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Hear Hoots & Hellmouth’s gloriously grand new EP, Uneasy Pieces

Hoots & Hellmouth | photo courtesy of artist

When local rootsy blues rockers Hoots & Hellmouth released their fourth album In The Trees Where I Can See The Forest last fall, it raised the bar quite high for the four-piece. Their new EP Uneasy Pieces, however, seems to have no problem exceeding those lofty expectations.

The chilling title track opens up the EP with an atmospheric spookiness that just sounds big. Sans the eerie vibes, the rest of the songs follow in the same grand nature as Hoots & Hellmouth are large and in charge of their trademark passionate, lively sound. Single “The Down Part of Town” and “Oh The Bugs” bring the folky organ-searing soul, while last tune, “Soft and Lazy” slows things down for a self-condemning bluesy-gospel mix. Continue reading →

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Listen to Hoots & Hellmouth, Toy Soldiers, Andrew Lipke from the MAD Dragon 10th anniversary compilation (MAD Dragon concert at the Trocadero

MADdragon Drexel’s student run Mad Dragon Records is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a concert at the The Trocadero on Friday, May 17. Performers include Cheers Elephant, Hoots & Hellmouth, Kuf Knotz, Andrew Lipke and the Prospects, Matt Duke, and Wild Rompit. Tickets are available here. The label will also be releasing a 10th Anniversary compilation of previously released and unreleased material from bands that have recorded for the label. The CD will be distributed at the show and will be made available for sale following the concert. Below, listen to a few songs from Ten Years Of MAD Dragon Records.

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MAD Dragon Records announces 10th anniversary show at The Troc on May 17 with Cheers Elelphant, Hoots & Hellmouth, releasing compilation

MADdragon Drexel’s student run Mad Dragon Records is celebrating their 10th anniversary with a concert at the The Trocadero on Friday, May 17. Performers include Cheers Elephant, Hoots & Hellmouth, Kuf Knotz, Andrew Lipke and the Prospects, Matt Duke, and Wild Rompit. Tickets are available here.

The label will also be releasing a 10th Anniversary compilations of previously released and unreleased material from bands that have recorded for the label. The CD will be distributed at the show and will be made available for sale following the concert. Track listing below:

MDR 10th Anniversary Compilation
1. Hoots & Hellmouth- You & All of Us (from the Holy Open Secret)
2. Matt Duke- Tidal Waves (from Winter Child)
3. Andrew Lipke & The Prospects- Get It Over With (from Motherpearl & Dynamite)
4. Kuf Knotz- Fame Us (from Boombox Generation)
5. The Redwalls – Modern Diet (from The Redwalls)
6. Motion City Soundtrack- Severance (from Making Moves)
7. A Great Big Pile of Leaves- Writing Utensils (from Making Moves)
8. Goldrush- Settle Down (from Making Moves)
9. The Skies Revolt- For Your Health (from Making Moves)
10. The Company We Keep- Right/Wrong (from Making Moves)
11. The Swimmers – Hundred Hearts (from People Are Soft)
12. Toy Soldiers – Throw Me Down (from Whisper Down the Lane)
13. Trisha O’Keefe- Never Enough (from Star Burns Brightest)
14. Jules Shear- Used To It (from Dreams Don’t Count)

Bonus Tracks – New Tracks – Previously Unreleased by MAD Dragon Artists
15. Hoots & Hellmouth- Off to Sea (previously unreleased)
16. Kuf Knotz- Runnin’ (previously unreleased)
17. Matt Duke- Dead Meat (previously unreleased)
18. Andrew Lipke- The Old Man and the Sea (previously unreleased)
19. Andrew Gray- Take It Easy (previously unreleased)
20. Sean Hoots- Boy of Leaf (previously unreleased)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hoots & Hellmouth at The Sellersville Theater, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb with Supersuckers at the North Star Bar, Ben Arnold at World Cafe Live

