Listen to The Weather Station’s single “Thirty,” get ready for new self-titled album

The Weather Station | photo courtesy of artist

As a young woman, you quickly learn growing up that turning the big “three-oh” is basically the equivalent to getting the plague. Somehow, some way, you must escape this fate at all costs. Well, unless you’re a young Jennifer Garner character in a spectacular rom-com, that is. A magazine headlining “flirty, thirty, and thriving?” I scoff at such lies.

Canadian singer-songwriter, Tamara Lindeman, does too. She knows the binary routes society has set out for women approaching their third decade of life: “children and suburbia or some sort of cartoonish loneliness.” Working as her project The Weather Station, Lindeman delves into this sexist matter on new single “Thirty,” which will be included on her upcoming self-titled album out on October 6th via Paradise of Bachelors. Continue reading →


Tigers Jaw and Foxing to support Manchester Orchestra in October

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Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

If you were already super pumped for the Manchester Orchestra show this fall after catching its Free At Noon Concert, then you might want to sit down for this news. Not only will the Atlanta five-piece’s soaring sounds echo through The Fillmore in October, but they’ll be joined by Scranton duo, Tigers Jaw, and St. Louis post-rock outfit, Foxing. Holy emotional angst-fest. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Cults announce new album, Johnny Brenda’s show, share single, “Offering”


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Melodic indie synth-duo, Cults, have been a away for a while. To make up for it, they’ve just hit us with all of the good news. Like all of it. For a triple whammy of blessings, the Cults announced 1) a shiny new album titled Offering, 2) a fall show at Johnny Brenda’s, and 3) shared the title track single, “Offering.”

The new single is heavy on the shimmery, synth vibes — piled with layers upon layers of background 8-bit fuzz, with Madaline Folin’s pure, ethereal vocals slicing through the static psych atmosphere. Continue reading →


Stream Sheer Mag’s Entire New Album, Need To Feel Your Love via NPR Music

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

If you can’t wait until July 14th to hear Sheer Mag‘s debut full-length album (we’ve been waiting for three years, that seems quite long enough) you’re in luck – Need to Feel Your Love joins the long list of highly anticipated albums that have been released via NPR’s First Listen series, giving fans a chance to hear the album in its entirety one week before its scheduled release date. Including the two lead singles “Just Can’t Get Enough” and the title track “Need to Feel Your Love,” the 12-track record finds Sheer Mag showcasing their songwriting and versatility rooted in classic rock’n’roll. Continue reading →


Introducing the Inaugural Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship

Gene Shay, retired host of The Folk Show

Two years after his final show with WXPN ended, folk music legend Gene Shay’s long and storied career as one of Philadelphia’s legendary radio personalities and the “Dean of Folk DJs”, continues to support the next generation of radio and folk industry broadcasters through his legacy. After the outpouring of camaraderie around the on-air tribute to Gene Shay on his last broadcast show on WXPN on February 1, 2015, Rich Warren (WFMT Radio / Chicago) and John Platt (WFUV / NYC) suggested the spirit be kept alive. In 2016 they met with Biff Kennedy (Charterhouse Music Group / Philadelphia, PA) and came up with a way to do just that – and have now presented the inaugural Gene Shay Folk DJ Scholarship, which will provide financial support for one new folk DJ to attend the Folk Alliance International Conference and more, every year. Continue reading →


Just Announced: Project Pabst Philly lineup feat. The Menzingers, Peaches, Big Thief, Speedy Ortiz, and more

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Project Pabst was so kind as to include Philly in last year’s expansive move to become a four-city festival installment — along with Denver, Portland, and Atlanta — and they’re back at it again this summer on September 16th at the Electric Factory. The lineup for this Philly edition was just announced, and it features a big, hearty heaping of good tunes. Continue reading →


WXPN’s next #tbtXPN Throwback Thursday: Destinations

It’s time again for #tbtXPN Throwback Thursday on XPN. All summer long every Thursday, XPN DJ’s have been throwing it back to a year, an idea, a musical concept. So far, we’ve thrown it back to 1967, Number #1 and Number #2 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and Musical Shadows (cover songs and their originals). Next up – Destinations – cities, States, places, maybe even a trip to Dizz Knee Land. Join us starting at Thursday, June 27th at 6 a.m. with Kristen Kurtis on the XPN Morning Show. #tbtXPN: We’ll take you there. Continue reading →


Just Announced: St. Vincent to make fall Philly stop at Electric Factory

St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |
St. Vincent | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |
Theatrical indie rocker and guitar god Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, is returning to Philly this fall with a show at Electric Factory on November 28th.
Clark’s been up to some pretty cool gigs since her self-titled album in 2014. From designing her own signature guitars, to recently making her horror film directorial debut with her film The Birthday Party, which is featured on the female-led anthology, XX — Clark has been mighty busy. But not too busy to make new tunes, which is reported to be currently underway.

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Pine Barons announce new LP The Acchin Book, share trippy rocker “Telescope”

Pine Barons | photo via Consequence of Sound

It’s official – Pine Barons have at last set a date and a name for the release of their long-time-coming follow up record to 2013’s Pine Barons. Mark your calendars for August 4th, when the five-piece group of indie rockers from Southern New Jersey will debut The Acchin Book after dropping hints and vague timelines for what feels like forever.

The lead single “Alliterate Breed” came last fall in the form of a trippy music video, but the band has been largely quiet in terms of new music since then save frontman Keith Abrams’ project Tremellow and bassist Shane Hower’s solo project Everyone released last month. In conjunction with the official record announcement the band has released a second single via Consequence of Sound. Continue reading →