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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Swimm at MilkBoy, Dawn of Midi at Johnny Brenda’s, and Corners of Sanctuary at Kung Fu Necktie

Swimm
Photo via https://www.facebook.com/swimmmusic

Eclectic Californian duo Swimm will take the stage at MilkBoy tonight to treat the audience to a set of their genre-bending tunes. Their debut EP Feel unexpectedly combines dance, rock and roll, and folk with a hint of psychedelic flair. They recently released Souvenirs II, which includes fast-paced and upbeat “Endlessly” complete with the the catchy sound of a tambourine, and melodic “Wanderer.” For tickets and more information head over to the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their performance of “Tisk Tisk.” Continue reading →

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Watch Shark Tape mix mobsters and upbeat tunes in their new video “Broncos”

Shark Tape
Photo via facebook.com/SharkTape

Here’s the scene: it’s a darkened alley way at night. A gravelly-voiced loan shark (think Don Corleone except, you know, called Tone Balone) and a customer discuss a sum of money that is owed. Then, out of the blue someone simply asks “You heard that new Shark Tape?” and an entrancing muffled guitar rip kicks in. Continue reading →

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Listen to Cheerleader’s deliciously hazy new single “Tomorrow Always Knows”

Cheerleader Photo via https://www.facebook.com/cheerleadersounds
Cheerleader | Photo via facebook.com/cheerleadersounds

Local Philadelphia indie pop quintet Cheerleader has released a new track “Tomorrow Always Knows” off of their upcoming EP On Your Side. We’ve been living in Cheerleader-land for a while now, especially after they stopped by to treat us to a live Key Studio Session, and much like their performance, their new single does not disappoint. It’s upbeat with lyrics “You can dream, dream, dream, dream,” catchy with frequent melodic “ooooos” and tied together with a perfectly hazy tone. Continue reading →

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WXPN 5k Run for Musicians on Call participants: Pick up your t-shirts and enjoy free live music at World Cafe Live

David Falcone
David Falcone | photo via facebook.com/brewpics

Next weekend, the first WXPN 5k Run for Musicians On Call will be an event focusing on music from start to finish. As an added thank you for their participation in the event, runners and walkers are invited to enjoy free live music next Friday, October 3rd, at World Cafe Live Upstairs as they pick up their packets, t-shirts, and race information. Continue reading →

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On Repeat: Little Big League’s emotional new single “Property Line”

Little Big League | photo via Spin.com
Little Big League | photo via Spin.com

Earlier this month Philly indie rock four-piece Little Big League treated us to the title track off of their upcoming and eagerly anticipated sophomore album Tropical Jinx, and now they are back with more. Vocalist Michelle Zauner, bassist Deven Craige, guitarist Kevin O’Halloran, and drummer Ian Dykstra bridge sorrow and catharsis “Property Line.” Zauner’s lamenting and passionate lyrics and delivery mix with Dystra’s fierce drum hits at just the right time, and a wordless jam session towards the end making it a track you’ll want to repeat a few times to take it all in. Continue reading →

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Watch The Stray Birds’ heartwarming tale of a record store owner in their “Best Medicine” video

Photo via cmtedge.com
Photo via cmtedge.com

After meeting the owner of a used record store in upstate New York, Lancaster bluegrass folk trio The Stray Birds wrote the title track of their new album, Best Medicine. Singer Maya de Vitry’s soulful voice shares this person’s story in the verses, effortlessly connecting with bandmates Oliver Craven and Charles Muench for the harmonized refrain “Music is the best medicine I sell.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Joshua Thomas’ passionate piano-centric single “Beast”

Joshua Thomas | photo via facebook.com/jthomasmusic
Joshua Thomas | photo via facebook.com/jthomasmusic

Sometimes less is more, and the latest from Joshua Thomas is certainly one of those times. The talented local singer and songwriter has released a track titled “Beast” off his upcoming EP The Harboring. The tune is beautifully and simply composed, with the only pieces being Thomas’ strong voice and his expert tickling of the piano keys. Continue reading →

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Tinmouth’s super catchy new jam “Same Noise” speaks for itself

Tinmouth
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Philly indie rock trio Tinmouth has released a second single off of their upcoming debut LP Says, a tune titled “Same Noise” that will get your foot tapping and head bobbing. Members Timothy Tebordo, Alyssa Shea and Aaron Sternick boast that their songs “will stick in your brain,” and if they didn’t have you convinced with previous single “Prevent Defense“, they will with this one. Continue reading →