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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Thievery Corporation at The Fillmore, The Bouncing Souls at Union Transfer, Eilza Hardy Jones at Boot and Saddle and more…

Thievery Corporation | courtesy of the artist
Thievery Corporation | courtesy of the artist

D.C. based electronic duo Thievery Corporation is bringing their relentlessly eclectic sound to The Fillmore tonight with support from The Reminders. The group’s latest, Saudade, was released back in 2014. Check out the video for one of its tracks, “Depth of My Soul” below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Cheers Elephant at Pastorious Park, The Bouncing Souls at First Unitarian Church

As the band’s flyer shows, Cheers Elephant is having a busy month of July. Tonight you’ll be able to see the local quartet perform not one but two sets for free at Pastorius Park, as part of the park’s Summer Concert Series. (In the meantime, you can listen to our Key Studio Session with the band from earlier this year.) Cheers Elephant performs at Pastorious Park at 7:30 p.m.; tickets to the show are free.

Meanwhile, over at First Unitarian Church, the legendary New Brunswick punk band The Bouncing Souls will perform the first of four sold-out shows. Tonight, the band will plow through its first two full lengths—The Good, The Bad, And The Argyle and Maniacal Laughter—alongside opening acts World/Inferno Friendship Society and The Creetons; other openers include Strike Anywhere and Iron Chic (Thursday), Tim Barry and Gods And Queens (Friday), and Blanks 77 and The Scandals. The Bouncing Souls perform with World/Inferno Friendship Society and The Creetons at 7:30 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are SOLD OUT.

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Link Roundup, 3/22: The Bouncing Souls announce tour, Questlove talks Twitter

The Bouncing Souls announce tour, playing all 8 albums in 4 nights (Philly run included) “At varying points throughout the summer and fall of 2011, the band will play 4-night stands in 8 different cities, playing 2 albums a night, as well as other “lost causes and forgotten songs,” playing “over 100 songs” at each stop. The northeast has 3 of the 8 cities that the tour hits, including Boston, New York and Philly. London also gets a stop, as does Vienna, Austria. Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles get the remaining 3 slots.” (theswollenfox.com)

Twitter Turns 5: Biz Stone & ?uestlove Q&A “As Twitter marks its fifth anniversary, co-founder Biz Stone (@biz) and the Roots’ ?uestlove (@questlove) talk tweets, privacy and what the future may hold for the microblogging juggernaut.” (Billboard)

Pinetop Perkins, RIP “Boogie woogie blues piano great Joe Willie “Pinetop” Perkins died on Sunday in Austin, Texas. He was 97. Along with 95 year old David “Honeyboy” Edwards, he was the last of the surviving generation of original Mississppi Delta bluesmen. Perkins replaced Otis Spann in Muddy Waters’ band in 1969, and he remained remarkably busy in his ’90s, still regularly playing concerts.” (philly.com)

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Just Announced: Bouncing Souls revive early material with How I Spent My Maniacal Summer shows in Croydon and Wilmington

Bouncing Souls | photo courtesy of the artist

Jersey punks The Bouncing Souls make their comeback with a Northeast tour called How I Spent My Maniacal Vacation. That’s right, that the band will revive material from 1996’s Maniacal Laughter and 2001’s How I Spent My Summer Vacation in one monster setlist.This weekend Bouncing Souls has a gig at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Co in Croydon, PA, about an hour outside of Philly. In December they return with a set at The Queen in Wilmington, joined by cabaret punks The World/Inferno Friendship Society and Worriers. All tour dates are listed below; more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Worriers sign to 6131 Records, reissue an extended version of Survival Pop

Worriers
Worriers | photo by Molly Adams | courtesy of the artist

A year ago, Lauren Denitzio’s geographically roving punk outfit Worriers released their latest LP, the excellent Survival Pop. Now, after a busy year of touring behind the release, Worriers have announced that they’ve signed with the Richmond-based label 6131 Records, which has reissued Survival Pop with two new tracks. It’s out now digitally, and will also be available on CD and vinyl (pre-order here).

