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Abi Reimold, Three Man Cannon, Cayetana, Swanning, and more support ACLU with covers compilation

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

Musicians from across the country have coming together for Don’t stop now: a collection of covers. The thirty-eight track set, which benefits the ACLU, is stacked with Philly acts the likes of Abi ReimoldThe Menzingers, Cave People, and more performing lo-fi covers of some of their favorite tracks. The creators of the project elaborated on its timely release and title in a quote on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →

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Ill Fated Natives return with political rocker “2+2”

Ill Fated Natives | courtesy of the artist
Ill Fated Natives | courtesy of the artist

Philly power trio Ill Fated Natives return just in time for Inaguration Day with “2+2”, their first new single since 2015’s Savages. It’s no coincidence either, as the track is a fiery, socially-conscious rocker that the band refers to as a war song. You can stream the track, along with its politically-charged visual, below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Standing Rock Benefit at HH Ranch, Frank Turner at The Fillmore, Ceramic Animal at Johnny Brenda’s

Brujo De La Mancha | still from video
Brujo De La Mancha | still from video

HH Ranch has organized a fundraiser this evening to benefit the Standing Rock Water Protectors. The night will live video projections and painting, spoken word, performances by Eight, Mitch Esparza, and Princess Rabbit, and traditional Aztec ritual and dance from Brujo De La Mancha. A suggested donation of $5-$10 will go directly to the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council. Check out a Brujo De La Mancha performing a traditional fire dance below. Then, Find more information on the event here. Continue reading →

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Allison Crutchfield delivers variety and personality on Tourist In This Town

Allison Crutchfield | photo courtesy of the artist
Allison Crutchfield | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Allison Crutchfield has been teasing her Merge Records debut for months now, and the wait is finally over. Tourist In This Town is out January 27th, but you can stream it in all its sun-drenched glory now via NPR. It’s a varied ten-song set, but if you already checked out “Dean’s Room” and “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California,” that shouldn’t come as too much of a surpriseWhile the record may try on a variety of indie rock and pop flavors, the personal storytelling at its core is what gives it its strength. Continue reading →

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Circa Survive share new b-sides amidst On Letting Go 10th Anniversary Tour

Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Doylestown post-hardcore act Circa Surive are currently on tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of On Letting Go, their sophomore record. It included a stop at The Fillmore last week with Turnover and mewithoutYou. Now, they’ve shared a new pair of b-sides on their Bandcamp page, “1000 Witnesses” and “The Most Dangerous Commercials.”

If you’ve been a fan of Circa Survive up to now, neither of these songs should come as too much of a surprise — which is to say, they’re big and bold, the arrangements are winding and the dramatic, the vocals soar, and the drums pummel you like a machine gun. You can stream both tracks below. Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans, Lily Mae and more will benefit A Woman’s Place at Siren Records’ Women’s Showcase

Queen of Jeans | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
Queen of Jeans | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

This Sunday, January 22nd, Doylestown’s Siren Records will host a Women’s Benefit with live performances from Queen of Jeans, Lily Mae, and Julia Hudak. The event will also feature food and drink from local vendors Perfect Day Coffee, Manoff Market Gardens and Small Batch Kitchen — the proprietors of which all happen to be women as well. The event is free to the public, but that doesn’t mean you should come with an empty wallet. If you donate $5 or more, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a $100 Siren Records Gift Card and t-shirt — and all funds from the raffle will go to A Woman’s Place, an organization that combats intimate and domestic abuse. For more information, consult the Facebook event page. Continue reading →

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Japandroids take a big step forward on Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Japandroids | photo by Camilo Christen | courtesy of the artist
Japandroids | photo by Camilo Christen | courtesy of the artist

It’s been more than four years since we last heard from Japandroids, and a lot can happen in that span of time. I was in high school when Celebration Rock came out, and like me, Brian King and David Prowse have done some growing up in the interim. Where their sophomore record was all brute-force hooks and balls on walls, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life takes a more nuanced approach. It doesn’t stop it from being any less exhilarating, though, and you can stream it now over at NPR. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thin Lips at Boot and Saddle, D.R.A.M. at The Foundry (The Fillmore), Rebirth Brass Band at Ardmore Music Hall, and more…

Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist
Thin Lips | photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

Philly pop-punks Thin Lips will play Boot & Saddle tonight as part of Lame-O Records’ “Rock Residency”. They’ll be joined by The Superweaks and The Obsessives, with evening’s performance will benefit The Attic Youth Center. At the end of the month, Thin Lips will embark on a European tour with The Superweaks and Modern Baseball, and in preparation, all three bands have contributed a brand new song to a new split EP. For tickets and more information on the show, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more on the show. Continue reading →

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John K Samson from The Weakerthans heads to World Cafe Live this April

John K Samson | courtesy of the artist
John K Samson | courtesy of the artist

The Weakerthans’ John K Samson doesn’t participate in social media, so if you were hoping to spam his official Facebook page with “Come to Philly!” comments, you shouldn’t expect a response. Luckily, the Canadian singer/songwriter will indeed chart a course for World Cafe Live this April anyway with The Winter Wheat, his new live band.

Its name comes from his latest solo record, Winter Wheat, which he released last year. It features fellow Weakerthans members Jason Tait (drums) and Greg Smith (bass). With its chilly, sparse arrangements, the title really fits, so if that’s how you like your folk rock, this is a performance you won’t want to miss. Check out the social media lamenting “Select All Delete” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →

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Watch The Spirit Of The Beehive’s queasy new video for “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)”

The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist
The Spirit Of The Beehive | photo by Emily Burtner | courtesy of the artist

Last November, The Spirit Of The Beehive signed to Tiny Engines with promise of a their sophomore LP on the way. That promise is finally coming to fruition, as Pleasure Suck, their first for the new label, is out this March 24th. In anticipation of its release, they’ve shared its first single, “Ricky (Caught Me Tryin’)”. It comes paired with a colorful, psychedelic visual, and you can stream it below. Continue reading →