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Field Mouse find the light at the end of the tunnel with “In Blue”

Field Mouse | photo by Katie Krulock | courtesy of the artist

Field Mouse recently announced their new album Meaning, which will be released August 16 via Topshelf Records. Following the lead single “Heart of Gold” is the lush and dreamy “In Blue,” which frontwoman Rachel Browne dedicates to her sister. Amid warm synths and shimmering tambourine, Browne delivers hope and optimism, singing “We stay alive, to see the planets realign a second time.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Mates Of State are back in action at Boot & Saddle

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It’s been a while since we’ve heard from indie pop duo Mates Of State. Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel formed the band in Kansas in 1997 and released several albums throughout the aughts. Now based in Connecticut, Mates of State released their last full-length album, Mountaintops, in 2011, and returned briefly in 2015 with the You’re Going to Make It EP. Continue reading →

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Watch Harmony Woods cover boygenius’s “Me and My Dog”

Harmony Woods | still from video

Philly indie rockers Harmony Woods played a gig at PhilaMOCA last night, and singer-songwriter Sofia Verbilla included a cover of the boygenius song “Me and My Dog” in the band’s set. The supergroup of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus, and Julien Baker, who are all well-known for their solo careers, boygenius formed last year and was met with instant acclaim. Continue reading →

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TIOGA bring dark 80s influences into the fold on new single “Suffer”

 

TIOGA | photo by Carol Simpson | courtesy of the artist

Philly rockers TIOGA are back with a new single, “Suffer.” The band describes the song’s sound as “dark neon,” which takes them into a new sonic territory. TIOGA enlisted Joe Parella of Deal Casino to produce the track, and cite influences like Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, and The Cure to that inspired them to take on the 80’s-meets-modern sound. Continue reading →

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Soul Glo, Chronic Anxiety, and more will play SRA Records’ 10th anniversary show

Soul Glo | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Local label SRA Records has been pushing the boundaries of punk music for 10 years now, and they’ll celebrate the anniversary with a show at PhilaMOCA on September 1.

The gig will bring a stacked lineup artists from the label’s roster together, including The HIRS Collective, Psychic Teens, and Exmaid. Soul Glo, who just released their new album THE N___ IN ME IS ME, will also play, along with Gene London Calling, FOD, Solarized, and Chronic Anxiety. Continue reading →

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Kingsley Ibeneche’s new theatrical production REALMS: A Soul Opera will premiere at the PMA next week

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Writer, musician, and choreographer Kingsley Ibeneche has become a familiar face around Philadelphia for his music, but his latest project, REALMS: A Soul Opera, branches out into theatrical territory. Combining music with dialogue and movement, the production will make its premiere with two performances in the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday, July 26. Continue reading →

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Indie vets Hammered Hulls share “Written Words” from self-titled debut

Hammered Hulls | via Ticketfly

Hammered Hulls, a new supergroup of sorts, debuted quietly last year. The Washington, DC-based band is led by the core duo Mary Timony of Helium and Ex Hex and Alec MacKaye of Warmers and Faith, and rounded out by Philly’s Chris Wilson (Ted Leo, Titus Andronicus) on drums and Mark Cisneros (Des Demonas, Kid Congo) on guitar. The four-piece just announced their first recorded material, a self-titled three-song single that will be released on August 9. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Menzingers will bring new album Hello Exile to Franklin Music Hall this fall

The Menzingers | photo by Jess Flynn | courtesy of the artist

The Menzingers will return with their sixth album this fall. The local punk-rock favorites just announced that Hello Exile will be released on October 4 via Epitaph, and their lead single “Anna” is out now. After a show in Lancaster, PA with Queen of Jeans at The Chameleon Club this Friday, they’ll return on November 29, playing a show at Franklin Music Hall with Tigers Jaw and Culture Abuse.

Hello Exile follows The Menzingers’ 2017 album After The Party. The band returned to producer Will Yip’s Conshohocken studio to record the new album. “That’s the longest amount of time we’ve ever worked with Will,” vocalist Greg Barnett said in a press release. “We wanted to make sure these stories didn’t get lost in the music, so we kept it to a lot of room sounds with the guitar and bass and drums.” Continue reading →

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Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home will be screened at BlackStar Film Festival

Solange’s When I Get Home film | still from video

The upcoming BlackStar Film Festival has expanded its previously announced lineup to include a screening of Solange Knowles’ When I Get Home during its closing night on August 4. The short film features music from Solange’s album by the same name and is currently available on Apple Music. BlackStar will screen an extended director’s cut of the film, featuring new scenes and musical arrangements. Continue reading →