The extended version of Survival Pop includes the addition of a previously unreleased track called “The Saddest Little Waffle House in Eastern Pennsylvania.” Continue reading →

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Diner Food, Punk Rock Style: The Tasty’s owners reflect on their first year in East Passyunk

The Tasty | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | <a href=http://racheldelsordophotography.com target="_blank">racheldelsordophotography.com</a>
The Tasty | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

“Three punks open a vegan diner in South Philly.”

Sounds like a setup for some classic olde thyme comedy, but The Tasty, located at 1401 S. 12th St., is the real deal. Since moving to East Passyunk last spring, the breakfast-and-brunch spot has been on my radar as a bustling neighborhood zone for vegan takes on the diner-inspired comfort food we all know and love.

(Seriously, good luck grabbing a seat after 10 a.m. on a Saturday. The Tasty is generally quite packed with vegans and omnivores alike at any given time of day.)

With a menu boasting tofu scrambles, breakfast burritos, fried chicken sandwiches, pork rolls, cheesesteaks, chicken and waffles, and pastries baked in-house (not to mention the endlessly rotating weekend specials and carefully curated coffee selections), The Tasty’s runaway success is multifold.

Yes, the menu is consistently dope, and dually serves a growing demographic that often has a tough time finding a wider range of options in Philadelphia’s network of diner, and diner-inspired, brunch spots.

But all credit is due to co-owners Kate Hiltz (who manages New Jersey punk band The Bouncing Souls and owns Chunksaah Records), Sofia Baltopoulos, and Restorations guitarist/keyboardist Ben Pierce, who imbue The Tasty with a sense of community, care and white-knuckled work ethic that stems from their collective—and extensive—background in a do-it-yourself music scene.

Since The Tasty celebrates one year in business this month, I recently sat down with Hiltz, Baltopoulos and Pierce over vegan Buffalo wings to talk about its first 12 months, absurd city bureaucracy, and why punks are the best at getting shit done. Continue reading →

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Plow United doesn’t miss a beat on Three

Plow United | via facebook.com/PlowUnited

Once again, Plow United hasn’t missed a beat. The regional punk rock power trio is back this week with its fifth LP – its second since reuniting in 2011 – and it sounds fantastic. The full record is now streaming on The A.V. Club, and it packs in 14 new songs into just about a half hour’s time.

A couple weeks back, singer-guitarist Brian McGee appeared on The Key Studio Sessions to preview a few of the new songs: “We Should Take Time,” “Break The Barrier” and “Trust.” Contrasting the troubadour-esque acoustic renditions of the songs against the pummeling freakouts that are the album versions is definitely a trip – its sick to hear that, even after twenty years, the Plow boys have that gripping ability to not chill, as the situation may call for. Continue reading →

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mewithoutYou and The Menzingers had a spellbinding two-night stand at Union Transfer

mewithoutYou | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com
mewithoutYou | Photo by Rocco Peditto | roccopeditto.com

On Friday and Saturday night, Philly area bands mewithoutYou and The Menzingers co-headlined a back-to-back stint to a sold out crowd at Union Transfer. The bands kicked off their fall tour earlier this month along with Pianos Become The Teeth and Restorations. Following the release of their latest album Pale Horses, mewithoutYou delivered an energetic, lively performance that left the audience chanting for more. Frontman Aaron Weiss’s captivating lyrics filled the room as he paraded around the stage, swinging his hands into the air and gripping the neck of his guitar, giving us the type of performance his band has become known for. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Friendship at Everybody Hits, Deb Callahan at Steel City and more

Friendship
Friendship | photo by Abi Reimold

To celebrate the release of their debut album, You’re Going to Have to Trust MeFriendship will be playing at Everybody Hits! tonight. This show will also be kicking off the trio’s fall tour with Abi Reimold. Friendship, who recently moved to Philadelphia from Maine, released a single from their new record, called “Goneis,” back in August. Pick up your tickets here and listen to the song below. Continue reading →