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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Strand of Oaks at Union Transfer, Valerie June at The Trocadero, Creepoid at Underground Arts, and more

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Strand of Oaks | photo by Joe del Tufo | www.moonloopphoto.com

After taking over our airwaves for our Free at Noon concert, Strand of Oaks heads to Union Transfer for a headliner with Twin Limb. These Philly rockers just released their full-length banger Hard Love, so head out for some manic, high energy tunes. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Creepoid

After eight years, two moves, three lineup reconfigurations and incalculable miles logged on their various tour vans — an incalculable number of tour vans, perhaps — Philadelphia psychedelic punks Creepoid have come full circle.

The four childhood friends who founded the band in the winter of 2009 are the same four adults who rage in the band today. On bass and vocals, Anna Troxell; on guitar and vocals, Sean Miller; on lead guitar, PeteJoe Urban; on drums, Pat Troxell. Their sound has gone from tense-but-subdued (2010’s Yellow Life Giver) to loud (2011’s Horse Heaven, 2014’s Creepoid) to very very loud (2015’s Cemetery Highrise Slum) and back to a dynamic state that embraces moments decidedly subdued — something we hear in this week’s Key Studio Session.

Yes, the amplifiers are cranked — crushingly so, and used brilliantly to sculpt sound in breathtaking ways. “I’m Only,” the first of two new tracks the band debuted in their performance this week, is one of their hardest-hitting songs to date — it hammers right out the gate as syncopated beats, staccato chords and howling string bends pummel their way into a languid and drifting verse. Next to Bardo Pond, Creepoid probably possesses the best understanding of volume and vibe out of anybody we’ve recorded in this series. Continue reading →

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New year, new Jens Lekman, Allison Crutchfield & Creepoid on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Jens Lekman | Photo by Ellika Henrikson, courtesy of the artist

Time to ring in a new year of adventure on the Indie Rock Hit Parade, tonight at 11pm ET on WXPN! Listen after the January edition of Making Time RADio with Dave P for a full two-hour show that’ll give you many reasons to start breathing heavily when you think about the music that’ll be out this year. New stuff in the mix tonight from Swedish swooner Jens Lekman, Philly drone-punks Creepoid, glam-pop young guns The Lemon Twigs and much more! Check out a few of the new tracks below…

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Slow Burner: Creepoid entrances Kung Fu Necktie in celebration of its new EP

Creepoid Record Release Show | Photography by: Ellen Miller | www.ellencm.com
Creepoid Record Release Show | Photography by: Ellen Miller | www.ellencm.com

Last Friday night, psychedelic Philly punk band Creepoid had Kung Fu Necktie packed with friends and fans who were awaiting the release of their new EP Burner. On the bill for the night, in addition to Creepoid, included with three local openers: Birthworms, Body Spray, and Dark Web. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Kung Fu Necktie, Peter Hook and the Light at The Trocadero, Mother Moses at Milkboy

Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist

After much anticipation, Creepoid celebrate the release of their new Burner EP at Kung Fu Necktie tonight. The local grunge-psych outfit are following up last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum LP with a collection that is notably more restrained than their more recent output. They shared EP cut “Dripping Eyelids” with Brooklyn Vegan earlier this week – check that out here, watch “Dried Out” from last year’s LP below, and pick up tickets for the 21+ release show here.

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Creepoid come full circle on “Dripping Eyelids”

Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly psychedelic punk four-piece Creepoid is returning to its roots, in more ways than one.

Firstly, they’ve recently brought founding guitarist Petejoe Urban back into the fold — he took time off from the band following the run behind its 2014 self-titled record. Second, there’s the stepped-back tones on their latest. While Creepoid’s releases have gotten progressively heavier and heavier, with last year’s Cemetery Highrise Slum being the hardest-hitting in the band’s catalog, an advance listen to bits of the newly announced Burner EP finds going all the way back. Earlier than self-titled, earlier than Horse Heaven, back all the way to their debut EP Yellow Life Giver. Continue reading →

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Tour Fishtown with Creepoid in new Sounds Local video

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Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Creepoid represented Philadelphia in a new visual series from MapQuest called Sounds Local, which followed six bands around their hometowns for a tour of their favorite spots. The psych-y grunge rockers hit many of the big Fishtown spots in the clip, sharing their favorite places to relax, eat, and catch some local music.

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Philly grunge-punks Creepoid to debut new EP Burner at Kung Fu Necktie in November

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Creepoid | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

The members of grungy psych-rock group Creepoid are playing a record release show at Kung Fu Necktie on Friday, November 25th.

There isn’t much information out there about the Philly favorites’ new album yet aside from the name, “Burner,” and the conjunctive Black Friday release date and show in November. The LP is being released via the Idaho-based WavePop records. Continue reading →

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Creepoid, Amanda X and more will play the 2016 River City Festival

Creepoid | via rivercityfestival.org

The 9th annual River City Festival is bringing a day-long roster of local talent to Fishtown’s Penn Treaty Park on Saturday, October 8th — and the lineup runs the gamut from blues and folk to punk and psych.

Headlining the day are Creepoid – who have founding guitarist PeteJoe Urban back in the fold – and Amanda X – who have been debuting some sick new jams of late. The day begins with Deb Callahan Blues Band and singer-songwriter staple Ben Arnold. In between, T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb will do the gravely Tom Waits jawn and Creem Circus will channel T-Rex. Continue reading →

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PeteJoe Urban rejoins the Creepoid family; playing Union Transfer with Drive Like Jehu

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Creepoid | photo courtesy of the artist

One thing we should aways remember about Creepoid – as dark and heavy and occasionally macabre as they get, they’re family. And we don’t say that just because vocalist / bassist Anna Troxell is wed to drummer Pat Troxell; their bandmates Sean Miller and founding guitarist PeteJoe Urban all grew up together in the Montgomery County burbs – they’re literal lifelong friends.

Which is why we’re excited to note that Urban is back in the fold. Continue reading →