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Watch Pissed Jeans get swole in new video for “The Bar Is Low”

Pissed Jeans | via the artist's Facebook page
Pissed Jeans | via the artist’s Facebook page

Last week, we finally got to hear Why Love Now? in its entirety, but Pissed Jeans isn’t stopping there. The album officially dropped today, and to celebrate, they’ve shared a new video for lead single “The Bar Is Low”. It’s a glorious ode to feeling emasculated at the gym, so if that’s a sensitive subject for you, you might want to sit this one out. Otherwise, stream the clip below. Continue reading →

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Dirty Projectors’ self-titled is the latest in a long line of reinvention

Dirty Projectors | via the artist's Facebook page
Dirty Projectors | via the artist’s Facebook page

When Dirty Projectors returned with “Keep Your Name” five months ago, the song was met with some confusion. Its video featured a healthy dose of David Longstreth brooding for the camera, but the rest of the band was nowhere to be found. Some began to wonder if the project had retreated to its more solo-centric roots, and soon after its release, a screenshot of some liner notes confirmed that suspicion. Hell, the first thing you hear is wedding bells and the line “I don’t know why you abandoned me.” It was clear we were in for an entirely different beast this time around, but for longtime fans, a complete rehaul of the band’s sound and ethos comes with the territory. Continue reading →

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Hear Strand of Oaks cover Phish, Primal Scream, and The Stone Roses in new Lagniappe Session

With Hard Love finally out in the open and an extensive touring schedule imminent, you’d think we wouldn’t be hearing anything new from Strand of Oaks for a while. Well, rhetorical third person, you’d be very, very wrong.

Somewhere in the midst of the album’s busy press cycle, Timothy Showalter found time to record a few homemade covers for Aquarium Drunkard as part of their Lagniappe Sessions series. There’s a laid-back, groovy take on Phish’s “Dirt” — a recent convert as of last summer, Showalter refers to himself as “the newest Phish fan in the world” — a stripped-back, acoustic rendition of Primal Scream’s “Damaged,” and space-y exploration of The Stone Roses’ “Made of Stone.” You stream and download the set here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cayetana at First Unitarian Church, Hawk Tubley at Boot and Saddle, New Sound Brass at Ortileb’s, and more…

Cayetana | via the artist's Facebook page
Cayetana | via the artist’s Facebook page

Philadelphia indie punks Cayetana will play First Unitarian Church tonight in support of Lemuria.  Earlier this month, they dropped a teaser for their upcoming album New Kind of Normal. It’s out May 5th, but for now, check out their performance of “Hot Dad Calendar” from their recent Audiotree Live session. Find tickets and more information on the show at XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Dave Hause makes the rock show a family affair

Dave Hause | photo by Tiana Timmerberg | <a href="http://spotlightviews.com" target="_blank">spotlightviews.com</a>
Dave Hause | photo by Tiana Timmerberg | spotlightviews.com

Philadelphia singer/songwriter Dave Hause is devoted to his city. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that, but if somehow you need more proof, his new record is called Bury Me In Philly. From the start of his set this afternoon, it was clear this was going to be a family affair. His brother was to his right playing guitar. His dad was in the audience, and at the end of the performance, Hause let his niece and nephew do their first stage dive. It’s just the kind of feel-good atmosphere you want after a long work week.

There’s a humility to this guy that permeates every aspect of his music. The arrangements, lyrics, even the way he and his band The Mermaid move around onstage feels deeply rooted in classic rock. Most of the songs came off the new record, from was the countrified “Divine Lorraine” to the alt-rock leaning “With You.” These variations kept the songs from blending together too much, but it always came back to the Springsteen-esque chug that got Hause where he is today. Continue reading →

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Become The Tourist in Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s world and stream their new album now

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo courtesy of the artist
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | photo by Michael Regan | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia art rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah are back with The Tourist. It drops next Friday, February 24th, following 2014’s Only Run, but you can stream it now via NPR’s First Listen. If you’ve been a fan of the project up to this point, the album is ready and eager to please, but it’s anything but a rehash of their old sound.

CYHSH may not sound as pleasantly rough-around-the-edges as they did on their debut, but they certainly haven’t lost that album’s frenetic energy. The drums on tracks like “Better Off” and “The Vanity of Trying” are as driving and scatterbrained as ever, while cuts like “Fireproof” and “Unfolding Above Celibate Moon (Lost Angeles Nursery Rhyme” ride more spacious, yet equally engaging grooves. Meanwhile, “A Chance to Cure” forgoes drums for almost half of its runtime, highlighting one of The Tourists’ defining characteristics–its doubled-down emphasis on the vocal. Continue reading →

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Vagabon stands tall on Infinite Worlds

Vagabon | courtesy of the artist
Vagabon | courtesy of the artist

The music Laetitia Tamko makes as Vagabon is all about defiance. Be it odds, expectations, or cultural norms, it always seems to come back to being made to feel small. Whether its through internal or external forces, this sense of smallness is what drives her new album Infinite Worlds. It’s given to us right away in the first lines of opener “The Embers”, where she finds herself “on the bus where everybody is tall”. As a woman of color writing and performing in white male-dominated indie rock, there’s a lot of charged ideas and imagery for Tamko to grapple with here, but it’s the bravery and empathy she does it with that makes the record what it is. You can stream it now via NPR First Listen. Continue reading →

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Wilco share lineup for next installment of their Solid Sound Festival, featuring Kurt Vile and more…

Wilco | photo by Austin Nelson | courtesy of the artist
Wilco | photo by Austin Nelson | courtesy of the artist

This June, Wilco’s Solid Sound Music & Arts Festival will return to Massachussets’ Museum of Contemporary Art, and now, the full lineup of bands has been announced.

Those who purchase three day passes can expect performances from Kurt Vile & The Violators, the legendary Television, Big Thief, and more.  Along with appearances by Wilco themselves and their various side projects, attendees can once again expect a comedy stage hosted by multi-disciplinary humorist John Hodgman. Find the full lineup, tickets, and more information here. Continue reading →

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Hear Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2’s space-y new jam “JBS”

Chaz Bundick Meets The Matson 2 | via the artist's Facebook page
Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2 | via the artist’s Facebook page

From Les Sins to PLUM to his production work for other artists, Chaz Bundick has always kept busy outside of his main output as Toro y Moi. Now, he’s teaming up California brothers in jazz outfit The Mattson 2 and dropping the monikers altogether for, you guessed it, Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2. Their debut album Star Stuff is out this March 31st, and you can hear its sprawling new single “JBS” below. Continue reading →

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Celebrate Slowdive with this new covers compilation, featuring Bryant Eugene Vazquez and more

Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist
Slowdive | photo by Ingrid Pop | courtesy of the artist

With the promise of new music imminent, interest in shoegaze heroes Slowdive has increased exponentially in recent months. They began performing live again a few years ago, and this past January, they shared their first new song in 22 years. Now, Brazil-based The Blog That Celebrates Itself is taking time out of its busy schedule of self-love to celebrate Slowdive’s music with a new covers compilation. They’re calling it Just For A Life. Continue reading →