By

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 →

By

Listen to Girlpool’s nostalgic new track “Before The World Was Big”

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

I saw the guitar and bass duo Girlpool play an acoustic benefit show at the Hazel House during their first week living here after moving from LA. Since then, Cleo Tucker and Harmony Tividad have gone on tour with Alex G and are currently on tour with Waxahatchee, so they’ve been keeping busy. With an upcoming record out this June, Girlpool shared the title track off their album Before The World Was Big today. Continue reading →

By

All or Nothing: Listen to Hop Along’s explosive “Texas Funeral” from Painted Shut

Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez
Hop Along | Photo by Shervin Lainez

The one thing that has drawn me to listen to Hop Along for hours, frequently on repeat, is Frances Quinlan’s open and honest lyricism. There’s nothing hidden under fluffy words; it’s just the raw, gritty vocals that channel the everyday internal battles.

Hop Along has been pouring out new tracks off their upcoming album Painted Shut these past few weeks – listen to “Powerful Man” here and “Waitress” here – and their latest, “Texas Funeral,” premiered today through Stereogum. The rhythm section throughout the song is complex, locked in and thrashing out, putting the band’s talent in combining words and sound in the forefront. Continue reading →

By

Mischief Brew releases “No Candlesticks,” catch them at Human BBQ this weekend

from Mischief Brew’s O Pennsyltucky video

Philly four-piece Mischief Brew has been an independent touring band for 15 years, but they’re getting ready to release their first record through a label – celebrated punk imprint Alternative Tenticales. This spring, the band released the single “No Candlesticks,” a song from the forthcoming album This Is Not For Children. The fast paced track isn’t short on powerful basslines, racing rock n’ roll riffs and shouting choruses we’ve grown to love from the band. Continue reading →

By

Nothing covers Nirvana’s “Something In The Way” for tribute comp

Photo by Shawn Brackbill
Photo by Shawn Brackbill

April 5th was the 21st anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s tragic death. Since then, we’ve had The Weaks release Bad Year - with two tracks that put a spin on the Seattle band’s song titles – and now we have Nothing’s cover of “Something In The Way.”

The Philadelphia shoegazers premiered the somber song through Noisey and the track will be featured on label Robotic Empire’s second Nirvana tribute album, Whatever Nevermind. The compilation, which includes covers off Nirvana’s 1991 album, Nevermind, features another Philly-based band’s, Circa Survive, take on “Drain You.” Continue reading →

By

Superheaven has a close encounter in the music video for “I’ve Been Bored”

Superheaven in the studio | Photo by Danielle Parsons | danielleparsonsphotography.com
Superheaven in the studio | Photo by Danielle Parsons | danielleparsonsphotography.com

“I’ve Been Bored” is the first single off Doylestown fuzz-punk band Superheaven‘s forthcoming sophomore album, Ours Is Chrome. With the new track comes a music video in which the Superheaven dudes find extra-terrestrial life stuck in the Philly suburbs. A wintry off-road bike ride takes singer / guitarist Taylor Madison to discover an alien; with the help of his bandmates, Madison puts on a “Welcome To Earth!” concert for the silver space suit creature. It’s not the most serious video, but the song sets a dramatic tone with grungy bass chords and thrashing distortion as Madison sings “symmetry in everything, but one side is always fake.” Continue reading →

By

Thin Lips kick off Divorce Year with “Nothing Weird”

Thin Lips | Photo by John Vettese
Thin Lips | Photo by John Vettese

A few weeks ago, Philly punk trio Thin Lips announced an exciting spring tour with hometown pals and equally solid rockers Hop Along. This week, the band (made up of former members of Dangerous Ponies) released “Nothing Weird,” the first single off their forthcoming album Divorce Year. Mixed up in crunchy guitar distortion, the track appears to be an anthem to an unwarranted farewell to someone. ”I would comb out your hair, but I would just tangle you into the brush.” Continue reading →