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Abi Reimold, Three Man Cannon, Cayetana, Swanning, and more support ACLU with covers compilation

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

Musicians from across the country have coming together for Don’t stop now: a collection of covers. The thirty-eight track set, which benefits the ACLU, is stacked with Philly acts the likes of Abi ReimoldThe Menzingers, Cave People, and more performing lo-fi covers of some of their favorite tracks. The creators of the project elaborated on its timely release and title in a quote on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →

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Ill Fated Natives return with political rocker “2+2”

Ill Fated Natives | courtesy of the artist
Ill Fated Natives | courtesy of the artist

Philly power trio Ill Fated Natives return just in time for Inaguration Day with “2+2”, their first new single since 2015’s Savages. It’s no coincidence either, as the track is a fiery, socially-conscious rocker that the band refers to as a war song. You can stream the track, along with its politically-charged visual, below. Continue reading →

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Hurry, Lushlife and more contribute songs to subscription comp benefiting the SPLC

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Rough Trade Publishing, representatives of local acts Hurry and Lushlife, are “fighting against complacency” with a new three-month, song-a-day subscription service on Bandcamp to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Subscribers will receive previously unreleased tracks from catalog artists in their email each day, along with access to all new material published by the company on the Bandcamp app.

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Tune in for a live-streamed Shaking Through Session with Waxahatchee this weekend

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Waxahatchee | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The folks at Weathervane Music are back it again, this time bringing us a Shaking Through session with Waxahatchee. Katie Crutchfield & co will be in Fishtown’s Miner Street Recording this weekend, January 21st and January 22nd, and the live-stream cameras will be on hand to give us a backstage pass into their recording process.

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PREMIERE: Beril channels Mazzy Star on Songs of Neptune

Beril | photo courtesy of the artist
Beril | photo by Sarah Puleo | courtesy of the artist

This requires a bit of introduction and re-introduction. In the late aughties, a terrific modern rock band called East Hundred captured the attention and energy of the Philly music scene, bosting electropop arrangements, Metric-style hooks and a charismatic frontwoman in Beril Guceri.

Since the band parted ways in 2013, Guceri has been working on a solo debut — and we’re happy to bring you her first release from that project today. Continue reading →

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Allison Crutchfield delivers variety and personality on Tourist In This Town

Allison Crutchfield | photo courtesy of the artist
Allison Crutchfield | photo courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia’s Allison Crutchfield has been teasing her Merge Records debut for months now, and the wait is finally over. Tourist In This Town is out January 27th, but you can stream it in all its sun-drenched glory now via NPR. It’s a varied ten-song set, but if you already checked out “Dean’s Room” and “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California,” that shouldn’t come as too much of a surpriseWhile the record may try on a variety of indie rock and pop flavors, the personal storytelling at its core is what gives it its strength. Continue reading →

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Circa Survive share new b-sides amidst On Letting Go 10th Anniversary Tour

Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Circa Survive | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

Doylestown post-hardcore act Circa Surive are currently on tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of On Letting Go, their sophomore record. It included a stop at The Fillmore last week with Turnover and mewithoutYou. Now, they’ve shared a new pair of b-sides on their Bandcamp page, “1000 Witnesses” and “The Most Dangerous Commercials.”

If you’ve been a fan of Circa Survive up to now, neither of these songs should come as too much of a surprise — which is to say, they’re big and bold, the arrangements are winding and the dramatic, the vocals soar, and the drums pummel you like a machine gun. You can stream both tracks below. Continue reading →

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Japandroids take a big step forward on Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

Japandroids | photo by Camilo Christen | courtesy of the artist
Japandroids | photo by Camilo Christen | courtesy of the artist

It’s been more than four years since we last heard from Japandroids, and a lot can happen in that span of time. I was in high school when Celebration Rock came out, and like me, Brian King and David Prowse have done some growing up in the interim. Where their sophomore record was all brute-force hooks and balls on walls, Near To The Wild Heart Of Life takes a more nuanced approach. It doesn’t stop it from being any less exhilarating, though, and you can stream it now over at NPR. Continue reading →