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Listen to Cities, the new solo mixtape from Hardwork Movement’s Sterling Duns

Hardwork Movement | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

Of all nine members of Philly hip-hop family Hardwork Movement, Dwight Dunston — aka Sterling Duns — seems to relish the spotlight the most. That’s no small feat, considering how much energy and charisma everybody in the crew has, from hook-masters Jeremy Keys and Dani Gershikoff to cool-as-ice MCs R.B. Ricks and Rick Banks, suave horn section Martin Gottlieb-Hollis and Becca Graham, and energized rhythm section Jeremy Prouty on bass and Angel Ocana holding it down on drums.

What gives Duns the edge? Dude requires a minimum of three wardrobe changes per set; and outfits are rarely repeated from show to show. What can we say? He’s got a flare for fashion and a knack for grabbing our attention. So it makes sense that’d he’s the first member of the Hardwork crew to branch out with a solo joint. Continue reading →

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The Dead Milkmen will play a Halloweekend show at The Troc

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

It certainly is a good day for Halloween centric concert announcements from Philly punk bands. As Modern Baseball announced its three-night mid-October stand at Union Transfer with a flyer in costume, Philly icons The Dead Milkmen announced gave word that it would headline The Trocadero on Saturday, October 28th — a significant spot for the band, as it is where the band played its first farewell in 1994 and where it headlined on Halloween a couple years ago.  Tickets are on sale Friday, August 25th at noon, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball is playing its last shows for the forseeable future: three nights at Union Transfer this fall

Modern Baseball
Modern Baseball | Photo by Jessica Flynn | courtesy of the artist

UPDATE 2:27 p.m. As Brendan Lukens tweeted this afternoon, these shows are the band’s last for the forseeable future.

Philly indie rock darlings Modern Baseball have been on hiatus since the winter – and today, we’re happy to report that they’ll return to the stage for a three-night stand at Union Transfer. This comes on the heels of its stint backing Daniel Johnston at The Tower in October — the band and friends will headline on Friday, October 13th Saturday October 14th and Sunday October 15th. Tickets are on sale now at Union Transfer’s website, and will probably sell out mad fast, so act quick.

Seriously, though, this is going to be huge. People are going to travel for it. It effectively makes up for missed opportunities to see the band when its touring plans earlier this year fell apart. Continue reading →

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Take a boatride down the Schuylkill in The War On Drugs’ video for “Pain”

The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs | photo by Emmett Malloy | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia space rock faves The War on Drugs release their hotly anticipated fourth LP A Deeper Understanding this Friday, on Atlantic Records — and this morning, we bring you another pre-release taste of the record.

As the melancholic “Pain” plays out in the background, we see Adam Granduciel and his bandmates performing in a cargo barge that cruises down the Schuylkill River, intercut with kids on bikes popping wheelies on the Philly streets. Shot by filmmaker Emmett Malloy in glorious black and white, the video is an elegant and timeless depiction of one of our favorite Philly bands still discovering new angles on their hometown a decade into their career. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Preen at Everybody Hits

Preen | via preen.bandcamp.com

Start your week out with some crushing garage rock from Philly badasses Preen. The four-piece band has a jagged Fidlar / Screamales attitude with bountiful low-end sounds and minor key riffage, and they open the show tonight for Cincy’s Ovlov at Everybody Hits. Listen to the new song “Cereus” below and get tickets and more information on the show hereContinue reading →

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And now, music to score the solar eclipse care of Lushlife, Mary Lattimore and Botany

Lushlife
Lushlife | Photo by Ebru Yildiz ebruyildiz.net | courtesy of the artist

Today, for the first time in nearly four decades, the moon will cross the path of the sun in the skies above North America — and finding the right soundtrack for the total solar eclipse has become something of a cottage industry in the past week.

Playlists were crafted — check out WXPN’s here — viewing parties were planned, and in the case of Philadelphia’s Raj Haldar, a score was written. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: King Britt at RiverRink, Steve Gunn at Parks on Tap, Taj Mahal at Philadelphia Folk Fest

King Britt | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Earlier this summer, DJ King Britt rocked some serious roller skate jams during his opening weekend set at Spruce Street Harbor Park — so it’s only fitting that he DJs another engagement tonight a half mile or so north, at the Blue Cross RiverRink, where people will literally be able to roller skate to jams from Michael Jackson and Soul II Soul. Details on the free event can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Graham Nash at Philadelphia Folk Festival, RFA at The Barbary

Graham Nash | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Singer-songwriter icon Graham Nash takes the stage at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford tonight to headline night two of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Last year he released This Path Tonight and toured extensively, playing Free at Noon as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Watch video below and get more information on Folk Fest here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Slaughter Beach, Dog

Seriously, how is it possible that Jake Ewald is this sick of a songwriter? The Philadelphia singer / guitarist and producer, known by many as half of Modern Baseball’s core songwriting duo, also leads a rotating-cast indie rock troupe called Slaughter Beach, Dog, and has done so for the past several years. Though the band is a considerably more lowkey experience than when he plays theater-size spaces to pop punk devotees, it’s no side joint either; Ewald’s attention to craft, both lyrical and compositional, is in top form here, and only continues to heighten as the project releases more music. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cranes are Flying at Johnny Brenda’s, Lizdelise at Ortlieb’s, Amir Obè at The Troc

Cranes are Flying | via facebook.com/cranesareflying

Philly trio Cranes are Flying mixes up pop-punk and post-rock with a dose of anthemic modern rock on its latest EP, Code Switching, out today. The band has been on the scene since 2009 and celebrates its new record tonight at Johnny Brenda’s with Boy Lawyer, Glenn Matthews and Flat Mary Road. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to the new EP below. Continue reading →