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Bucks County four-piece Eunoia will celebrate its new album in a barn in Telford

Photo via Facebook.com/eunoiabandpa
Photo via Facebook.com/eunoiabandpa

Indie/emo quartet Eunoia, hailing from Bucks County, PA, are gearing up for a record release show on June 27 at the Mulberry Hills Farm located in Telford, PA. You can check out more info about the show on the event’s Facebook page. The show is in support of the band’s debut LP, Traces of Blue. The band will be selling physical copies for $7 at the concert, but you can get a digital version on their Bandcamp page now. Also appearing on the bill are Sonnder, Church Girls, and Nathan Earl & Rachel Joy.

Originally the solo effort of Tyler McMaster, the lead vocalist and guitarist enlisted the help of Adam Kelly (guitar), Logan Freund (bass), and Tom Brucker (drums) to create Eunoia. The word “eunoia” means a positive state of mind, or beautiful thinking, and the band hopes to evoke that in their music. With influences ranging from Coheed and Cambria, You Blew It!, Thrice, and Circa Survive, Eunoia emit a positive blend of emo indie that can appeal to a wide audience. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bryant Eugene Vazquez at The Fire, Mohican at Kung Fu Necktie

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Bryant Eugene Vazquez | Photo by Sara Stickley

The Fire’s annual Sundrop Music Festival concludes tonight and singer-songwriter-rock-n-roller Bryant Eugene Vazquez is one of the artists on the bill. Vazquez just released his latest LP, All Damn Day / The Greatest Hits, and it packs a variety of sounds – jagged soul to sunshine pop – centered by classic sounding production. You can listen to the record below and read our interview with Vazquez here, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Skyes at North Star Bar, Denison Witmer at World Cafe Live, Little Strike at the Sundrop Music Festival and more…

Skyes
Skyes | photo via Facebook

Indie electro pop band Skyes play North Star Bar tonight. The band got its start in Philadelphia before moving to Brooklyn, where they released a debut self-titled EP in 2013. The record jumps from MGMT-esque synth pop with 90s alt singer-songwriter vocals to a blend of industrial rock and pop, keeping listeners on their toes. Check out EP opener “Secondhander” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Phameless Records Fest showcases the best of east coast punk

Aspiga
Aspiga | photo via Facebook

It is no secret that Philadelphia is known for its thriving underground punk scene, and has become the hub of all things DIY. Philly-based record label Phameless Records, a new project founded by members of Seeing Snakes, has announced the Phameless Records Fest, a two-day music festival featuring punk acts that represent some of the best sounds coming from the east coast. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Johnny Showcase at Boot & Saddle, Cayetana at Millworks, Christopher Davis-Shannon at Sundrop Music Fest and more…

Johnny Showcase
Johnny Showcase | photo courtesy of the artist

Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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I Think Like Midnight present an evening of instrumental rock next month

I Think Like Midnight
I Think Like Midnight | photo via Facebook

I Think Like Midnight was a project born out of necessity. That is, the necessity for Philadlephia musician Andrew Chalfen to hear another record by Pell Mell, a band that hasn’t released new material since 1997. Instead of waiting for that Portland instrumental outfit to reunite, Chalfen and his collaborator Dean Sabatino hiked up to Ithaca, NY last year and made their own Pell Mell-inspired record, Warm Seclusion Structure.

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Listen to Connor Barwin’s guest DJ set on WXPN’s Top Five at 5

Connor Barwin | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
Connor Barwin | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Next month, Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin brings his Make The World Better campaign to Union Transfer for his second annual benefit concert, this year featuring Mac DeMarco, Marian Hill and The Suffers. Last year’s benefit was able to raise $170,000 to refurbish Ralph Brooks Park at 20th and Tasker with new playground equipment, a basketball court, a garden and more. This year, the goal is to do the same to Smith Playground, a 7-acre park in South Philadelphia, and last night Barwin joined Dan Reed on the air for a Top Five at 5 guest DJ set to preview the show. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Salad Days at URBN, Sun Ra Arkestra at Ardmore Music Hall, Richard Lloyd at John and Peter’s and more

Salad Days
Government Issue | photo by Jim Saah | http://jimsaah.com/
Mixing behind-the-scenes footage of the DC punk scene in the 90s and photography by Jim Saah, the new Salad Days documentary is a snapshot into the scene that gave us boundary-pushing artists Fugazi, Nation of Ulysses and more. The film screens tonight at the URBN Annex Black Box Theater, followed by a live set from Mumblr. Tickets and more information can be found here. Continue reading →