22 @ TLA https://livemu.sc/2Dbel6Y

Courtney Barnett 1/23 @ The Queen http://tiny.cc/iif2hz

Angels & Airwaves 1/25 @ Xfinity Live https://bit.ly/2QuMu92

Nada Surf 1/30 @ World Cafe Live  https://bit.ly/2ZXp27w

Thanks for Coming 2/1 @ Trans-Pecos (Queens) https://bit.ly/2QXDxEt

Cowboy Junkies 2/1 @ The Scottish Rite Auditorium (NJ) https://bit.ly/2s1qNUD

Rapsody 2/6 @ Elsewhere (BK) https://bit.ly/39PGXS0

Slow Crush 2/7 @ Saint Vitus Bar (BK)  https://bit.ly/33Xhfrq

Thrice, Mewithoutyou, Drug Church 2/11 @ Franklin Music Hall http://tiny.cc/jznwcz

Anna of the North 2/18 @ The Foundry https://livemu.sc/2QwKJbj

Man or Astroman? 2/21 @ Market Hotel (BK)  https://bit.ly/2QU2ErB

Wolf Parade 2/21 @ Union Transfer https://bit.ly/2N5Jeie

Refused 2/22 @ Brooklyn Steel (BK) https://bit.ly/2FvdFKM

The Black Lips 2/22 @ First Unitarian Church https://bit.ly/37g3M0e

Natalie Merchant 2/26 @ The Appel Room, Lincoln Center (NYC) https://bit.ly/2TcF0tl

Drive By Truckers 2/27 @ Union Transfer https://bit.ly/33jWW6y

Iron Chic 2/28 @ Saint Vitus http://tiny.cc/anf2hz

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Show: Refused 2/22 @ Brooklyn Steel

Go: https://bit.ly/2FvdFKM

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Show: Wolf Parade 2/21 @ Union Transfer

Go: https://bit.ly/2N5Jeie

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Show: Natalie Merchant 2/26 @ The Appel Room, Lincoln Center (NYC)

Go: https://bit.ly/2TcF0tl