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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Speedy Ortiz at Johnny Brenda’s, Jazmine Sullivan at The TLA, Ex Hex at Union Transfer

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

Northampton rock four-piece Speedy Ortiz have an awesome new record called Foil Deer and a headlining show tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The band gets the 90s tag a lot, and in a sense, rightfully so – their sound can be mind-bendy and experimental as easily as it can be super hooky and poppy, not unlike Helium or Throwing Muses. But they make it something contemporary and unique, especially on jams like the slick “Puffer,” which you can listen to below. Joining the band tonight is buzzing artist Mitski, whose LP Bury Me at Makeout Creek won hearts like crazy last year. Tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Listen to a summery new song from Work Drugs, “Minor Flaws”

Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia
Work Drugs | Photo by Kate Bracaglia

Summertime synth poppers Work Drugs have been tossing out catchy tracks for their upcoming album, Louisa, like it’s nothing. Their latest, “Minor Flaw” opens with an 80s pop sound that is immediately captivating. The well-worked combination of sunny riffs and just the right amount of reverb come together perfectly alongside lyrics like “like a prayer that I used to remember or just a reason to keep me hanging on.” You can catch Work Drugs playing at Johnny Brenda’s tonight with Tutlie, and The Chairman Dances. Tickets are still available, more information at the XPN Concert Calendar; you can check out ”Minor Flaws” below. Continue reading →

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Loose Tooth charm with their charged debut album Easy Easy East

Loose Tooth | photo by Peter Murray | www.petermurrayphotography.com
Loose Tooth | photo by Peter Murray | www.petermurrayphotography.com

Philly’s Loose Tooth have been on our radar after working in cahoots with a number of local artists – The Fleeting Ends, Mumblr, and Clique just to name a few – while putting out their catchy indie rock music. Now there is even more to love with the release of their debut full-length Easy Easy East off their label Fleeting Youth Records. The album is full of that noisy, bedroom rock that we got a taste of with “Skinny Chewy” earlier this month. Continue reading →

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Watch the new Shaking Through episode starring The Dead Milkmen

The Dead Milkmen | via Facebook.com//pages/The-Dead-Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | via Facebook.com//pages/The-Dead-Milkmen

Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through released their first session of the season, featuring Philly punk legends The Dead Milkmen.

According to Shaking Through, The Dead Milkmen’s track (entitled “Prisoner’s Cinema”) is:

“a celebration of the every-day people who had to clean up after rock-stars and their debaucherous episodes of the past.”

In the video for the track, below, members discuss the difference between live shows and recording, the late Dave Schulthise (Dave Blood), record label pressures, and the all-encompassing theme of the working-class in comparison to rockstars. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s (non-#KeyFest) Concert Picks: Lithuania at Bourbon and Branch, Song Dogs at Franky Bradley’s, Feelies at World Cafe Live and more

Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Lithuania | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Okay, it’s night three, and by now you know the drill: #KeyFest is happening, and we obviously want you all to come there – it’s a great cross-section of the Philly R&B and hip-hop scene. But, you know, there are other shows too. And you should know about them as well. Dom Angelella and Eric Slick’s band Lithuania hits up Bourbon and Branch tonight for the last week of Suburban Living’s April residency. Their ten-years-in-the-making debut LP Hardcore Friends is coming out this summer on Lame-O Records, and it finds the duo at its most polished and rockingist. Read my interview with Slick and Angelella here and get more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tiani Victoria’s mixtape Hard Candy is finally out and it’s dope

Tiani Victoria rehearshing for #KeyFest | photo via instagram.com/tianivictoria
Tiani Victoria rehearshing for #KeyFest | photo via instagram.com/tianivictoria

Tiani Victoria officially released her debut mixtape Hard Candy this week, and wow – it is tight. The 15-track release is full of the artist’s unstoppable flow and smooth, crisp beats.

Opener track “Million Dollar Flow” kicks it off strong with laid back, classic hip hop vibes. The song was The Key’s original run-in with Tiani when she released it as a single a year ago, immediately putting her on our radar. Another quick favorite is her bumpin’ track “Marinate,” filled out with a danceworthy beat and eery vibes reminiscent of fellow Philadelphian Meek Mill. Continue reading →

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I’m not bossy, I’m the boss: Speedy Ortiz, Waxahatchee & Jacco Gardner on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade

Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete
Speedy Ortiz | Photo by Daniel Topete

After a brief break, the Indie Rock Hit Parade is back and better than ever. Tune in at 11pm tonight (right after Land Of The Lost with Robert Drake) for a full two-hour edition with a lot of ground to cover. On tonight’s Weekly Album Spotlight, we’ll dig into Foil Deer, the newly released second album from Boston’s Speedy Ortiz. The band happens to be in town this weekend at Johnny Brenda’s, and word on the street is that they’ll be paying us a visit for an in-studio session, too! There are plenty more things to explore and discover on tonight’s show, like a few of these fresh gems:

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