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Flawless, Fuzzy Punk: Listen to Eight’s self-titled EP

Eight | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist
Eight | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

After sharing a video for the sunny and anthemic “839” a few weeks ago, Eight are back with a new release — the five-track EP, called Eight, is out now via Dead Broke Rekerds. The Philly power trio released their first EP, EIGHT, in 2015 and joined us for a Key Studio Session early this year to play some of their new songs. Continue reading →

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Watch Eight’s new video for “839,” catch them at the church this Friday

Eight | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist
Eight | photo by Scott Troyan | courtesy of the artist

Since the release of their debut EP EIGHT almost two years ago, Philly power trio Eight have been lying pretty low. They’ll pop up at shows around town every now and then, and joined us for a Key Studio Session earlier this year. Now the band — whose supergroup lineup includes Mimi Gallagher (Year of Glad), Cat Park (Amanda X) and Pat Brier (Queen Jesus, Three Man Cannon) — are back with a spirited video for “839” and news of 7″ to be released on Dead Broke Rekerds. Continue reading →

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The Afghan Whigs tease more new material with the boomer “Arabian Heights”

The Afghan Whigs | Courtesy of Sub Pop Records

Alt rock vets The Afghan Whigs are teasing more material from their new record In Spades (out May 5th on Sub Pop), this time with the driven “Arabian Heights.” Frontman Greg Dulli’s fervent vocals are in full force, floating in front of a blasting back section of speedy drum work and jamming guitars. Growing with each bar, the Cincinnati boys express the alternative energy they’ve boasted since debuting in ’91, and found within modern pop bands like Portugal. The Man and Imagine Dragons. I’m sure while some will throw the track on their running playlist, I’ll do my part and put it on my “Best New Tracks of 2017” list. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kississippi at Everybody Hits, EIGHT at PhilaMOCA, Maitland at The Pharmacy, and more

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly fave Kississippi brings dreamy indie-pop to Everybody Hits tonight. Fresh off a tour supporting Young and Heartless, tonight’s show will kick off Kississippi’s headlining tour with Fern Mayo. Don’t miss Zoe Reynolds’ folky vocals layered with shoegazey, bedroom pop vibes before they set out. More info can be found here; watch Kississippi wow the crowd with their performance of “Indigo” at last year’s XPoNential Fest below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Eight

Has there ever been a scientific study on levels of happiness, productivity and general life-fulfillment in multiple-band musicians versus single-band musicians? My hypothesis is the more outlets an artist has, the merrier, and I’d offer Philly’s Eight as a case study.

The indie rock power trio is led by the immediately recognizable voice of guitarist Mimi Gallagher, who just came off a couple super fun years with Year of Glad and NONA. On bass and backing vocals is Cat Park, who also devotes a lot of waking hours to co-fronting Amanda X. Possibly the busiest of the bunch is Pat Brier on drums, who concurrently keeps the beat in Three Man Cannon and writes the songs in Queen Jesus. They’re mad busy people, but they were an absolute joy to work with for their Key Studio Session. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Hardcore heavyweights Code Orange to tear apart First Unitarian Church in February

Code Orange | from facebook.com/codeorangekids
Code Orange | from facebook.com/codeorangekids

If First Unitarian Church hasn’t already set a high enough bar for next year with announcing gigs with Title Fight, Lemuria and You Blew It! , then get ready to raise it a little bit more. Pittsburgh’s unorthodox Code Orange will be making a stop at the church February 11th to celebrating their newest album Forever, also out in early 2017.

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Carroll sound weightless on “Red Giant”

Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist
Carroll | photo by Noah Silvestry | courtesy of the artist

With an 11/11 release date right around the corner, psychedelic pop rockers Carroll have shared the second single from their upcoming sophomore LP, As Far As Gardens Grow. It’s called “Red Giant”, and it’s every bit as lush as the previously released “Talking To My Own Mirage”. As a child, I thought ear candy was actual candy that you put in your ears, but then I realized people were just talking about music like the kind Carroll makes. If you don’t want to wind up like me, sitting in the emergency room with a half-melted Jolly Rancher in you aural canal, I suggest you stream “Red Giant” below. Continue reading →

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Hoots and Hellmouth reach new heights In The Trees

Hoots and Hellmouth | courtesy of the artist
Hoots and Hellmouth | courtesy of the artist

The first thing you’ll notice about Hoots and Hellmouth’s new album In the Trees is the drums. This isn’t to say the band hasn’t incorporated a kit in the past, but it’s certainly never been this up-front and muscularand that change is a welcome one. With this newfound emphasis on the rhythm section and the guiding hand of engineer Nathan Sabatino, the band is sounding bigger and better than ever before on their new album, which is out today. Continue reading →

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Piebald rocks The Troc after an eight year extended hiatus

Piebald at The Trocadero | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com
Piebald at The Trocadero | Photo by Matthew Shaver | mattshaverphoto.com

Piebald was cast in a very special hardcore mold, one that bore the holy trinity of Boston bands (the others being Converge and Cave In).  While their peers stayed steeped in the rough and rugged, Piebald veered off on to their own to create some of the most fun alternative rock ever made.  An important distinction between them and a lot of other alt-rock bands from the era.  Even when the songs are a bummer, they are unabashedly fun. Continue reading →

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Watch an eight-piece Tutlie dazzle the crowd at NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Road Show

Tutlie | photos by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | <a href=http://racheldelsordophotography.com target="_blank">racheldelsordophotography.com</a>
Tutlie | photos by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

After vibrant sets from Joy Ike (watch it here) and The Bul Bey (watch here), the NPR Music Tiny Desk Road Show came to a close with the atmospheric, art-pop outfit Tutlie – a runner up in this year’s NPR Music Tiny Desk contest.

Normally a six-piece band, Tutlie expanded to a nine-piece for this performance, including harp and vibraphones to capture the beautifully arranged nuances of “Bison,” the band’s entry in the Tiny Desk Contest. Continue reading →