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New Track: "Totality Piece" (Feat. Mary Lattimore) - Skull Eclipses

All over North America, folks are getting ready to witness the first total solar eclipse to appear in the U.S. skies since 1979. And Skull Eclipses, a new collaborative project from Philly's own Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar, and Austin-based producer Botany, with assistance former local native/harpist Mary Lattimore, has provided us a soundtrack of celestial sounds for this afternoon's momentous occasion. "Totality Piece" will also be aired on Philly's WXPN and Austin's KUTX during the height of the eclipse, in their perspective areas. Keep a lookout for more to come from Skull Eclipses, and please safely enjoy this rare event!

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New Lushlife Mixtape to Benefit ACLU

Philly producer/emcee Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar, has released a new mixtape, titled My Idols Are Dead + My Enemies Are in Power, "in the face of an incoming administration that has openly threatened our basic constitutional freedoms." All proceeds from the album will be donated to the ACLU. The project also features guest appearances from Moor Mother, Sad13, Sun Airway, Killer Mike, and many others.

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The Dude Hates Cancer Afterparty w/Lushlife at Boot & Saddle Sept. 24

10 years ago, The Dude Hates Cancer started in Philly as a Big Lebowski-themed fundraiser campaign, bowling tournament, and party that was designed to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Since then, The Dude has extended to New York, Cleveland, and California, managing to raise over half a million dollars for LLS. Dudes will abide when the 10th annual bowling tournament rolls into South Bowl today. However, as soon as the winning team is crowned and people have their fill of the free tater tot bar, people will head over to Boot & Saddle for Jackie Treehorn's After Party that features music from two local mainstays. Ever since he teamed up with CSLSX to release Ritualize, an album that many have dubbed one of the best of 2016 thus far, Lushlife has had a huge year that will hopefully find his name heavily lauded on the national/international level at its conclusion, and it's still not over for him yet with another new mind-altering instrumental EP, No Dead Language (Western Vinyl), headed our way this October 7th. Lushlife will also be joined this evening by the always energetic jazz-funk rock collective Swift TechniqueBoot & Saddle, 1131 S Broad St., 8:30pm, $10 21+ - Bill McThrill

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Lushlife Opening for Islands at JB's May 22

Raj Haldar, a.k.a. Lushlife, weaves silky lyrical lines, incorporating a mindfulness into a texturally rich sound. A white-hot yet controlled fire burns in his delivery, etching a place within one’s head as you follow the thread. Riding the wave of releasing a pair of new albums, Should I Remain Here at Sea? and Taste earlier this month, Islands sweep you up, hitting on a wide subject-ranging and emotional spectrum. Wade into Johnny Brenda’s waters, and anchor down for an evening of musical depths. Johnny Brenda’s, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 8pm, $15, 21+ - Michael Colavita

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In the Cut: Lushlife

It’s been about 4 years now since we first sat down for an interview with Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar. And with the success of his latest LP Ritualized and mutually busy schedules, it took a long string of emails and rescheduling to finally find time to sit down for a chat. We managed to beat out the dinner rush at South Philly’s Khmer Kitchen and snagged a table for a tasty traditional Cambodian meal, drinks, and whole lotta catchin’ up. Come dive into our discussion about Lush’s collaborative work with production trio CSLSX, RitualizedThe Deli Philly’s March Record of the Month, and find out what’s on the horizon for the rising emcee/producer as we pick his brain and get a little silly HERE.

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