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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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →