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Big Nothing dig up inspiration in new video for “Waste my Time”

Big Nothing | still from video

Before the release of their debut album Chris on Friday, May 10th, Big Nothing have shared the video for “Waste My Time”. The goofy video shows the Philly indie-rockers digging a hole in the middle of woods and uncovering inspirational books and posters. Intermixed with shots of the band hard at work are shots of them playing the song, also in the middle of the woods. The video ends with the group admiring their unearthed treasure, a poster of a cat dangling from a tree branch with “hang in there” written across it. Being their first music video, “Waste My Time” introduces the group as a melodic power-pop quartet with a great sense of humor. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Big Nothing

Is three songwriters too many? Not when you’re talking about Philadelphia’s Big Nothing. The DIY rock four-piece finds singer-guitarists Pat Graham and Matt Quinn, and singer-bassist Liz Parsons, all sharing equal time at the microphone, and the vibe you’ll get from song to song shifts depending on who’s taking lead. Quinn’s jams sit best alongside the gravelly anthems of The Menzingers and Gaslight Anthem, while Parsons leans decidedly more indiepop (think that dog.) and Graham is all about spirited power pop with Replacements-style feeling.

What unifies Big Nothing, beyond their name and their collective great taste, is remarkably tight playing — snappy fuzz pedal jams propelled by drummer Chris Jordan and kicked out with expeditious run times of three minutes or fewer — not to mention experience, which stretches from West Chester’s Spraynard (Graham) to Gainesville’s Young Livers (Jordan). Non-musical bonus round: in addition to their respective roots in Casual and Crybaby, Parsons and Quinn are part of the team behind the amazing West Philly vegan bakery Dottie’s Donuts. In short, these people know how to kick out the jams as well as they know their plant-based treats, and after convening in Philly in 2017 to release their debut EP, Big Nothing will release their debut LP Chris this Friday on Detroit label Salinas Records.  Continue reading →

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Liz Parsons’ vocals are smooth like “Honey” on Big Nothing’s newly released track

Big Nothing | photo by Jared Castaldi | courtesy of the artist

This week, Philly punk four-piece Big Nothing released a second song from their album Chris after releasing lead single “Real Name two weeks ago, and though the album won’t be released until May 10 via Salinas Records, “Honey” is keeping us satisfied in the meantime. Bassist Liz Parsons writes and sings the track, and her smooth yet powerful vocals combine punk and pop in an irresistibly ear-catching blend. The song takes a classic sound and adds spice, delivering a catchy chorus that’ll get stuck in your head. Continue reading →

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Big Nothing’s crunchy, catchy “Real Name” has us amped for their new album Chris

Big Nothing | photo by Jared Castaldi | courtesy of the artist

Philly four-piece Big Nothing caught our ears with their self-titled debut EP in 2017, and they’ve spent the last two years in between releases working on a full-length record. The band just announced that their new LP, Chris, will be released on May 10 via Salinas Records, and Big Nothing’s signature combination of melodic punk and power pop can be heard in the lead single “Real Name,” which is out now. Continue reading →

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Nothing More, Of Mice and Men, Badflower, and Palisades bring a hard rock spectacular to the Fillmore Philadephia

Palisades | photo by Gabriela Barbieri for WXPN

Nothing More came to the Fillmore Philadelphia with three spectacular openers whom all absolutely killed the show. Palisades, a post-hardcore band from Iselin, New Jersey; Badflower, an up and coming Los Angeles band you should tune your ears to; Of Mice And Men, a classic for 90s metal/punk kids. Continue reading →

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Listen to Nothing cover Grouper’s “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping” from new outtakes compilation

Nothing | photo by Nick Sayers | courtesy of the artist

Longtime listeners of Philly’s Nothing will know that, noisy as this four-piece can be, frontman Domenic Palermo has a serious soft spot for spectral ambient music. So it should surprise no one that, in the process of recording last year’s excellent Dance on the Blacktop, they laid down a smoky, swirling cover of “Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping” by millennial ambient luminary Grouper — aka Pacific Northwest artist Liz Harris — from their 2008 album Dragging a Dead Deer Up A Hill.   Continue reading →

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Eric Slick reflects on identity and vulnerability in “Nothing Is Real” video from Bullfighter EP

Eric Slick | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

If you’ve seen Eric Slick play a show recently, he was probably behind a drum kit — the ever-busy musician has spent the better part of 2018 touring with his band Dr. Dog and playing in Natalie Prass’s backing band. But Slick is ready to jump back into the spotlight as a solo artist. He’ll release a four-track EP called Bullfighter in January, and the first track, “Nothing Real,” is out now.

The haunting, orchestral song is paired with a video that interprets the EP’s title with a video game-esque bullfight that slowly unfolds with heightened creepiness and suspense as the animated bull and matador face off. Continue reading →

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Nothing pilots a retro van across the galaxy in the “You Wind Me Up” video

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Nothing | photo by Ryan Lowry | courtesy of the artist

Nothing‘s latest music video veers away from the dark, nightmarish streak that we’ve seen before, instead giving us a glimpse at the band’s softer, more whimsical side. “You Wind Me Up” is a lush and dreamlike track off the Philly shoegazers’ new album Dance On The Blacktop, and the video matches that vibe with its outer space setting; a retro Dodge van with Pennsylvania plates serves as an unlikely spaceship, floating through the stars as Earth grows smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror. Continue reading →