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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Colleen Green at The Pharmacy, The Sidekicks at PhilaMOCA, Seoul Dehli at World Cafe Live

Colleen Green | Photo by Steele O'Neal, via artist's Facebook
Colleen Green | Photo by Steele O’Neal, via artist’s Facebook

Stoner pop musician Colleen Green headlines The Pharmacy tonight, with locals Mannequin Pussy and Telepathic. Green released her third album I Want to Grow Up this past spring. A little more refined than 2013’s much-buzzed-about Sock It to MeI Want to Grow Up still packs just as sugary-sweet a punch. Listen to the title track below, and get tickets here. Continue reading →

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Celebrate Halloween with TJ Kong and friends at Underground Arts

TJ Kong at the 5th Annual Murdershow | Photo via artist's Facebook
TJ Kong at the 5th Annual Murdershow | Photo via artist’s Facebook

“Post-apocalyptic blues” group TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb will headline the sixth annual Halloween Costume Ball Rock N Roll Murdershow at Underground Arts on the hallowed eve itself, October 31st. New Hope rockers Satellite Hearts will also perform, as well as Pine Barons, Mercury Radio Theater, and an Aerosmith cover band featuring Ali Wadsworth and friends (seriously). Come in your witchy best to have a spooky, music-filled Halloween. For more info about the 21+ event, head to the Facebook event page, and check out video of last year’s Murdershow below. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Wonder Years’ latest single “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then”

The Wonder Years | Photo by Charlotte Jacobson
The Wonder Years | Photo by Charlotte Jacobson

Local pop-punk heroes The Wonder Years are about to release their fifth full-length, No Closer to Heaven. Set to drop September 4th on Hopeless Records, the record has potential to be their most focused and best yet. “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then,” the latest single off No Closer, reflects on personal growth and making sacrifices with the same powerful instrumentals that are quintessentially pop-punk. Continue reading →

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Watch Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan perform this stripped down version of “Buddy in the Parade”

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along | Photo courtesy of the artist
Frances Quinlan of Hop Along | Photo courtesy of Noisey

A few months after the release of sophomore LP Painted Shut, Hop Along‘s Frances Quinlan visited with Noisey to record an acoustic version “Buddy in the Parade” from this year’s Painted Shut. The session takes place in the warehouse of a mural company, buckets of paint creating a backdrop for Quinlan and her guitar. And in typical fashion for the musician, her performance has just as much, if not more dynamism than the album. Watch the session below, and see Quinlan with the rest of the band at Made in America on September 5th. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bilal / Son Little / Kate Faust at Underground Arts, The York Street Hustle at RiverRink, W.C. Lindsay at Boot and Saddle, and more

Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews
Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews

R&B artists Bilal, Son Little, and Kate Faust play Underground Arts tonight as part of Red Bull’s Sound Select series. All three have released new music in the past few months: Bilal with full-length In Another Life, Son Little’s “Lay Down” (from his upcoming self-titled LP), and Faust’s EP Eros. Each artist brings their own flavor to a genre often pigeonholed as sounding a very specific way; they make R&B expansive. Listen to the artists below, and get tickets at our XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Hear “Venom,” the debut track from New Orleans’ Woozy, via Stereogum

Woozy | Photo via artist's Facebook
Woozy | Photo via artist’s Facebook

The song “Venom” starts out sounding delicate and subdued, but there’s a heavier message hidden underneath. Woozy singer John St. Cyr begins, almost whispering, “You are venom, all the ways you find happiness / you would tear open worlds of respect, just to get ahead.” A harsh accusation, foretelling the louder, grittier soundscape that unfolds about 40 seconds in.

The song is about underlying manipulation and misogyny that can pervade music scenes, specifically the more DIY-focused ones of which Woozy is a part. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: High on Fire at TLA, Liz Longley at Haddon Lake Park, Social Distortion at Festival Pier, and more

High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist's Facebook
High on Fire | Photo by Jimmy Hubbard, via artist’s Facebook

Heavy metal titans High on Fire take on The TLA tonight. The band released their seventh full-length, Luminiferous, in June via E1 Music, and have proven themselves time and again to be one of heavy metal’s most consistently impressive bands. Pallbearer, Venomous Maximus, and Lucifer open the show. Get tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to album opener “The Black Plot” below. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: WXPN Welcomes Israel Nash to Underground Arts in October

Israel Nash | Photo by Pooneh Ghana
Israel Nash | Photo by Pooneh Ghana | via facebook.com/israelnashmusic

Psych-folk Texan Israel Nash and his band will headline Underground Arts on October 21st. The XPNFest alum recently released “Strangers,” their debut single from the upcoming full-length Silver Season (out October 9th via Loose Music & Thirty Tigers). The song has a 70’s feel, with cavernous, atmospheric production and dreamy harmonies. Tickets go on sale this Friday at noon – get more information here, and listen to “Strangers” below. Continue reading →

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Have a romping good time with The Kalob Griffin Band’s Cover Club session

Kalob Griffin Band | Photo by Lindsey Borgman | lborgmanphotography.wix.com | via rootdownintheshadow.com
Kalob Griffin Band | Photo by Lindsey Borgman | lborgmanphotography.wix.com | via rootdownintheshadow.com

Though it saddens us to hear of The Kalob Griffin Band‘s recent breakup, we still have lots to be positive about — including the band’s Cover Club session with Root Down in the Shadow. They chose Jim Croce’s “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown”, complete with a horn section and jazzy pianos. The KGB make a song about a brutal bar fight sound like a happy-go-lucky walk in the park in the best way possible. Listen to the session below, and be sure to catch the band’s last Philly show at The Trocadero this Friday, August 21st. Continue reading →