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Download a loaded live compilation from WKDU featuring Algernon Cadwallader, Psychic Teens, Gringo Star and more

1471271_10152095640544610_1879264678_nOn WKDU Live!!!! Volume 1 the Drexel University radio station revisits top moments from its punk past.  A station ID from the Beastie Boys starts off the free download, which features over 30 tracks recorded live in the WKDU studio from a plethora of local acts including Birds of Maya, Algernon Cadwallader, Restorations and Arc in Round along with a few national bands.  Stream “Tiny Town” by Everyone Everywhere below and get the full collection here.

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Listen to two unreleased Algernon Cadwallader cuts from their vinyl reissue series

Algernon Cadwallader | circa 2014 | via facebook.com

You thought emo was over, didn’t you? Think again. In honor of the ten-year anniversary of their debut album, Algernon Cadwallader recently announced the reissue of almost their entire discography. The band broke up in 2012, the members going on to contribute to other projects like Hop Along and Yankee Bluff. Continue reading →

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Algernon Cadwallader is reissuing pretty much their entire discography via Lauren Records and Asian Man Records

Algernon Cadwalader at Pi Lam, circa 2012 | photo by John Vettese

It’s been six years since beloved Philly emo trio Algernon Cadwallader announced that they were calling it a day, and ten years since they released their LP Some Kind of Cadwallader. The devoted fan base they riled up in those four years in between is quite a feat for a band named in part for a short crooked street that runs through the west side of Fishtown. To mark the anniversary of their debut, the bulk of Algernon Cadwallader’s recorded output is being reissued on December 14th as a duel release via Cali labels Lauren Records and Asian Man records. Continue reading →

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Major Bummer: Algernon Cadwallader is calling it a day

Algernon Cadwalader at Pi Lam, circa 2012 | photo by John Vettese

Not many bands could rock a room like Philly punks Algernon Cadwallader. The enthusiasm – no, the freaking devotion – they drew out of their fans was inspiring. Crowds swarmed the stage, flailed around, dove on top of each other, pushed and shoved for their chance to scream along the words into bassist Peter Helmis’s microphone, which he gladly turned over to them. I think of the times I caught them at Pi Lam, where people in front reached across amps to strum Joe Reinhart’s guitar, or snuck around the side to hit Tank Bergman’s drums. Crowd interaction was as much a part of Algernon’s live shows as their own songs, which were inspired heavily by unbridled late 90s emo – Cap’n Jazz is a band they’re often compared to – and with the announcement this weekend of their disbanding, a big void is left in Philly’s live music scene.

In a “Mission Accomplished” post on Algernon’s website yesterday, the band explained that Bergman’s new full-time nursing job (and baby on the way) left him unable to tour. Of their run as a band, Helmis had this to say:

It has been a pleasure to narrate our story to you for the past 2 and a half years. The world spins pretty damn fast when you’re having a good time. Looking back on these old posts I am glad I wrote it all (not even close) down. Thankfully there was an audience otherwise I doubt I would have taken the time.

I feel obligated to announce that our friends and listeners have been each bit as (way more) important to us as (than) we have been to them. The things we did, people we met, and places we saw during Algernon Cadwallader have changed my life forever. Thank you so much.

Download some free jams from Algernon below, and rock around the room one more time.

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Algernon Cadwallader playing a free show today at Morgan’s Pier

Algernon Cadwallader rock the riverfront this afternoon at Morgan’s Pier for the lastest show in R5 Production’s free concert series. The Philly emo/punk rock outfit are gearing up for a New England and Midwest tour in August, and will take the stage today after Ohio rockers En Garde. The show is 21+ and free, with doors at 5pm and the show at 6:30. Go here to listen to “Springing Leaks” from the band’s last release, Parrot Flies.

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Algernon Cadwallader at The Fire

The Philly trio Algernon Cadwallader has amassed a devoted and diverse fan base both in and outside of the city. Their music is nothing groundbreaking, but it’s angsty yet very available emo that can be pretty fun. The scream-along vocals overtop pop-rock melodies draw large crowds to the group’s frequent (and, often, far away) shows. In fact, the band is about to embark on its second European tour in a few weeks. Overseas adventures aside, the group has been blogging about tonight as their “actual homecoming” show. Algernon Cadwallader performs with Joyce Manor, 1994!, and Snowing at 7­­­­­­­­ p.m. at The Fire; tickets to the all-ages show are $7.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: My Morning Jacket w/ Band of Horses at the Mann, Ape School LP release show at Johnny Brenda’s, MilkBoy Anniversary w/ GANG and Chill Moody at Milkboy, and Algeron Cadwallader w/ Kite Party at First Unitarian

Tonight XPN welcomes My Morning Jacket with special guests Band of Horses to the Mann Center for a rockin’ all-ages event. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29.50 to $48.50 and can be purchased here.

Philly musician Michael Johnson’s solo project, Ape School, is celebrating the release of their new LP, Junior Violence, tonight with a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The 21+ event features performance by Norwegian Arms, Jeff Zeigler & Mary Lattimore, Laser Background, and Adam & Dave of The War on Drugs will be DJing throughout the night. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8PM and the show starts at 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available here for $10.

Looking to hear some free music tonight? Head on over to MilkBoy for their One-Year Anniversary Show featuring GANG, Johnny Showcase, The Lawsuits and Chill Moody. Doors for the 21+ show open at 8:30PM and the show starts at 9:30 p.m. Watch the video for GANG’s song “Why Can’t You Just Be” below.

Algernon Cadwallader are playing First Unitarian Church tonight with Joyce Manor, Tigers Jaw, and Kite Party for a night of sweaty pop-punk. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here for $10. Below, check out Algernon Cadwallader’s song “Springing Leaks” from the album Parrot Flies.

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Listen to the Dogs On Acid dudes go lo-fi on a new project, Yankee Bluff

Yankee Bluff | photo by Scott Troyan | via bandcamp

It didn’t take long for Dogs On Acid to catch on in the local scene. Consisting of Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader, Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, and Nate Dionne of Snowing, the band quickly gathered a following for the catchy indie punk sound its self-titled EP so strongly delivered. But unfortunately their rapid rise to prominence was followed by a demise just as swift — besides a September tour comping up in Japan, they’ve made it clear they aren’t really a band anymore.

Alas, there is hope for the Dogs On Acid fans that already miss their band. Helmis and Dionne teamed up this summer to release a lo-fi EP, I, under the moniker Yankee Bluff, and while it’s not the same as their previous project, it’s still pretty darn sweet. Continue reading →

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Dogs on Acid toy with delightful slacker rock on “Make It Easy”

Dogs on Acid | via facebook.com/DogsonAcid.us
Dogs on Acid | via facebook.com/DogsonAcid.us

Local hotshots Dogs on Acid released another new track, “Make It Easy”, off their debut LP yesterday. The record is due on August 28 via Jade Tree.

Featuring Peter Helmis of Algernon Cadwallader, Joe Reinhart of Hop Along, and Nate Dionne of Snowing/Glocca Morra, they’re the scene’s most underground supergroup to date. And it’s an understatement to say that there’s major hype for this upcoming album. Continue reading →