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We don’t know much about Philly band Friendship, but their YouTube EP is a rager

event photo | via https://www.facebook.com/events/1604723909806244/
event photo | via https://www.facebook.com/events/1604723909806244/

We recently came across the quirky debut EP from Philly band Friendship, who were mysteriously added to a show tonight at 3rd & Girard (see the flyer with the giant rubber duck above). The EP is called THE FURTHER YOU KICK IT THE BIGGER IT GETS and on it, the band explores an interesting collection of sounds, ranging from lo-fi home recordings, to freak folk, to ramblings that could rival mewithoutYou or Listener.

You can listen to the EP via the Youtube video below. The track names aren’t listed, and frankly, not much else about the band is listed anywhere, but trust us – you’ll want to listen all the way through. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Swirlies at Johnny Brenda’s

 Swirlies | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com
Swirlies | Photo by Abi Reimold | AbiReimoldPhoto.com

Iconic Boston dream-pop outfit Swirlies return to Johnny Brenda’s tonight for a headlining gig. They’ve been running on and off for 25 years and have released seven LPs and an array of EPs and 7″ singles in that timespan. Joining them are like-minded locals Suburban Living and Spirit of the Beehive, carrying their sound forward for a new generation. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Meet the musicians who will Welcome America on the Parkway this 4th of July

Zella Day | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com
Zella Day | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

Once again, Wawa Welcome America! will host Philly mainstays The Roots for their 4th of July Jam. Each year the band wows audiences before a scene of fireworks, and we cannot wait to see what they have in store this weekend. The event, which has been host to various events in the city since this past Saturday (6/27), will also culminate with performances from a few other artists, including Zella Day, Miguel, Jennifer Nettles, MKTO, and Twin Ghost. Check out our preview of the performers below! Continue reading →

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Hop Along and Field Mouse join Lithuania on “Hardcore Friends”

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Lithuania have spent a lot of time perfecting their forthcoming album Hardcore Friends, slated to be released August 14th through Lame-O Records. Ten years actually, and if the rest of the album is anything like the title track, it will surely not disappoint. The title track, “Hardcore Friends,” is about….well, friendship, and features Frances Quinlan of local favorites Hop Along and Rachel Browne of Field Mouse. The track is polished but maintains just the right amount of grit. Continue reading →

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She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column will screen at International House

Fifth Column | photo via http://rhizome.org/announce/events/61457/view/
Fifth Column | photo via http://rhizome.org/announce/events/61457/view/

You know what’s a good thing to do on a Thursday night? Seeing a film that’s never been shown in Philadelphia before!

The International House, in partnership with Permanent Wave Philly, is hosting a film screening of She Said Boom: The Story of Fifth Column on July 16. Directed by Kevin Hegge, the film follows Fifth Column, a band of four young Toronto women.  In the early eighties they collaborated in various music, film, and self-publication projects to defy conventions of art practice, gender ideas, and to challenge homophobia. These efforts eventually led to global art and political movements. The  film explores their work in-depth, and offers an explanation of why you may not have heard of them, despite their impact. Continue reading →

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Gliss reaches new heights on single “Inner Visions”

Gliss | Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/pages/Gliss
Gliss | Photo courtesy of Facebook.com/pages/Gliss

With the help of popular YouTube personality Jesse Wellens handling visuals and promotion, Philly rapper Gliss boasts an impressive 200,000 views in just four days on the new video of his single “Inner Visions.”

An artist who has been on the come up for some time now, Gliss takes the soulful beat and production by Chigz and uses it to delve in a critique of American politics as well as life and the struggles in Philadelphia.  Cluttered and abandoned buildings are matched with graffiti filled walls and overhead shots that showcase the grand stage that plays home to Gliss’ stories. Continue reading →