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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Loose Tooth at Johnny Brenda’s, Yikes the Zero at Kung Fu Necktie, Hello Shark at Boot and Saddle

Loose Tooth | photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Loose Tooth | photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

Philly riff ragers Loose Tooth celebrate the release of their sophomore record Big Day tonight at Johnny Brenda’s. The band is led by singer-guitarist Kian Sorouri and featuring Kyle Laganella on guitar, Larissa Sapko on bass and Christian Bark on drums; their songs recall a range of artists from Dinosaur Jr. to Yuck. Big Day, which you can listen to below, comes out tomorrow jointly on Father/Daughter Records and Lame-O Records. Tonight the band performs with Dominic opening the show; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Hello Shark

The past few years, the final Key Studio Session of December has been one for quiet contemplation — an echo of the headspace we all find ourselves in as we get ready to hang up a new calendar and promise ourselves that this will be our year. It may not always play out like we want it to. Things can change, external forces we don’t have any control over can muddle our goals up. But stepping from one year to the next with the right outlook, and attempting to maintain that outlook as the months pass, is crucial.

In the Philly scene this year, few did quiet contemplation quite like Hello Shark. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Get ready for Hello Shark’s forthcoming Delicate LP with “Alligator”

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Lincoln Halloran, also known as Hello Shark, releases his LP Delicate this Friday, September 30. He originally hails from Vermont, but Delicate will be Hello Shark’s first full-length release as a Philadelphia resident.

Halloran recently released the single “Alligator” as another teaser of the forthcoming album. The ballad is carried by a combination of gentle guitar notes and slow-tempoed percussions which are paired with Halloran’s (fittingly) delicate vocals. Continue reading →

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Philadelphia’s Hello Shark releases the introspective new “Jackson Browne”

 

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

Philadelphia’s Hello Shark released his single, “Jackson Browne,” a song that will be featured on his upcoming album Delicate. The song, which we got wind up from our friends at The Deli, is riddled with introspection and longing, and fittingly enough, the lyrics repeated most frequently throughout are “Baby, I’m delicate,” a nod to the forthcoming album title. The track itself is carried along by a consistently slow tempo with smatterings of acoustic guitar, piano notes, and gentle percussions. The full length album will be available on September 30, and the band performs at Clark Park on October 5th. Information on the show can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hello Shark at PhilaMOCA, The Claypool Lennon Delirium at The Fillmore

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Hello Shark | photo by Abi Reimold

DIY scene singer/songwriter Lincoln Halloran is getting ready to release his latest outing as Hello Shark. The Philly lo-fi project is releasing its LP Delicate, and it merges introverted acoustic numbers in the vein of Elliott Smith with minimalist and playful synthpop. You can hear the latter in the whimsical “Drake Night” below, and see Hello Shark at PhilaMOCA tonight. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Download a Magic Death Sounds Block Party mixtape featuring Aphra, Hello Shark, Elegant Animals and more

Aphra | Photo via facebook.com/aphraband
Aphra | Photo via facebook.com/aphraband

The third annual Magic Death Sounds Block Party takes place on August 30th at the corner of Blair and Dreer in Kensington, and it’s a solid lineup of Philadelphia psychedelic, avant-garde, experimental and otherwise left-of-center leaning pop.

To get us all psyched for the event, the folks at the Philly-based Magic Death Sounds label dropped a mixtape featuring tracks by all ten of the artists on the bill – from the dream-like electronic tapestries of Rebecca Way’s Aphra to the Joy Division-esque fuzz-rock of Whaler. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Florist at Boot & Saddle, Baby and Shylow at Kung Fu Necktie, Philly Loves Animals at World Cafe Live

Florist | photo via florist.bandcamp.com

Synth-folk outfit Florist released their soft and beautiful LP If Blue Could Be Happiness last month, and its intricate and gentle songs are the perfect soundtrack for a cozy fall night at Boot & Saddle. With Philly locals Hello Shark and Yowler (who are playing their first-ever full band set) opening the show, it’s a full lineup of introspective and contemplative sounds. Listen to the delicate “Blue Mountain Road” below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →