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Download Roof Doctor’s farewell EP, So Long and Thanks For Nothing; see their last show tonight at PhilaMOCA

Roof Doctor | Photo courtesy of the artist
Roof Doctor | photo by Mariel Celentano | courtesy of the artist

Over the past five years, Philadelphia four-piece Roof Doctor has brought tight-as-hell instrumental jams and a healthy dose of cutting snark to the local basement show scene. That concludes tonight, as the band plays its farewell show at Eraserhood performing arts space PhilaMOCA. To go out with a couple new jams — and leave no piece of recorded content unreleased — Roof Doctor unveiled one final EP, So Long And Thanks For Nothing, a title that couldn’t be more them if it tried. Continue reading →

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Nothing share unreleased “Spell” track for Our First 100 Days benefit comp

On day #56 of the current presidential term, Philly shoegaze punk outfit Nothing added their previously-unreleased song “Spell” to the Our First 100 Days comp. The digital benefit collection is a joint effort from Secretly Group, 30 Songs for 30 Days, and Revolutions Per Minute working to minimize the negative effects the new administration will have on some crucial organizations.

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AFI, Nothing and Souvenirs sing the sorrow at Union Transfer

AFI | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

On January 20th, Cali goth-punks AFI released their newest album, AFI (The Blood Album) in correlation with their first show of the album’s support tour in Los Angeles, California, at the Troubadour. This tour has been making its way around the country with Chain Gang of 1974 and fellow Californians, Souvenirs; last week, Chain Gang exited the tour and Nothing hopped on, just in time for the Philly dudes to come home and play to a sold out crowd at Union Transfer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Cloud Nothings at Union Transfer

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

Cleveland rockers Cloud Nothings will headline Union Transfer tonight with support from LVL UP. Since their new album, Life Without Sounddropped last Friday, you’re probably itching to get to the gig, but no so fast! You’ll want to brush up on your etiquette and manners first, and luckily, Dylan Baldi and co. have you covered. Stream the instructional music video for “Internal World” below. Then, grab your tickets at XPN’s Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Internal World: New Cloud Nothings, Sneaks and Real Estate on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Jesse Lirola, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade has all the things you need for a late-night Friday experience: New tunes, occasional chatter, a well-read host. Most importantly, it has YOU tuning in at 11pm ET (right after Land of the Lost with Robert Drake) on XPN. In the mix tonight are new selections from dreamy guitar guys Real Estate, minimalist groover Sneaks and beloved pop army The New Pornographers. We’ve also got tracks from the newly released Cloud Nothings album, Life Without Sound, along with a look back at their recent live performance in our studio!

Preview some of those good things below…

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30 Songs, 30 Days and Secretly Group announce Our First 100 Days, featuring Strand of Oaks, Nothing, and more…

Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN
Nothing | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN

In the days leading up to the election, a project called 30 Days, 30 Songs brought together protest songs from high-profile acts like Death Cab for Cutie, Jim James, and Franz Ferdinand. There was so much artist support that the number quickly ballooned to 50 songs, and now, with the help of the Secretly Group, they’re doubling even that. Continue reading →

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Modern Act: Cloud Nothings LIVE, holiday tunes from Sad13 & Natalie Prass on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by Eric Schuman for WXPN

I could not be happier to tell you this: the Indie Rock Hit Parade is BAAAAACK!! After the #XPNAtoZ wrapped up last week, we’ve been itching to get back to our Friday night spot on WXPN with you. Tonight’s show is so wonderful, it even begins at a special time: Tune in at 10pm ET for a full two-hour IRHP that will light the way to the start of The Night Before with Robert Drake at midnight!

We’ll premiere our IRHP Live Session with Cloud Nothings (which you can check out HERE) and listen to new holiday tunes from Sad13, Deep Cuts and Natalie Prass to get you in the seasonal mood…

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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN
Cloud Nothings | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session is with Cleveland guitar-busters Cloud Nothings! Formed in 2009 as the bedroom-based solo project of guitarist Dylan Baldi, Cloud Nothings quickly evolved into a noise/punk/pop hybrid as its ranks grew to include permanent band members. Now featuring drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke, and guitarist Chris Brown, Cloud Nothings are preparing to release their fourth full-length, Life Without Sound, in January 2017. While on a short warm-up tour in the late fall, Cloud Nothings came to our studios to record live takes of a few new tracks.

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Frontier Records reissue Philly’s Lilys’ debut In the Presence of Nothing

Kurt Heasley of Lilys | photo by Noah Greenberg | via WFMU.org
Kurt Heasley of Lilys | photo by Noah Greenberg | via WFMU.org

This January 13th, LA-based indie label Frontier Records will reissue In The Presence of Nothing, the shoegaze-y debut from Philly cult rockers Lilys. The physical, double LP version is limited to only 300 copies, so if you want to get your hands on this slice of indie rock history, you’ll want to pre-order it sooner rather than later. (Seriously — the ultra-deluxe pressing just went on sale yesterday, and it’s already gone.) Continue reading →