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PREMIERE: American Babies debut trippy new music video for “Fever Dreams”

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American Babies | Photo by Skylar Carfi | courtesy of the artist

With American Babies’ recently released fourth effort entitled An Epic Battle Between Light and Dark, it comes as no surprise that the Philly psych-rockers would experiment with imagery that comes from the dichotomy of good and evil.

Released today, the band’s latest music video for its single “Fever Dreams” is an animated whirlwind of vibrant colors and distorted characters fit for an actual feverish hallucination.

The video opens as cartoon frontman Tom Hamilton is losing his grip, literally and figuratively, on the side of a cliff and falls endlessly into a cavernous pit. The video is full of anxious nightmare narratives like this one, such as losing teeth and being naked in front of your peers. Seemingly innocent details like the clinking of ice cubes in Hamilton’s glass of whiskey transform into the quivering tail of a rattlesnake as we watch him disassociate with reality. Continue reading →

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Listen to Grubby Little Hands’ new Garden Party in full

Grubby Little Hands | photo by Claire Abribat | courtesy of the artist
Grubby Little Hands | photo by Claire Abribat | courtesy of the artist

Earlier this month, The Key’s Kate Bracaglia profiled psych-rockers Grubby Little Hands and their new album Garden Party. Today, the band shared the full stream of the album via Stereogum.

Garden Party is only slightly longer than a half-hour, but over the course of that half-hour the band crams in various interesting musical ideas from tape loops to harmonic vocal inflections. Songs like the bluesy “No Such Thing” and the lopsided “Balancing Act” take influences from musical styles such as classic rock and electronica. Continue reading →

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Alex G, Restorations, Deafheaven recount favorite Philly venues for Consequense of Sound

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Alex G onstage at the First Unitarian Church | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The folks over at Consequence of Sound is currently narrowing down America’s greatest music venues, and will will be publishing the results of their informal survey this Friday. But for now, they asked several artists about their own favorite places to play, and a couple familiar Philly music venues made the cut.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Abi Reimold at Johnny Brenda’s, MH The Verb at Underground Arts, Oldermost at Boot and Saddle, and more…

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Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

After its release back in January, Abi Reimold will be holding the record release party for her album Wriggling at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. Joining Reimold (who will be performing with a full band), will be Loose Tooth, Jacqueline Constance, and Sarah M. Read The Key’s interview with Reimold here and pick up tickets to tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mothers at Johnny Brenda’s, Gepe at World Cafe Live, NoFX at TLA, and more…

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Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist

Athens GA indie rockers Mothers will be back in Philly tonight to play at Johnny Brenda’s with Palm and Anomie. The band continues to tour to celebrate the release of their debut When You Walk A Long Distance, You Are Tired, which came out back in February. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch a new Brooklyn Vegan acoustic session featuring ROMP

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Romp | Photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com

NJ pop-punk band ROMP released their well-lauded debut Departure From Venus back in March, and this week Brooklyn Vegan shared the acoustic session they recorded of the band playing their song “Come Undone.”

This is the third acoustic session that BV has recorded in Philadelphia: the first two being with Pinegrove and Abi Reimold. For the session, ROMP strips down to a duo of Madison Klarer and guitarist Lucas Dalakian and performs next to an air hockey table. According to BV, “All sessions so far were actually co-produced with the help of Madison from ROMP whose band we already liked before we met her, but who now also helps us with video projects on the side.” Continue reading →

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Mock Suns share new music video for “Here From The Rooftop”

Mock Suns | photo by Kate Bracaglia for WXPN
Mock Suns | photo by Kate Bracaglia for WXPN

Psychedelic pop band Mock Suns released their debut album Stay True back in March, and they shared their new music video for the song “Here From Your Rooftop” recently via Northern Transmissions.

This is the third music video that the Suns have shared from Stay True, the first two being “Friday Night” and “Nothing Good Comes About Being Out At This Hour”. Themes from previous videos and the album itself include loss of childhood and growing up, and these themes are continued on their video for “Up From Your Rooftop.” Continue reading →

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Mumblr announce sophomore LP The Never Ending Get Down, release show at PhilaMOCA in June

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Mumblr | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

Philly punks Mumblr announced their new LP The Never Ending Get Down yesterday – today they announced the album’s release show which will be held at PhilaMOCA on Saturday, June 11th.

The band also shared the album’s first single, “Microwave.” The song continues with Mumblr’s brand of fuzzy, middle-finger indie-rock and singer Nick Morrison’s unique and iconic vocals. Morrison sings about his childhood with both humor and urgency while the band chants back at him. Continue reading →