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Listen to Girlpool’s nostalgic new track “Before The World Was Big”

Girlpool
Girlpool | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

I saw the guitar and bass duo Girlpool play an acoustic benefit show at the Hazel House during their first week living here after moving from LA. Since then, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have gone on tour with Alex G and are currently on tour with Waxahatchee, so they’ve been keeping busy. With an upcoming record out this June, Girlpool shared the title track off their album Before The World Was Big today. Continue reading →

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All or Nothing: Listen to Hop Along’s explosive “Texas Funeral” from Painted Shut

Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez

The one thing that has drawn me to listen to Hop Along for hours, frequently on repeat, is Frances Quinlan’s open and honest lyricism. There’s nothing hidden under fluffy words; it’s just the raw, gritty vocals that channel the everyday internal battles.

Hop Along has been pouring out new tracks off their upcoming album Painted Shut these past few weeks – listen to “Powerful Man” here and “Waitress” here – and their latest, “Texas Funeral,” premiered today through Stereogum. The rhythm section throughout the song is complex, locked in and thrashing out, putting the band’s talent in combining words and sound in the forefront. Continue reading →

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Listen to Dreambook’s dark Burn the Light Out EP, see them open for Rainer Maria on Saturday

Dreambook | photo via dreambook.bandcamp.com
Dreambook | photo via dreambook.bandcamp.com

Local shoegaze four-piece Dreambook just released a new EP called Burn The Light Out, showcasing their captivating melodic rock sound. Twanging guitar riffs work off each other in the six-minute “Machine,” nodding to early 90s British favorites Slowdive with fuzzed-out bass and vocals, while “In My Time” delves into dark riffs and a haunting sound. Continue reading →

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Mischief Brew releases “No Candlesticks,” catch them at Human BBQ this weekend

from Mischief Brew’s O Pennsyltucky video

Philly four-piece Mischief Brew has been an independent touring band for 15 years, but they’re getting ready to release their first record through a label – celebrated punk imprint Alternative Tenticales. This spring, the band released the single “No Candlesticks,” a song from the forthcoming album This Is Not For Children. The fast paced track isn’t short on powerful basslines, racing rock n’ roll riffs and shouting choruses we’ve grown to love from the band. Continue reading →

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Listen to Trails And Ways’ new “Skeleton,” catch them at Kung Fu Necktie in June

Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS
Photo via facebook.com/TRAILSANDWAYS

California dream poppers Trails And Ways recently released their latest single, “Skeletons,” an upbeat track with a quintessential club dance groove that support a good cause. The band is encouraging fans who like this track to donate to the Our Power Campaign, a project to bolster sustainable energy and create eco-friendly jobs. Continue reading →

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Nothing covers Nirvana’s “Something In The Way” for tribute comp

Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Photo by Shawn Brackbill

April 5th was the 21st anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s tragic death. Since then, we’ve had The Weaks release Bad Year – with two tracks that put a spin on the Seattle band’s song titles – and now we have Nothing’s cover of “Something In The Way.”

The Philadelphia shoegazers premiered the somber song through Noisey and the track will be featured on label Robotic Empire’s second Nirvana tribute album, Whatever Nevermind. The compilation, which includes covers off Nirvana’s 1991 album, Nevermind, features another Philly-based band’s, Circa Survive, take on “Drain You.” Continue reading →

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BC Camplight returns to Philly for summer show at Union Transfer

BC Camplight
BC Camplight | photo via www.bellaunion.com

Eclectic pop artist BC Camplight is making a return to Philly for his biggest hometown show to date. Now based out of the UK, the project of local native Brian Christinzio will headline Union Transfer on June 9.

BC signed to London-based label Bella Union in 2014 and released his latest, atmospheric LP, How To Die In The North earlier this year. The album is a robust collection of 70s psychedelic, soul and rock sounds. Tickets for the show go on sale this Fri., Apr. 10 and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out “You Should Have Gone To School” from How to Die below. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Weaks’ new LP Bad Year, see them at PhilaMOCA on 4/27

The Weaks | via Facebook.com/TheWeaks | Photo by Jessica Flynn |jflynnphotography.com/
The Weaks | via Facebook.com/TheWeaks | Photo by Jessica Flynn |jflynnphotography.com/

When I interviewed Eric Osman from Lame-O Records back in February about the Strength In Weakness split, he told me that The Weaks would be putting out “the greatest rock record of all time” this year. Although the album, Bad Year, comes out tomorrow officially, you can listen to it now on Lame-O Records Youtube channel – and while I won’t weigh in on the “all time” stuff, yeah, it’s pretty awesome. Continue reading →