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Transport yourself back to sunnier times with Carl Bahner’s remix of “Not My Girl” by Tokyo Police Club

Carl Bahner | photo by Andy Gore | via facebook
Carl Bahner | photo by Andy Gore | via facebook

Carl Bahner, drummer of the Philly indie-rock band Cheerleader, has been reinventing himself for the last year or so as an electronic music producer — eponymously going by the handle Bahner. His specialty: remixing songs of fellow modern rock bands like The Griswolds and Panama Wedding.

His latest creation is a remix of “Not My Girl” by the Toronto’s Tokyo Police Club. Bahner turns the mid-tempo track into an upbeat song that highlights the newly reverberant vocals of lead singer Dave Monks with buzzing productions dominating the background. It’s the perfect track to transport you back to sunnier days and away from the bitter cold that’s just gotten hold of Philadelphia. Continue reading →

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Listen to a wistful new / old ballad “Hearts” by Honeytiger

Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com
Honeytiger | photo via https://honeytiger.bandcamp.com

Local two-piece Honeytiger just dropped a wistful ballad called “Hearts.” In it, reverberant vocals mix with the gentle yet enduring notes of an acoustic guitar. Last January, they released their impressive debut Half Clean that mostly inhabited the realms of riff-rock with occasional pit stops in the land of pop. “Hearts” favors a trippy singer-songwriter dynamic that allows listeners a peek at another facet of the duo’s musical capabilities and willingness to explore new genres. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Secret Sisters play joyously “depressing” music in arresting afternoon set

The Secret Sisters | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
The Secret Sisters | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

With 2016 coming to its hotly anticipated close, it’s about time we got a little sentimental. The eve of yearly self-reflection is upon us, and with that in mind, maybe some sad, slow country songs from The Secret Sisters were just what the doctor ordered.  Laura and Lydia Rogers were self-deprecating throughout, calling their music “depressing,” but they backed it up with a passionate, arresting performance that I’ll be thinking about into the new year. Continue reading →

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Listen to Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian of Geology live and acoustic on WXPN Local

Eliza Hary Jones and Greg Jehanian
Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philly’s Eliza Hardy Jones and Greg Jehanian have been tight for years, going back to their time sharing the stage in West Philly art-pop outfit Buried Beds.

Jones has also performed with hard touring outfits Strand of Oaks and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, whole Jehanian was the longtime bassist for post-hardcore faves mewithoutYou until about a year ago. This Saturday, the two old friends will team up once again for a co-headlining show at Boot And Saddle — Jones performs material from her 2016 solo debut Because Become, while Jehanian’s band Geology digs into this spring’s Healers. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Louds

For the past few years, Philly indie rock outfit Louds has craftily fused artful textures and atmospheres with infectious pop/rock sensibilities. Founded by brothers Charlie and Petie Brooks (guitars / vocals and keyboards, respectively) the band is fleshed out by Juston Stens on drums, Dan Henry on bass and Alejandro Giraldo Torres on guitar.

Their 2015 debut EP  If More People Bought Art More People Would Buy Art was solely a studio project of the Brooks Bros. that friends were brought in to bring to life onstage; since then, Louds’ studio work has turned into a lively full-band collaboration. Petie describes it as a middle ground between synth-pop and more organic 60s and 70s tinged rock and roll — I hear pieces of aughties faves Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Broken Social Scene, and MGMT, and well as flourishes of New Order and The Feelies. Continue reading →

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Caroline Reese seeks forgiveness on new “What I Did” track

Caroline Reese
Caroline Reese | Photo courtesy of the artist

In the second release from her forthcoming Tenderfoot album, Caroline Reese melds the pop hooks we heard in lead single “Snake Eyes” with the Americana roots of her Drifting Fifth band. “What I Did” is already a favorite of Reese’s live crowds, its twang and reflective lyrics no doubt inspiring sing alongs during the Reading native’s shows.

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