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Yo La Tengo continue murdering the classics on Murder in the Second Degree

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Since 1996, indie-rock heavyweights Yo La Tengo have been performing listener-requested covers during WFMU’s annual fundraising Marathon. The catch is, the band has no idea what these covers are going to be, and they have no time to prepare, so they have no choice but to rely on memory and their (considerable) talent to get them through. This has produced mixed, often side-splitting results, and in 2006, the “Best of the Worst” was immortalized in Yo La Tengo is Murdering the Classics. Ten years later, the band has announced that album’s followup, the aptly-titled Murder in the Second Degree. Continue reading →

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Cute Is What We Aim For and their same old blood rush, 10 years later

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Cute Is What We Aim For | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The year was 2006 and your middle school scene phase was probably very much alive and well (at least mine was). Pop-punk band, Cute Is What We Aim For, had just released their debut album, The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch and literally took the music scene by storm.

The year is now 2016; it’s 10 years later and these dudes still got it. Last week, the band set out on a month and a half long tour in support of the album’s 10th birthday and on Thursday night, the tour made its way to Philly. Continue reading →

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Review and photo recap: All systems were go-go at Analog-A-Go-Go

Talib Kweli | Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography
Talib Kweli | Photo by Joe del Tufo | Moonloop Photography

Dogfish Head’s Analog-A Go-Go music fest took things to a new level in its sixth year, moving the event to Bellevue State Park in Wilmington, DE and taking over the park in with its unique combination of live music, craft beer, vinyl and art. A diverse offering of local and national acts was a bold move for a festival in its first large effort- with headliners Built To Spill (a Dogfish favorite) supported by Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Taleb Kweli, Hop Along, Beach Slang and Fiancé.  Continue reading →

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: P.S. Eliot

p.s. eliot | Photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
p.s. eliot | Photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is a very, very special one. Formed in 2007 by sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield, p.s. eliot released several albums, EPs and singles before disbanding a few short years later. Katie went on to record as Waxahatchee and Allison formed numerous bands of her own, including Swearin‘ (and she’s about to launch her solo career with backing band The Fizz). Reuniting for a string of tour dates (including two sold out stops at PhilaMOCA), p.s. eliot stopped by our studios to play songs from their career-spanning archival release 2007-2011. Joining to Crutchfield twins are guitarist Will Granger and bassist Katherine Simonetti.

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Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head