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Listen to Hurry’s new single “I Won’t Wait”

Hurry | Photo by Jess Flynn
Hurry | Photo by Jess Flynn

Indie power-pop trio Hurry is getting ready to release its debut record, Everything / Nothing, and recently dropped the new single “I Won’t Wait,” an upbeat track with a 90s punk flare. Interestingly enough this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this track, but it is the first time we’ve heard it sung by Hurry. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Brightest Diamond at World Cafe Live, The Dandy Warhols at the TLA, and The Cave Singers at Boot and Saddle

Photo via My Brightest Diamond Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mybrightestdiamond/)
photo via facebook.com/mybrightestdiamond

My Brightest Diamond will be performing in Philadelphia this evening at World Cafe Live. Shara Worden, the multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter behind the eccentric band, has proved her ability to think outside the box with her mix of chamber music, rock, pop and electronic elements. Worden has just released her new album this month, This Is My Hand, which Pitchfork described as a  “successful exercise in percussive, jagged art-pop that explores themes of self-acceptance, sensuality, and community”. For more information on tonight’s show, have a look at the XPN Concert Calendar and check out her music video for “Pressure” below! Continue reading →

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Paolo Nutini turned up the heat at The Trocadero

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Paolo Nutini | photo by Skye Leppo

I was fourteen the first time I heard the Scottish R&B songwriter Paolo Nutini’s first single “New Shoes,” and I thought it was stupid. It’s inarguably catchy, but I blame VH1’s “You Oughta Know” super-saturation of the song for making me hate it. However, I started listening to the rest of Nutini’s debut album, These Streets, (2006) and in a matter of minutes I was hooked. At 22, I’m still hooked.

If there was any doubt about Nutini’s ability to continue impressing a U.S. audience after his disappointing ’09 tour, critics need look no further than Saturday night’s show at The Trocadero. Continue reading →

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You be the DJ to win a pair of weekend passes to Disco Biscuits’ City Bisco Festival

Disco Biscuits | Photo © Dave Vann 2014 | via https://www.facebook.com/discobiscuits/photos_stream
Disco Biscuits | Photo by Dave Vann | via facebook.com/discobiscuits

The Disco Biscuits are set to take over Philadelphia this weekend with City Bisco: three different shows with three different lineups at three different locations. The extravaganza weekend starts this Thursday night, September 25th at the Trocadero, moves to the Electric Factory on Friday (with American Babies), and wraps up on Saturday night at the Mann with the legendary Giorgio Moroder opening the show, alongside Orchard Lounge & Risky Disko.

We have one three day pass for the lucky winner of a City Bisco playlist mix that the band will select. You think you have what it takes to make a mix that would rock a Disco Biscuits show? Continue reading →

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Tweedy’s introspective father-son jams hit close to home

Tweedy | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com
Tweedy | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

It was not long ago that I would find myself spending countless weekends behind my drum set, my father on his guitar, simply jamming it out. There was no forethought, no production, no mission statement, but instead the simple joy of spontaneous creation. Similar in this father-son low key rock philosophy is Tweedy – Jeff, Wilco’s beloved introvert frontman, and his 18 year-old son Spencer. Their double album, Sukierae, drops on September 23 and is currently available for first listen on NPR. It’s the product of candid father-son fragmented composition, and charges 2 sides of music with mellow introspection. It is named for Jeff’s wife, Sue “Sukie” Miller, who battled cancer during the the album’s recording. For obvious reasons, Tweedy’s music hits very close to home, and seeing it live made it feel that much closer. Continue reading →

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Hozier playing Electric Factory on March 7th

Hozier | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Hozier | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Singer-songwriter Hozier has announced his 2015 tour with a stop in Philadelphia at the Electric Factory on Saturday, March 7th. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 26th at 10 a.m. After being swept away by “Take Me to Church” last year, WXPN named Hozier an Artist To Watch in April, and he made his Philly debut at WXPN’s Non-COMMvention music conference in May. His upcoming show at the Trocadero is sold out. Continue reading →

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Listen to “Misprint,” another song from Restorations’ LP3

Restorations | Photo by Andy Johnson
Restorations | Photo by Andy Johnson

Restorations has continued to pump out new material this past month, including a music video and a new single called “Separate Songs,” all leading up to the eagerly-anticipated October release of LP3. The Philly-based punk outfit last week teased a second song from the album; this one is called “Misprint,” and it’s a winner. Continue reading →