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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 →

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Against Me! release new singles off forthcoming LP, play The Fillmore in October

Against Me! | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com
Against Me! | Photo by Megan Lynch | meganlynchart.tumblr.com

With the band’s seventh studio album Shape Shift With Me due out September 16th via the band’s own label Total Trebel, Against Me! teamed up with Adult Swim to premiere the song as part of the program’s Singles Series.

The new song is a fast and loud jolt to your system and plays like a bar fight; a swift punch of one liners like “I feel you like a phantom limb,” are met with the blurring madness of a collision of rock and roll sounds. Continue reading →

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Falling in Love Again: Joyce Manor release first new song in two years, headline the Church in October

Joyce Manor | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Joyce Manor | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

California punks Joyce Manor have the art of the two-minute-or-less song down to a science. Always packing in a friendly dose of angst, a heaping of heart and a dash of wonderment, the band squeezes into a short song what some band’s can’t with double the time. With their well-oiled machine ready to roll out again, Joyce Manor has just announced a long-awaited follow-up to 2014’s Never Hungover Again. The album Cody is due out on October 7th via Epitaph, and Joyce Manor just released the first single, “Fake I.D.” Continue reading →

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William H. Travis debuts poignant song “Long Ways Down,” plays Ortlieb’s next Friday

William Travis | Photo courtesy of the artist
William Travis | Photo courtesy of the artist

With a sound that transcends time and trends, singer-songwriter William H. Travis has unveiled a brand new song entitled “Long Ways Down.” With overtones of the great folk performers of decades passed and a delicate simplicity to his guitar work and vocal delivery, Travis provides us with a suitable extension to his 2013 debut album Port. With an EP due out in September, “Long Ways Down” gives us a morsel of what’s to be expected from a very laid back, quietly confident artist. Continue reading →

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Lithuania returns with pulsing new album teaser “Holy Water”

Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com
Lithuania | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo racheldelsordophotography.com

“Living life and living a lie / and wonder why I even bother?” Welcome to the existential dread of adulthood, Lithuania will be your guide. The Philly indie-rockers charge into oblivion on their latest effort “Holy Water,” seeking a solution to the dichotomy between an appetite for independence and a necessity to fill the voids that loneliness carves out. Continue reading →

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Line Leader don’t burst our bubble with new DIY track “Bubblegum”

Line Leader | via Bandcamp

While the guys in Line Leader continue working on their first full length since 2014’s Seeds, they gave us a preview of what’s to come by sharing one of the new songs on their Bandcamp page last week. The Philly lo-fi trio served up “Bubblegum,” a not so sugary sweet track unlike its goopy, pastel namesake. The bare bones song features a washed out, beach vibe overtop somewhat sinister lyrics (“Nobody noticed when the sickness came creepin’ back in / By your diagnosis I’ll be sleeping in the house of sin tonight.”) Continue reading →

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Everybody Hurts: A Day Without Love share new single ahead of LP Solace

Brian Walker
Brian Walker |Photo by Abi Reimold

Solace: a feeling of comfort in times of distress. Solace is a source of relief, an alleviation of the pain. For Brian Walker and his musical project A Day Without LoveSolace was a clear choice of title for his new album, wrought with emotions but just seeking somewhere safe to lay his head. Set for release on August 30th via Sounds and Tones Records, Walker has shared the song “It Hurts” ahead of the official drop. Continue reading →

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Krispy Kareem release “POV,” play Goldilocks Gallery in August

Krispy Kareem – POV Single Image
With their first full length album Poussine on the way September 15th, local alt-shredders Krispy Kareem have released the song “POV” on their Bandcamp. A dizzying track of guttural screams and a curious chorus of “over-endowed / high in the pen,” “POV” is an exciting look at what’s to come from the band’s progression. Around a minute and thirty in, the song fades out into what we think is a quick wrap up, but instead transitions into a minute-long full frenzied jam session that injects some bouncing life into an otherwise subdued and dark track.

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Listen to three songs from Marge’s debut LP Bruise Easily

Marge | Photo courtesy of artist
Marge | Photo courtesy of artist

Marge have certainly made their mark on the scene, whether it’s being one of the first bands involved with First Time’s the Charm — a catalyst for new bands focused on the contributions of female-identified, trans and queer folks, and people of color in the DIY/punk community in Philadelphia — or their overall rockin’ sensibility and statement-making performances.

This September, the women in Marge will be releasing a full-length album Bruise Easily featuring 13 tracks, and you can get a sneak peak by checking out three songs from the upcoming LP posted on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →

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Broken Beak share new song “Humble” ahead of debut LP

Broken Beak | photo by Jess Flynn
Broken Beak | photo by Jess Flynn

Giving fans a taste of what’s to come, the conglomerate of uber-talented Philly musicians Broken Beak are streaming another single off their upcoming debut album Some Nerve being released by Near Mint Records on Friday, July 1st. The brainchild of spirited songwriter Beau Brynes has caught fire in the scene with the help of Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball — playing guitar and producing, respectively —who have been riding a wave of success following their latest release Holy Ghost just last month. Drummer Jeff Malt and bassist Evan Moorehead come in to round out the band’s roster, each appearing in multiple other Philly-based musical projects.

“Humble” has a different sound sonically compared to first single “Saint,” yet both tracks work together to tell different parts of a rich story, thanks in part to Brynes’ knack for relatable and engaging lyricism. This new track encapsulates some of the best components of Modern Baseball’s past and present tourmates — think of the zany and electrifying guitar work of Tiny Moving Parts matched with the wailing urgency of Joyce Manor. Continue reading →