The Districts’ Pat Cassidy shares shimmering new solo single


Pat Cassidy (The Districts) | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Pat Cassidy, the guitarist for Philly rock group The Districts, has branched off from the group before. In February 2017 he released two tracks, “Daybreak” and “Misunderstood”, in an effort to raise funds for the International Refugee Assistance Project. These tracks, released under Cassidy’s Sweet Vermilion moniker, are soft and acoustic affairs; far removed from the alt-rock of The Districts. His latest release, “Mid Life Elation”, while still more subdued than the band’s output, is a glimmering testament to Cassidy’s potential as a solo artist.

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The Districts’ Rob Grote has released a new solo single to benefit The Yellowhammer Fund

The Districts | photo by Emma Silverstone for WXPN

Earlier this week, Rob Grote of The Districts released a new single called “Glitter”, through his solo project, Goat Mumbles. According to the Goat Mumbles Bandcamp page, all proceeds generated by the new track will go to The Yellowhammer Fund “to help those in need of abortions in Alabama.” Continue reading →


The Districts comment on consumerism and bad holiday vibes in “Acid Christmas Rain”

The Districts | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

To mark the holiday in a profoundly trippy and subversive style, Philly rockers The Districts shared a new holiday song called “Acid Christmas Rain.”

Built around an arpeggio reminiscent of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hits,” the song follows a folk structure built up with cosmic production as singer Rob Grote lyrically juxtaposes religious imagery and passages about death. Continue reading →


Watch The Districts’ full set from Best Kept Secret festival

The Districts | Photo by Pooneh Ghana | courtesy of the artist

Hometown rockers The Districts found themselves in Europe earlier this summer, traveling from England to Denmark in June, with stops in Germany, Belgium, Norway, and the Netherlands along the way. It was on June 8th in the Netherlands The Districts performed at Best Kept Secret festival. Thanks to the festival, their full set is now up on YouTube to stream.

During their set, the band played five songs off their 2017 LP, Popular Manipulations, which recently celebrated its first birthday on August 11th. According to an Instagram post from the band, the boys are back in the studio gearing up for their fourth LP. While their Best Kept Secret set didn’t contain any new songs, be on the lookout for new material teased out by the band in the (hopefully) not-too-distant future. The band closed out their set with a career-spanning best-of run, from 2012’s “Funeral Beds” into 2018’s “Nighttime Girls,” and finally ripping through set-closing staple “Young Blood,” in all of its glorious 10 minutes. Continue reading →


Listen to The Districts cover “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division

The Districts | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

As a preface to their upcoming UK and EU tour, Philly indie rock band The Districts released a cover of Joy Division’s classic “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” The original song debuted in 1980, eloquently combining gritty post-punk vibes with a melodic synth that crossed the boundaries of genre into new wave.

The Districts’ version is less harsh, as vocalist Rob Grote sings with a softer cadence than Ian Curtis’ signature melancholic wailing. The guitar tone feels reminiscent of 90s shoegaze, and vacant space is carved out with muted drums and meandering riffs. It lacks the synth pop touch of the original, but nothing necessarily feels lost or missing, and it still holds onto the classic ghostly sound. Continue reading →


Just Announced: The Districts and Hardwork Movement to co-headline Beyond the Bars benefit show this May

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The Districts | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Local acts Hardwork Movement and The Districts have been announced as special guests for the next Beyond the Bars benefit concert, hosted at World Cafe Live this May. Both acts are no strangers to the stage downstairs, as the hip-hop soulsters performed a free at noon set just last month, and the Philly-via-Lititz rockers played in one of the first BtB benefit show in April of 2016. Now, the two local forces are coming together for a special co-headlining event, all to benefit the local organization dedicated to exposing youth who have been impacted by the incarceration system to musical outlets and to provide safe spaces where they can express themselves. Continue reading →


The Districts depict Philly nightlife in new track “Nighttime Girls”

The Districts | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN |

The Districts had a huge 2017, to say the least. Last fall into winter, the group toured the US behind 2017 LP Popular Manipulations, backed indie cult legend Daniel Johnston at the legendary Tower Theater, and ended the year with a pair of sold out New Year’s Eve shows at Johnny Brenda’s. Now, ahead of a US tour with Chicago rockers Twin Peaks, The Districts release new single “Nighttime Girls.” Continue reading →


Pre-order Live at the World Cafe Volume 43 featuring The Districts, Maggie Rogers, The War on Drugs, Waxahatchee and more

Live at the World Cafe Volume 43

The latest compilation of live performances from NPR’s World Cafe is available this spring to XPN members — and it’s a fantastic collection.

Ranging from rock and folk vets Bob WeirLittle Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and Suzanne Vega to new voices Maggie Rogers, Sweet Spirit, and Phoebe Bridgers, Philly rooted artists The DistrictsThe War on Drugs, and Waxahatchee, Live at the World Cafe Vol. 43 is an expansive release. Continue reading →