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For the members of Lancaster indie rock crew Spill, this is their second go as a band, but very much informed by their first. The four-piece is made up of members of howling punk rock outfits Placeholder and We Were Skeletons, both of which went hard on the DIY touring circuit, landing on house shows and festivals, in some ways becoming better known in other corners of the country than they were back home. But life as a musician is easy for nobody, and when Placeholder’s set at FEST 13 – one of their final shows – pretty much consisted of frontman Brandon Gepfer playing acoustic in a courtyard, it seemed that a turning of the tide was in motion.
Enter Spill, which emerged in March with an incredible track called “Sucks Either Way.” It took a more melodic, fuzz-rock direction in the vein of Pavement, Nirvana and Weezer. Thanks to strong support from the Brooklyn Vegan crew right out the gate, the new band got their name out there in a big way, following it up with a lively music video. Lyrically, though, the song explores the flipside of creative life versus nine-to-five live in grim detail. Continue reading →
It useless to fight the swirling vortex of sound and fury which is Adele. So enjoy this “classroom instrument” performance of “Hello” with Jimmy Fallon & the Roots. Watch. Continue reading →
Meet Dan and Dan! Dan Reed, Music Director and Afternoon Host at WXPN/Philadelphia and Dan DeLuca, Music Critic and Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer sit down on a bi-weekly basis to talk MUSIC on the Dan and Dan Music Podcast!
The holiday season is upon us, and both Dans are in the spirit of giving thanks! This week, Dan and Dan tell us what they’re musically thankful for on this Thanksgiving edition of the podcast. In addition, the guys offer up their thoughts on two big festival announcements during our two minute drill and per usual, Dan and Dan have some great suggestions for their Songs of the Week! Continue reading →
As we begin to look back at the year in music, one of our favorite albums of 2015 was singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile’s The Firewatcher’s Daughter. Since her last record, she got married, and had a daughter with her wife. Earlier this year, Carlile, and “The Twins” – Tim and Phil Hanseroth – were on World Cafe with David Dye.
Listen to her World Cafe session below, and download “Wilder (We’re Chained)” from the session below. And make sure you watch her Cafe performance of “The Eye.” Continue reading →
Long-running Bucks County modern rockers Illinois work in waves, and their re-emergence on the Philly show circuit this fall indicates that there’s something more in the can now that their long-awaited fifth LP Shine came out back in February.
Then again, it’s hard to say when exactly we’ll hear that – so it’s exciting to know that frontman Chris Archibald recently ventured out on his own with the new Archawah solo project, and we’re excited to bring you a premiere of its debut single today. Continue reading →
On stage, Brad Oberhofer is a man of many talents. He’s not just the guitarist and lead vocalist for his aptly named band Oberhofer, but an actively at-work orchestrator of everything and nothing. Seeing Oberhofer live is a free-form exercise in creativity. Will he ask the audience for articles of clothing to decorate his mic stand, or leave the stage in the middle of the song to run out and grab a bar stool to stand on and play from in the middle of the crowd? Yes. Both. Or maybe neither. Or potentially something entirely else. Continue reading →
We recently introduced you to Groovy Movies, the new solo recording project of Nick Carlisi, formerly of The Tough Shits. From the band’s name alone, you can immediately detect a certain 1960s nostalgia. This influence becomes even more apparent on the tracks from the group’s self-titled debut, which are heavily inspired by the psychedelic rock of ’60s powerhouses The Beach Boys and The Beatles. Indeed, the group even channels the Beatles with their album art, using virtually the identical font that appears on the Beatles’ 1965 album Rubber Soul. Continue reading →