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Listen to Maxwell Stern’s subdued, lo-fi cover Cayetana’s “Mountain Kids” on new EP

Maxwell Stern | photo via maxwellstern.bandcamp.com

Cleveland-turned-Philly artist Maxwell Stern made his move known back in March with his self-released solo debut, There’s A Time For Everything. Now, he’s released a two track EP which includes an original titled “Light Later Lately” and a cover of Cayetana’s “Mountain Kids.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hippo Campus at Union Transfer, Alice Bag at Union Transfer, and Maxwell Stern at Boot & Saddle

Hippo Campus
Hippo Campus | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Minnesota’s Hippo Campus bless Union Transfer tonight in support of their debut full-length Landmark. The four-piece stuff indie pop and explode it to area-sized proportions, sporting anthemic hooks while saving guitar music one tune at a time. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Full Bush, Josh Ritter, Christine and the Queens, Kaia Kater and more

Christine and the Queens
Christine and the Queens | photo by Jamie Morgan | courtesy of the artist

While there’s not much doing on Halloween itself, that’s fine — it’ll just give you more time and space to roam your neighborhood as a free agent looking for parties, collecting candy, or collecting candy with your kids if you’re at that point in your life. The rest of the week, though: JAM. PACKED. Here are 18 concerts to see in the next seven days in and around Philadelphia, from tonight’s punk rock mischief night gigs at Johnny Brenda’s and Ortlieb’s, to indie rock, soul and trance all round the region on Sunday. Continue reading →

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Lockjaw Media announces Philly-spanning Alright? Okay. Fest

No Thank You | photo by Peter Murray | courtesy of the artist
No Thank You | photo by Peter Murray | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia-based booking agency Lockjaw Media announced their brand new two-day, three-show festival Alright? Okay. Fest, with gigs taking place at HH Ranch, The Pharmacy, and Cat House. The festival wants to raise awareness about mental health issues within and without of the scene, with part of the profits going towards Punk Talks, an “organization that aims to provide free mental health assistance to people involved in music as well as educate and raise awareness of mental health and self-care.”

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Just Announced: Signals Midwest will tour with Great Cynics and highlight a show of heavy-hitters at Everybody Hits in May

Signals Midwest | via signalsmidwest.bandcamp.com
Signals Midwest | via signalsmidwest.bandcamp.com

Although lead singer Maxwell Stern has spend some time lately recording and releasing his new solo record, his band Signals Midwest are back for more, announcing a tour with Great Cynics that stops at Everybody Hits on May 18th, adding Thin Lips and Museum Mouth on as support. Tickets are available now, and can be found with more information on our XPN Concert Calendar. Below, check out a string of videos highlighting the bands performing.
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