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Listen to Low Dose’s self-titled, Nat Turner Rebellion’s Laugh to Keep from Crying, Caracara’s Better, and other Philly albums out today

Low Dose | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN // Nat Turner Rebellion | photo courtesy of Mad Dragon Records // Caracara | photo by Ashley Gellman | courtesy of the artist

Once again, it’s happened. The stars have aligned and several Philly releases we’ve been eager to listen to all landed on the same day. We’ve got our headphones and flame emoji ready; here are five new Philly records released on March 29th: Low Dose‘s self-titled, Nat Turner Rebellion‘s Laugh to Keep from Crying,Caracara‘s Better, S.R. Frost‘s Moving Light, and Lily McKown‘s Sea of Junk. Continue reading →

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Caracara is aspirational on the Mannequin Pussy-assisted title track from their new Better EP

Caracara | photo by Ashley Gellman | courtesy of the artist

Local rockers Caracara are moving up in the world. The band teamed up with Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip for their next release, a three-track EP called Better. The EP will be released on March 29 digitally and April 14 physically via Yip’s Memory Music label, and its title track is out now. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Hiss Golden Messenger, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Caracara, State Property and more

DJ Jazzy Jeff | photo by John Vettese for WXPN
DJ Jazzy Jeff | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

It’s another chill week, but we’re fortunate in Philly when a chill week still means we’ve got a diverse spread of concert options large and small. The DIY scene goes acoustic in the First Unitarian Church side chapel, a Philly legend cuts it up on the 1’s and 2’s, a cult favorite of reggae at Kung Fu Necktie, and a reunion by a force of nature in 90s rap: here are ten concerts to see all around Philadelphia in the next seven days.  Continue reading →

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Caracara navigates a world of moving portraits in new “Evil” video

Caracara | still from video

They went to SXSW in March, they’ve got a show coming up at the cages before December is out, and in between, the impressionistic post-hardcore Philadelphians of Caracara have kept a relatively low profile in 2018. This could change in the new year, though, as the band was recently picked up by Memory Music, the boutique label curated by Conshohocken producer Will Yip. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Long Hots at Eastern State Penitentiary, Dirty Dollhouse at MilkBoy, Caracara at Everybody Hits

Long Hots | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist
Long Hots | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Eastern State Penitentiary would be a powerful backdrop for a concert any day, but tonight’s show has a special reason for being there. It’s Justice Fest LIVE!, a concert in support of criminal justice reform — hence the historic prison yard setting — and Philly rockers Long Hots are one of the featured performers. The event will also include several guest speakers, including D.A. candidate Larry Krasner, plus more entertainment from DJ Cosmo Baker and a Songs from the Inside performance (music composed at Graterford prison). Revolution Taco and Foolish Waffle will provide the food, Yards will provide the beer. Find tickets and more information on JusticeFest here. Watch a video of Long Hots’ recent Boot & Saddle performance below.

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The Key Studio Sessions: Caracara

In a previous life, Will Lindsay and George Legatos played electropop for the basement show punk kids in W.C. Lindsay, a group we dug a lot around here at The Key. In a concurrent life, Carlos Pacheco-Perez and Sean Gill are two-thirds of Square Peg Round Hole, the progressive, percussion-driven instrumental ensemble that we also enjoy, whether they’re onstage or in the studio.

This would lead us to reason that we’d be all about Caracara, the new collaborative project of those various musicians. But we were nevertheless surprised how epic their debut record wound up being.
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Listen to Caracara’s debut album Summer Megalith ahead of their Everybody Hits show

Caracara
Caracara | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rockers Caracara hit us with a few teasers from their debut album Summer Megalith last month, and the anticipation has been building ever since. Now, the waiting is over, release day is here, and Summer Megalith is finally out in the world. Not to be mistaken for the bird, Caracara create the kind of spirited, honest, pour-your-soul-into-it music that is so essential to the Philly scene right now. Spattered with fuzzy instrumentals and woven with dense and reflective lyrics, the 12-track album (engineered and mixed by Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball fame) is a must-listen for these early fall, weather-changing days. Continue reading →

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Listen to three songs from Caracara’s debut album Summer Megalith

Caracara
Caracara | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | courtesy of the artist

Yesterday, Philly indie rock four-piece Caracara dropped a teaser for its debut record Summer Megalith. Today, we have more complete details: the album is out September 22nd via Flower Girl Records — grab a preorder here — and they’ll celebrate on September 27th at Everybody Hits with So Totally and Worlds Greatest Dad (details on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar).

Along with the announcement comes a bevy of music — a video for “Glacier,” shot by Em Dubin, along with three songs streaming on Caracara’s Bandcamp. They run a gamut that would be expected of the band with this sort of background — a collaboration between Carlos Pacheco Perez and Sean Gill of instrumental experimental trio Square Peg Round Hole and William Lindsay and George Legatos of synthpoppers W.C. Lindsay. Continue reading →