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XPoNential Artist Spotlight: Ryan Kattner of Man Man talks kids, celebs, and how we should all bring him cloaks for #XPNFest

Honus Honus (Photo by Rachel Barris)
Honus Honus (Photo by Rachel Barris)

I’ve been a fan fan of Man Man for almost a decade now—the same amount of time I’ve lived in Philadelphia. Coincidence? Maybe. But I think there’s something quintessentially Philly about this wacky foursome—something passionate, and unhinged, and maybe a little sweaty—with a big heart underneath all the face-paint. For the past 10 years, I’ve loved watching them grow with the city, transitioning from a ragtag group of gypsy punk weirdos singing fantasy-inspired chants—to a (more) polished quartet crafting real moments of heartache—while never losing their unique essence.

From the start, front man Ryan Kattner (a.k.a. Honus Honus) has been the driving creative force behind the band, as well as one of our fave interview subjects. One year after our last chat, I rung up Kattner again, in advance of Man Man’s set at XPoNential Fest. We talked kids, celebs, and audience requests—read on to get the full scoop. Continue reading →

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Download a free World Cafe session with #XPNfest band Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Strand of Oaks | Photo by Cameron Pollack

One of the bands we’re super psyched to see this weekend at the XPoNential Music Festival is Philly’s Strand Of Oaks, fronted by singer, songwriter and guitarist Tim Showalter. Tim’s new album, HEAL, has been getting universal acclaim for its strong narrative, songs that are biographical in nature, and the albums’ stylistic nod to classic rock and postpunk. Continue reading →

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Support for My Morning Download, from Flying Fish Brewing Company
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Purling Hiss at Spruce Street Harbor, Sarah McLachlan at the Mann, Yikes the Zero at Kung Fu Necktie

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Philly fuzz rockers Purling Hiss will play a free show tonight at the Spruce Street Harbor as a fundraiser for Vox Populi Gallery.   A re-issue of their 2011 record, Dizzy Polizzy, was recently released and we can expect their new record, Drag City, on September 23rd.  Click here for more info about the pop-up show tonight. Continue reading →

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Watch #XPNFest artist The Hold Steady rock out on Conan

The Hold Steady | courtesy of the artist
The Hold Steady | courtesy of the artist

This week XPoNential Music Festival artists The Hold Steady appeared on Conan to perform “I Hope This Whole Thing Didn’t Frighten You,” from their latest album, Teeth Dreams – it’s a song carried the trademark story-telling lyrics by frontman Craig Finn that we all know and love. So far, the album has received great reviews from outlets such as The Guardian, and USA Today. Continue reading →

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Unpredictable things will happen when you see Todd Rundgren in October

ToddRundgrenA Often when you see an artist billed as “A Special Evening With,” it usually means it’s going to be an acoustic performance, often a solo one. Todd Rundgren’s upcoming show at the Keswick Theatre is billed as “An Unpredictable Evening with” Todd Rundgren. This tells fans right up front to that he isn’t going to play Something/Anything in its entirety. Continue reading →

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Commonwealth Choir, Pine Barons, Weekender and more to play at BITBY Summer Sounds

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Photo by Mike Bucher

Bands in the Backyard is bringing together some of Philly’s best for a one-night-only concert at the Theater of the Living Arts. BITBY will host the concert Summer Sounds on August 15. It’s a killer lineup topped by Bucks County rock band Commonwealth Choir as headliner (fresh off their slot at XPoNential Music Festival this weekend). Continue reading →

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Watch Pattern is Movement’s evocative “Suckling” video

Pattern is Movement | photo by Mark Schaffer
Pattern is Movement | photo by Mark Schaffer

Philly experimental pop duo Pattern is Movement recently released a video for “Suckling”. The group has been making headlines lately, with features on both NPR’s World Cafe and on the Key’s Unlocked series. This year, the duo released their self-titled fifth album. It is a baroque, yet vibrant collection of electronic pop, with elements of R&B.  Interestingly enough, the inspiration to use R&B came from a surprising source. As Andrew Thiboldeaux explained, the  parallels between his religious background and R&B, “But the feelings I had in those church meetings were TRUE. My brain was registering it, I was high as a kite. There’s something about R&B and hip-hop that resonates with me as a result.” In his album review, the Key’s Sameer Rao states that “ every string-and-horn ensemble buildup in the beautiful service of capturing something as ephemeral as it is universal.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Julie Slick’s sprawling ambient rock in Fourth Dementia

Photo via julieslick.com
Photo via julieslick.com

Philly bassist Julie Slick recently released her latest project, a collaboration with Marco Machera called Fourth Dementia. Over the years, Slick has been a part of a slew of local bands ranging from Paper Cat to DRGN King. For the past few years, she’s been touring as a part of Crimson ProjeKCt, a project of King Crimson singer-guitarist Adrian Belew, and touring around the world. In between all that, she’s found time to write and record a handful of solo releases – including this latest one with Machera and her brother Eric (who also drums in Dr. Dog). Continue reading →

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Rock out with Cheerleader, The Lawsuits, Our Griffins and more at MilkBoy’s free three-day birthday party

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Photo courtesy of artist.

Center city venue MilkBoy its third anniversary next month with three days of free shows. The party also marks the 20th anniversary of its parent company, MilkBoy the Studio. From August 14 to 16th, the venue will host phenomenal performances from artists like The Ataris, Cheerleader, and the Lawsuits. To help you map out your show-going, we’ve highlighted an artist (or two) for each day. Continue reading →

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Deep house trio Les Professionnels sign with Nervous Records and release EP, Pure Love (Endless Love)

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Philly dance music heads Drew Kramer, Christopher Schor and Daniel Reizes – AKA Les Professionnels – made a few exciting announcements this week. First, the Philly deep house trio announced via their Facebook page that they have signed with NYC-based house label, Nurvous Records. Continue reading →

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