Fresh off the presses of Bandcamp, newcomers Echo Lad dropped their self-titled debut full-length at the end of last month. If you’ve been missing emo’s twinklier side (think earlier Tiny Moving Parts or CSTVT), you’re more than ready for this effort’s manic yet masterful instrumental work.
Chill Philadelphia four-piece Small Circle (populated by vocalist Marissa D’Elia along with Sorority Noise’s Cam Boucher and Adam Ackerman, Rozwell Kid’s Sean Hallock) released a reissued version of their 2016 EP melatonin on Boucher’s new label Flower Girl Records. Mastered by Boucher as well, the four-track EP includes new track “sameness”, along with crisper versions of past relaxed tunes.
Our girl Janet Jackson is back after postponing her ‘Unbreakable’ tour multiple times, announcing the ‘State of the World’ tour. This 56-date run kicks off in September before heading up Sands Bethlehem Events and the Wells Fargo Center on November 11th and 13th, respectively. She wants this to be a celebration, saying “It’s [the tour] not about politics. It’s about people, the world, relationships, and just love.”
Although the Philadelphia Folk Fest is a couple months away, they’ve still got some artists to announce. Thankfully, our good friend Helen Leicht is in on the action, announcing her XPN Local showcase for August 19th from noon to 2 p.m. The showcase (hosted by Leicht) features some of the best up-and-coming locals in the scene, including blues rocker Greg Sover, smooth singer-songwriter Jesse Hale Moore, and electro-rock trio Vita and The Woolf.
Lionfish Music announced Cover Your Ass Vol. 1 earlier this month, marking the first edition of a series of cover records, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood (and I’m 110% with that artwork). Although the packed record — featuring Sandy) Alex G, Porches, Deerhoof, and more –doesn’t come out until May 26th, we got our first taste with Speedy Ortiz and their cover of TV on the Radio‘s “Young Liars”. And, of course, kill it in their spunky, dirty tremolo sort of way.
Wilmington indie popsters The Spinto Band are taking 2017 to celebrate, announcing a 10th anniversary Bar/None Records re-issue of the band’s record Nice And Nicely Done. The 2xLP features the original record and 12 unreleased bonus tracks, set to be released on June 16th.
If you haven’t heard this record yet, you’re missing out on a quintessential summer soundtrack, as the band’s whimsical aesthetic — particularly on mega hit “Oh Mandy” — paved the way for indie pop’s break into the mainstream from bands like Vampire Weekend.
With The Afghan Whigs releasing their new record In Spades this week, it was about damn time for them to get back on the road. Thankfully, we got our wish as the band announced a spanning North American tour in the fall, landing in our fair city for a gig at Union Transfer on September 12th. Support will come from Har Mar Superstar on all dates.