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Just Announced: Grayscale to accompany As It Is on first US headliner

 

Grayscale | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Is pop punk dead? Well, this tour should answer that question. Drexel’s Grayscale announced their first official tour as a band last week, heading out across the states with As It Is and ROAM this spring. Some of the last surviving horsemen of this pop-punk-apocalypse, all bands bring their own wonderful twist to a genre sometimes known for rehashing sounds. You won’t find any genericized tunes here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Birdie Busch at Philadelphia City Institute, Grayscale at Ortlieb’s

Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo
Birdie Busch | via twitter.com/birdadoo

Birdie Busch has kept a bit on the quiet side since relocating uptown from West Philly (where she lived for almost a decade) to Germantown. But she emerges every now and again, like a slot opening for Israel Nash at Johnny Brenda’s earlier this year, and tonight’s free show at the Philadelphia City Institute – the Rittenhouse Square branch of the Free Library. Last we heard from Bird, she was enjoying the trees up in the northwest, getting involved in some pretty right-on neighborhood activism and beginning to write her next album – which she told her email list was going to have a Nick Drake vibe to it. We are like 1,000,000,000% okay with that. Tonight’s free show starts at 6:30 p.m. at 1905 Locust Street, more information can be found hereContinue reading →

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Rapsody releases powerful new video for “Chrome (Like Ooh)”

Rapsody | photo by Ben Wong for WXPN | brotherlylost.com

Roc Nation rapper Rapsody recently released a music video for her song “Chrome (Like Ooh),” and it’s a powerful short film about violence, revenge and abuse of power.

The video opens in grayscale, with the only color being lights on a police cruiser and red lit individual shots. In the video, a group of young men steal a car, and when someone comes back for revenge, the police get involved and a shoot out occurs. The most interesting aspect of the video is that it transitions to full color as soon as the story gets more nuanced. You can no longer differentiate between the good guys and the bad guys. The video ends in a cliff hanger of sorts, which leaves the viewer pensive and with a need to watch it again. Continue reading →

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Cute Is What We Aim For and their same old blood rush, 10 years later

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Cute Is What We Aim For | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The year was 2006 and your middle school scene phase was probably very much alive and well (at least mine was). Pop-punk band, Cute Is What We Aim For, had just released their debut album, The Same Old Blood Rush With A New Touch and literally took the music scene by storm.

The year is now 2016; it’s 10 years later and these dudes still got it. Last week, the band set out on a month and a half long tour in support of the album’s 10th birthday and on Thursday night, the tour made its way to Philly. Continue reading →