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Celebrate a spooktacular Halloween with Hurry and friends

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Last year, our friends in Hurry brought us their inaugural Halloween Spectacular — a spooky scary costume-filled show stacked with an amazing Philly lineup — and lucky for us, they’re making it an annual thing. Hurry’s 2nd Annual Halloween Spooktacular will bring some ghoulishly good Halloween magic to Everybody Hits on Oct. 28, and whether you’re a fan of the holiday or not, it’s sure to be a show you won’t want to miss. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Blondie and Garbage at The Mann, Hurry at Everybody Hits, Amanda X at Ortlieb’s

Blondie | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

It’s a double header of still-vital rock and roll pioneers at The Mann Center tonight with Blondie and Garbage. In the 70s and early 80s, Debbie Harry and her bandmates bridged downtown New York punk rock with the dance-driven international New Wave scene, and wrote a massive amount of hits in the process; in the 90s, Shirley Manson brought a bold dose of glam and pop sensibilities to the dreary grunge landscape. Thing is, neither band is resting on its laurels or going through the nostalgia motions. Blondie and Garbage have both released albums of new material in the past year that stand strongly alongside their work from 20 (and 40) years ago — Pollinator, from the former, totally rips, as Harry and the band proved at NonCOMM this year, and Strange Little Birds is Garbage at its most vulnerable and honest but still kicks out driving anthems. Watch videos for “Long Time” and “Empty” below and get tickets and more information on tonight’s show at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Hurry, Lushlife and more contribute songs to subscription comp benefiting the SPLC

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Rough Trade Publishing, representatives of local acts Hurry and Lushlife, are “fighting against complacency” with a new three-month, song-a-day subscription service on Bandcamp to benefit the Southern Poverty Law Center. Subscribers will receive previously unreleased tracks from catalog artists in their email each day, along with access to all new material published by the company on the Bandcamp app.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Beatnuts at Voltage Lounge, Hurry at Boot and Saddle, JuTaun at MilkBoy

The Beatnuts | via Ticketfly

Queens production duo The Beatnuts helped define the sound of early 90s hip-hop like few others. On the remix front, they worked with artists like Naughty By Nature, Common, MC Lyte and more; they also rocked the mic in their own discography, beginning with 1993’s Intoxicated Demons EP and continuing through a mid-aughties hiatus. While their long-in-the-making Planet of the Crates has still not surfaced, the duo of Jerry “JuJu” Tineo and Lester “Psycho Les” Fernandez continue to tour, and tonight will be at Voltage Lounge. Tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Listen to Matt Scottoline of Hurry spin power pop and Philly jams on WXPN

Hurry | photo by Brendan McHugh

It’s a month of Lame-O Records in more ways than one.

The revered Philly record label — home to Thin Lips, Lithuania, The Superweaks and more — kicks off its second annual Rock Residency at Boot and Saddle this Thursday night, with a gig each Thursday benefiting a different cause, from The Attic Youth Center to the ACLU. Thursday’s lineup is tight as hell, featuring sets from Dominic, Cherry and Hurry, and supports Planned Parenthood.

The Month of Lame-O is also echoed on the Tuesday night XPN Local Show, and it began last night when Matt Scottoline dropped in for a guest DJ set of power pop favorites (including Nada Surf, as well as the Guided by Voices side project The Keene Brothers) mixed in with like-minded Philadelphians (Honey Radar and It’s A King Thing). Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Work Drugs at Boot & Saddle, Hurry at Union Transfer, Annie Haslam at Sellersville Theater and more…

Work Drugs
Work Drugs | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN | koalafoto.com

Work Drugs present their 6th annual Holiday Spectacle at Boot & Saddle tonight. The tropi-pop outfit released Method Acting this past summer, a signature collection of songs that pair well with pool gazing and slow dancing. At the Holiday Spectacle, though, you can expect a festive mix of originals and Christmas covers like the one below. Pick up tickets for the 21+ show with RFA here.

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Spooky Scary: Celebrating Hurry-ween at PhilaMOCA

Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Hurry | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Something wicked good this way comes. With autumn magic in the crisp evening air, the mood on Friday at PhilaMOCA was just right for a stacked bill of four Philly bands to transform into haunted visages of their former selves and take the stage by force. Put on by your friends and mine, the breezy power-poppers in Hurry presented the Hurry Halloween Spectacular — a veritable Hurry-ween. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hurry at PhilaMOCA, Black Kids at Kung Fu Necktie, The GTV’s at Ardmore Music Hall

Hurry | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Hurry | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

Sensitive indie rockers Hurry will play a terrifying(ly good) Halloween set at PhilaMOCA tonight. In the past six months, they’ve released an EP and a full-length, so they have plenty of new material to add to their repertoire. They’ll be joined by Eric Slick, Cherry, and Cave People, so grab your tickets before it’s too late. Continue reading →

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Hurry delivers new music, same great taste on their Casual Feelings EP

Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Hurry | Photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

This past April, Philly power-poppers Hurry released their sophomore LP, Guided Meditation. It was a big step forward for the band, but it left me with a major, unresolved question: Where was “Guided Meditation” the song? The mystery haunted me for six months. but this past Thursday, I got my answer with the release of their new EP, Casual Feelings. Continue reading →