Local Music Project

Philly’s music scene is always changing, and WHYY is keeping up. 

The Local Music Project spotlights Philadelphia-area musicians by playing their music on air.  Find out more about the artists and their music here.

Questions?  Please contact us at localmusic@whyy.org

The artists:


Selena Hurst

Front person Allegra Eidinger is a native of the Philadelphia suburbs who has found a home amongst other local, queer-fronted DIY bands in West Philly house venues and basements.

Connect: Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter


Nick Lerman

Chipocrite uses original Nintendo Game Boys, often accompanied by guitar, bass, drums and/or other lo-fi sequencers, to create his compositions.  Since emerging from the Philadelphia chip scene just a few years ago, he has taken the stage at numerous performance spaces around the country.

Connect: Website / Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter


Magdalena Papaioannou

Darla is an 8-piece experimental funk group formed in 2014 in Philadelphia.  The Darla sound is influenced by their origins in the Philly basement rock scene and the funk and jazz of the 1970s.

Connect: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube

Greg Davis

Provided by: Greg Davis

Greg Davis is a Philadelphia native who began playing guitar at age 8 and teaching guitar at 14.  He has been a member of many Philly-based groups including In The Pocket, Beru Revue, and Crosstown Traffic.

Connect: Website

Patrick De Caumette

Provided by: Patrick De Caumette

Patrick De Caumette is an Emmy winning composer, audio director and music supervisor who creates original scores for the film, TV, video game and advertising industries.

Connect: Vimeo / Bandcamp / Soundcloud

Jessica Graae

Sean Capuano

Jessica Graae is a folk singer-songwriter who celebrated the release of her second album “Sea Dream” with a show at World Café Live in Philadelphia.  Nominated for ten WSTW Hometown Hero Homey Awards, Jessica is a 2013 Philadelphia Folk Factory contest winner and a finalist in the 2012 and 2014 Delmarva Folk Hero contests.  

Connect: Website / Soundcloud / Bandcamp / FacebookTwitter

Grimace Federation

Mike Ryan

Grimace Federation, a post-rock/kraut-rock/pysch-synth band, is the creator of many instrumentals behind Aesop Rock’s flow.  The group was founded on “a need to shift sound, vast musical influences and free-form improv sessions.” (Grimace Federation)

Connect: Bandcamp / Facebook

Cliff Hillis

Beth Lennon

Singer-songwriter Cliff Hillis is celebrating the release of his six-song EP “Many Happy Returns” through San Francisco’s TallBoy Records. The title refers to Hillis revisiting his pop roots.

Connect: Website / Label / Facebook

Jasper Quartet

Dario Acosta

Philadelphia’s Jasper String Quartet is the Professional Quartet in Residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.  “The Jaspers… match their sounds perfectly, as if each swelling chord were coming out of a single, impossibly well-tuned organ, instead of four distinct instruments.” (New Haven Advocate)

Connect: Website / Facebook / Instagram / YouTube

 Joe Lucia

Temple University

Joseph Lucia is Dean of Libaries at Temple University and an avid guitar player.  His most recent musical venture is creation of a band of librarian musicians known as Marc Fields & Bad Data.

Connect: Soundcloud / Twitter


Barbara Karp

Featuring core members Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, internationally acclaimed Minas performs Brazilian Jazz. 

Connect: Website / Facebook / YouTube

Muscle Tough

Brett Wilshe

Muscle Tough is a future funk fusion trio that formed in 2014.  The band has developed a sound that is a heavily improvised blend of modal jazz, funk, and psychedelia. 

Connect: Website / Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram


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Nmlstyl is an electronic musician whose latest album, nmlstyl.concat, blends chip music, vaporwave, prog, EDM, and improvisation influences.

Connect: Bandcamp / Facebook / Twitter

Michael O’Reilly

Mandy David

Michael O’Reilly is an Emmy winning producer for the WHYY original production FRIDAY ARTS, and has received multiple Emmy nominations for his original music.  He teaches at Rowan University and at PhillyCAM – the public access channel of Philadelphia.

Connect: VimeoBandcamp / Soundcloud / Instagram

Outside Sound Ensemble

Provided by: Chris Coyle

The Outside Sound Ensemble is a chamber jazz ensemble that performs original pieces as part of the Philadelphia project, Outside Sound.  The project uses visual artwork created by artists with disabilities as inspiration for musicians.

Connect: Website / Bandcamp

Steve Patruno

Provided by: Steve Patruno

Steve Patruno is the guitarist and vocalist of The New Watchdog Blues Band.

Connect: Facebook

Phil Rizzo

Barb Mann

Phil Rizzo is a New Jersey native who has played bass and guitar in various rock bands of the  Philadelphia and South Jersey music scene.

Al Serrani

Colleen Fitzpatrick

Al Serrani is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, sound engineer, and producer who owns his own sound studio.  He is the founder of the band Armada, for whom he writes original material and plays nearly every instrument.

Connect: Website

David Stevens

Whitney Thomas

David Stevens is a contemporary jazz guitarist and producer who got his professional start performing with Philadelphia bands and choirs at the age of 14.

Connect: Website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

Peter Tang

Provided by: Peter Tang

Peter Tang grew up in Shenyang China, where he studied music.  He now leads a traditional Chinese music ensemble which actively performs in the greater Philadelphia area.

Connect: Website

Timothy Welbeck

Vincent Nguyen

Timothy Welbeck is an emcee, attorney, educator, and musician.  He instructs Hip-Hop and Black Culture at Temple University. 

Connect: Website / Facebook  / Twitter / Instagram

West Philadelphia Orchestra

Lisa Schaffer

With influences ranging from Sun Ra to Bulgarian brass bands, West Philadelphia Orchestra began as a porch jam in West Philly.  The group has continued expanding their repertoire of Eastern European music and has played all over the country, yet WPO’s heartbeat is always in Philly: they play every Tuesday night at Franky Bradley’s.

Connect: Website  / Label / Facebook

Work Drugs

Provided by: Benjamin Louisiana

Work Drugs was founded by singers/multi-instrumentalists Thomas Crystal and Benjamin Louisiana.  They play indie pop music inspired by soft rock artists such as Christopher Cross and Donald Fagen.

Connect: Spotify / Facebook

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