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Winter comes early with Bryant Eugene Vazquez’s Grey Expectations

Bryant Eugene Vazquez | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist
Bryant Eugene Vazquez | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Grey Expectations is the latest full-length from prolific singer-songwriter Bryant Eugene Vazquez. He’s covered a lot of stylistic ground since he began releasing music in 2008, and this time around, he’s going full shoegaze for a chilly, eight song set. With song titles like “Shivers, Shivers” and “Still Cold” you’re going to want to put on a few extra layers for this one.

According to Vazquez, this album was an experiment in writing pop songs “disguised to replicate the sounds of mid-80s/early-90s noise/pop/rock/shoegaze”, with all of the them “themed around the bitterness of winter”. If you’re a fan of that era of music, you’ll definitely find a lot to like here, as he follows through on that mission statement to a T. The production is crowded and fuzzy, the guitars and tinny and abrasive, and Vazquez’s vocals are more breathy and buried than ever before. Continue reading →

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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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Hardwork Movement shine in their new Out of Town Films session

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia’s Hardwork Movement has been living up to its name with a very big, very busy 2016. In January, they released their debut LP, Good Problems, and months later, they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Since then, they have become a mainstay of the Philly music scene, and just before they take to The Foundry stage tomorrow night in support of RJD2 at the XPN-curated Red Bull Sound Select party, the band has seen fit to share a new session with Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Mixtape Master: Get to know Philly’s F. Woods before he opens for Dead Milkmen at Laurel Hill

F. Woods | photo courtesy of the artist
F. Woods | photo courtesy of the artist

Make sure you arrive early to the sold-out Dead Milkmen show at Laurel Hill Cemetery this Friday night, because you’ll see a mixtape master at work. F. Woods is known around the Philly scene for being a founding member of Mercury Radio Theater, the zany and subversive troupe informed by eastern European folk sounds and early 20th century radio plays.

Woods also played in Farquar Muckenfuss, a comical and surf-rooted band that made the rounds in in the late 90s Philly punk scene.

As Woods said when I caught up with him by phone earlier this month, it’s pretty simple – he likes a lot of music, and he wants to play it all. His first-ever solo album, Found On Road Dead, came out via Bandcamp last November, and it’s a varied and eclectic set. There’s a bit of surf, a bit of math rock complexity, some tunes reminiscent of the airy pop production of the pre-rock-and-roll 40s and 50s.

It’s basically a collection of stuff that together feels very unified, even though the songs are individually distinct. In that sense, it reminds me a lot of a Tarantino soundtrack, or a really good compilation. Below, read my interview with Woods about his musical origins and outlook. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Dirty Dollhouse takes different direction on “Moonshine” from new LP

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Dirty Dollhouse | photo by Kristina Beese

Local singer/songwriter Chelsea Mitchell is gearing up to release a new LP as Dirty Dollhouse, the moniker for a project we first fell in love with in 2014 when it was trio with Amber Twait and Vanessa Winters. Back then the songs were folk-pop angled with earworm harmonies and an overall twang, but Mitchell is shedding that aesthetic in favor of a broader range for the new record, as you’ll hear in the premiere of Vinyl Child lead single “Moonshine” below.

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Just Announced: The Districts will play a special string of shows at Johnny Brenda’s this fall

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

One of the first major Philly gigs The Districts played was the stage of Johnny Brenda’s back in fall of 2014, opening for The Lawsuits’ Cool Cool Cool album release party. Now that they’re heading into a new year, hopefully with a new record on the horizon along with some of their biggest shows to date, it seems fitting that the Philadelphia by way of central PA rockers return to the JBs stage for a string of intimate shows on Thanksgiving weekend. Continue reading →

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The Key Presents: Pinegrove

Pinegrove| photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Pinegrove | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

“I’m a happy guy that makes sad music,” jokes Evan Stephens Hall with a smile. Spending time with someone as effervescent as Hall in person, you might never even realize the fact that the songs he writes for Pinegrove bring together packed rooms of yelling, sometimes tearful people. But over the past year, Pinegrove catapulted from their hometown of Montclair, NJ to the big time — signing to Run For Cover Records, selling out almost every date of a massive summer tour of the US and appearing at festivals like Lollapalooza. The reception speaks volumes to the relatability and maturity that Evan brings to the project. These aren’t just sad songs for sad people, or an attempt to jump on the “emo revival” bandwagon. These songs are holistically approached pieces of work, that touch on every emotion under the sun — good and bad. Continue reading →