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Tigers Jaw announce new record spin and US tour with the popping power of “Guardian”

Tigers Jaw | courtesy of the artist
Tigers Jaw | photo by Jimmy Fontaine | courtesy of the artist

Scrantonites Tigers Jaw are freaking back, and man are they better than ever. The duo announced their fifth full-length spin, due out on May 13th through producer Will Yip’s new Atlantic Records imprint Black Cement Records. The announcement also came with a behind-the-scenes music video for the record’s first single “Guardian” and plans for a full US tour set to hit Union Transfer on June 23rd.

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Mars Parker returns with the late-night reflection of “Flowers”

 

Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Mars Parker | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Local R&B / hip-hop mastermind Mars Parker hits us with new tune “Flowers,” the first peak into his new Bryson Spiller mixtape.

Perfectly in tune with the spring weather just around the corner, Parker laces his auto-tuned voice between the flowing warmness of producer Petemann. “When I’m around you, baby, I can’t touch the sky / You make the temperature rise” swoons Parker over the regret of ignoring and ultimately losing love, throwing him onto the crowded bus of Drake-vibes and internal emotional prying. It’s another late-night reflection track for the inconsolable millennial, only truly appreciated with a cig in one hand and doubt in the other.

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Listen to The Sixties tease new EP with the danceable “Let’s Lose It All”

The Sixties | photo courtesy of the artist
The Sixties | photo by Devon Leigh | courtesy of the artist

Lansdale power pop punks The Sixties teased their new EP Haunt Me (out April 11th) with their newest single “Let’s Lose It All”.

Marking their first new material since 2014’s There It Isn’t, we find an upbeat indie-esque tune akin to some classic Gatsby’s American Dream, spilling the ultimate conundrum of roaming through life without a well-established purpose. A prancing guitar dominates the song in an instantly catchy fashion, landing the single as another anthemic track from the quintet.

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Get hyped for Ecstatic Vision’s Underground Arts show with the immersive “Electric Step”

Ecstatic Vision | courtesy of the artist | photo by Michael Connor
Ecstatic Vision | courtesy of the artist | photo by Michael Connor

Ecstatic Vision is #MakingPhillyPsychAgain one tune at a time, releasing the second track from their newest record Raw Rock Fury, “Electric Step.”

The 9-plus minutes gives us more lo-fi psych-jam goodness, as the band’s classic growling vocals overtake the growing anxiety of each six-string swipe, cumulating into a final tremolo face-melter that is only made better by the out-of-nowhere saxophone. It’s everything a psych track needs (and more).

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Speak Into My Good Eye announce special Wilco cover project I’ll Be There with Jackson Pines’ version of “Red Eyed and Blue”

Jackson Pines | via jacksonpines.bandcamp.com
Jackson Pines | via jacksonpines.bandcamp.com

Brooklyn/Asbury Park music source Speak Into My Good Eye announced I’ll Be Around, a special Wilco-tribute cover record in support of The Project Matters, a nonprofit that provides resources to emerging young musicians.

Set to be released on May 5th, SIMGE released Jackson Pines‘ wonderfully stripped-down piano-teasing version of the band’s “Red Eyed and Blue” track from 1996’s Being There. This marks the group’s second foray into charity records with their release of a Queens of the Stone Age cover album back in 2014.

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Desoto Jones’ posthumous Orb Weaver ends the band’s livelihood with a bang and a tear

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Desoto Jones fans rejoice! The alternative rock band now known as KISKA released a collection of unreleased tracks from the recording days of Shapeshifter to form the 5-track Orb Weaver EP. While the band still has no plans of returning, it’s fitting to put the final musical cap on the legacy of another fantastic local group.

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Low Cut Connie announces new LP Dirty Pictures (part 1) with video for “Revolution Rock n Roll” and US tour

Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist
Low Cut Connie | courtesy of the artist

Marquee rock n’ rollers Low Cut Connie have a hell of a 2017 planned. Earlier this week, the band announced plans to release their fourth studio album Dirty Pictures (part 1) on May 19th via Contender Records. But wait! The band also announced a plethora of US dates for this year, including a gig at Union Transfer on September 8th.

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