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Tonight’s Concert Picks: PINKWASH at Everybody Hits, Cherry at Boot & Saddle, Bryant Eugene Vazquez at Johnny Brenda’s, and more

Pinkwash
Pinkwash | Photo by John Vettese

West Philly punk rock duo PINKWASH are making some of the loudest, most rage-worthy tunes in the city right now, and they’ll bring their energetic and heavy sound to Everybody Hits tonight for a show with WAND, who are touring support of their recently-released new album Plum, and Darto. PINKWASH’s last release was their debut LP Collective Sigh in 2016, and they recorded a Key Studio Session earlier this year, which you can listen to below. Since guitarist / vocalist Joey Doubek has been busy on tour drumming for Downtown Boys and drummer Ashley Arnwine has been doing the same with Waxahatchee, getting the two bandmates in the same place at once has been rare this year — so don’t miss it. Find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Cherry breaks down the myth of maturity on the Dumbness LP

Cherry | photo courtesy of the artist
Cherry | photo courtesy of the artist

A couple weeks ago, Russell Edling spent a weekend on the coast of Maine, camping with his girlfriend Gabby in Acadia National Park. After spending the daylight hours hiking miles up rocky cliffs and across mountain trails, they returned to their campsite – where their neighbors were, eh, not exactly chill.

“It was a bunch of dudes drinking and smoking and giggling until really late at night,” he recalls. “They could be 14, but I bet when Monday rolls around they’re going to tie their Windsor knots and get back to the office. It’s an escape. I see that person, and I think they’re a serous professional person. Then I hear them at midnight cooking hot dogs and I’m like ‘what the hell is going on?’”

There’s an odd and seemingly infinite chasm between careless youth and adult responsibility – one Edling, having just turned 29, is acutely aware of. It’s a central theme of Dumbness, the debut full-length from his band Cherry, which we’re happy to give you a first listen to today. The idea of maturity, he muses, is a myth; “I feel like people just get to a point when they stop caring.” Continue reading →

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Listen to Cherry’s new hazily addicting track “Under the Sun”

Cherry | photo courtesy of artist

Philly’s Kite Party disbanded a few years back, but in its wake arose a new project from the ashes. It’s called Cherry, and we’ve been fully hyped about them since their musical birth last year, when they released their debut EP Gloom and played some kickbutt shows — including last year’s Key Fest.

Along with Kite Party frontman, Russell Edling, Cherry features KP’s guitarist Justin Fox, Three Man Cannon’s Spenser Colmbs, Lame-O records‘ Eric Osman on drums, and Jesse Kennedy on keys. And this mega group just released a new track titled “Under the Sun,” ahead of their debut full-length album, Dumbness, which will be available for your ears on September 29th. Continue reading →

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Happy release day to Sun Airway, stream Heraldic Black Cherry in full

Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist
Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist

We’ve really been enjoying the surprise reemergence of Sun Airway this year. Local musician Jon Barthmus started sharing new material from the electro-pop project in early December with “FOAM,” a kaleidoscopic sound collage that is filled with earworm melodies to latch on to. Two more singles followed, and today Barthmus’ third LP Heraldic Black Cherry gets its digital release.

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Dance ‘Apocalipstick’: New Cherry Glazerr, Foxygen and Dirty Projectors on the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Cherry Glazerr | Photo by Felisha Tolentino, courtesy of the artist

The Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming for YOU tonight at 11pm ET on XPN! Listen for a floor-to-ceiling spread of brand new tracks on tonight’s two-hour show. In the mix are new releases from Spoon, Dirty Projectors, Diet Cig and more, plus a DOUBLE ALBUM SPOTLIGHT on two new records that just came out today. We’ll hear from the explosive California trio Cherry Glazerr, and we’ll dig in to the string-swept new album from Foxygen. Check out a few of the new things below, won’t you?

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Sun Airway rolls out a third song from Heraldic Black Cherry, “Violent Grey”

Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s one of those contradictions of creativity: the intersection of desire and reality, the wanting to be the focus of attention without necessarily putting oneself out there. Philly’s Jon Barthmus has been through it a couple times, back in the aughties blogrock era with his spectacular pop band The A-Sides and more recently with the elegant electronic outfit Sun Airway, which had a couple great higher-profile moments on the Dead Oceans roster and then retreated to the shadows for a couple years.

In recent months, we’ve heard the first new music in four years from the project — its third LP, Heraldic Black Cherry, is on the way this winter / spring — and on the heels of “FOAM” and “All In,” today we’ve got the existential quandary of “Violent Grey.” Viewing that push-pull of the limelight from a different angle, Barthmus sings “I don’t want to be forgotten, I just want to be forgotten,” and if those are indeed two distinct wishes, perhaps his plan to keep Sun Airway a studio project is the best way to fulfill both. Continue reading →

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Listen to Sun Airway’s second Heraldic Black Cherry single “All In”

Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist
Sun Airway | photo courtesy of the artist

Earlier this week Sun Airway welcomed the new year with a new song, taken from the forthcoming Heraldic Black Cherry LP that we expect to hear in full later this year. “All In” is the second track Jon Barthmus has shared since returning from a four year musical hiatus and features local singer-songwriter Cynthia G Mason on vocals.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cherry at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Grande Marshall at The Foundry, Honeytiger at Boot and Saddle

Cherry at Key Fest | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Cherry at Key Fest | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

We’ve brought them in for a Key Studio Session and couldn’t get enough so we added them to Key Fest — now, Cherry will be performing at the free Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront series tonight. The brainchild of former punk band Kite Party member Russell Edling, Cherry will be playing along with Belgrade for the scenic concert. And hey, who doesn’t love free live music? Head over to the XPN Concert Calendar for more info. You can check out their live sessions with us below. Continue reading →

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Key Fest At-A-Glance, Part Two: A Saturday of indie rock dreamscaping with Kississippi, Shelf Life, Cherry and Madalean Gauze

Kississippi | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com
Kississippi | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN | hopehelmuth.com

We’re still reeling from a mindblowing opening night of #KeyFest over here at XPN HQ – pictures later today! – but there’s plenty more where that came from. Tonight at MilkBoy, we celebrate the vibrant sounds that come from DIY basements and indie rock bars around the city. Read on for an overview. Continue reading →

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Cherry’s album release party was so great we added them to Key Fest

Cherry | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Cherry | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

So we’ve been pretty excited about the emerging Philly band Cherry this year. The new project of Kite Party’s Russell Edling trades his old group’s thundering amps and crushing guitar riffs for more nuanced, dreamy indie rock. The band premiered a brilliant Craig Scheihing-directed video for “Alligators” with us in January, released its Gloom EP in February and recorded a Key Studio Session in March.

Cherry’s belated EP release show happened Sunday night at Kung Fu Necktie, and it was fantastic. The five-piece band – Eric Osman on drums, Spenser Hogans on bass, Justin Fox on guitar, Jesse Kennedy on keys – rocked the EP in its entirety and then some, their Yo La Tengo guitar tones intermixing beautifully with synthesizer accents and hammering rhythms. The treat of the night was a new song – newer than even “Cherry,” which was debuted in their key session – that had a driving, soaring quality reminiscent of New Order’s “Age of Consent.” I was floored. Continue reading →