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The inside story of Little Furnace with label owner Jack Firneno

Little Furnace Label | Photo courtesy of Jack Firneno
Little Furnace Label | Photo courtesy of Jack Firneno

Little Furnace is a relatively new local label, run by Jack Firneno. The label’s roster includes Cicada Jade, Borrowed Equipment, The Band Sheep, Tim Schmid, Alyssa Marsdale, Dime Street Joker, and Ashton John. The creator and backbone of the fresh faced record label reflected over email with The Key about a the label, its roster and a Little Furnace show at Connie’s Ric Rac in South Philly last month. The show included many of the artists on the label, including Ashton John. Firneno wrote: ”I’ve never seen a bar go from empty to packed as fast as when he’s (Ashton John) playing.” Here’s more on Little Furnace from Jack Firneno: Continue reading →

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Spelling Reform (ex-The Quelle Source) announce Diving Bell EP; Johnny Brenda’s release show on 7/18

Spelling Reform
Spelling Reform’s “Fake Conversations” Cover Art

On Philly power pop band Spelling Reform’s lead single, “Together Apart”, Dan Wisniewski utters, “Now I realize that there are no rules; I can do whatever I want.” This self-absorbed line permeates the rest of their debut EP Diving Bell, which will be released on July 17 via Hope for the Tape Deck. It’s four songs about discovering identity, the fallacies of love, and dealing with millenial misfortune, with a little bit of nihilism thrown in. Continue reading →

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Creepoid’s new album, Cemetery Highrise Slum, spins webs of dreary but thoughtful noise rock

Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist

Imagine walking into some downtown dive bar late at night, and recording what you see when you first step through the door. Hazy swirls of cigarette smoke coat the place in a fog. Over at the bar, the ancient TV is playing an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and the only three patrons are all slumped against the counter. In a booth, a couple is halfheartedly kissing, trying to escape the burdens of life and temporarily replace them with love. Philly noise-punks Creepoid would probably be a fitting soundtrack to this dreary scene. Continue reading →

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Stream Year of Glad’s debut EP, out today on Lame-O Records

Year of Glad | via brooklynvegan.com
Year of Glad | via brooklynvegan.com

Punk music is known for its supergroups made up of members that the Average Joe would never know about. But inside their scene, they’re all celebrities.

Enter the Philly scene’s newest supergroup, Year of Glad, who is streaming their debut EP over on over on Stereogum. Its members come from all walks of the punk scene here: Nona’s Mimi Gallagher and 1994!‘s Chris Diehm trade off on vocals, and they’re backed by Mike Harping of Good Luck and Mike Bell from Mike Bell & the Movies. Continue reading →

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Spraynard release new single “Applebee’s Bar” off upcoming album Mable, gear up for summer tour

Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com
Spraynard | via spraynardband.tumblr.com

After a brief three-or-so year hiatus, West Chester pop-punk/emo act Spraynard is firing on all cylinders once more.

Drummer Patrick “Dos” Ware’s stint with NONA, as well as guitarist/vocalist Pat Graham’s projects Adult Braces and Martin, have come to an end for the foreseeable future. That means all three members are back full time, and they’re releasing their third album Mable on July 10 via Jade Tree. The album is now up for pre-order.

One thing Spraynard has perfected is never taking life too seriously. Not even their hiatus could change this attitude, as the new single proves. Continue reading →

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Northern Arms record a song 8 years in the making for Shaking Through

Northern Arms
Northern Arms | photo by Max Gaines | thechurchofmax.com

8 years ago, in a dark moment of dissatisfaction with his life and music in general, Keith Pierce sat down with an acoustic guitar. The chords he strummed would form the backbone of “Tear Me Away”, a song his band Northern Arms recorded for Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series back in January.

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Tigers Jaw and Will Yip talk new label and new live acoustic album

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/
Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

It’s been a little over two years since three founding members of Tigers Jaw departed. But the remaining dynamic duo of Brianna Collins and Ben Walsh has soldiered on, touring extensively to support their 2014 record CharmerThere was a point when Walsh, guitarist and vocalist, and Collins, keyboardist and vocalist, weren’t sure about the future of the Scranton indie / emo outfit. But they’ve regained serious momentum, especially with news of a new release set for late June.

The release is a live collaborative acoustic album, Tigers Jaw Acoustic: Live at Studio 4. It was recorded and produced by Will Yip, who has made quite a name for himself in recent years producing luminaries of the pop-punk world like Circa Survive, Title Fight, Superheaven and the The Wonder Years.

The album was actually recorded in September of 2013, when Tigers Jaw and Anthony Green of Circa Survive played an intimate acoustic show at Studio 4. The show was one of the first acoustic shows Ben and Brianna did as Tigers Jaw mark two. It was also the first time an acoustic gig was performed at Studio 4.

“I’ve always wanted to do it, just because the room’s so cool to have a sit-down show in,” Yip says. “And at that point, it was to help generate some press and awareness of what was going on at Studio 4.” Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Martin Sexton filled the room with charming sounds

Martin Sexton | Photo by Megan Lynch
Martin Sexton | Photo by Megan Lynch

Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton stopped by World Cafe Live today, on tour in support of his new Mixtape of the Open Road, out now on his own Kitchen Table Records. He headlines World Cafe Live at the Queen tonight, but for Free at Noon today, he gave the audience a taste of what’s in store at the show, playing a few songs from the new record, as well as old tracks spanning the length of his career since 1991. Continue reading →

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Modern Baseball Needs Your Dog Photos

The infamous "Dog with sunglasses on" logo | photo via http://modernbaseballpa.limitedrun.com/products/549912-mobo-dog-wall-flag
The infamous “Dog with sunglasses on” logo | photo via http://modernbaseballpa.limitedrun.com/

Do you own the cutest dog in the world? Do you love taking photos of just how cute he/she is? If you answered yes to both of these questions, Modern Baseball needs your help!

The Philly indie/emo quartet has built up a massive following with their quirky, yet lovable songwriting and image. One of the band’s most memorable logos is a drawing of a dog wearing sunglasses, pictured above. Continue reading →

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Watch Pattern is Movement record their final song in a church for Shaking Through

Pattern Is Movement | Photos by Peter English | via weathervanemusic.com

It’s no secret that Philadelphia experimental rock duo Pattern is Movement is calling it quits. But before they announced their break-up, they promised to go out with a bang – and part of that bang was recording a song for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through series. Continue reading →