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Get emotionally sucker-punched by Florist’s new track, “What I Wanted To Hold,” see them at Boot and Saddle

Florist | photo via florist.bandcamp.com

You know those songs that just kind of sucker punch you with all of the feels? Indie folk / soft synth outfit Florist’s song “What I Wanted to Hold” is one of them. The NY band just shared the heartbreaking single in anticipation of their upcoming sophomore album If Blue Could Be Happiness, which is out on September 29th.

Opening with floaty acoustic strums and the sounds of a life in rewind, the song immediately conjures an intense nostalgia that rivals the likes of Bon Iver’s “Re: Stacks” or “Towers.” Its gentle, sweet chords grab your heart — piercing it with an ache that was nonexistent just moments ago.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Amanda X at Boot and Saddle, Madalean Gauze at Johnny Brenda’s, R. Ring at Everybody Hits and more

Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist
Amanda X | photo courtesy of the artist

Kensington power punk trio Amanda X will bring their high-energy tunes to Boot and Saddle tonight. Comprised of Cat Park on lead guitar, Melissa Brain on drums and Kat Bean on bass, the group doles out hooky guitar riffs, bumping drum grooves and memorable melody lines. This summer, they will release their second full album later this summer, Giant, and based on opening track “Exquisite,” they keep up with their tendency toward dance-able guitar licks, passionate vocal work and well-crafted melodies. Check out the song below and show details at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Pkew Pkew Pkew at Boot and Saddle and The Hooters at Ocean City Music Pier

Pkew Pkew Pkew | photo via artist’s Facebook

Toronto’s Pkew Pkew Pkew is more than just an incredibly fun name to say. Despite their giggle-inducing title, these four dudes also rock pretty dang hard. You can catch their urgent, fast-paced jams at Boot and Saddle tonight. Check out their recent Audiotree session below; then find info on tickets for the 21+ show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Union Transfer, The Ultimate Supa Sistas at the African American Museum, The Spinto Band at Boot and Saddle

Waxahatchee | photo courtesy of the artist
Waxahatchee | photo courtesy of the artist

Alongside a host of other excellent Philly-rooted records out today — Japanese Breakfast, Sheer Mag — sits Waxahatchee‘s Out In The Storm. It’s a masterful work, cathartic and emotionally-driven but also soaring and uplifting. It’s a perfect album for long drives on the highways in the summer, it’s a perfect album for solitary contemplations on hazy late nights. And it’s perfect to boom forth from the Union Transfer PA system, so don’t miss your opportunity to take that in. Waxahatchee headlines UT tonight with Cayetana and Snail Mail, and tickets are still available. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to my fave track from Out In the Storm, “Sparks Fly,” below.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Katie Ellen at PhilaMOCA, Chill Moody at Boot and Saddle (benefit for Beyond the Bars), The Cactus Blossoms at Johnny Brenda’s

Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com
Katie Ellen | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

The official release of Katie Ellen‘s debut LP Cowgirl Blues is tomorrow, but you can hear it live a night early at the band’s record release show tonight at PhilaMOCA. The new project of Anika Pyle, former frontwoman of punk outfit Chumped, Katie Ellen is her platform for anthemic, cathartic, feminist “sparkle pop twang punk fuzz core” jams. Listen to leading single “Sad Girls Club” below and check out the XPN Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at The Barbary, Northern Arms at Boot and Saddle, & More

the bigness
The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Philly band The Bigness headlines tonight at The Barbary in Northern Liberties, supported by local bands The Lemats and The Upticks (only bands with “The” in the name are allowed to perform tonight). The Bigness released their debut LP Time Traveler last year to follow 2011’s Surf + Turf, growing into their solid indie rock sound. More information on the 21+ show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Arc Iris to reimagine Joni Mitchell’s “Blue” at Boot and Saddle this July

Arc Iris Reimagines Joni Mitchell’s “Blue”

Are you a Joni Mitchell fan? Do you also have a love or appreciation for modern, hypnotic electro music that takes you to another place? Then, boy, Indie pop trio, Arc Iris, has a gift for you. The Providence-based, Jocie Adams’ fronted band is going on six-stop tour dedicated solely to re-imagining Joni Mitchell’s album, Blue, and huzzah, one of those coveted stops is at Boot and Saddle on July 8th.

While maintaining Mitchell’s raw emotion, Arc Iris’ renditions switch up acoustic ballads for big arrangements of atmospheric vibes, bold beats, and ethereal vocals. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palehound at Boot and Saddle, Pronoun at Kung Fu Necktie

Palehound | Courtesy of the artist

Along with all the other albums we’ve been waiting years for, Palehound‘s sophomore LP A Place I’ll Always Go was recently released on June 16th on Polyvinyl and it is as much fantastic as it is pure emotion. The trio from Boston brings their indie rock lo-fi sound to Boot and Saddle tonight as the second stop in their US tour in support of the new release. Joining them are Philly’s Queen of Jeans and Ursula at the 21+ show. For more information, see the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Robert Glasper Experiment at World Cafe Live, Joan Shelley at Boot and Saddle

Robert Glasper
Robert Glasper | Photo courtesy of the artist

Jazz pianist Robert Glasper brings his quartet of experimental jazz instrumentation with hip-hop (and a little bit of everything else) undertones to World Cafe Live tonight. The quartet’s album Black Radio won the 2013 Grammy for Best R&B Album, several tracks featuring Philly’s own Bilal. They are currently touring following last year’s ArtScience. For more information, visit the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Joe Jack Talcum at Boot and Saddle, Ross Bellenoit at Ortlieb’s

The Dead Milkmen
The Dead Milkmen | Photo by Morgan Smith for WXPN | phobymo.com

Philly rock scene vet Joe Jack Talcum – guitarist and singer for The Dead Milkmen – wraps up a short spring tour with F. Woods tonight at Boot & Saddle. From acoustic solo cassettes in the 80s and 90s to side projects like Butterfly Fairweather and The Cheesies, and splits with Mischief Brew and Ratboy, Joe is a busy songwriter. Philly’s F. Woods, formerly of Mercury Radio Theater, is working on a followup to his 2015 solo debut Found On Road Dead — read an interview with him about his wildly eclectic project here. Opening the show is a solo set from T.J. Kong, aka grizzleld storytelling songwriter Dan Bruscewicz, who is due for a new release of his own. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →