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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 →

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Gear up for summer with “Cape Coast” by Del Sur

 

Del Sur | photo by Tori Nawalinksi at The Hotbox | courtesy of the artist
Del Sur | photo by Tori Nawalinksi at The Hotbox | courtesy of the artist

Summer is fast approaching, which means it’s time to assemble that perfect playlist for beach bumming or road tripping.

Here’s a track that should probably make your list: “Cape Coast” by Del Sur, an up-and-coming Philly surf pop band. This song has had a long journey, so show it some love. Continue reading →

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Girlpool release music video for “Before The World Was Big”

Girlpool |photo by Alice Baxley | via https://www.facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL
Girlpool |photo by Alice Baxley | via https://www.facebook.com/GIRLPOOOL

Philadelphia by-way-of Los Angeles duo Girlpool don’t need a full-band sound to direct-hit your feelings.

Comprised of Cleo Tucker (guitar) and Harmony Tividad (bass), they’ve been acclaimed for their raw, stripped down songs, using only their instruments and piercing vocal harmonies. On Sunday, they released a music video for the title track off their debut album, Before The World Was Big, due out June 2. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Watch Plainview’s Music Video for “Ten Feet Tall”

Plainview. Photo by Colin Lubinski, Red Beard Photography.
Plainview. Photo by Colin Lubinski, Red Beard Photography.

In Plainview’s debut music video, vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Berkin growls “I’ve never once looked back, I can promise you that.” This sentiment is reflected throughout the video, a one-shot venture through a rowdy apartment party.

As the camera pans, it captures the full scope of the Philly quintet – who, according to their Bandcamp page, “deliver high energy performances with enough stomping and jumping to make your ceiling cave in. Every time.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Beach Slang’s punked-up cover of “Love My Way”

Beach Slang |  via Facebook.com/beachslang
Beach Slang | via Facebook.com/beachslang

During their recent US tour with Cursive, Philly fuzz rockers Beach Slang made a pit stop at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn to record their punk rock take on the 80s classic “Love My Way.” Originally by British rockers The Psychedelic Furs, singer-guitarist of Beach Slang James Snyder mastered the raspy, British-accented vocals that are a staple of frontman Richard Butler, but replacing the catchy xylophone sounds from the original track with a funky bass and guitar combo. Continue reading →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →