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Madalean Gauze, Queen of Jeans, Louie Louie and Empath team up for Valley Youth House benefit gig

Madalean Gauze | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

If you’re looking to kick off the new year with a gig that also benefits a good cause, look no further than this Boot & Saddle show. A stacked lineup of locals are coming together January 5 for a benefit show to support Valley Youth House’s Pride program, which provides services for LGBTQ youth in Philadelphia. The show will also be an EP release celebration for headliner Madalean Gauze; the Philly singer-songwriter’s new effort FUNeral will be released that day and is the follow-up to last EP Cool and Fun. The bill is rounded out by dream pop outfit Queen of Jeans, retro rockers Louie Louie and West Philly DIY regulars Empath. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at Beautiful World Syndicate, Sea Offs at Kung Fu Necktie, Patterson Hood of Drive-By Truckers at Sellersville Theater, and more

Louie Louie | Firefly Music Festival 2017 | Photo by John Vettese

There’s nothing better than a Philly band playing a Philly record store — especially when it’s an act we haven’t seen around town in awhile. Louie Louie‘s last hometown appearance was at Spruce Street Harbor Park when the weather was still warm, and after a short break the band is back with a new lineup and new songs — they’re playing Beautiful World Syndicate tonight; Myrrias will also perform. Louie Louie released their debut LP Friend of a Stranger in January, and it’s full of the band’s otherworldly retro pop sound that makes them standouts in the scene. Watch “After Me” from the band’s Key Studio Session below and find more information on the event here. Continue reading →

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Watch Louie Louie’s trippy new music video for “Will to Find”

Louie Louie | photo courtesy of the artist
Louie Louie | photo courtesy of the artist

It’s Louie Louie’s solar system, and we’re just lost in it. In their new music video “Will to Find,” the four-piece band transforms themselves into aliens on a mission, complete with tinfoil hats and a fondness for 60s hair and makeup.

Premiered on June 2nd by Impose Magazine, the new video from the Philadelphia-based four-piece is not your traditional pairing of a track with coordinating, supporting visuals. Instead, this video for the retro rockers’ “Will to Find” is just that: a video first, made complete by a soundtrack of sounds sampled and spliced from the group’s LP recordings to create a bizarre yet compelling story. The all black and white video clocks in at just over three minutes, and in that time they manage to squeeze in a whole lot of trippiness. Watch it here, via Impose Mag. Continue reading →

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Spruce Street Harbor Park’s summer concert series includes Donn T, Louie Louie, Cruisr, Derrick Hodge and so many more

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Donn T | Photo by John Vettese

Free concerts at the Delaware Waterfront’s Spruce Street Harbor Park have become a highlight of every summer over the past four years, and this year brings one of the strongest lineups yet.

Kicking off on June 1st with Straw Hats and The Retinas, the series runs every Thursday night through August 31st, when it wraps with two sets by West Philadelphia Orchestra. In between, Philly artists like singer-songwriter Donn T, retro rock four-piece Louie Louie, indie pop outfit Cruisr, jazz bassist Derrick Hodge, rapper Chill Moody, rockers Oldermost and more will perform. The shows are all free and open to the public. Continue reading →

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Check out Louie Louie’s minimalistic and mysterious visual for “I Want to Dance With You”

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Louie Louie | photo courtesy of the artist

We already know that Louie Louie are the queens of throwback jams on this side of the Mississippi, and they proved it yet again with their video for “I Want to Dance With You.” This time, the band wanted to play around how the visual complimented their tunes, telling Ladygunn “It would be false to retroactively assign a concept to the video. Rather than a plot line, the story is told through textures – dark and light, solid and void.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Aphra at The Barbary, Louie Louie at Underground Arts, The Ok-Oks at Chameleon Club

Aphra | photo by John Groome for WXPN
Aphra | photo by John Groome for WXPN

We’re super thrilled with Sadness is a Gesture, the debut record from Philly electropop artist Aphra, which came out last week via Bay Area upstart label Inherent Sounds. There’s a limited edition clear vinyl version on the way, but tonight Aphra celebrates the moving collection of songs about heartache, addiction and finding inner strength tonight at The Barbary. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Underground Arts to host International Women’s Day benefit, featuring Louie Louie, Ivy Sole, Queen of Jeans, Harmony Woods and more…

Ivy Sole | photo courtesy of the artist
Ivy Sole | photo courtesy of the artist

This International Women’s Day — Wednesday, March 8th — Underground Arts will host a benefit concert featuring Louie Louie, Queen of Jeans, Ivy Sole, Grayling, and many more. The event will benefit the new Crossroads Women’s Center, a community based self-help space. You can find a full lineup of the fifteen, possibly sixteen (wink, wink)  bill below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Louie Louie at PhilaMOCA, Allison Crutchfield at First Unitarian Church, Free Range Folk at Johnny Brenda’s, and more…

Louie Louie | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN
Louie Louie | photo by Tiana Timmerberg for WXPN

Retro rockers Louie Louie will headline PhilaMOCA tonight with Dark Web and Beat Jams. Their new album Friend of a Stranger dropped today via Born Losers Records, and you can hear them play songs from it live in their recent Key Studio Session. Stream video of their performance of “After Me” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information on the show. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Louie Louie

How does one sing pop songs in times of despair? Let Philly’s Louie Louie be your guide. It was a rainy Wednesday in November the day the band rolled in to record its Key Studio Session. Not just any rainy Wednesday in November; it was the day after the 2016 presidential election, and there was an unsettled, uncertain stillness in the air.

To be perfectly honest, it was such a weird day that I wasn’t 100% sure that the retro rock four-piece was even going to show up as I arranged microphone stands and headphone amps around the studio. Ultimately, a knock at the door came, and upon answering, frontwoman Emily Robb seemed just as grateful to see me as I was to see the band; as she told me, they weren’t 100% sure that I would even be there. Continue reading →

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Louie Louie return with “Do It (In Your Mind)” single from next month’s Friend of a Stranger

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Louie Louie | photo courtesy of the artist

Mod-wop quartet Louie Louie are gearing up to release their Friend of a Stranger LP next month, their debut effort with the Philly-based Born Losers label of Mike Cammarata (Residuels, Suburban Living) and Chris Radwanski (Night Panther, Suburban Living). “Do It In Your Mind” is the second track we’re hearing from the record and with it comes another punch of sugar-coated rawness.

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