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Watch Wallace try to keep her cool in the band’s latest video

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Wallace | photo by Katy Mauer | courtesy of the artist

A classic coming of age song, frontwoman Wallace Gerdy finds herself disapproving her best friend’s choices on her most recent single, “Keeping Composure” by Wallace. The track was released last month, and earlier this month the single received the music video treatment, animating the lyrical content of Wallace’s displeasure of her friend’s choices at parties, or maybe just in general. A song birthed by change, Wallace sings “It’s hard to keep composure when your best friends are getting high in the next room.” Continue reading →

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Trash Knife collects all their songs to date on new tape So Far…

Trash Knife | via facebook.com/trashknife

Local punk outfit Trash Knife released their latest tape this week, the aptly titled So Far… The tape is a collection of the band’s work to-date. Out of the three releases on their own bandcamp page, the only track not to appear on previously released projects is tape-closer “She Shreds,” a fast banger admiring women who shred (and shares its name with a popular guitar magazine), vocalist Lauren belting, “she’s a shredder, real trend setter, you can’t catch her.” Continue reading →

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Shannen Moser explores her country roots on the rustic new single “Haircut Song”

 

Shannen Moser
Shannen Moser | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Berks Co. native Shannen Moser released the second single to her sophomore album. The track, “Haircut Song” follows up the previously released “Arizona (I Wanna Be Your Man),” a continues to draw on her folk and country influences.

“Haircut Song” paints a painstakingly beautiful narrative split into two parts, “before i cut your hair, and when I gave you haircuts,” from the song’s opening lines. Distant, trodding drums anchor the song through its two minutes and change, while twangy guitars accompany Moser in her register. The space between is filled with atmospheric, emotional keys, care of guest Cameron Konner on the track. The vignette painted on this single, along with the previously released “Arizona,” highlights Moser’s penchant for narrative-style songwriting and builds anticipation for the upcoming album even further. Continue reading →

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Watch Ivy Sole and Anyee Wright ride around in “Backwoods” music video

Ivy Sole | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN | brightloud.com

Part time crooner, part time rapper Ivy Sole is back with new music today, the latest track from her just-announced debut studio album. “Backwoods” follows up the previously released “Rollercoaster” from June, both tracks set to appear on her debut album OVERGROWN, out September 18th on Les Fleurs Records. On the track, Ivy Sole teams up with local artist Anyee Wright who delivers a fire guest verse, both artists rapping over the smooth beat care of producers CRO and Corey Smith-West. Continue reading →

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Listen to Camp Candle talk about their songwriting process and the changing Philly landscape on the 25 O’Clock podcast

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Camp Candle appear on the latest episode of The 25 O’Clock podcast. The electronic duo of Mark “Nu Ra” Cave and Briana “Hetepsa” Mills sat down with podcast host Dan Drago for the 106th episode of the podcast. The duo discussed their beginnings, going through the collaborative songwriting process as a duo, and the changing landscape of different Philly neighborhoods. Continue reading →

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The Vernes return with new single “Maybe I’ll Feel Better When I’m Dead”

The Vernes
The Vernes | photo by Crosby Clouse | courtesy of the artist

Philly via San Francisco rockers The Vernes released new music this past weekend, the title track to upcoming LP Maybe I’ll Feel Better When I’m Dead. The track is a jam and a sign of good things to come from the Philly rockers, who release the full album on September 28th.

While The Vernes previously released their self-titled debut in 2017, the upcoming Maybe I’ll Feel Better When I’m Dead marks the band’s debut studio album. Instead of releasing home recordings like on that first record, the band enlisted Joe Michelini (American Trappist, River City Extension) for recording and producing the upcoming album. Continue reading →

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Watch The Districts’ full set from Best Kept Secret festival

The Districts | Photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist

Hometown rockers The Districts found themselves in Europe earlier this summer, traveling from England to Denmark in June, with stops in Germany, Belgium, Norway, and the Netherlands along the way. It was on June 8th in the Netherlands The Districts performed at Best Kept Secret festival. Thanks to the festival, their full set is now up on YouTube to stream.

During their set, the band played five songs off their 2017 LP, Popular Manipulations, which recently celebrated its first birthday on August 11th. According to an Instagram post from the band, the boys are back in the studio gearing up for their fourth LP. While their Best Kept Secret set didn’t contain any new songs, be on the lookout for new material teased out by the band in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. The band closed out their set with a career-spanning best-of run, from 2012’s “Funeral Beds” into 2018’s “Nighttime Girls,” and finally ripping through set-closing staple “Young Blood,” in all of its glorious 10 minutes. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Wavves and Beach Fossils co-headline Union Transfer in November

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Wavves | Photo by Michelle Montgomery for WXPN | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

West Coast rockers Wavves team up with Brooklyn boys Beach Fossils to embark on one of the best indie rock tours of the fall season. I, for one, am a fan of stacked bills, and it seems like the bands are too. Previously, Wavves shared a bill with Post Animal at The Foundry, Best Coast and Cherry Glazerr at the Electric Factory, and even FIDLAR at Johnny Brenda’s way back in 2013. Beach Fossils don’t mess around either, playing the Church with Snail Mail last year and Union Transfer with Kurt Vile in 2013. The two heavyweights now join forces (and bring along Hoops’ Kevin Krauter) to tour the country. Continue reading →

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Mitch Esparza releases experimental phone-recorded EP under moniker ME

Photo by Chris Beat

Philadelphia-based experimental guitarist Mitch Esparza returned with a new EP this week. Released under his ME project, MEMO is the followup to previously released MEEP. Folkadelphia host Fred Knittel once described Esparza as a “scrapbooker,” reinforcing the statement by saying “a scrapbooker not only has style, but a strong, distinctive vision for his art, which totally describes Mitch.” While the quote is from early 2017, the descriptor still holds true today. Continue reading →

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The Kinks announce 50th anniversary Village Green reissue, share unreleased song “Time Song”

The Kinks’ Villiage Green reissue

The Kinks recently announced the 50th anniversary reissue of their final album as the original quartet, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, from 1968. In addition to the album’s 14 tracks, the band will include preciously unreleased track “Time Song” on the reissue. While never officially released, the band performed the track live in 1973 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in January 1973, celebrating Britain’s entry into the Common Market. Continue reading →