XPN Welcomes Philly-area roots band Hoots & Hellmouth to the Sellersville Theater tonight.  The Philadelphia-based folk quartet released their latest album Salt in April and with it displayed a knack for blending sweeping sonic landscapes with their signature stomping and swinging.  Folk singer-songwriter Mason Porter opens the all-ages concert.  Tickets are $19.50 for the 8:00 p.m. show; for more information, go here.  Below, check out Hoots & Hellmouth’s video for “Why Would You Not Want to Go There.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Furthur Festival, Hoots & Hellmouth, June Divided CD release party and Conversations With Enemies


An Evening With Furthur takes place tonight at the Mann Center and features Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Lawn seats are $34.50 and terrace seats range from $44.50 to $59.50.  Tickets to the all-ages show can be purchased here. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia folk band Hoots & Hellmouth play a free 21+ show at Morgan’s Pier tonight at 5 p.m. Check out the music video for their song “Why Would You Not Want To Go There?” below.

June Divided is playing a show downstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. The show is the band’s CD Release show and features openers Seamus Browning, Music From Another Room, and Lion in the Mane. Doors for the all-ages event open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information.

Conversations With Enemies headlines Johnny Brenda’s with openers The Makes, Little Black Rainclouds, Captain Scurvy & the S.S. Pancake in between sets. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:15 p.m.. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00.

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Free Music Saturdays at Morgan’s Pier and R5; upcoming shows include Free Energy, Hoots & Hellmouth, Jukebox The Ghost and more


The folks at Morgan’s Pier and R5 have a free summer concert series every Saturday through the end of August with some great bands. Morgan’s Pier is also having some special guest DJ’s coming up including Questlove, Tim Sweeney, Juan Maclean and more, so check out the schedule for those as well here. Upcoming Saturday shows include:

Saturday, June 23rd – Free Energy and Grandchidren
Saturday, June 30th – Algernon Cadwallader
Saturday, July 7th – Hoots & Hellmouth
Saturday, July 14th – The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
Saturday, July 21st – Fang Island
Saturday, July 28th – Pissed Jeans and A Place To Bury Strangers
Saturday, August 4th – Jukebox The Ghost
Saturday, August 11th – TBA
Saturday, August 18th – Mishchief Brew
Saturday, August 25th – TBA

Go here for show times and more information.

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Watch the new video from Hoots & Hellmouth for “Why Would You Not Want To Go There”

Hoots & Hellmouth have a new video for the song “Why Would You Not Want To Go There” from their recent album, Salt. Tomorrow evening, Saturday, May 5th, they play at the New Hope Winery. Go here for tickets and more information about the show. The band is currently on tour and has a couple other area shows coming up in June including a show at Dock Street Brewery in Philadelphia on June 10th.

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Tonight’s concert picks: HAIM at Tower Theater, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot & Saddle, The Interest Group at Underground Arts and more

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Sister rock trio HAIM (a former XPN artist to watch) are putting a big year behind them. After their debut album, Days Are Gone, was released this past September, they’ve gotten a deal with Target to have their song “Forever” appear in the store’s commercials, and have planned out their first nationwide and European tour. Tonight, they’ll stop by Tower Theater. The show will start at 8 p.m. and the $32 tickets can be purchased here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Slaughter Beach, Dog at Johnny Brenda’s, Hoots and Hellmouth at Boot and Saddle, plus more

Slaughter Beach, Dog | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Jake Ewald’s side project Slaughter Beach, Dog has been churning out a ton of material lately. From the Motorcycle.jpg EP to a new single off his upcoming record, to his recent rocking off of socks at this week’s The Key Studio Sessions — there’s a ton of music gold to delve into. Seriously, please feast your ears upon the drawn-out, jam-fest of a performance of “104 Degrees.” It’s just too gosh dang good. And if you’re as taken with these tunes as I am, go see them live tonight at Johnny Brenda’s as well as sets from Shannen Moser and No Thank You. Continue reading →