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Jersey’s Water Polo debuts new track “NASCAR Fights” for Somewhere Sessions

Water Polo | Photo by Rachel Cooper
Water Polo | Photo by Rachel Cooper | via facebook.com/WaterPoloNJ

Jersey transplants Water Polo have played a slew of shows in the Philly area from abandoned squash courts at Haverford College to the roof of a North Philly home. With three members going to Temple and one at Drexel, the Philly scene is what they now call home, and they recently recorded a video for Somewhere Sessions, a Baltimore-based stripped down video series by Rachel Cooper, who attended Temple University this fall. Continue reading →

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Canadian DJ Ryan Hemsworth and Alex G. get together on “Too Long Here”

Alex G | Photo by John Vettese
Alex G | Photo by John Vettese

A collaboration between lo-fi musician Alex G and Canadian electronic artist Ryan Hemsworth may be the strangest thing to hear about. But Hemsworth has a clear interest in indie artists, like New Zealand’s Lontalius. For the bedroom-recording Alex G, on the other hand, this is a step into something completely new. The collaborative album, Alone for the First Time, was released in November 2014 and featured Philly native Alex G, Lontalius, and Chicago’s Dawn Golden. Continue reading →

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Dr. Dog releases crowd-pleasing video of “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer”

Photo by Nicky Devine
Photo by Nicky Devine

A Dr. Dog concert is filled with non-stop energy from both the crowd and the Philly indie-rock heroes. In an effort to catch some of that charm, the Philly-based group just released a live album, Live at a Flamingo Hotel, which is of surreal sound quality. The  19-track album was recorded during a 20-day tour in 2014 and features songs from six of their studio albums.

Today, the band released a video for the song “The Rabbit, The Bat & The Reindeer,” a live favorite from their 2008 release, Fate. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Lia Ices at Boot and Saddle, Philebrity Awards at Johnny Brenda’s, Chris Zurich at 2nd State Lounge

Lia Ices | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Lia Ices | photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Experimental pop singer-songwriter Lia Ices takes to the stage at Boot and Saddle tonight. Her third LP, Ices, was released last year and signified a sonic shift for the New England bred, SoCal based artist – a move away from haunting piano compositions and toward alluring electronic jams. It was highlighted on NPR Music at several points throughout the year, including a First Listen showcase and a session on World Cafe with David Dye. Watch a video of “Higher” recorded during the Cafe session below, and get tickets and more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The War on Drugs and Hop Along will tour together this spring

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The War on Drugs photo by Mark Schaffer | Hop Along photo by Rachel Barrish

We love seeing our favorite Philly musicians come together. This afternoon, The War on Drugs announced a stretch of spring U.S. tour dates in support of its universally acclaimed 2014 LP Lost in the Dream, and joining them for a two-week run is Hop Along, who’s poised to release its latest record via Saddle Creek this spring. Continue reading →