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Support the Attic Youth Center with Colleen Green, Mannequin Pussy, and Coping Skills this April

Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com
Mannequin Pussy | photo by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com

On Thursday, April 13th, LA songwriter Colleen Green and Philly’s Mannequin Pussy and Coping Skills will play a benefit show at Everybody Hits. The gig will benefit the Attic Youth Center, Philadelphia’s only independent LGBTQ youth center. With Green performing full band and this being Mannequin Pussy’s last Philly show until the fall, it’s an event that’s not to be missed. For tickets and more information, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mogwai charts a course for the TLA this December

Mogwai | via the band's Facebook page
Mogwai | via the band’s Facebook page

Scottish post-rockers Mogwai have just announced an extensive world that takes them all across Europe and the United States. It includes a December 9th stop at Philadelphia’s Theatre of Living Arts. Apparently, they’ve just finished tracking a new album as well, so don’t be surprised if you hear some new material at the show. For tickets and more information, check out the Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Hear Kississippi play new songs on Audiotree Live

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Ever since We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed dropped in late 2015, we’ve been eagerly anticipating new Kississippi tunes. The band has teased us here and there, from a demo they dropped on their Bandcamp last September to a recent Daytrotter performance of new track “Once Good,” but now, we’re getting something a little more substantial with the band’s new Audiotree Live session, which you can watch below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lizdelise at MilkBoy and David Dondero at Bourbon and Branch

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Lizdelise | photo by Cecilia Brown | http://www.ceciliabrownphoto.com

Folk rock/pop duo Lizdelise will headline Milkboy tonight with The Living Strange and Water Temple. Their self-titled full-length dropped last September, and you check out a video for one of its singles “Baby Bird” below. Find their Key Studio Session from last year here and tickets and more information on the show here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tennis at Underground Arts, The Only Ghost in Town at Studio Luloo, Sunn O))) at Union Transfer

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

Indie pop duo Tennis will headline Underground Arts tonight with Rolling Blackouts and Coastal Fever. Their latest album Yours Conditionally dropped last Friday, featuring the feel-good, throwback single “In The Morning I’ll Be Better.” Check out the similarly vintage video for the track below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Jens Lekman delivers charm to spare with breezy, danceable set

Jens Lekman | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

If I learned one thing at this week’s Free At Noon, it’s that Jens Lekman has charm to spare. There’s a disarming ease to the way he talks and performs that you don’t see very often. Maybe it’s the way he bows after every song, or the way he quietly smiles to himself while he plays. Maybe it’s the way he thanked a baby for taking a nap in front of him mid-set, maybe it’s the way he held the hand of a fan during a tender lyric, or maybe it’s Maybelline. Whatever it is, it’s totally his own, and over the course of a breezy afternoon set, he put it to very good use. It certainly helped that most of the set came from his very fun, very danceable new album Life Will See You Now, but in all honesty, the guy could have kept my attention with a recorder and a tambourine. Continue reading →

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Watch Early Riser cross off an eccentric bucket list in the video for debut single “The Nevers”

Early Riser | photo by Andrew Bisdale | courtesy of the artist
Early Riser | photo by Andrew Bisdale | courtesy of the artist

Brooklyn folk pop duo Early Riser write upbeat songs for downtrodden people–just listen to their debut single “The Nevers.” Combining acoustic guitar, cello, and piano in a simple yet effective arrangement, Kiri Oliver and Heidi Vanderlee have crafted a touching ode to perserverance that has a very high probability of putting a smile on your face.

If you’ve been in a bit of a slump lately, let “The Nevers” be the reminder that it’s worth it to keep going. Things may not be going your way right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look forward to life’s little victories like finally getting your driver’s license or a tattoo behind your ear. The track has a similarly uplifiting video (featuring cameos from Chris Gethard and Jeff Rosenstock), where the duo crosses off a collective bucket list that features everything from “save a life” to “boop a celebrity’s nose.” As they in the track’s final refrain, “It’s okay to go out with a whimper as long as you come back in with a bang.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jens Lekman at Union Transfer, Sheena & Thee Nosebleeds at Kung Fu Necktie, Octave Cat at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson
Jens Lekman | photo by Ellika Henrikson | courtesy of the artist

Swedish songwriter Jens Lekman will bring his idiosyncratic pop stylings to Union Transfer tonight in support of his latest album, Life Will See You Now. It features the infectious lead single “What’s That Perfume That You Wear?”, probably the most romantic song about smells I’ve heard. Stream the video for the track below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more info on the show. Continue reading →

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Go Mt. Airy Gala to celebrate David Dye this April

David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN
David Dye | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN

This April 1st, Mt. Airy’s annual Go Mt. Airy Gala will celebrate World Cafe’s David Dye at the Commodore Barry Club. One day prior, Dye will officially step down as host and producer for the show, which he began more than 25 years ago, so why not celebrate his achievements with food, drink, music, and more? Continue reading →

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Jazz Cartier drops a club ready banger in Fleurever cut “Tempted”

Jazz Cartier | via his Facebook page
Jazz Cartier | via his Facebook page

There’s a lot of songs about love out there, and plenty of songwriters that can’t seem to write about much else. Sometimes they’re finding it, sometimes they’re losing it, and yes, sometimes they’re making it. The list goes on, but the new single from Toronto rapper Jazz Cartier is not one of those songs. It’s a song about unadulterated, sexy sex, and not much else. Stream “Tempted” below. Continue reading →