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Download Roof Doctor’s farewell EP, So Long and Thanks For Nothing; see their last show tonight at PhilaMOCA

Roof Doctor | Photo courtesy of the artist
Roof Doctor | photo by Mariel Celentano | courtesy of the artist

Over the past five years, Philadelphia four-piece Roof Doctor has brought tight-as-hell instrumental jams and a healthy dose of cutting snark to the local basement show scene. That concludes tonight, as the band plays its farewell show at Eraserhood performing arts space PhilaMOCA. To go out with a couple new jams — and leave no piece of recorded content unreleased — Roof Doctor unveiled one final EP, So Long And Thanks For Nothing, a title that couldn’t be more them if it tried. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shannen Moser at The Pharmacy, Taxes at Ortlieb’s, Screaming Females at The Chameleon Club and more…

Shannen Moser | photo courtesy of the artist
Shannen Moser | photo courtesy of the artist

Local musician Shannen Moser leads tonight’s bill at The Pharmacy down in Point Breeze. Moser brought her latest Oh, My Heart release to the WXPN studios recently, sharing three of her beautifully, emotionally intimate songs in a joint Folkadelphia / Key Studio Session. Stream the session below and get more info for the all-ages show, also featuring Harmony Woods, here.

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Just Announced: Abi Reimold will tour with The Districts this April

Abi Reimold | via abireimold.bandcamp.com
Abi Reimold | via abireimold.bandcamp.com

Self-professed “sad alternative girl” Abi Reimold has just announced that she will join The Districts on tour this April. Her last official release was 2016’s Wriggling, but she’s been keeping busy since then with a string of local dates, an appearance on an ACLU-benefitting covers compilation, and a Little Elephant session where she debuted a new song, “Workshop”. She and her band will rendezvous with their tourmates in Albany for a 4/12 gig at The Hollow. Continue reading →

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Land of Talk keep the slow burn going on “This Time”

Land of Talk | photo by Tyler Knight | via the artist's Facebook page
Land of Talk | photo by Tyler Knight | via the artist’s Facebook page

Midway through “Inner Lover”, the first new Land of Talk offering in years, Elizabeth Powell intones, “You light it slowly,” amidst crawling drums and droning guitar. It’s an strange, mystifying hook that pops up several times throughout the song’s sprawling five minutes, and with their latest single “This Time”, they continue taking it to heart. While the track falls more in line with the rest of the band’s catalog than its immediate predecessor, it features the same patient arrangement that made “Inner Lover” feel so fresh. Continue reading →

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Happy release day to Bardo Pond, stream the new Under the Pines LP now

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Bardo Pond | photo by Michael Gibbons | courtesy of the artist

Local psych rockers Bardo Pond release their new Under the Pines LP today, following up 2014’s Refulgo reissue with six fiery new tracks. We heard lead single and album opener “Crossover” back in January, and now the record is streaming in full over on Prog. The band will celebrate Under the Pines at Johnny Brenda’s on Friday, March 31st. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Sparrow Steeple and Eric Arn can be found here.

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Life After Death: Revisiting The Notorious B.I.G.’s swan song 20 Years later

The Notorious B.I.G.’s Life After Death

A couple of weeks ago, Bad Boy Records founder Puff Daddy posted a couple of Instagram videos of rappers such as Fabolous, Pusha T, Jadakiss, TIP, and more spitting some classic verses made famous by his late friend and hip hop legend, The Notorious B.I.G. Seeing those videos was just another reminder of why one of Brooklyn’s finest finds his way into a plethora of top 5 MCs lists. Though the 20th anniversary of Biggie’s death — on March 9th, 1997 — is not the only thing we remember about him this month. This Saturday, March 25th, marks 20 years since the release of his second and final studio album, Life After Death, a hip hop classic that showed the growth in his artistry and would strengthen the legendary MC’s legacy for decades after his untimely demise. Continue reading →

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Bring Me The Horizon brings metal and confetti to Philadelphia

Bring Me The Horizon | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

When the English metal heads of Bring Me The Horizon released Sempiternal in 2013, their sound was revitalized, completely reinventing their image. The release of their newest album, That’s The Spirit, which was released back in 2015, has also contributed to that same reinvention. BMTH knows how to put on one hell of a production, which was able to seen by so many fans with the announcement of the band’s The American Nightmare Tour, which has been making its way around North America, but stopped in Philly on Wednesday night, March 22nd. Fellow hardcore bands Beartooth and Underoath were brought along as support on this tour, resulting in every night of this tour to be an evening of metal-packed madness. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aye Nako at Everybody Hits, PAWS at Ortileb’s, Twiddle at Sherman Theater

Aye Nako | via the band's Facebook page
Aye Nako | via the band’s Facebook page

New Jersey punks Aye Nako play Everybody Hits tonight with Pinkwash, Ursula, and Solarized. Their latest, Silver Haze, is out on April 7th via Don Giovanni Records. Check out “Particle Mace,” the hooky first single from the album, below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →