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Watch Palm go Gorillaz in their new “Shadow Expert” Music Video

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

In June, Philadelphia’s Palm released a new EP Shadow Experts to follow their debut full-length Trading Basics, proving that they are still thinking outside the box (like, way outside the box).

The experimental indie pop group turns away from all mainstream convention in the creation of their sound, and with today’s release of the music video for Shadow Experts‘ title track it appears that their visuals don’t fall too far from the song-tree (sorry). Continue reading →

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(Sandy) Alex G announces new headlining tour dates and an opening spot with Fleet Foxes

(Sandy) Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist
Alex G | photo by Tonje Thilesen | courtesy of the artist

On July 17th, the Fleet Foxes Instagram account posted an announcement that they had added several artists to their upcoming US tour(Sandy) Alex G in the Northeast, Natalie Prass in the Northwest, Bedouine in the Southwest, and Nap Eyes in the Midwest in addition to the already-billed Animal Collective and Beach House.

For a good 24 hours, information on this news was nowhere else to be found, save the account (likely run by frontman Robin Pecknold) answering direct fan inquiries in the comments section. Either way, I naively thought that it was safe to assume the addition of Philly’s own Alex G to the upcoming July 31st show at The Mann Center was a given, as he had no other scheduled shows that day and Philadelphia is a Northeast location. Continue reading →

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Drink The Districts’ Popular Manipulations at Johnny Brenda’s to Benefit Beyond the Bars

The Districts | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

The Districts‘ highly-anticipated upcoming record Popular Manipulations is due August 11th, and now you can drink it too. The indie rockers have teamed up with Crime and Punishment Brewing to create the Popular Manipulations IPL, and the first keg will be tapped on Monday, July 31st at Johnny Brenda’s. The Districts themselves will be the event’s DJs, taking over the Fishtown venue to spin an all-vinyl, four-hour happy hour set – the perfect way to cap off a weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Julien Baker to perform at Union Transfer with Half Waif in October

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Julien Baker | photo by Jake Cunningham | courtesy of the artist

The first time I heard Julien Baker was just about a year ago, and by a happy chance it was at the perfect combination of a live show in a small venue when she toured with British dark folk trio Daughter last summer – I’ve been a fan ever since. The Memphis singer-songwriter brings her voice and guitar on stage and leaves her entire soul, baring all and sparing nothing throughout the set that is both so wrenchingly personal and relatable at the same time. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Spinto Band to headline the Ninth Annual 2nd Street Festival

The Spinto Band | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Sunday, August 6th, Wilmington indie pop outfit The Spinto Band will perform as the headlining act at the 9th annual 2nd Street Festival. The festival takes place between Germantown and Green Streets on 2nd. The all-day event is free and open to families and attendees of all ages, and will feature over 250 vendors that celebrate the community and culture of Northern Liberties.

The Spinto Band’s fun, uptempo tracks sonically realize the perfect summer night, and they are coming in hot off the 10-year anniversary reissue of their record Nice and Nicely Donereleased last month on Bar/None Records and including 12 previously unheard bonus tracks and their mega-hit “Oh Mandy.” The band just headlined Boot and Saddle in South Philly to celebrate the anniversary. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Double Decker Music Series 2017 Lineup is here

Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist
Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist

The Double Decker Music Series, in which musicians quite literally perform on top of an open-air double decker bus, is back for another season of its “unique, intimate mobile concert experience.” The evening features a live performance and city tour hosted by Sebastian Petsu in partnership with Bowerbird and is sure to be a memorable concert in a venue unlike any other that Philadelphia has to offer. Continue reading →

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The Districts step into a time warp in their new music video for “If Before I Wake”

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The Districts are set to release their third full-length studio album on August 11th, and thus far we have been graced with two lead singles from Popular Manipulations that are incredible by normal standards and standard by The Districts standards. That is, a standard of epic, soaring, searing, hard-hitting, self-aware indie rock that The Districts have cultivated and cut through within a genre that at times can feel overwhelmingly overpopulated and underwhelmingly repetitive. Continue reading →

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Free at Noon Flashback: Waxahatchee brings Out in the Storm to life

Waxahatchee at WXPN’s Free At Noon Concert on 7/14/17 | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The relentless summer rain was no deterrent for the crowd that turned up en masse at World Cafe this afternoon, and for good reason: today is all about Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee. Her excellent fourth record Out in the Storm dropped today on Merge Records, the full band performed for WXPN’s Free At Noon, frontwoman Katie Crutchfield will be a guest DJ on John Vettese’s show What’s the Frequency at 7 p.m., and the day caps off when Waxahatchee plays a hometown show at Union Transfer with Cayetana and Snail Mail to begin an extensive US tour.

Fifteen minutes before Free At Noon began, the front row of the World Cafe stage was already claimed and the rest of the crowd was slowly trickling in, shaking off umbrellas and grabbing a drink. Five minutes before, the floor was packed and the anticipation palpable when Waxahatchee made their entrance (featuring #ladysuits) to begin a set that showcased entirely new tracks.

Opening with my personal favorite from the new album, the burning “Recite Remorse,” Crutchfield’s voice echoed around World Cafe to create an ethereal, chills-inducing sound that built to an anthemic conclusion. The catharsis found in the lyrics was tangible, finding release and relief for singer and audience alike. Continue reading →

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Don’t let Clasp slip under your radar; listen to the new solo project from Amanda X’s Kat Bean

Clasp | photo by Adam Peditto via Bandcamp

Amanda X‘s Kat Bean quietly released a solo project at the end of June that is anything but quiet. If you search for Clasp online or spend a slightly embarrassing amount of time scouring social media for any information about the project, all that you will find is one congratulatory Facebook post by Big Mama’s Recording, the studio where the record was produced, and a Bandcamp page. There the description gives just a glimpse into the story of Clasp, which started “from some basements and some bedrooms across the US during a very something winter, 2015-2016.”

The good news is that this record doesn’t need any of the social media, any of the marketing or fanfare (though it certainly deserves some fanfare). Kat Bean allows Clasp’s self-titled debut to speak for itself, making it all about the music. Continue reading →