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Need to Feel Your Soft Sounds in the Storm: New Sheer Mag, Japanese Breakfast and Waxahatchee on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

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Sheer Mag | photo by Marie Lin | courtesy of the artist

A jam-packed Indie Rock Hit Parade is coming your way tonight, and there’s no way to stop it! Listen at 11pm ET on XPN (that’s right after What’s The Frequency??? with John Vettese, ya know?) for a full two-hour show that features not one, not two, but THREE spotlights on new releases from three very different bands out of Philly. We’ll hear from Sheer Mag‘s incendiary debut, Need To Feel Your Love, the dreamy sophomore album from Japanese Breakfast, Soft Sounds From Another Planet, and (of course) the latest from Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee, Out In The Storm. Also in the mix, you’ll hear new tracks from Speedy Ortiz, Cults and Parquet Courts singer A. Savage! Preview some of those below…

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Stream Sheer Mag’s Entire New Album, Need To Feel Your Love via NPR Music

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

If you can’t wait until July 14th to hear Sheer Mag‘s debut full-length album (we’ve been waiting for three years, that seems quite long enough) you’re in luck – Need to Feel Your Love joins the long list of highly anticipated albums that have been released via NPR’s First Listen series, giving fans a chance to hear the album in its entirety one week before its scheduled release date. Including the two lead singles “Just Can’t Get Enough” and the title track “Need to Feel Your Love,” the 12-track record finds Sheer Mag showcasing their songwriting and versatility rooted in classic rock’n’roll. Continue reading →

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Free At Noon Flashback: Sheer Mag’s volume knows no limits

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Sheer Mag | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

The track names on Sheer Mag‘s compilation album are in all-caps on Bandcamp. The stylization is a fair choice considering it’s hard to remember, at least for me, a time when World Cafe Live has reached the volume the band brought to the venue during Friday’s weekly Free At Noon concert. For 40 minutes, the Philly rockers emitted nonstop, ear-ringing rock n’ roll in its purest form. Continue reading →

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Sheer Mag share “Need to Feel Your Love,” announce super-full U.S. tour

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

Local rock ‘n’ rollers Sheer Mag are tapping into some Al Green inspiration on “Need to Feel Your Love,” the title track of their forthcoming debut LP. The record drops on July 14th while the band is in Europe but they’ll be taking it out on the road in the fall for a U.S. tour that stops at Union Transfer on August 26th.

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Watch Sheer Mag cover “Clampdown” by The Clash with DA candidate Larry Krasner

Sheer Mag and Larry Krasner | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN
Sheer Mag and Larry Krasner | photo by Tom Beck for WXPN

Last night, Philly’s Sheer Mag kicked off their headlining spring tour at the First Unitarian Church, and with the primary elections just a few days away, they were joined onstage by Larry Krasner, candidate for Philadelphia District Attorney.

Krasner and the band covered “Clampdown” from The Clash’s London Calling, and you can watch video of it below, care of Philly photographer Scott Troyan.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Sheer Mag at First Unitarian Church, Circadian Rhythms at PhilaMOCA, Jimmy Eat World at Sherman Theater

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

Sheer Mag are kicking off a long summer tour tonight at the First Unitarian Church. The extensive list of dates is due to the fact that the local outfit is gearing up to release their debut LP, following a string of beloved rock ‘n’ roll EPs that have peppered their three year career. Check out lead single “Just Can’t Get Enough” below and pick up tickets for the all-ages show hereNeed Your Love is out July 14th.

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Sheer Mag returns with new “Just Can’t Get Enough,” debut LP Need to Feel Your Love

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Sheer Mag | photo by Mariel Lin | courtesy of the artist

After three years and just as many EPs of making music insiders trip over one another to declare them the saviors of gritty rock and roll authenticity and what have you, Philly five-piece Sheer Mag — who, industry hyperbole aside, are a sincerely great band — will finally release its first full length. Need To Feel Your Love is out July 14th on Wilsuns Recording Company. Based on the debut single, the band’s self-conscious 70s / 80s stylizations are still going strong, from the badass emblem on the sleeve to the infectious riffs and licks contained within. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: Sheer Mag, Tigers Jaw and more come to Boot and Saddle for charity “Peace and Noise” series in January

Boot and Saddle can always be counted on to host killer shows and bring together good people for good causes whenever the chance comes their way.

This January is no different: the South Philly music venue just announced a three- series in January called “Peace and Noise.” Each show will benefit a charity of the headliners choice. Tom May and Greg Barnett of The Menzingers open it up on January 11th, Sheer Mag continues on the 18th and an acoustic set by Tigers Jaw on the 25th. Continue reading →