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PREMIERE: Listen to Heat Thunder’s rousing new single “River Song”

"River Song" single artwork by Colin Frangicetto.
“River Song” single artwork by Colin Frangicetto.

When we first heard Heat Thunder‘s new single “River Song” it was in the band’s Key Studio Session back in May, the song was rousing and intriguing, walking a fine line between wistful ambience and locked-in folk rock.  In the studio version we’re premiering today, those elements of the song are magnified tenfold.

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PREMIERE: Explore the end of a relationship with Jesse Gimbel’s “Don’t Get Comfortable”

Jesse Gimbel
Jesse Gimbel | photo courtesy of the artist

After spending four years working on other people’s music, Philadelphia’s Jesse Gimbel (you might know him from his Basement project) has returned to his own material with Decathect, set for release this fall via Wissahickon Records.  Leading up to the release, we have the premiere of Gimbal’s video for emotional new single “Don’t Get Comfortable” below.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Cuddle Magic, Verbatum Jones, Delta Spirit

Cuddle Magic
Cuddle Magic | photo courtesy of Folkadelphia

Folkadelphia once again eschews the traditional definitions of “folk” in this week’s session with Cuddle Magic.  Eclectic and all over the maps in terms of genre, the Brooklyn / Philadelphia group recorded four songs for this session that move from pop to avant-garde folk and back again. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Pretty Greens at North Star Bar, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah at Chameleon Club, The Warhawks at Kung Fu Necktie and more…

The Pretty Greens
The Pretty Greens | photo by Jason Blake | http://www.jason-blake.com

Local punk trio The Pretty Greens play North Star Bar tonight.  The self-described feminist art-garage pop-punk outfit released an EP called Jealous Waves earlier this year, reaching out to melodic surf punk to create a Best-Coast-with-a-mission vibe.  Watch the band play the title track to the EP live below.  Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pattern is Movement at Spruce Street Harbor, Drake at Susquehanna Bank Center, Family Vacation at RUBA

Pattern Is Movement
Pattern Is Movement | photo by Mark Schaffer

Spruce Street Harbor Park‘s free summer concert series ends tonight with Pattern is Movement.  The duo of Chris Ward and Andrew Thiboldeaux got home from touring with Wye Oak just a couple of weeks ago, supporting their own new self-titled record out on the road.  The album took years to complete and was introduced slowly to fans by way of a listening party mash-up at PhilaMOCA last year, where it was paired with an edited screening of There Will Be Blood.  The electronic / R&B duo will perform alongside Moon Bounce tonight.  More information can be found here.

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Celebrate music education with Rally for Rock at Franklin Square next month

Rally for Rock
Kuf Knotz | photo courtesy of the artist

Rock to the Future will present its second annual Rally for Rock on September 13th at Franklin Square.  Benefitting the organization’s free music education programs, the event will feature live music from Kuf Knotz, Hezekiah Jones, Joey Sweeney and the Long Hair Arkestra and the Rock to the Future Student House Band.

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Listen Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s celestial new song “I Ain’t Waiting”

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Constance Mensh

With a full band debut release set for October with Intensity Ghost, local experimental rockers Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel band have shared the first song from the record with “I Ain’t Waiting.”  The 5-track LP will be out on October 28th through No Quarter and follows Forsyth’s 2013 Solar Motel effort.

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Download Modern Inventors new single “Selfish Generation”

Modern Inventors | photo by Ryan Farber | www.facebook.com/ryanfarberphotography
Modern Inventors | photo by Ryan Farber | www.facebook.com/ryanfarberphotography

Local indie pop / rockers Modern Inventors have released a new single called “Selfish Generation,” the first studio follow-up to last year’s debut LP Trains and Aeroplanes.  We first heard the track in the band’s 2013 Key Studio Session, and you can download both versions below.

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