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Intimate crowd swoons over Bucolic’s set at The Barbary

Bucolic, photo by Dylan Eddinger

Wednesday night, Pitman, New Jersey’s favorite instrumentalist Bucolic headlined a cozy show at The Barbary, and, though the crowd was made up of mostly familiar faces, none of them are tired of hearing those swirling tracks from Ropes Wing and Glow Worm. I always love talking with Bucolic’s Seth Carpenter before he performs, because he’s always in this state of pure calm, which then easily translates to his onstage persona. We chatted about his next hiking adventure and I complimented him on repping Philly metal band Parius with his t-shirt. Continue reading →

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Watch Anthony Green’s hilariously open video for “Vera Lynn”

Anthony Green | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

When I discovered Anthony Green years ago, one of my favorite things about him quickly became how much he absolutely adores his family. He’s got an incredibly open social media presence and loves to share photos of his four adorable sons, all of which are just basically carbon copies of Green himself. With the release of his newest solo album, Would You Still Be In Love, which features bipolar love songs revolving around themes of family and identity and hope, it’s only right that the first video we see from the album would feature his children and glimpse the most personal parts of his life at home. Continue reading →

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No Stranger wrestles with spirituality on “Cornerstone” off new LP In Tangible Company

No Stranger | photo by Connor Feimster | courtesy of the artist

Jonathan Cooney is joined by a full band for the first time on his long-running No Stranger project, and their latest LP In Tangible Company is due later this summer. In the meantime, the EP’s single “Cornerstone” is here and waiting. The synthetic-acoustic track tells a story of nostalgia and present-tense removals from the past. In order to make Cooney’s transition from solo artist to full band easier, he enlisted the help of co-producer Lifted Bells’ Matthew Frank in Chicago. By alleviating some of the technical responsibilities, Cooney was able to channel his spiritual anxieties into something that can only be described as “baroque emo.”

“Cornerstone” our first peek at Cooney’s next step from playing as an artist of one to integrating more intricate and powerful forces into the project as a whole. It’s a beautiful song. The vocals are smooth and flowing and the guitar never seems to stop. This track could be played on a continuous loop and I wouldn’t complain. I’m really excited for this EP, if the rest of it sounds anything like the single. Cooney definitely stuck to his roots on this one, considering he began back in 2012 with just a guitar, and the string work on “Cornerstone” is elegant. Continue reading →

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Brackish drops punky, refined Worlds EP just in time for their June tour

Brackish
Brackish | photo by Jared C. Wood | courtesy of the artist

Philly punk group Brackish has just released their first new EP since last summer’s Coming Down, and it’s giving me all kinds of vibes. Brackish is like a punkier Modern Baseball meets The Front Bottoms. If you need a reference point in case you’ve never heard Brackish’s sound, here it is.

Unlike Coming Down, this new release isn’t bright. It’s angsty in the same sense that their last EP is, but it’s got a dark edge to it, and it’s working. It doesn’t feel overly dramatic or atypically punk, it just works. Singer Connor Byrne’s voice is incredibly punchy at parts while still managing to hone in on a more earnest and emotional tone when the mood shifts. There’s an overwhelming amount of something close to sadness and uncertainty clouding these songs, and it comes through incredibly well. Continue reading →

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Honeytiger releases “Short Cut Loud Talkers” single on DIY label Good How Are You Records

Honeytiger | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Honeytiger | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Your favorite Philly alt rock duo Honeytiger is back with a new single and b-side, “Short Cut Loud Talkers,” courtesy of rising DIY label Good How Are You Records.

The single, “Short Cut,” is reminiscent of previous Honeytiger releases. It’s fuzzy and punchy and edgy in all the right places. It’s got a very full sound considering the group is comprised of just a guitar and drums. Singer Isaac Clarke’s vocals are powerful and toe the line between aggravated and full-on shouts in places, and it works. He also is incredibly skilled at easing back and forth between a falsetto, which is equally impressive. Drummer Josh Glauser easily keeps the pace up and going with intricate yet striking beats. Together, the two are a force. Continue reading →

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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats sells out the Mann Center and keeps the crowd on its toes

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Let me make this totally clear: I don’t like country music. At all. You’ll never find me at a country show. I won’t sing along with it on the radio. Like ever. But I love Nathaniel Rateliff. I still can’t figure out why he’s the exception to my very unbreakable rule, but he is, and we’re going with it.

Last night, Rateliff was joined by The Head And The Heart at The Mann’s Skyline Stage, and if you missed out, then I am very, very sorry. These two bands pair so well together, and the indie folk sound that The Head And The Heart has easily mastered was the perfect thing to sit back and relax to while the sun set over the Philly skyline. They played pretty much all of the crowd favorites, and I was especially happy to hear “Rivers And Roads,” “All We Ever Knew,” and “Lost in My Mind.” I’m really thrilled that they accompanied Rateliff on this tour, because they’ve been on my bucket list for a little while now. The stunning vocal harmonies and hybrid folky rhythms add a modern take to traditional country music, and I loved every second of it. They were really the ideal opener.

Now let’s figure out why everybody’s loving Nathaniel Rateliff right now. Continue reading →

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Rosali releases simple, unfiltered “I Wanna Know” video

Rosali | via spinstersounds.bandcamp.com

Singer-songwriter Rosali has just released a new video from her most recent LP, Trouble Anyway, and the visuals for “I Wanna Know” are magnetic. Hyper-real, under-cut footage paired with the raw alto tone of Rosali’s voice makes for a stirring five-minute watch. It’s simple and clean, and set right here in Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Bruce Springsteen will perform at the grand reopening of beloved Jersey venue Asbury Lanes

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band | photo by Joe Del Tufo for WXPN | deltufophotography.com

On June 18th, the city of Asbury Park will celebrate the grand renovation of its famed Asbury Lanes with a night of live music…and of course Jersey native Bruce Springsteen will be featured in the lineup.

A bowling alley and bar that became a beloved spot to catch punk shows in the Garden State, Asbury Lanes is now officially outfitted as a new music venue, and the celebration (which also features Portugal. The Man) will benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. Asbury Lanes has been officially open since Memorial Day Weekend. Continue reading →

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The 1975 is back with a scrutinizing single, “Give Yourself A Try”

The 1975 | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
The 1975 | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

A millennial’s favorite multi-genre pop band is back on our radar with a new single and two album announcements. “Give Yourself A Try,” is our first taste of A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, The 1975‘s much anticipated followup to the band’s 2016 anthemic, new-era release I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. After much online teasing about yet another change of theme for the band, we finally have our first glimpse at the next chapter of The 1975. Difficult to pin down, the band has metamorphosized from angsty garage, to eclectic synth pop, to wiry pop rock. Continue reading →

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Watch Brandi Carlile’s hometown performance at Seattle’s “March For Our Lives”

Brandi Carlile | still from video

Earlier this spring, the student-organized Seattle wing of “March For Our Lives” welcomed special guest Brandi Carlile to the stage to celebrate the movement and advocate for a change in gun legislation. The rationale behind the decision to ask Carlile to perform was pretty simple, according to a report in NPR: these students know she stands with them and she isn’t afraid to say so.

Following up on her performance, Carlile released a chilling student-produced video from the March along with her song “Hold Out Your Hand.” Continue reading →