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Flat Mary Road shares “Mandate” ahead of new album The Score and The Heartbeat

Flat Mary Road | photo by Carina Giamerese | courtesy of the artist

West Philly indie rockers Flat Mary Road have announced that their forthcoming album The Score and The Heartbeat will be released on April 26. They’ve shared its lead single “Mandate” ahead of the release, along with an accompanying lyric video.

The new lyric video is as much of a team effort as Flat Mary Road’s music. Edited and designed bassist Dan Papa and set to his photos of the Philly streets and skyline, the video also features drawings and animations by vocalist/guitarist Steve Teare. It’s sonically more folk-inspired than much Flat Mary Road’s previous work, with Teare leaning into a twangy vocal that’s balanced out with the band’s familiar rock-driven guitar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Flat Mary Road

Philadelphia five-piece Flat Mary Road has been honing its craft for the better part of the past decade, from the warehouses of Fishtown and Kensington to the Victorian homes of West Philly, where most of its members currently reside. Helmed by singer-guitarist and songwriter Steve Teare, the band draws strongly on 80s college rock and 90s indie rock influences. You’ll hear traces of R.E.M., The Smiths and Camper Van Beethoven in their playing…not to mention Wilco, Built to Spill and Shearwater. Askew yet infectious guitar lines, emphatic vocals and observational lyrics, a bit of twang and touch of rock and roll fiddle from Pete Clark.  Continue reading →

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See a day in the life of Flat Mary Road & friends in new video for “Porch Stasis”

Flat Mary Road | via the artist's Bandcamp page
Flat Mary Road | via the artist’s Bandcamp page

Last month, Flat Mary Road released their latest full length effort, Driving With The Numen. The roll-out also included a packed Boot & Saddle release show, but the Philadelphia five piece isn’t done yet. They’ve just shared a new video for album cut “Porch Stasis”, and you can stream it now via Impose Magazine. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at The Fillmore, Flat Mary Road at Boot and Saddle, Square Peg Round Hole at Johnny Brenda’s

Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive
Circa Survive | via the band’s Facebook page

Doylestown rockers Circa Survive will play The Fillmore tonight with support from mewithoutYou and Turnover. The show will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their sophomore album album On Letting Go. Stream the video for that album’s single, “The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →

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Watch The Bigness, Liz De Lise and Flat Mary Road cover “All The Young Dudes” at Ortlieb’s

The Bigness, Liz de Lise and Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb's | still from video
The Bigness, Liz de Lise and Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb’s | still from video

Philly indie rockers The Bigness released their ultra 90s inspired EP Time Traveler last week. Experimental pop solo artist Liz De Lise also released her latest full length, a self titled outing reminiscent of both Neil Young and St. Vincent.

Both bands shared an album release party at Ortlieb’s, and it culminated in a packed stage singalong (along with opener Flat Mary Road) of Mott the Hoople and David Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes.”

It’s joyous, fun and awesome – watch it below, and keep tabs on the artists’ next moves at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Flat Mary Road put their spin on Beat Happening’s “Cry for a Shadow”

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Flat Mary Road | photo by Dan Papa with illustrations by Steve Teare

Local indie rockers Flat Mary Road have spent the last few months finding their sea legs again after adding some new members. We heard a demo of “Littered” in November (their first recording in the latest line-up) and now they’ve shared a version of Beat Happening’s “Cry for a Shadow” that has a little more meaning than just being a fun cover.

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Flat Mary Road shares “Littered,” plays Ortlieb’s tonight

Flat Mary Road
Flat Mary Road | photo via Facebook

After releasing The Great Talk in August of 2014, Flat Mary Road took some time off to reboot. The local indie rock band kept things quiet on social media for the most part (save for uploading a pair of album outtakes earlier this summer) but now, after gaining some new members and writing some new songs, the band is getting back in the game.

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Now Hear This: New songs from Andy Jenkins, Gang Gang Dance, Gorillaz, Arp, LUMP, Wilder Maker, and more

Orquesta Akokán | via orquestaakokan.bandcamp.com

Every month, noted song expert K. Ross Hoffman presents Now Hear This, a sampling of fresh specimens for your consideration.

Aw yeah, summer. The entropy, the lethargy, the visceral extremes.  Now, summer makes all sorts of things weird anyway, but I feel like summertime in music-land has gotten especially wonky in recent years. Basically, my take is that the focus on large-scale music festivals which has ballooned over the past decade or so has taken a palpable bite out of non-festival-centric touring itineraries, and thus summer concert calendars, and even, indirectly, album release schedules. (Aside from the overwhelming hype cavalcade of Drake, Jay-Zeyonce and Kanye and Co. all dropping within a matter of weeks, the last few weeks have felt a bit thin for noteworthy new releases, and the rest of July and August, peering ahead, are looking even sparser.) Maybe I’d be less sore about all this if I felt closer to the target audience for either Firefly or Made in America, but as it stands those festivals’ biggest impact on me, personally, has been (presumably) shutting Philly out of proper local headline dates for the makers of some of my favorite music of the year: Janelle Monáe, for instance, and Amen Dunes.

Still, there’s plenty that’s worth seeing, concert-wise, in the coming weeks – it just feels like (even) more of an unpredictable hodge-podge than usual. Some of it is coming in the form of smaller, locally-targeted festivals: there’s XPN’s own XPoNential Festival, of course, and the decidedly weirder and more DIY All Mutable Summer Jam which is running the same weekend (July 27th-28th); I’m also pretty hyped about the free, Latin Roots-affiliated Nuevofest which is coming up this Sunday (read on for more about that.)

Anyhow, this being summertime, what do you say we all take a trip? Just a little musical vacation around the globe and beyond, to points both familiar and strange; real, imaginary and somewhere in between. I can’t say that it will all be straightforward or entirely uncomplicated – what is nowadays, after all – but I do promise we’ll have some fun along the way. And it’ll feel oh so nice to arrive back home at the end.

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