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The Road to RFA: Chatting with the Philly rock faves about their newly-released debut LP

RFA | photo by Olivia Cummings | courtesy of the artist
RFA | photo by Olivia Cummings | courtesy of the artist

Local rock four-piece RFA hit our radar almost four years ago with an unassuming demo of timeless, asskicking songs. Our writer Katrina Murray compared them to The Strokes and said “their passion and potential is nearly tangible.” Turns out the band was a lot newer to the scene than we thought — they recorded the project as high school seniors — and not only have they stuck around, they’ve grown. Continue reading →

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Jam to RFA’s catchy new single, “Down Your Street”

RFA | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Just before the weekend hit, Philly rockers RFA shared “Down Your Street,” the infectious lead single to the group’s upcoming debut album, out on April 6th. The first taste of “Down Your Street” hit the web last spring when the band’s Out of Town Films session was posted. The song has been played out in their raucous live shows for just as long, and now RFA have finally released the album version of the song. Continue reading →

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RFA closes tour with a raucous homecoming show at PhilaMOCA

RFA | photo by Dylan Eddinger | dylaneddingerphoto.squarespace.com

Philly rock faves RFA headlined PhilaMOCA Saturday night; it was their first show in Philly in a few months and, needless to say, the crowd missed these guys.

Dan Cousart, Brendan McHale, Alec Powell, and Christian Turzo have been consistent key members of RFA for the last four years, and the band received the warmest of welcomes back home after a long summer and fall on the road. They played a killer set, featuring both old favorites and new songs to love. “Suzie Lee,” “Teenage Love Song,” and “Freaking Out,” all made appearances, along with a soon-to-be-officially-released single, “Down Your Street.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Graham Nash at Philadelphia Folk Festival, RFA at The Barbary

Graham Nash | Photo by Kate McCann for WXPN | katemccannphotography.com

Singer-songwriter icon Graham Nash takes the stage at Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford tonight to headline night two of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Last year he released This Path Tonight and toured extensively, playing Free at Noon as well as NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Watch video below and get more information on Folk Fest here. Continue reading →

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Jam out to RFA’s album recording of the earnest rocker “Suzie Lee”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about having names in song titles that lead to great tunes. From “Valerie” and “Come On, Eileen” to “Hey Jude” or “Billie Jean,” these iconic songs all address a specific person — or at least a feeling or memory personified into a specific person. Whether or not a song’s namesake is actually based off a real human is unknown, but what is known is that incorporating names into songs seems to make them incredibly more tangible and relatable, and a lot of times, just produces some really amazing tracks.

Lovable local basement rockers RFA add to this canon of name-in-title greats with their release of single, “Suzie Lee,”  which was recently premiered via Alt Citizen. We became enamored with the catchy croon when the lads previewed it live for their Out of Town Films video series, and so of course we’re psyched as heck about the official recording as well. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gabriel Garzón-Montano at The Foundry, LP at World Cafe Live, RFA at PhilaMOCA

Gabriel Garzón-Montano
Gabriel Garzón-Montano | Photo by Breanna Keohane for WXPN

Multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Garzón-Montano brings his dynamic debut LP Jardin to The Foundry tonight. The Brooklyn neo-R&B artist stopped by World Cafe to talk about the record with host Talia Schlanger recently, recounting his big break with Lenny Kravitz, the plethora of fruit and plant references in his lyrics, and his family’s musical history. Tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Watch “Crawl” below.

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Watch RFA completely shred on new track, “Down Your Street”

RFA | Photo By Noah Silvestry | silvestography.com

There’s something about local rockers RFA that’s just so dang infectious. From their catchy guitar riffs,to their head-bang inducing drums, to the way every single member plays with such energy and joy that you can’t help but smile and jam along, this band’s got the thing.

Closing out their stream of Out of Town Films live video releases, which included renditions of “Teenage Love Song” and “Suzie Lee,” RFA recently shared the final video in the series, in which the band performs a brand new track titled, “Down Your Street.” Mixing sunny licks with a grunge-y garage vibe, the song builds from laid back breeziness into an all-out, crunchy jam fest. Continue reading →

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This Just In: A new Kurt and Courtney collab has surfaced (no, not that one but still just as cool)

It seems that the indie rock gods have smiled upon us today, as it has been confirmed that hometown hero, Kurt Vile, and Melbourne grunge star, Courtney Barnett, have been recording together on a collaboration. With a duo as iconically-named as Kurt and Courtney, it’s gotta be a sign that this upcoming release is going to be legendary.

Hints of a collab between the two have been circulating on social media for some time, but the news was officially confirmed this week by Newmarket Studios in their Instagram post you can see above. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club, Purples at Boot and Saddle, RFA at PiLam and more

Queen of Jeans
Queen of Jeans | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | http://jeremy-zim.com/

Out west, Lancaster’s Chameleon Club is blessed by a headlining set from Queen of Jeans. Their sweet, sweet 60s styled pop is a refreshing change of pace, squeezing some high-energy drumming between some throwback rhythms. The gig is all ages, and more information/tickets can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →