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Big Nothing dig up inspiration in new video for “Waste my Time”

Big Nothing | still from video

Before the release of their debut album Chris on Friday, May 10th, Big Nothing have shared the video for “Waste My Time”. The goofy video shows the Philly indie-rockers digging a hole in the middle of woods and uncovering inspirational books and posters. Intermixed with shots of the band hard at work are shots of them playing the song, also in the middle of the woods. The video ends with the group admiring their unearthed treasure, a poster of a cat dangling from a tree branch with “hang in there” written across it. Being their first music video, “Waste My Time” introduces the group as a melodic power-pop quartet with a great sense of humor. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Big Nothing

Is three songwriters too many? Not when you’re talking about Philadelphia’s Big Nothing. The DIY rock four-piece finds singer-guitarists Pat Graham and Matt Quinn, and singer-bassist Liz Parsons, all sharing equal time at the microphone, and the vibe you’ll get from song to song shifts depending on who’s taking lead. Quinn’s jams sit best alongside the gravelly anthems of The Menzingers and Gaslight Anthem, while Parsons leans decidedly more indiepop (think that dog.) and Graham is all about spirited power pop with Replacements-style feeling.

What unifies Big Nothing, beyond their name and their collective great taste, is remarkably tight playing — snappy fuzz pedal jams propelled by drummer Chris Jordan and kicked out with expeditious run times of three minutes or fewer — not to mention experience, which stretches from West Chester’s Spraynard (Graham) to Gainesville’s Young Livers (Jordan). Non-musical bonus round: in addition to their respective roots in Casual and Crybaby, Parsons and Quinn are part of the team behind the amazing West Philly vegan bakery Dottie’s Donuts. In short, these people know how to kick out the jams as well as they know their plant-based treats, and after convening in Philly in 2017 to release their debut EP, Big Nothing will release their debut LP Chris this Friday on Detroit label Salinas Records.  Continue reading →

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Liz Parsons’ vocals are smooth like “Honey” on Big Nothing’s newly released track

Big Nothing | photo by Jared Castaldi | courtesy of the artist

This week, Philly punk four-piece Big Nothing released a second song from their album Chris after releasing lead single “Real Name two weeks ago, and though the album won’t be released until May 10 via Salinas Records, “Honey” is keeping us satisfied in the meantime. Bassist Liz Parsons writes and sings the track, and her smooth yet powerful vocals combine punk and pop in an irresistibly ear-catching blend. The song takes a classic sound and adds spice, delivering a catchy chorus that’ll get stuck in your head. Continue reading →

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Big Nothing’s crunchy, catchy “Real Name” has us amped for their new album Chris

Big Nothing | photo by Jared Castaldi | courtesy of the artist

Philly four-piece Big Nothing caught our ears with their self-titled debut EP in 2017, and they’ve spent the last two years in between releases working on a full-length record. The band just announced that their new LP, Chris, will be released on May 10 via Salinas Records, and Big Nothing’s signature combination of melodic punk and power pop can be heard in the lead single “Real Name,” which is out now. Continue reading →

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Get Better Fest 5’s initial lineup includes Solarized, Control Top, Big Nothing; benefits Morris Home and Black & Pink

Get Better Fest 3 | photo by Jeff Hersch | courtesy of Get Better Records
Get Better Fest 3 | photo by Jeff Hersch | courtesy of Get Better Records

Each spring for the past four years, Get Better Records has thrown an event that always leaves us looking forward to the next. The local independent label just announced Getter Better Fest 5, happening over three days in May at two locations — this year it’s the First Unitarian Church and LAVA Space. Not all of the bands have been announced yet, but with initial lineup we have so far, it’s already shaping up to be a stacked weekend of tunes. And Get Better Fest is as much about the community as it is the music — the festival always seeks to promote a diverse and inclusive lineup, all while raising money for local and national organizations. Continue reading →

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Stream Big Nothing’s wildly jam-worthy, self titled EP via Brooklyn Vegan

Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist
Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist

You were given a warm introduction to new local super-group Big Nothing last week when we premiered their power-chord heavy, helluva ride of a single, “Cincinnati.” Now you can become even more well-acquainted — become pals even — by listening to the band’s full self-titled EP. Though officially out on July 28th, the crew has shared an early streaming of the EP via Brooklyn Vegan. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Big Nothing explores the void on “Cincinnati”

Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist
Big Nothing | photo courtesy of the artist

There’s an undeniable pedigree to new locals Big Nothing, pointing strongly back to the bustling West Chester punk scene. Guitarist Matt Quinn played in Crybaby with Ed McNulty of Beach Slang, while Pat Graham (also on guitar) fronted WC heroes Spraynard. A bit geographically separate, but no less connected, is bassist Liz Parsons — who hails from Flemington, NJ’s Casual — and drummer Chris Jordan, of Gainesville, FL’s Young Livers (a group that, incidentally, took their name from a great Rocket From the Crypt song).

Basically, it’s a crew of rad people who love hooky, riff-driven punk with strong pop sensibilities, who found themselves living in Philadelphia and wanting to start a project in the vein of Superchunk, The Pixies and The Replacements. Or, as Graham puts it over email, “we’re four Philadelphians coming together to explore the existential void…Big Nothing exists in order to never lose sight of doing what makes you happy. We are here to have fun, break things, and do whatever we want all of the time.”

That begins with “Cincinnati,” a track we’re stoked to premiere for you today. Continue reading →

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Reimagining Ortlieb’s: Domenic Palermo of Nothing and Kyle Costill of BITBY have big plans for the NoLibs venue

A view of Ortlieb's from where the new stage will be | Photo by John Vettese
A view of Ortlieb’s from where the new stage will be | Photo by John Vettese

Before he had Nothing, Domenic “Nicky” Palermo spent a decade in the service industry.

He ran the gamut of gigs, from busboy to bartender to manager of multiple bars and restaurants around Philly. And through this time, he always had his music a s a side gig.

But 2014 was a breakthrough year for Nicky’s band. The Philly-based shoegaze group toured extensively around their debut LP, Guilty of Everything, which was released last March by Relapse Records, picked up as an NPR First Listen and named one of the “Best Overlooked Albums of 2014” by Spin Magazine, to name just a few of its accolades.

Nicky left the hospitality industry a year-and-a-half ago so that he could do nothing but Nothing. Then, he was given the opportunity to re-enlist and take on his newest project: Ortlieb’s. Continue reading →

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Nothing More, Of Mice and Men, Badflower, and Palisades bring a hard rock spectacular to the Fillmore Philadephia

Palisades | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Nothing More came to the Fillmore Philadelphia with three spectacular openers whom all absolutely killed the show. Palisades, a post-hardcore band from Iselin, New Jersey; Badflower, an up and coming Los Angeles band you should tune your ears to; Of Mice And Men, a classic for 90s metal/punk kids. Continue reading →

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Guitarist-composer Matt Davis is at home with Big Family

Matt Davis’ Aerial Photograph | photo courtesy of the artist

Limiting smoldering guitarist and kinetic composer Matt Davis and his floating membership ensemble, Aerial Photograph, to “jazz,” is like trying to make ice on a roller coaster: its fluidity cannot be contained due to its insistent motion, both literal and figurative. “I call it ‘jazz-adjacent,’ for better or worse,” said Davis, who came up through “the tradition,” and mostly continues to follow that lineage. Thinking of his newest album, Big Family, and its bent lines of improvisation, this is hardly you standard sense of swing, bop, or balladry. “The name ‘jazz’ is a drag, if only for the reason that it just doesn’t mean anything anymore. It’s more of a tradition and lineage than a style. How else can Robert Glasper and Eddie Lang be in the same aisle?”

At turns elegant, eloquent, immersive and deeply involving (to say nothing of Gil Evans-esque in sound and theory), the one-time Philadelphia musician/teacher and his ever-changing crew have long filled his albums and live shows with gentle stories of familys at rest and in transition — his own, those of immigrant communities, or members of the military, as with his newest song, “Air Mail” — and of the more provocative elements of how these knit-together households act toward each other and the world around them.

There’s a reason that Davis has called his new album Big Family, a record he’ll debut at a live release party/event at The Rotunda on March 1. Continue reading →