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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda X at Boot and Saddle, Madalean Gauze at Johnny Brenda’s, R. Ring at Everybody Hits and more

Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist
Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist

Kensington power punk trio Amanda X will bring their high-energy tunes to Boot and Saddle tonight. Comprised of Cat Park on lead guitar, Melissa Brain on drums and Kat Bean on bass, the group doles out hooky guitar riffs, bumping drum grooves and memorable melody lines. This summer, they will release their second full album later this summer, Giant, and based on opening track “Exquisite,” they keep up with their tendency toward dance-able guitar licks, passionate vocal work and well-crafted melodies. Check out the song below and show details at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Watch Palm go Gorillaz in their new “Shadow Expert” Music Video

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

In June, Philadelphia’s Palm released a new EP Shadow Experts to follow their debut full-length Trading Basics, proving that they are still thinking outside the box (like, way outside the box).

The experimental indie pop group turns away from all mainstream convention in the creation of their sound, and with today’s release of the music video for Shadow Experts‘ title track it appears that their visuals don’t fall too far from the song-tree (sorry). Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Double Decker Music Series 2017 Lineup is here

Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist
Weyes Blood | phot by Scott Troyan | scotttroyan.com | courtesy of the artist

The Double Decker Music Series, in which musicians quite literally perform on top of an open-air double decker bus, is back for another season of its “unique, intimate mobile concert experience.” The evening features a live performance and city tour hosted by Sebastian Petsu in partnership with Bowerbird and is sure to be a memorable concert in a venue unlike any other that Philadelphia has to offer. Continue reading →

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The Districts step into a time warp in their new music video for “If Before I Wake”

The Districts | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

The Districts are set to release their third full-length studio album on August 11th, and thus far we have been graced with two lead singles from Popular Manipulations that are incredible by normal standards and standard by The Districts standards. That is, a standard of epic, soaring, searing, hard-hitting, self-aware indie rock that The Districts have cultivated and cut through within a genre that at times can feel overwhelmingly overpopulated and underwhelmingly repetitive. Continue reading →

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Watch Jay Som take over the NPR Music Tiny Desk

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Jay Som | photo by Cara Robbins | courtesy of the artist

Bay Area band Jay Som has had a whirlwind rise to her second album Everybody Works, from releasing a series of singles to signing with Polyvinyl to opening for Mitski on a national tour. Most recently the project — led by singer and songwriter Meline Duterte —  was invited to perform for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, and the performance is now available for your viewing pleasure.

Duterte is a one-woman force, writing all of the music and lyrics and recording each instrument herself. When she performs live, Jay Som grows into a quartet to realize the records in full. Continue reading →

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Go behind the scenes in Dirty Dollhouse’s “You Don’t Even Know Me” video

Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese | courtesy of the artist
Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese | courtesy of the artist

Chelsea Mitchell categorically reinvented her project Dirty Dollhouse for the April 2017 release of the debut LP Vinyl Child, moving from a country-folk acoustic sound to a more complex, expansive and varied exploration of the creative freedom that the “singer-songwriter” title affords. Continue reading →

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XPN MusicNotes: James Murphy explains how David Bowie challenged him to reform LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“I talked to David Bowie. I thought I couldn’t talk to him, but he was so gracious and so friendly. I had an email friendship with David Bowie, which is one of the weirder, more amazing things.”- James Murphy-LCD Soundsystem

After a seven-year hiatus LCD Soundsystem is making music and touring again. But that might not have happened if it hadn’t been for David Bowie’s advice to James Murphy to get “uncomfortable.”  Continue reading →