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Descendents share new single “Without Love,” catch them in October

Descdenents | photo by Kevin Scanlon | via Spin

Don’t call it a comeback — this summer has been bursting with band’s long-awaited returns, like Descendents and the bands they subsequently inspired ( a la Blink 182, Sum 41, and the like). Following last month’s single “Victim of Me,” the band’s first new release in close to 12 years, they just debuted another new track called “Without Love.” Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Descendents will headline Electric Factory this October

Descdenents | photo by Kevin Scanlon | via Spin

The world was a different place the last time we heard new music from Descendents. It was 2004, the band had dropped its sixth album, Cool to Be You, and after touring in support, the band went into an almost decade-long hibernation. The band played scattered reunion shows following the 2008 passing of founding member Frank Navetta, but got back together in force to make their seventh studio album Hypercaffium Spazzinate, coming out July 29th on Epitaph Records. In support of it, Descendents will be playing at the Electric Factory on Thursday, October 13th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 17th. For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calendar and check out the band’s new single “Victim of Me” below. Continue reading →

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Declare Independence: AMERICAN PUNK 3 on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Downtown Boys | Photo by Miguel Rosario, courtesy of the artist

Lace up those kickers and get ready to get rowdy as the Indie Rock Hit Parade presents AMERICAN PUNK 3: A July 4th (adjacent) special! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN (that’s right after this month’s Land of the Lost with Robert Drake, of course) for a full two-hour salute to American Punks of all generations. We’ll hear new releases from Austin’s A Giant Dog, Providence’s Downtown Boys and Philly’s own Sheer Mag, alongside classic cuts from Descendents, the Misfits and Sleater-Kinney! Preview some of the new cuts below…

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chali 2NA at Ardmore Music Hall, Told Slant at PhilaMOCA, Margaret Glaspy at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

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Chali 2na | photo via Facebook

Chali 2na performs at the Ardmore Music Hall tonight. The Chicago-born rapper has a collaboration list that includes legendary acts like Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, Run DMT, and Galactic, though his deep voice was most recently heard on Savoy’s “Love Is Killing Me.” Check out that track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show with New Orleans jazz / funk outfit Professor Naughty here.

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Local punk band Beach Slang gets raw and loud on their debut EP, announce they’ll be playing Fest 13

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Beach Slang / via bandcamp

Beach Slang recently released a raw four song EP entitled Who Would Ever Want Anything So Broken?, which you can stream below and pick up on vinyl in Spring via Dead Broke Records. While this band kind of seemed to pop up out of nowhere, its members are no strangers to the Philadelphia scene. Vocalist and guitarist James Snyder is a member of the inactive but memorable pop punk band Weston. With Ed McNulty from Crybaby on bass and JP Flexner from Ex Friends on drums, this is a sort of a local Philly supergroup. The EP was recorded with Dave Downham at Gradwell House Recording Studio in Haddons Height, NJ and mastered at Armstrong Studios by Stephen Egerton, known for his work with The Descendants.

Beach Slang’s debut EP is nothing short of breakout. Snyder authors some amazing lyrics for grungy hearts that find themselves in love in “Filthy Luck”. To me, the line “Carve your name soft across my lungs / I want to breathe you until I’m numb / We’re not loved, well, hardly anyway / with filthy luck in such a filthy haze” speaks to the dingy basement scene that has sparked so many relationships by chance.

These lyrics seem to describe the lives of modern day punks, with cleverly written takes like “The kids are still alright / We’re just too high to fight” or “Who called the cops? / Whatever, we’ll never get caught”. Delivering the avidly truthful and hopeful lyrics with catchy melodies and harmonies, Beach Slang nailed the vocals. The EP’s raw indie sound is textured with distortion and feedback alongside the fast-paced rhythms and punk mentality. The three piece band blasts through catchy riffs and drum fills, with trudging bass and texturing feedback at the best moments.  Definitely check out “Filthy Luck” and “Punk or Lust”.

Beach Slang also announced they’ll be heading down to Fest 13 this upcoming Fall. Check out the insane lineup and get tickets here.

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Don’t miss Gogol Bordello’s transcontinental debauchery at the official XPoNential Fest afterparty

Photo by John Shore | www.johnshorephoto.com

Gogol Bordello is one of those bands whose live show is truly an experience. Fresh off of the release of their latest record, Pura Vida Conspiracy, the self-proclaimed “gypsy punks” are stopping by tomorrow for a midnight XPoNential fest afterparty at The TLA.

Incredibly enough, the band has continued to grow so much musically that “gypsy punk” may even be too narrow of a definition. Basically, they’re one, big transcontinental party-starting family. Frontman Eugene Hutz hails from Ukraine, where his family were descendents of Romani people. He’s spent time living (or being a refugee) in Italy, Poland, Hungary, and most recently Brazil. The band’s current and past members are from Russia, Ecuador, Scotland, Israel, Ethiopia, the U.S, and China.

A Gogol Bordello show is a melting pot of everything – people, cultures, music, ideologies, theatrics. You’ll find Russians and Eastern European immigrants of all ages, coming to hear the music of their heritage, people dressed in gypsy or hippie garb, punks, and people that can basically fit any type of preconceived stereotype. The point? Those stereotypes are dead and gone for at least the duration of the show – everyone’s “familia.” And people go absolutely wild; I think Gogol Bordello shows have prepared me for crowd craziness and violence in any kind of concert scenario. Continue reading →

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Today and tonight in concerts: Popped! Music Fest, Philly F/M Fest, Riot Fest with X and the Dead Milkmen, Meg Baird, Revolution, I Love You, Ted Leo, Andrew Lipke


Take a deep breath and get ready to rock: it’s an eventful Saturday in Philly. Today both the Popped! Music Festival and the Philly F/M Fest continue.

Popped! is at the Liacouras Center at 1776 N. Broad Street on Temple’s campus. Doors open at 10:30 a.m. Lineup for Popped! is:

Nikki Jean 11:25am
Anamanaguchi 11:50am
Patty Crash 12:15
Black Landlord 12:40
Zee Avi 1:05
Mates Of State 1:35
Cults 2:15
Sun Airway 2:55
Budos Band 3;35
Charles Bradley 4:15
Titus Andronicus 4:55
Rakim 5:35
Kreayshawn 6;15
Foster The People 7:00
Girl Talk 8:00
Pretty Lights 9:30

Today’s Philly F/M Fest highlight is the two stage Riot Fest at Festival Pier. Gates open at 11:30. Purchase tickets here.

Riot East Stage
12:00 p.m. – The Heels
12:40 p.m. – Brothers From Another
1:40 p.m. – Population Zero
2:40 p.m. – The Holy Mess
3:40 p.m. – The Menzingers
4:40 p.m. – Samiam
5:40 p.m. – 7Seconds
6:40 p.m. – Suicide Machines
7:50 p.m. – Hot Water Music
9:10 p.m. – X (plays “Los Angeles”)

Riot West Stage
12:20 p.m. – Lionize
1:10 p.m. – The Claw
2:10 p.m. – Larry And His Flask
3:10 p.m. – Shot Baker
4:10 p.m. – Weston
5:10 p.m. – Excitebike
6:10 p.m. – Naked Raygun
7:10 p.m. – Plow United
8:30 p.m. – Dead Milkmen
9:50 p.m. – Descendents

Other highlights:
Meg Baird + Glenn Jones, Watery Love at Johnny Brenda’s (9:15, 21+, $10); Andrew Lipke And The Azrael Quartet at Tin Angel (10:30 p.m., 21+, $10); Ted Leo And The Pharmacists + Dry Feet at Johnny Brenda’s (1:30 p.m., all ages, $15); Black Landlord at Milkboy Philly (9 p.m., 21+, free); Revolution, I Love You (record-release show) + Penrose, Panic Years at World Cafe Live (8:40 p.m., 21+, $11)

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TV Casualty As Black Flag: A Dining Out For Life benefit tonight at Johnny Brenda’s

Last December, it was Minor Threat; tonight, Philly’s TV Casualty will perform as Black Flag. The lineup features Dan Yemin (Paint It Black) Chris Wilson (Ted Leo And The Pharmacists), Andy Nelson (Paint It Black), Atom Goren (Atom & His Package), and Brian Sokel (Franklin); the show “benefits and celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dining Out For Life, which benefits organizations that help treat people with HIV & AIDS.” The bill also features Everything Sucks: A Tribute To The Descendents (featuring members of Armalite, Affirmative Action Jackson, Pink Coffins, The A-Sides, and Yo Man Go!) and The England Belongs To Twee Sound System. The performances begin at 9 p.m.; tickets to the 21+ show are $10.

From the Dining Out For Life Philadelphia website:

On Thursday, April 28, 2011 over 200 restaurants across the Delaware Valley will be participating in what the Philadelphia Inquirer has called “the busiest restaurant night of the year!”. Benefiting thousands of men, women, and children throughout our region. Please visit the participating restaurant page where you can search by location, cuisine type, meal served – even for restaurants taking part in our special “20% Off Tuesday” promotion – details on the promotion are on the Participating Restaurant page – please make you reservations soon and remember to support these amazing restaurants throughout the year, they truly make a difference in your community!

(Flyer art by Awesome Dudes Printing)