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Home Outgrown announces holiday benefit show with KOJI and more

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KOJI | photo by Mitch Wojcik | courtesy of the artist

Home Outgrown Presents has grown into one of Philly’s best new show-booking entities over the last year, and they’ve been announcing great shows left and right — including a super-stacked holiday gig that will benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. 

Home Outgrown’s 2nd Annual Holiday Benefit will feature PA punk singer-songwriter KOJI in the headlining slot, plus appearances from Shortly, No Thank You and Cavity Kids. Happening Dec. 28 at Everybody Hits, it’s the perfect show to keep that holiday spirit going while helping out a good cause. Continue reading →

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Permanent Body and Queen Jesus are heading out on tour this December

Permanent Body | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Ahead of their sold out “New Year’s Eve Eve” show at Johnny Brenda’s with The Districts and Mannequin Pussy, Permanent Body have managed to find time to squeeze in a quick December tour. The Philly favorites have teamed up with fellow locals Queen Jesus for the week-long co-headlining run, which will take them down the East Coast through Baltimore and North Carolina before they head west and hit up cities like Nashville and Cincinnati. With eight shows in eight days, it’s sure to be a fast-paced, fun-filled trip for the bands, and if you’re in the mood to see some of Philly’s finest in places that aren’t Philly, take a look at the full list of dates below and start planning your own road trip. Continue reading →

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Nic Sanderson makes solo debut with Blurry Being

Nic Sanderson | photo via the artist’s Facebook page

Nic Sanderson is full of the hardworking DIY spirit that makes the Philly music scene such a bustling, brimming-with-talent thing to explore. Like many who exist within the DIY community, Sanderson has taken on ever-changing roles over the years: in addition to appearing in several different bands and running The Waiting Room, they recently recorded and self-released a debut solo album, Blurry Being. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ron Gallo at the First Unitarian Church, Kool Keith at Kung Fu Necktie, David Crosby at Scottish Rite Auditorium

Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Ron Gallo | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

If you’ve been loving XPN’s Gotta Hear Song(s) of the Week, which come in the form of two tracks off a split EP from Ron Gallo and Naked Giants, then deciding which show to attend tonight is easy. Both artists will appear at the First Unitarian Church, and it’s Gallo’s first “homecoming” show since the February release of Heavy Meta (Gallo moved from Philly to Nashville a while back, but we’ll still claim him as our own). Find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Steady Hands speaks from the heart in newest Shaking Through feature

 

Steady Hands | photo via Facebook

Steady Hands meets Shaking Through…there’s a fantastic pun in there somewhere. On November 15th, Weathervane Music released the latest installment of their extremely excellent “Shaking Through” documentary series that dives deep into the the makings of a record and the humans behind it. Up this time is Steady Hands, the project of Modern Baseball’s Sean Huber that is rounded out with Andrew Kirnan, George Legatos, William Lindsay, Evan Moorehead, and Richard Straub, all familiar faces from around the Philly scene. It’s Huber’s project, but it’s one he wanted to share with his friends. “From the beginning, I just wanted to be more of a collective than anything. I’ve always wanted the energy of everyone just collaborating, enjoying what they’re doing.”

The episode follows the making of Steady Hands’ track “Magazines” at Miner Street Recordings, where Huber worked as video editor and recorded his first Steady Hands songs when they were just a small side project as a favor from producer Brian McTear. Continue reading →

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Philly Gets Alternative brings Oso Oso, Harmony Woods, Weller and more to Everybody Hits for a two-night fest

Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

A double header at the batting cages might conjure up some sports-related imagery in any other city, but here in Philly, that’s code for two nights of live music. Philly show bookers Home Outgrown Presents have teamed up with New York-based music blog The Alternative to put together a showcase of acts from both regions over two consecutive nights — a mini festival of sorts, Philly Gets Alternative is happening December 2 and 3 at Everybody Hits. Continue reading →

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Bardo Pond shares “Kailash” and announces new LP Volume 8

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Bardo Pond | photo by Michael Gibbons | courtesy of the artist

Long-running Philly psych rock group Bardo Pond are an enigmatic force, to say the least. They’ve released 11 studio albums over the years, from 1995’s debut Bufo Alvarius Amen 29:15 to this year’s Under The Pines, and they’re already back with the announcement of their 12th — the forthcoming LP is titled Volume 8 and will be released February 2.

Ahead of the release, Bardo Pond have shared the hauntingly spacey instrumental track “Kailash.” Over six and a half minutes, “Kailash” meanders with gentle force, driven by Isobel Sollenberger’s otherworldly flute melody over the dark and steady bass and drumlines. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Land of Talk at Union Transfer, Ought at Arden Gild Hall, Odesza at Electric Factory

Land of Talk | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Following a seven-year break, Montreal indie rock four-piece Land of Talk returned this year with a majestic third LP called Life After Youth, released in May on Saddle Creek Records. The album finds singer and songwriter Elizabeth Powell and her bandmates in reflective mode, a bit wiser for the years than in their more emo-tinged earlier days, but no less willing to look within and self-reflect amid dreamy guitar tapestries. The band wowed earlier this year opening for The War on Drugs at the Dell, and tonight they’re at Union Transfer with American Football. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; watch the video for “Inner Lover” below. Continue reading →

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Downtown Boys have a few questions to ask you, loudly.

Downtown Boys | photo by Josh Pelta Heller for WXPN

It’s been almost five decades now since Jefferson Airplane asked for volunteers to get out in the street. Where at one point American popular music could be relied on for a soundtrack that catalyzed the grassroots groundswell decrying racial segregation and our unpopular wars, overtly political rock ‘n roll seems to have become unfashionable. Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello raged for eight years against the Clinton machine, but turned off their amps through the invasion of Iraq. In 2005, Pearl Jam hardly played a full set without impaling a rubber mask of President Bush on a mic stand, but since Trump took office it seems that Eddie Vedder’s been talking about nothing but his hometown’s World Champs, the Chicago Cubs (even if it’s sorta hard to blame him). Anecdotally, at least, it feels sometimes like the days of abundant rock and hip hop that expressed our collective frustration with our dysfunctional institutions, unaccountable abuses of power, unjust policy systemic socioeconomic disease seem to have waned. Hashtags have replaced hands in the air, and if our revolution will not be televised, well at least we can always binge-watch Season 6 of House Of Cards instead.

About that, the Downtown Boys have a few questions to ask you, loudly. The Providence punks brought their kinetic choral rock and roll to Underground Arts on Thursday night with all the energy and swagger of the Dead Kennedys, and the tasteful touch of brass that would make the late Poly Styrene proud. Continue reading →