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Listen to a summery new song from Work Drugs, “Minor Flaws”

Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Summertime synth poppers Work Drugs have been tossing out catchy tracks for their upcoming album, Louisa, like it’s nothing. Their latest, “Minor Flaw” opens with an 80s pop sound that is immediately captivating. The well-worked combination of sunny riffs and just the right amount of reverb come together perfectly alongside lyrics like “like a prayer that I used to remember or just a reason to keep me hanging on.” You can catch Work Drugs playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Tutlie, and The Chairman Dances. Tickets are still available, more information at the XPN Concert Calendar; you can check out ”Minor Flaws” below. Continue reading →

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Watch the new Shaking Through episode starring The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen | via Facebook.com//pages/The-Dead-Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | via Facebook.com//pages/The-Dead-Milkmen

Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through released their first session of the season, featuring Philly punk legends The Dead Milkmen.

According to Shaking Through, The Dead Milkmen’s track (entitled “Prisoner’s Cinema”) is:

“a celebration of the every-day people who had to clean up after rock-stars and their debaucherous episodes of the past.”

In the video for the track, below, members discuss the difference between live shows and recording, the late Dave Schulthise (Dave Blood), record label pressures, and the all-encompassing theme of the working-class in comparison to rockstars. Continue reading →

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Watch the earthy new music video from Dylan Jane, catch her tonight at Key Fest

Dylan Jane | From the video for "Land and Sea" | Directed by Bob Sweeney
Dylan Jane | From the video for “Land and Sea” | Directed by Bob Sweeney

Back in January we were graced with Dylan Jane’s delicate and sincere sound for a studio session for The Key. We’re happy to hear from her again as part of Friday night’s folksy  /rootsy lineup for the second night of Key Fest.

Her new music video for “Land and Sea” shows how she is a multidimensional musician: Jane started out as a guitarist, and even though her music is gentle, its moving arrangements demand attention. Continue reading →

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Fan the flames with the latest rocker from South Philly’s Sheer Mag

Sheer Mag, as pictured on the sleeve of their debut 7″
Sheer Mag, as pictured on the sleeve of their debut 7″

South Philly five-piece Sheer Mag has released a new 7″ (a followup to their debut released in Sept. 2014), and it’s full of rock/punk/pop anthems that are equally as heavy as they are catchy.

They’ve also accompanied the opening track, “Fan the Flames,” with a music video that confirms something we already found out at SXSW: this group can have a damn good time. Continue reading →

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Get a taste of “Easy,” the no-remorse uppercut from Legendary Divorce

Legendary Divorce | photo via facebook.com/legendarydivorce
Legendary Divorce | photo via facebook.com/legendarydivorce

Has chaos ever sounded this good? Legendary Divorce‘s new single “Easy” is punk in its purest form.  The lyric “I hate you but you won’t shut up” rings with confidence while blaring guitar strums match perfectly with disheveled scenery in the music video, capturing the bands aggressive nature.  Lead vocalist Itarya Leo mends and bends her voice as it ranges from screamo to grunge.  The band’s debut EP Make Me is out now but this menacing track is for sure the standout. Check out more at Legendary Divorce’s Bandcamp and watch the video below. Continue reading →

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Watch Steady Hands’ folk-punky Schuylkill Sessions performance

Sean Huber of Steady Hands plays for Schuylkill Sessions
Sean Huber of Steady Hands plays for Schuylkill Sessions

Accented by cool fall foliage and the passing of vehicles on I-76, Sean Huber of Steady Hands performed two tracks along the river for the Schuylkill Sessions video series. Huber, who is also the drummer for Modern Baseball, strummed through sunny acoustic riffs on “Warren.” The full-band track features gritty, heavier punk vocals, but this take shows Huber’s mellower side. “The Libertines” is a folk-punk anthem and in the stripped-down version, Huber comes across gritty yet honest. Check out the two acoustic tracks below and you can watch additional Schuylkill Sessions on their YouTube channel. Continue reading →

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Folkadelphia Session: The Ballroom Thieves

Photo by One Love Photo.
Photo by One Love Photo.

You’re going to start to hear their name a lot all around, so I’ll say it right now – The Ballroom Thieves. Just this week, they released A Wolf in the Doorway, a big leap forward after two EPs of engaging music, but songs that left the impression of a band figuring it out, finding out who they are. A Wolf in the Doorway presents a band that knows who they are. The Ballroom Thieves have arrived and their bringing one heck of a sound in tow. Continue reading →

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MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: Watch Dawes perform on David Letterman, Grateful Dead’s last concerts will be on pay-per-view, & Bonnaroo reveals schedule.

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sunjournal.com

“Dawes is pretty much all you need in a rock ‘n’ roll band.”

The words of David Letterman in regards to one of his favorite bands, Dawes who performed on The Late Show with David Letterman last night. Watch Dawes (who will perform at this year’s XPoNential Music Festival presented by Subaru) sing “Things Happen” from their forthcoming 4th album, “All your Favorite Bands,” due out in June. Continue reading →

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Indie pop and dancing potatoes: watch Readership’s new “Easy” video

Readership | via readership.bandcamp.com
Readership | via readership.bandcamp.com

When Adrian Morse opens the new Readership single with the lyric, “They say good girls don’t swear / They just get even / They go so easy on the eyes / Until you’re kicking and screaming,” the last thing you’d envision is a dancing potato.

But the homemade visuals for the track portray a romantic spud story, and it’s surprisingly one of the most entertaining music videos I’ve seen in a while. Continue reading →