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Full Bush paces itself on the tense, explosive “Someone”

Full Bush | via fullbush.bandcamp.com

Philly garage rock four-piece Full Bush brings the sweet sounds of punk grit on their new single, “Someone.” Usually the four-piece hits us with wild headbanging tunes, like in their 2016 song “Ray’s,” but this time, they’ve slowed things down and pace themselves.

Frontwoman Kate Breish deadpan vocals sneak along with throbbing drums, tense bass, and righteous guitar riffs as the song explodes, makes this five-minute track a thrash kid’s perfect fantasy.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The War on Drugs at The Dell Music Center, Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie, Graham Nash at Sherman Theater

The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs | photo by Emmett Malloy | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Philly psych rock heroes The War on Drugs will play their first hometown show in two and a half years at the Dell Music Center in support of their fantastic new record, A Deeper Understanding. If that’s not enough reason to get you out to Fairmount Park East on a Thursday night, the concert is a benefit for Connor Barwin’s Make The World Better foundation, which has been rehabbing parks and playground across the city since 2014 — their 2017 project will be announced at the concert tonight — and openers Land of Talk put out a fantastic record this year as well, via Saddle Creek. Tickets to the concert are still available, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch the glorious, Philly-shot video for “Pain” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Full Bush at Kung Fu Necktie and Lilly Hiatt at Boot and Saddle

Full Bush | photo via fullbush.bandcamp.com

Philly four-piece Full Bush tore it up at last year’s First Time’s the Charm festival, and in the time since, they’ve continued kicking some serious butt in glorious punk style. Tonight they’ll be doing just that at Kung Fu Necktie alongside Geisha FacadeThe Psychodelics, and The Hell Hole Store. Find info on the show here, and listen to a live version of “Ray’s” below. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Guerilla Toss at PhilaMOCA, Marshall Crenshaw at Kennett Flash, Bush at The Fillmore

Guerilla Toss
Guerilla Toss | photo by John Vettese

Mindbending NYC five-piece Guerilla Toss make their return to Philly tonight for a headlining show at PhilaMOCA. Their 2016 outing Eraser Stargazer melds the ferocity of circuit bent punk, free jazz improv and tripped-out psychedelia, and their live sets are utterly immersive. Joining them is Philly’s Moor Mother, who’s Don Giovanni Records debut Fetish Bones is out this fall. Tickets to the all ages show are available at the door, more information can be found at Facebook. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Abi Reimold, Center City Jazz Fest, Joy Ike, Deer Tick and more

Abi Reimold | photo by Bob Sweeney | courtesy of the artist

Tonight, Philly staple Bitter Bitter Weeks plays its first gig in what seems like an eternity; this weekend, Center City Jazz Fest touches down on the Sansom Street Corridor; and next Monday, it’s a road-trip worthy gig from Deer Tick in State College. Here are 15 concerts to see in and around Philly this week. Continue reading →

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Ron Gallo scares me (in a good way) at the First Unitarian Church

Ron Gallo | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Did you know that every single time Gene Simmons says that rock is dead, a new great rock and roll album is born? Seriously. It’s an actual fact. Or at least I think. Anway, one of the latest people to disprove Simmons — whose idea of rock and roll is to dress up in gothic clown costumes, blast pyrotechnics and sell action figures to distract from the mediocre-ness of his band’s music — is Philly’s own Ron Gallo.

Gallo, who sadly left us for Nashville about two years ago, came back to the city that loves him most (no offense, Nashville, but it’s true) last night to showcase the latest iteration of his ever-evolving style. No longer was he “Americana Ron” or “Roots Rock Ron.” This time around he was “Rock and Roll Ron,” with some other stuff mixed in as well. Continue reading →

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Mumblr provides thought-provoking reflection in tour recap video

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Mumblr | photo by Ian Amidon | courtesy of the artist

“I feel like, first of all, no band that is not making enough money to find a place to stay every night, should not responsibly be able to go on tour for more than a couple of weeks.” This blunt statement from singer-guitarist Nick Morrison opens the new tour recap video from local punks, Mumblr, in which the band gives advice and wisdom-filled warnings to young musicians about to embark on tour life. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Menzingers at The Fillmore, Jay Som at Boot & Saddle, Bardo Pond at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Menzingers | photo by Rachel Del Sordo

NEPA faves The Menzingers bring their latest LP After the Party to The Fillmore tonight. The big-room date follows a sold-out release show that happened last month at the smaller Kung Fu Necktie, a special treat for some of the band’s die-hard fans but one that left the majority of their local supporters with a serious case of FOMO. Tickets for tonight’s all-ages show can be found here. Watch “After the Party” below.

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XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week: “Healing Tide” by The War and Treaty

The War and Treaty | Photo courtesy of the artist and label.

After an exhilarating live performance at the Americana Music Association’s music festival last September in Nashville at Cannery Ballroom, husband and wife musical duo The War and Treaty – Michael Trotter Jr. and Tanya Blount-Trotter – became one of the most talked about sets at the festival by a whole lot of people. Had I not been there to experience it for myself, I would have doubted the hyperbole. Continue reading →