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The Bigness returns with endearingly sentimental video for “The Rest of the Sky”

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The Bigness | courtesy of the artist

The Bigness has remained relatively under the radar for the last year, and now we know why. The band has released a single from their third upcoming album What We Make, “The Rest of the Sky,” a track that wires itself into your brain with a catchy hook and bopping rhythms. Contrasting the upbeat instrumentals, the lyrics describe the frustration of feeling trapped in a mundane routine, the restrictions of a pattern that drains creative energy and passion. Continue reading →

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The Bigness say thanks to their fans with two classic rock covers

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

After successfully crowd-funding their EP Time Traveler, which was released just over a year ago, The Bigness has released three songs as a part of a Kickstarter All-Stars collection. The four-piece Philly rock outfit covered two songs that were chosen by the two highest donors from the Time Traveler Kickstarter campaign, and for laughs, sang a contractual agreement about it. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: The Bigness

Can we point to The Bigness an example of Philly D.I.Y.? They don’t play emo or punk rock — even though their songs are emotional, and they do rock. Their gigs don’t take place in tallboy-littered basements on the fringes of university campuses — but their sound is so dialed-in, it would feel just as good there as in a club. Hovering in and around their 30s, the bandmates have a solid decade-plus on the average D.I.Y. scene participant — but what is age, anyway, when it comes to art?

Surface similarities may be shaky, true. But as far as their work ethic, their love of hooks and their pure spirit, the common ground is hard to deny: The Bigness makes music by themselves, for themselves, and it’s an inviting and inclusive thing of joy.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at The Barbary, Northern Arms at Boot and Saddle, & More

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Philly band The Bigness headlines tonight at The Barbary in Northern Liberties, supported by local bands The Lemats and The Upticks (only bands with “The” in the name are allowed to perform tonight). The Bigness released their debut LP Time Traveler last year to follow 2011’s Surf + Turf, growing into their solid indie rock sound. More information on the 21+ show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at The Fire, North Mississippi Allstars at World Cafe Live, Adult. at Johnny Brenda’s

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The Bigness | photo by Chris Kendig | courtesy of the artist

Philly indie rock four-piece The Bigness caught our ear last year with their debut LP Time Traveler . In the time since, they’ve hit a variety of stages around Philly and released a whimsical and enchanting video for “Beautiful Life,” which has serious Belly and Lemonheads vibes. Tonight, they headline at The Fire; tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.   Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: The Bigness reminisce about the good times in “Beautiful Life”

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The Bigness | photo by Chris Kendig Photography | courtesy of the artist

“Beautiful Life” was the second single from Time Traveler, the debut album from local quartet The Bigness. When we first heard the track last summer it was on the heels of their careening, escapist 70s rocker “Run! Run!,” so the slow burn of “Beautiful Life” offered a glimpse of the band, led by Kristen Bigness, in a more reflective mood. That reflection is carried over into the music video for the track, which we’re premiering today ahead of The Bigness’ headlining slot upstairs at Kung Fu Necktie on May 10th.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at Kung Fu Necktie, Jesse Hale Moore at Bourbon and Branch, A Tribe Called Red at The Fillmore and more…

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Philadelphia pop-rock four-piece The Bigness hit the stage at Kung Fu Necktie tonight; their debut LP Time Traveler, released last year, combined loud riffage with infectious hooks in a big (hah) way. Tickets and more information on tonight’s 21+ show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Bigness at Bourbon & Branch, Telepathic at Ortlieb’s, Black Horse Motel at Boot & Saddle and more…

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The Bigness | photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop Photography | http://www.bklphoto.com/

Local four-piece The Bigness are ready to bring their songs to Bourbon & Branch tonight. Led by Kristen Bigness, the indie rock outfit released its latest LP Time Traveler in the fall, a collection of songs steeped in the lineage of acts like Fleetwood Mac and The Breeders. Watch a video for “Run! Run! (Escape Anthem)” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Watch The Bigness, Liz De Lise and Flat Mary Road cover “All The Young Dudes” at Ortlieb’s

The Bigness, Liz de Lise and Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb's | still from video
The Bigness, Liz de Lise and Flat Mary Road at Ortlieb’s | still from video

Philly indie rockers The Bigness released their ultra 90s inspired EP Time Traveler last week. Experimental pop solo artist Liz De Lise also released her latest full length, a self titled outing reminiscent of both Neil Young and St. Vincent.

Both bands shared an album release party at Ortlieb’s, and it culminated in a packed stage singalong (along with opener Flat Mary Road) of Mott the Hoople and David Bowie’s “All the Young Dudes.”

It’s joyous, fun and awesome – watch it below, and keep tabs on the artists’ next moves at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Boot and Saddle, The Bigness and Liz De Lise at Ortlieb’s, Diet Cig at The Chameleon Club

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Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia born alternative hip-hop group Hardwork Movement is sure to draw a crowd tonight at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. The group promotes the importance of togetherness and striving for uniqueness. Hardwork Movement draws increasingly larger crowds each show they play, from venues like Kung Fu Necktie to Spruce Street Harbor Park. With fellow hip-hop inspired openers Ill Doots and TubaFresh, this is not a gig to miss. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →