Family Volleyball’s new LP Juliana is equal parts sunny and wistful, dreamy and nostalgic

Family Volleyball | photo by Alana Gardner | via the artist’s Facebook page

Local basement scene-ers Family Volleyball may be solidly in the ‘band name = family member + random sport’ camp, but if their new release is any indication, they’re in no danger of being lost in the herd. It’s been a few years since Family Volleyball joined us for a Key Studio Session, and the band, made up of Ethan Kerr, Owen Zieger, Harry Welsh, Michael Zicchinolfi and John Moran, doesn’t show any signs of slowing down — their new LP Juliana is out now, and it’s brimming with all the soft yet catchy tunes we could ask for. Continue reading →


Family Volleyball pivots from peaceful to plain jam-worthy in “Socialize”

Family Volleyball | photo via

Though basement indie pop youngins’ Family Volleyball have been steadily playing shows around the scene since we first met them at Beta Hi Fi, it’s been a minute since we’ve heard some new tracks. That ends right this very second (or before this very second if you’re super hip and informed) because the four-piece has just released a new single titled “Socialize.” Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Palm at PhilaMOCA, OhBree at Johnny Brenda’s, Family Volleyball at Ortlieb’s, and more

Palm | Photo courtesy of the artist

Indie four-piece Palm recently debuted their new “candy-coated dissonance” of an EP, titled Shadow Expert. With wonderfully erratic rhythms, these new tunes are a refreshing beauty to behold. And tonight they’ll be bringing this perfect deconstruction of sound to PhilaMOCA. Find more info on the show here, and stream Shadow Expert below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Alice Bag at Treat Y’rself Fest at PhilaMOCA, Family Volleyball at Goldilocks Gallery, Ghost Gum at Everybody Hits, and more

Alice Bag | via Don Giovanni Records

Punk rocker, feminist and educator Alice Bag will be headlining tonight’s Treat Y’rself Fest at PhilaMOCA, a benefit for March to End Rape Culture. The all day festival includes an absolutely stacked lineup of 12 local and surrounding area musicians as well as a documentary screening for an event all about safe, inclusive, accessible spaces and self-care. More information on this event can be found on its Facebook event page here. Check out Bag’s track “Modern Day Virgin Sacrifice” off Don Giovanni Records below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ted Leo at Underground Arts, Family Volleyball at Goldilocks Gallery

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Ted Leo | photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

We’ll take Ted Leo any way we can get him, whether it’s with Aimee Mann in The Both, with his band The Pharmacists or, like tonight, solo. XPN welcomes the Indiana-born musician to Underground Arts, where he’ll open for Husker Du frontman Bob Mould. There have been hints that a new Pharmacists album could be released this year, which would be the band’s first new material since 2010’s The Brutalist Bricks. Tickets and information for the 21+ show can be found here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hoots and Hellmouth at Ardmore Music Hall, Ma Jolie at Kung Fu Necktie, Family Volleyball at West Kensington Ministry

Photo by Deneka Peniston
Photo by Deneka Peniston

It’s been a couple years since we’ve heard new music from regional folk faves Hoots and Hellmouth, but we’re happy to hear they haven’t gone totally silent. The band emerges tonight for a headlining gig at Ardmore Music Hall with singer-songwriter George Stanford in support. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to H&H’s most recent single, “Repeat Myself,” below. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Family Volleyball

Family Volleyball is an indie pop four-piece from Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, that made a big impression at this summer’s Beta Hi-Fi competition over at World Cafe Live. They’re a young crew, still in high school with bandmates averaging age 16, but they’ve got a self-assured of sound and chops to back it up. The wash of dreamy guitar textures and jangling leads recalls Beach Fossils and Youth Lagoon as readily as New Order and The Feelies, and frontman Ethan Kerr’s voice interacts with the songs almost like another instrument, ebbing and flowing along with the tide. Continue reading →


Earthboy tightens their sound with the spacey lo-fi single “Bandaid”

Earthboy | via

The first time I caught an Earthboy set was last January at now-retired venue The Sound Hole, along with local basement scene favorites Family Volleyball and Joy Again. I was captivated, fighting to listen beneath a rising chatter and the aluminum crunch of beer cans underfoot. Earthboy’s sound has only gotten tighter with their latest double release, “Bandaid + Chaser.” Continue reading →


The Week Ahead: Shannen Moser, Dream Syndicate, Stratus Quartet, Greg Sover and more

Shannen Moser | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Welcome to 2018, and welcome to our new concert picks! To aid in your advance planning, we’ll be coming at you weekly with a roundup of shows not to miss for the next seven days — hence, The Week Ahead. This week, indie folksinger Shannen Moser kicks off the Lame-O Records residency at Boot & Saddle, while string-laden new music ensemble Stratus Quartet plays World Cafe Live, bluesman Greg Sover hits The Twisted Tail, plus six other shows. Dig in below. Continue reading →