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 →
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 →
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 →
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 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 →
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 Weir, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul, and Suzanne Vega to new voices Maggie Rogers, Sweet Spirit, and Phoebe Bridgers, Philly rooted artists The Districts, The War on Drugs, and Waxahatchee, Live at the World Cafe Vol. 43 is an expansive release. Continue reading →
16 shows over five days. Hip-hop to house jams, noisepop to jazz-pop, house shows to arenas, benefits and more…we’ve got quite the variety of selections for your concertgoing guide this week. Dig in below, beginning with a couple options for tonight. Continue reading →
The Districts sent 2017 packing this week with two sold-out nights at Johnny Brenda’s, ringing in the New Year last night with a high-energy rager that included pirates, Jello shots and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s classic “Dancing In The Dark.” Continue reading →
You may have caught Petal in stunning solo form recently at that fantastic show with Julien Baker and Half Waif, and now the Scranton-based project of Kiley Lotz returns to Philly for another solo performance — this time on a smaller-scale, at Everybody Hits, but the show is sure to be no less beautiful and even more intimate than it was on the big stage. Born Without Bones, Super American and Tombo Crush will also play the Home Outgrown Presents gig. Petal’s latest release is the Comfort EP, which includes a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Silver Springs.” Listen below and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
With a big year in their rearview — including the release of their kickass third long-player, Popular Manipulations — Philly favorites The Districts just announced a pair of shows to close out 2017.
On Saturday, December 30th, the band will play Johnny Brenda’s with DIY scene rippers Permanent Body and Mannequin Pussy. And then on New Year’s Eve, the band will headline JB again with Lithuania and Pine Barons supporting. Both shows go on sale Friday, October 27th at noon; details and info can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →