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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 →

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Residuels release new EP Love Songs, which includes an awesome cover of The Damned

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Residuels | video still by Kyle Garvey for WXPN

Philly’s Residuels play old-school garage punk, and this week they released their brand new EP, titled Love Songs. They’ve also shared the new music video for their song “It Girl.”

The EP opens with the driving “Have Love, Will Travel,” and is followed up by a rousing cover of The Damned‘s “New Rose,” which was on their first album Damned Damned Damned. Also on the EP are the Replacements-influenced “You’re Gonna Miss Me” and the stripped down “It Girl,” for which the band released a strange video of chopped up found footage. Continue reading →

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AEG might be buying Bowery Presents. What does that mean for Philly?

Marian Hill | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com
Marian Hill performs at Boot and Saddle | Photo by Matthew Shaver | matthewshaverphoto.com

Global concert promoter AEG Live might be buying the independent Bowery Presents, according to a report published in Billboard today. Though Bowery is based in New York City, and named for its famed Bowery Ballroom, the deal has implications elsewhere. As Billboard puts it, it’s a case of “another successful promoter [leaving] the ranks of independents. Founded in 1993, Bowery has been a viable third promoter option in New York (with AEG and Live Nation), and has formed strong ties with artists, managers, and agents in moving acts up the venue ladder.”

What does that mean here in Philadelphia? Bowery is one of four partners, along with R5 Productions, in the 1200-capacity Union Transfer, as well as the 150-capacity Boot And Saddle. However, R5’s Sean Agnew tells us that deal won’t change operations at either of those venues. Continue reading →

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Watch Former Belle’s animated video for “I Woke Up In Chicago”

Former Belle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Former Belle | Photo by Derek Fass | courtesy of the artist

Bruno Catrambone’s Former Belle released their new EP Foreign Bed back on April 8th, and today they shared the music video for the song “I Woke Up In Chicago.”

The video, which was directed by Jon Lewis and features artwork by Jacob Robinson, shows a lonely Catrambone walking around an animated paper city (“Welcome to Sad City, Population: You”) where he is the only non-paper object. After his paper-heart is broken he goes to a paper-bar before going back to his paper-bed. Be careful of paper-cuts. Continue reading →

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Listen to Grayling’s debut EP Everything That Burns

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Grayling | photo by Kim Woodcock | courtesy of the artist

Lexi Campion’s Grayling released her debut EP with NDE Records Everything That Burns this week, and you can listen to a stream of the entire thing via The Fader.

The first taste we got from Grayling was “Bidding War”, a slice of emo-pop that channeled St. Vincent as well as Circa Survive. Campion, who used to drum for indie rockers Edelweiss, takes powerful/experimental guitar music and gives it an extremely personal edge. Continue reading →