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Watch the music video for The Wonder Years’ powerful slow-burner, “Cigarettes & Saints”

The Wonder Years | photo courtesy of Big Picture Media
The Wonder Years | photo courtesy of Big Picture Media

Forget the obsession with pizza and complaining about your hometown. Everyone has to grow up sometime, even pop-punk bands. It looks like Lansdale, PA’s The Wonder Years are finally coming to terms with that fact.

The band just released the new music video for their song “Cigarettes and Saints”, taken off their upcoming fifth studio album, No Closer to Heaven. The video was directed by Jeremi Mattern and shot in Austin, TX. It depicts a girl who’s upset with her current life. She runs away and leaves behind only a note. Continue reading →

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Get up and dance: Sonnder’s July single is here!

Sonnder | Photo by Christopher Young
Sonnder | Photo by Christopher Young

Philly modern rockers Sonnder are back with a new single, “I Need.” It’s the latest installment in their “single-a-month” project, which has been gaining them considerable momentum since the beginning of the year.

The track commands attention right off the bat, opening with a blasting, dancy hi-hat groove complimented by ambient keyboard and shining guitar. Ryan Weidman’s instantly recognizable voice ticks off a list of dangerous things he needs instead of love, because he’s “not ready to be anyone’s anything.” Continue reading →

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Dogs on Acid toy with delightful slacker rock on “Make It Easy”

Dogs on Acid | via facebook.com/DogsonAcid.us
Dogs on Acid | via facebook.com/DogsonAcid.us

Local hotshots Dogs on Acid released another new track, “Make It Easy”, off their debut LP yesterday. The record is due on August 28 via Jade Tree.

Featuring Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader, Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, and Nate Dionne of Snowing/Glocca Morra, they’re the scene’s most underground supergroup to date. And it’s an understatement to say that there’s major hype for this upcoming album. Continue reading →

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Hear two new songs from gloom-rockers The Stammer; catch them at The Fire

The Stammer | Photo By Lauren Barrett
The Stammer | Photo By Lauren Barrett

Gloomy post-punks The Stammer are back with two new songs from their forthcoming album, Days in Between. 

The songs “The Storm” and “Kate & Chris” stand in sharp contrast to each other, but both show off the sonic capabilities of the band. Originally the recording project of vocalist Brian Brotman, the band has evolved into a three-piece, and these two new songs shine with personality. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Minka channels Bowie (and Byrne) on “Kids These Days”

Minka | photo courtesy of the artist
Minka | photo courtesy of the artist

Are you a fan of The Talking Heads? Or do you like David Bowie better? What if you could combine the best of both worlds?

Well, now you can, thanks to Philly’s own Minka. They describe their latest single with the following phrase: ”David Byrne doing his best David Bowie impression.” But they also claim to ”burn with the heat of a thousand suns,” you can decide how seriously to take it. Continue reading →

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Peter Matthew Bauer shares two new songs

 

Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
Peter Matthew Bauer | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

Peter Matthew Bauer has been frantically busy since departing his lifelong friends in the Walkmen.

Last year, he released his first solo effort,  Liberation! - a sonic explosion of rushed months of recording over the course of 2013. Now, he’s building on that momentum, working on his next studio album.

This week, he released a new single called “Hold Onto Someone”. It’s a stripped-down version of a song that will appear on the new album. 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 →