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Take a messy bike ride through the woods with Pine Barons in their new video for “Alliterate Breed”

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Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann

Keeping with an apparent trend in music videos, New Jersey’s Pine Barons just released a video consisting mostly of lead vocalist Keith Abrams riding a bike through the woods. Nevertheless, the five man band made the fad their own with bizarre details, like Abrams being bombarded with random multicolored substances while riding the bike, brief flashes of what could be resin art or the contents of a petri dish (your call), and a concluding scene that lead to an almost cult like interaction with the remaining band members.
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Get ready for Hello Shark’s forthcoming Delicate LP with “Alligator”

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Lincoln Halloran, also known as Hello Shark, releases his LP Delicate this Friday, September 30. He originally hails from Vermont, but Delicate will be Hello Shark’s first full-length release as a Philadelphia resident.

Halloran recently released the single “Alligator” as another teaser of the forthcoming album. The ballad is carried by a combination of gentle guitar notes and slow-tempoed percussions which are paired with Halloran’s (fittingly) delicate vocals. Continue reading →

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An Experimental Musical Dreamscape: Listen to Lushlife’s “The League of Frightened Men”

Lushlife | Credit: Megan Matuzak
Lushlife | Photo by Megan Matuzak

Late last week, Philadelphia rapper Lushlife released the intro track to his forthcoming EP No Dead Languages, which will be made available on October 7 via Bandcamp. The song, “The League of Frightened Men,” spans an impressive and immersive eight minutes. The length sounds intimidating, but Lushlife takes listeners on an ambient journey that doesn’t appear to include any of his own vocals.

The song begins with the introduction of archival audio of a man speaking about the anti-anxiety properties of certain drugs that are never explicitly named. The track is carried by speedy percussion played on loop that gives the track a nineties kickback feel, an energy that isn’t an unusual find in Haldar’s music. Continue reading →

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Kurt Vile and Hope Sandoval package bliss on “Let Me Get There”

Kurt Vile and Hope Sandoval | image via Pitchfork (Kurt Vile photo by Erika Goldring; Hope Sandoval photo by Luz Gallardo)

A couple thousand years ago, some Egyptian dude invented the sundial as a means of keeping time, and we’ve been stressed out ever since. Gone are the days when people “got there when they got there,” but on her gorgeous new duet with Kurt Vile, Hope Sandoval aims to change that. Continue reading →

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Katie Ellen rebounds from more than one breakup on their debut 7″

Katie Ellen | via katiebandellen.bandcamp.com

Earlier this year, Brooklyn pop-punkers Chumped parted ways after two sold-out shows at Bushwick’s Suburbia. If this left you feeling as empty as the time Alycia Merklin broke up with me over text in the tenth grade, you’re in luck, because guitarist Anika Pyle and drummer Dan Frelly have released their debut 7″ as Katie Ellen. Fans of Chumped will feel right at home with this pair of breakup bangers, as the band brings newfound punch and definition to an old sound. Continue reading →

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Queen of Jeans are the rulers of retro pop: check out their cover of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams”

Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney
Queen of Jeans | courtesy of the artist | photo by Bob Sweeney

XPN Fest veterans Queen of Jeans just released a killer cover of the late American rock n’ roll artist Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams.” The track, which is featured on and all female compilation album released by Swell Tone & Z Tapes entitled Summer Of Sad, was recorded at Philly’s Sleepless Sound Studios as reported by Tour friends at The Deli Philly. Continue reading →

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Suburban Living releases “Lovely Times” off of forthcoming album Almost Paradise

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Suburban Living | Photo by: Emily Dubin

Philadelphia-based band Suburban Living recently released “Lovely Times,” a song that will be featured on their forthcoming album Almost Paradise set to be released October 7. The song is a ballad peppered with yearning for the past, a fitting theme when compared to the album’s title. “Lovely Times” is a dream pop track carried by a consistently slow temple. The vocals and instrumentals are worthy rivals to big time boy band the 1975 circa “Somebody Else.” The four-man group is signed with 6131 Records, and listeners can go out to see the band live at Ortlieb’s in Northern Liberties on September 24. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia’s Hello Shark releases the introspective new “Jackson Browne”

 

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Philadelphia’s Hello Shark released his single, “Jackson Browne,” a song that will be featured on his upcoming album Delicate. The song, which we got wind up from our friends at The Deli, is riddled with introspection and longing, and fittingly enough, the lyrics repeated most frequently throughout are “Baby, I’m delicate,” a nod to the forthcoming album title. The track itself is carried along by a consistently slow tempo with smatterings of acoustic guitar, piano notes, and gentle percussions. The full length album will be available on September 30, and the band performs at Clark Park on October 5th. Information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Brooke DiCaro stuns in first ever music video for new track “Blame”

Brooke DiCaro | via brookedicaro.bandcamp.com

It’s difficult to place singer-songwriter Brooke DiCaro into any one genre of music. Set in an abandoned train, her September-released music video for her latest single “Blame” captivates viewers with stunning visuals and cinematography. Adorned with a net veil partially covering her face, along with an entirely black outfit, DiCaro is the picture of mourning. Fittingly, the video is supposed to represent the death of a relationship. Featuring a lone young woman performing a interpretive dance inspired routine who appears to represent the broken relationship in a separate entity. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Indie tunesmiths Whaler hold their own in “Deep End”

Whaler | photo by Frank Apollonio | www.frankapollonio.com
Whaler | photo by Frank Apollonio | www.frankapollonio.com

Some may call Philly’s Whaler fuzzed out lo-fi — a happy dosage of surfer vibes and slacker rock. But that’s a total injustice if you listened to the polished intricacies of their latest two song single Deep End. Though certainly beachy as times, there’s not much about this release that comes across as thrown together or unthoughtful, as the slacker genre would have you believe. Every note hits a sweet spot, a colorful combination of easy indie infused with swirling synths. Continue reading →