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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger at Johnny Brenda’s, Smooth Hound Smith at PhilaMOCA, and York Street Hustle at Boot and Saddle

Hiss Golden Messenger
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Indie folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger take over Johnny Brenda’s tonight following the recent release of their fifth album Lateness of Dancers. Former members of heavy punk band Ex-Ignota and alternative rock group The Court & Spark, MC Taylor and Scott Hirsh have been performing together for over two decades, and broke off to try their hand at a different genre. Their first album Country Hai East Cotton was released in a limited edition of 500 records produced on Taylor’s personal record label. For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their recent performance of title track “Lateness of Dancers.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tom Petty at Wells Fargo Center and The Drums at Underground Arts

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Long time American rock favorite Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers take the stage in front of thousands tonight at Wells Fargo Center. Philadelphia is the second stop on their 2014 North American tour in support of the recent July release of their latest album Hypnotic Eye. Following a career of hits “American Girl”, “Refugee”, and “Don’t Do Me Like That”, Hypnotic Eye had big shoes to fill. However, the album did not disappoint and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming their first album to top the charts. Fans can expect Petty to play a mix of old favorites and new tracks to become hooked on. For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their performance of the new song “You Get Me High.” Continue reading →

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Watch Dead Milkmen record the carnivalesque “Pretty Music For Pretty People”

The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese
The Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill Cemetery | Photo by John Vettese

Following a knockout show at Laurel Hill Cemetery last Friday (check out photos here), Philadelphia’s Dead Milkmen debuted a music video this week for the title track to their forthcoming album Pretty Music For Pretty People. The song is set to the twinkling sounds of circus music and tells the tale of an award show acceptance speech while reminding the winner “don’t forget to wave to the people you screwed / to get that perfect 10 out of 10 review.” Funny. However, do not expect a play by play depiction of the VMAs. The Brian Siano-directed video opens as a women curiously recites “Eeenie meanie jelly beanie” into a microphone before the music begins. From there, the video essentially catches the band recording the track in Miner Street Studios, and we’re pretty psyched that we get to watch a little piece of Dead Milkmen history. Check it out below. Continue reading →

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Zilla Rocca & the Shadowboxers bring noir-hop to life with video “Starvation Hour”

Zilla Rocca
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Philly rap crew Zilla Rocca & the Shadowboxers have brought Zilla’s self-styled genre rap-noir to life with the release of new music video “Starvation Hour.” The track preaches the gamble of taking part in the competitive music scene with lyrics “It’s like rolling snake eyes with Dr. Fate”, but according to this Bob Sweeney directed video, there was no competition. Rocca is the last man standing. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dr. Dog at the Mann, Mo Lowda and the Humble at Bourbon and Branch, and Jad Fair and Danielson at Boot and Saddle

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

Long-time Philadelphia indie-rock favorites Dr. Dog are set to take the stage at the Mann tonight. With over eight albums and a handful of EPs under their belts, the six-piece has a plethora of material to chose from to curate a rockin’ set-list. Their most recent album, B-Room, has a psychedelic flair with tracks like “The Truth” and “Love.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, check out the music video for “Shadow People.” Continue reading →

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Jukebox the Ghost to kick off their upcoming tour at Union Transfer

Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger
Jukebox the Ghost | Photo by Kelsey Stanger

Circle, star, and highlight November 1 on your calenders, Jukebox the Ghost fans. Your beloved indie-pop trio is coming back. Just weeks ago they treated an audience to an electrifying Free At Noon performance at a jam-packed World Cafe Live, and today they announced they’ll kick off their upcoming headlining tour at Philadelphia’s Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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The Lawsuits release a fantastically funky new single “You Aren’t The Same”

The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist
The Lawsuits | Photo courtesy of the artist

Local long-haired favorites The Lawsuits have released yet another single off of their highly anticipated upcoming release Tumbled. The funky track “You Aren’t The Same” does not disappoint, highlighting singer Vanessa Winters’ soulful and smooth voice. Over the past few weeks, the genre-switching group have released single after single (including “Sweet Marcelle”, a track as delicate and, well, sweet as its name). Continue reading →

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Cruisr gives us one last taste of summer with a new recording of “Kidnap Me”

Cruisr | Photo by Chris Sembrot | Courtesy of the artist
Cruisr | Photo by Chris Sembrot | Courtesy of the artist

If you’re desperately reaching out to hold on to any lingering notes of summer, Cruisr is here to grab your hand and pull you back into the hottest season. Just a few weeks ago the Philadelphia indie-pop four-piece took an eraser to a vowel in their name and dropped the title track off of their debut EP All Over; this week, they are already back to give us another taste. Continue reading →

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Philly blues rockers Cold Roses promise “No Silence In The City” on their new single

Cold Roses
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Kiss your quiet walks through the streets of Philadelphia goodbye; on their new single, local group Cold Roses proclaims there will be “No Silence In The City.” The title track off of their upcoming debut full-length plays a bit of a prank as it starts off slow and melodic, but don’t let it fool you. A few seconds in and you’ll be grinning as a very late ’60s sounding guitar slides in, followed by a heavy punch of drums – these guys were born when?! Continue reading →