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Listen Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band’s celestial new song “I Ain’t Waiting”

Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band
Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band | photo by Constance Mensh

With a full band debut release set for October with Intensity Ghost, local experimental rockers Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel band have shared the first song from the record with “I Ain’t Waiting.”  The 5-track LP will be out on October 28th through No Quarter and follows Forsyth’s 2013 Solar Motel effort.

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Download Modern Inventors new single “Selfish Generation”

Modern Inventors | photo by Ryan Farber | www.facebook.com/ryanfarberphotography
Modern Inventors | photo by Ryan Farber | www.facebook.com/ryanfarberphotography

Local indie pop / rockers Modern Inventors have released a new single called “Selfish Generation,” the first studio follow-up to last year’s debut LP Trains and Aeroplanes.  We first heard the track in the band’s 2013 Key Studio Session, and you can download both versions below.

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Reunited emo scene faves Basement play to their largest crowd ever at a sold-out Union Transfer

Basement | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Basement | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

Hours before doors, hundreds of people waited in line in front of Union Transfer for the sold out Basement show on Monday night. The Run for Cover Records emo band recently reunited and are currently on the last leg of their US tour with Pennsylvania’s own Superheaven (formerly known as Daylight), Pity Sex, and Ovlov. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Verbatum Jones

VerbatumJones
Photo by John Vettese

As you can see in the above photo, Verbatum Jones performed his Key Studio Session seated. This rarely happens for us, at least with non-pianists – musicians are used to standing onstage when they perform, and that carries over to recording as well. But Verb smiled, shrugged, and said “hey, this is a radio thing, I want to get the full radio experience.” He’s a lively and outgoing dude, and by the end of our hour together, I felt like I really got to know him. But that’s exactly what makes him connect so much as a rapper – he knows how to connect as a person. Continue reading →

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Miniature Tigers joined the crowd (and vice versa) at Union Transfer

Miniature Tigers | Photo by Cameron Pollack
Miniature Tigers | Photo by Cameron Pollack

Miniature Tigers stopped by Union Transfer on Friday night and put on a show for their record books, their self-reported best show ever in Philly. I had seen Miniature Tigers two years ago when they opened for fun. on their Some Nights tour, but since then had forgotten how much fun their live show is, and how enthusiastic and grateful they are for all the reception they get. Continue reading →

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Why you should listen to Bear in Heaven’s new album in a thunderstorm

Bear in Heaven | Photo by  Shawn Brackbill
Bear in Heaven | Photo by Shawn Brackbill

Bear In Heaven’s latest record, Time is Over One Day Old, has a telling song called “Dissolve the Walls.” It song starts off as a faraway confusion of conversation, blitzy synth running down a long tunnel as an upbeat womanly chorus chants: “Let the walls dissolve/ till there’s no room at all/ there’s no ceiling, no floor/ no windows, no door.”

Given this particular track and the cover art of the 2014 album (on which I can’t help but see a galactic rolling paper), you might think you could easily file it under ‘other worldly weirdness,’ right next to 2001: A Space Odyssey. But the group never has stopped with just one sonic style compartment, so you really can’t file this album as a whole under anything (and not next to any of the group’s previous releases, either).

“We’re always talking about output or creation, so it’s certainly not this, ‘alright, let’s definitely make this an effort to strip things back…’” says Adam Wills, guitarist and co-founder of Bear in Heaven, and writer of the song. The group, which headlines Johnny Brenda’s tonight, began 10 years ago as a project between Wills and co-founder/vocalist Jon Philpot. Continue reading →

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The XPN Morning Show talks with Taney Dragons Assistant Coach Leland Lott

Taney Dragons
The Taney Dragons via Facebook

Tonight at 7:30 pm, Philly’s own Taney Dragons continue their quest for a Little League World Series Championship as they take on a team from Las Vegas in Williamsport, PA. Prior to tonight’s game, XPN Morning Show anchor Bob Bumbera had a chance to talk with Taney Asst. Coach Leland Lott, whose son Jared Sprague Lott plays for the Dragons. Listen to the interview below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: DJ Cash Money at Rittenhouse Square, The Strypes at Union Transfer, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars and more…

DJ Cash Money
DJ Cash Money | photo courtesy of the artist

DJ Cash Money opens this week’s free concert at Rittenhouse Square, presented by Philly Weekly.  The legendary turntable master started his DJ career in Philadelphia in the eighties, coming up alongside DJ Jazzy Jeff.  He’s credited with creating a number of DJ techniques, including the “Pee Wee Herman” scratch and the “Babuggamas” scratch.  Check out his moves tonight, along with Pablo Batista and Worldtown Sound System – more information can be found here.

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