Singer-songwriter Chelsea Mitchell’s long-running project Dirty Dollhouse heads up the MAAS Building for the record release show of their album Vinyl Child. The group’s harmonic focus mixes with century-spanning influences, from country to doo-wop to R&B, creating a sound both old and new. The show is all ages, and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Philly-based Indie rock outfit The Burgeoning have a new EP coming out later this month, but you can listen to its title track now. It’s called “Loud Dreams”, and it fittingly sees the band exploring bigger, noisier territory with a distinct, dream pop bent. Continue reading →
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard return to Underground Arts tonight. The Australian garage / psych rockers released their eighth studio recored this year with the critically acclaimed Nonagon Infinity. To emphasize the Infinity part, the LP is apparently recorded as a loop, with the final notes matching up with the opening notes for endless Gizzard fun. Check out “People-Vultures” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.
Blues boys John the Conqueror open for JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound tonight at Underground Arts. The band, led by Mississippi-born Pierre Moore, is in the process of recording their third album – hopefully we will hear a preview of what they have in the works. It’s also worth noting that this is Moore’s last show as a Philadelphian before his move to Kentucky. Don’t worry, though: John the Conqueror will continue to tour and create more punk-blues goodness. Tickets for tonight’s 21+ show available here. Continue reading →
South Jersey’s annual Hollystock Festival kicks off at noon today with modern rock anthems by Andorra, wraps up around 9:45 with Americana rockers Cold Roses, and in between about a bazillion bands play. If you go, definitely keep an eye and an ear out for a dinnertime set by The Burgeoning (pictured) who have a rad Real Estate by way of Bastille sound, and who also rocked an awesome cover of “Message In A Bottle” by The Police when they recorded their Key Studio Session. Download “Beautiful Rampage” from them below (and also check out music by a couple of the other artists on the bill) and get the full lineup and more information on the free event here. Continue reading →
Last year The Burgeoning released their Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm EP, introducing us to soft-spoken lead vocalist Logan Thierjung and the rest of the charismatic group. This year, aside from stopping at WXPN to record for record for The Key Studio Sessions a month ago, The Burgeoning played an intimate set at SoFAR Philadelphia in early April, a video of which surfaced this week. Continue reading →
The Burgeoning open up at Bourbon & Branch tonight. The local quartet stopped by for a Key Studio Session recently, treating us to “Lighthouse” from their debut Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm EP, a cover of “Message in a Bottle” by The Police and a pair of new tracks that will appear on their forthcoming effort. Check out “Cave Man” below and get more information about tonight’s 21+ show here.
We closed out Memorial Day Weekend with the premiere of a new Song Dogs song called “Forevermore.” The track comes from the local rockers’ new Heartlands record and has a lighters-in-the-air, wide open space feel to it. Stream and download the song below.
Philly four-piece The Burgeoning has one leg firmly planted in the indie-dance nightclubs of the Making Time set, while the other one reaches ambitiously for the poppy world of arena rock. The band caught our ear last year with their debut single “Lighthouse” and a solid sonic recipe: tight playing, unique arrangements and big, big hooks. Quick points of reference would be Real Estate and Bastille. Since releasing their Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm EP, the band has been going hard on the Philly live music circuit, honing their craft, sharpening their form and whipping up an on-point cover of “Message In a Bottle” by The Police.
The cover appears in the band’s Key Studio Session, and as you’ll hear, it’s practically custom designed for frontman Logan Thierjung’s elastic voice. Continue reading →
Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
Okay, so Key Fest kicks off tonight, and that’s obviously the concert we’re most pumped about and think you should all go to. But we’ve been telling you about that all week – here are a few other live music options worth your attention, beginning with Creepoid‘s homecoming at Underground Arts. The band is moving back to Philly after spending the past year or so living in Savannah and writing their new record. Their new Cemetery Highrise Slum, is out on June 23rd via Collect Records, and the songs we’ve heard from it slay. Listen to “American Smile” below and get tickets and more info on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →