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The Key Studio Sessions: Flat Mary Road

Philadelphia five-piece Flat Mary Road has been honing its craft for the better part of the past decade, from the warehouses of Fishtown and Kensington to the Victorian homes of West Philly, where most of its members currently reside. Helmed by singer-guitarist and songwriter Steve Teare, the band draws strongly on 80s college rock and 90s indie rock influences. You’ll hear traces of R.E.M., The Smiths and Camper Van Beethoven in their playing…not to mention Wilco, Built to Spill and Shearwater. Askew yet infectious guitar lines, emphatic vocals and observational lyrics, a bit of twang and touch of rock and roll fiddle from Pete Clark.  Continue reading →

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See a day in the life of Flat Mary Road & friends in new video for “Porch Stasis”

Flat Mary Road | via the artist's Bandcamp page
Flat Mary Road | via the artist’s Bandcamp page

Last month, Flat Mary Road released their latest full length effort, Driving With The Numen. The roll-out also included a packed Boot & Saddle release show, but the Philadelphia five piece isn’t done yet. They’ve just shared a new video for album cut “Porch Stasis”, and you can stream it now via Impose Magazine. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Circa Survive at The Fillmore, Flat Mary Road at Boot and Saddle, Square Peg Round Hole at Johnny Brenda’s

Circa Survive | photo via facebook.com/CircaSurvive
Circa Survive | via the band’s Facebook page

Doylestown rockers Circa Survive will play The Fillmore tonight with support from mewithoutYou and Turnover. The show will celebrate the 10th anniversary of their sophomore album album On Letting Go. Stream the video for that album’s single, “The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →

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Watch The Bigness, Liz De Lise and Flat Mary Road cover “All The Young Dudes” at Ortlieb’s

The Bigness, Liz de Lise and Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb's | still from video
The Bigness, Liz de Lise and Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb’s | still from video

Philly indie rockers The Bigness released their ultra 90s inspired EP Time Traveler last week. Experimental pop solo artist Liz De Lise also released her latest full length, a self titled outing reminiscent of both Neil Young and St. Vincent.

Both bands shared an album release party at Ortlieb’s, and it culminated in a packed stage singalong (along with opener Flat Mary Road) of Mott the Hoople and David Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes.”

It’s joyous, fun and awesome – watch it below, and keep tabs on the artists’ next moves at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Flat Mary Road put their spin on Beat Happening’s “Cry for a Shadow”

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Flat Mary Road | photo by Dan Papa with illustrations by Steve Teare

Local indie rockers Flat Mary Road have spent the last few months finding their sea legs again after adding some new members. We heard a demo of “Littered” in November (their first recording in the latest line-up) and now they’ve shared a version of Beat Happening’s “Cry for a Shadow” that has a little more meaning than just being a fun cover.

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Flat Mary Road shares “Littered,” plays Ortlieb’s tonight

Flat Mary Road
Flat Mary Road | photo via Facebook

After releasing The Great Talk in August of 2014, Flat Mary Road took some time off to reboot. The local indie rock band kept things quiet on social media for the most part (save for uploading a pair of album outtakes earlier this summer) but now, after gaining some new members and writing some new songs, the band is getting back in the game.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Shannen Moser at The Pharmacy, Taxes at Ortlieb’s, Screaming Females at The Chameleon Club and more…

Shannen Moser | photo courtesy of the artist
Shannen Moser | photo courtesy of the artist

Local musician Shannen Moser leads tonight’s bill at The Pharmacy down in Point Breeze. Moser brought her latest Oh, My Heart release to the WXPN studios recently, sharing three of her beautifully, emotionally intimate songs in a joint Folkadelphia / Key Studio Session. Stream the session below and get more info for the all-ages show, also featuring Harmony Woods, here.

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Liz de Lise shares “Baby,” the first single from her new LP

Liz De Lise | photo by Abi Reimold | via facebook.com/hereisldl

Her June Key Studio Session had us itching for more, and now Liz de Lise is just about ready to hand it over. The Philadelphia singer/songwriter has released the first single from her forthcoming self-titled LP, a standout track called “Baby,” and we can expect to hear the full record on September 9th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Mannequin Pussy at Underground Arts, Port St. Willow at Johnny Brenda’s, Galactic at Electric Factory, and more…

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Marisa Dabice of Mannequin Pussy performs at Hazzard Hall | Photo by John Vettese

Philly punks Mannequin Pussy will be performing at Underground Arts tonight with Guerilla Toss and Banned Books. Their most recent album, Gypsy Pervert, was released back in 2014 on Tiny Engines, and they’re recording the follow up this spring. Tickets and more information can be found via the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →