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Secret Nudist Friends get weird in South Philly in the hip-shaking “Something On Your Mind” video

Secret Nudist Friends | photo by Mike Arrison | mikearrisonphotography.com | via facebook.com/SNFphilly

The bizarre new video from Philly retro rockers Secret Nudist Friends has a wild bit of Jean Luc Goddard going on in this new music video directed by Deb Gilmore, and not just because of the stylish outfits and poppy color schemes.

Amid its visual lightheartedness, there’s an overall surreal undercurrent and constant threat of violence, not unlike Pierrot le Fou. That carries from the tight shots of various bandmates’ hips shaking to the beat, to non-sequiter cuts of singer-guitarist Matty Klauser prowling the streets of South Philly with seemingly nefarious designs on the people he follows — the song, creepily, is called “Something On Your Mind” – to keyboardist Missy Pidgeon stepping from a corner store brandishing a butcher knife and chips, ready to retaliate. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Gary Numan at Union Transfer, Secret Nudist Friends at Boot & Saddle

Gary Numan | Photo by John Vettese

80s New Wave icon Gary Numan headlines Union Transfer tonight in support of his new album Savage: Songs From A Broken World, released in September. It’s been over three years since the electro and industrial music pioneer’s last album and stop in Philly. Garage pop duo Me Not You opens the show. Find tickets and more information on tonight’s show on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Chill Moody at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Mt. Joy at Johnny Brenda’s, Secret Nudist Friends at Bourbon and Branch

Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com
Chill Moody | photo by Reji B. | courtesy of the artist | www.rejibphotography.com

Penn’s Landing is the place to be on Thursday nights – Spruce Street Harbor Park presents local artists for a free summer concert series in its awesome waterfront space, and tonight is one not to miss. Hip hop sensation Chill Moody will perform with The Bul Bey, and it is sure to be an evening of chill and breezy summer vibes. For more information, click here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Square Peg Round Hole at Boot & Saddle, Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benet at The Keswick Theater, and Secret Nudist Friends at MilkBoy

Square Peg Round Hole | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN | silvestography.com

Tonight, Boot & Saddle hosts a gig headed up by Square Peg Round Hole. The percussion-based group is an oddity on its own, choosing slow-building ambiance over everything. The gig is 21+, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Verite at Union Transfer, Pine Barons at Kung Fu Necktie, Secret Nudist Friends at The Barbary

Verite | photo by Eric Ryan Anderson | via the artist’s Facebook page

Brooklyn-based singer, Kelsey Byrne, makes dark, indie electro-pop under the moniker, VERITE. She’s been releasing a slew of infectious singles and EP’s since 2014, with her debut album, Somewhere In Between, due out on June 23rd. Before then, you can experience VERITE’s expansive sound fill Union Transfer tonight when she opens for Betty Who. Find more info on tickets here and watch the tour video of VERITE’s awesome cover of The 1975’s, “Somebody Else,” below. Continue reading →

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Cabana Wear dusts off their shoulders in the dreamy rock of “Always Loose”

Cabana Wear | photo by Gianna Vadino | courtesy of the artist

New Jersey indie rock four-piece Cabana Wear is comprised of four scene regulars with a serious soft spot for the sparkling, soaring power pop of the late 90s and early aughts. Think Nada Surf, Harvey Danger, and early Weezer — introverted and emotional but still expressive and fun.

The band features singer-guitarist Brian Mietz (The Not Fur Longs, It’s A King Thing), guitarist Alec McVey (Aspiga), bassist Dan Saraceni (By Surprise, The Only Ghost In Town), and drummer Eric McConathey (Brackish). Their chemistry and camaraderie was evident from the get-go, as McVey told The Alternative in a recent interview.

“We didn’t have to go through any weird growing pains of learning to write and play music with each other,” he said. “I’ve never had a band that I was in feel this natural right off the bar before. It’s always gotten there eventually, but it felt like the four of us were all on the same page right from the first practice.”

Cabana Wear’s self-titled debut is out this Friday, March 15th, on Sludge People, and ahead of its release, we’re happy to give you a first listen to one more song from the record. We’ve heard the quirky crunch of “Scaredy Horse” and the determined drive of “Bother You“; today, we bring you the dreamy rocker “Always Loose,” a song that takes down toxic friendships with an ever-increasing fuzz pedal attack. Continue reading →

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Blushed takes the title of its single “Webcam” to heart in their new music video

Blushed | photo by Andrew Ho aka Bighitzz Entertainment | courtesy of the artist

Local four-piece Blushed have shared their first music video. “Webcam” is a song off their recent split EP with Secret Nudist Friends, So Cool, which was released last June, and for the video the band takes the title to heart. Watch below as each member of Blushed takes turns in front of the camera, breaking the fourth wall to give us a glimpse of what goes on when no one’s watching but the webcam. Continue reading →

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The Week Ahead: Sharon Van Etten, Bartees Strange, Herbie Hancock, The Winter Doldrums Concert and more

Herbie Hancock | via The Kimmel Center

This week in the XPN listening area, you can catch shows from legends as easily as fresh faces, nationally acclaimed artists as much as local sensations. Add in the usual mix of genres, from singer-songwriter to jazz to rock and pop, and there’s not a lot of reason to stay home. Here are twelve concerts to see in the next seven days in and around Philadelphia.
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