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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tennis at Underground Arts, The Only Ghost in Town at Studio Luloo, Sunn O))) at Union Transfer

Tennis | via the artist's Facebook page
Tennis | via the artist’s Facebook page

Indie pop duo Tennis will headline Underground Arts tonight with Rolling Blackouts and Coastal Fever. Their latest album Yours Conditionally dropped last Friday, featuring the feel-good, throwback single “In The Morning I’ll Be Better.” Check out the similarly vintage video for the track below. Then, head over to XPN’s Concert Calendar for tickets and more information. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: The Only Ghost In Town returns from the dead with “Coming Along”

The Only Ghost in Town | photo by Joe Lamberti, courtesy of the artist
The Only Ghost in Town | photo by Joe Lamberti, courtesy of the artist

The Only Ghost in Town is back after a two year hiatus with their recently released single called “Coming Along.”

The New Jersey trio features Dan Saraceni and Devin Petitte of By Surprise and Carolyn Haynes of Ghost Gum. “Coming Along” is the first single released from the band’s forthcoming album Mirage, out this winter on Broken World Media. The album will be available via digital download and cassette tape. Continue reading →

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Watch The Only Ghost In Town go acoustic on their porch with a version of “Solar Flares”

Photo via facebook.com/theonlyghostintown
Photo via facebook.com/theonlyghostintown

South Jersey lo-fi band The Only Ghost in Town just released their first in a series of Porch Session videos – where, you guessed it, the band plays acoustically on their front porch. In April, the group released a goofy video for “Half Speed” from its False Color Images LP, which came out in May via Broken World Media. The album was a follow up to 2012’s rocking All the Stars are for You EP.

For its Porch Session, the group performed “Solar Flares”, the first track off of False Color Images. Continue reading →

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The Only Ghost in Town release new video for “Half Speed,” playing record release show next month

The Only Ghost in Town | photo courtesy of the artist
The Only Ghost in Town | photo Joe Lamberti | jlamberti.com

South Jersey four-piece The Only Ghost in Town have released a video for “Half Speed” off of their brand new False Color Images LP, set for a physical release through Broken World Media.  The home video vibes of the clip match the equally grainy, distortion-laden recording of the song, though the sun-soaked visuals of frontman Dan Saraceni horsing around in a backyard also seep through the audio as a bright, repetitive guitar rhythm.  Throughout the thrash-worthy track is a playfulness that shows the band’s sense of humor and personality, evoking a Weezer / Sonic Youth hybrid that’s hard not to keep going back to.  Check out the video for “Half Speed” below and celebrate the release of False Color Images at Kung Fu Necktie on May 3rd; more information can be found here.

The Only Ghost In Town: “Half Speed” from colin miller on Vimeo.

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Watch Dan Saraceni ruin a pair of shoes in the video for The Only Ghost in Town’s “Waterfall”

When The Only Ghost in Town released a new music video for its song “Waterfall” yesterday, frontman Dan Saraceni admitted he ruined a good pair of shoes in the filmmaking process. It’s pretty easy to see why: along a light rail train track that is either the PATCO Line in South Jersey or the Route 100 / 101 line in Delaware County, Saraceni lurches slowly forward in a tight head-and-shoulders shot while all manner of items are thrown at him. A bucket of water, flour, glitter, breakfast cereal. A chair goes flying, but it’s a near miss. It’s a one-joke concept, sure, but sometimes single jokes that work are the best jokes. Watch it below, and get a free download of TOGiT’s current EP All of the Stars Are For You at Bandcamp.

The Only Ghost In Town: “Waterfall” from colin miller on Vimeo.

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Philly Local Philes: The Only Ghost In Town’s “Waterfall”

I’m noticing a quasi-trend of Philly-area punk rock bass players who are really into dreampop and shoegaze on the side. In today’s Philly Local Phile, we introduce you to The Only Ghost in Town, the place where By Surprise bassist Dan Saraceni goes to indulge his fondness for e-bow and the tremolo bar, for Hum and Ride. “Waterfall” is the opening track on the band’s new All of the Stars are for You; Saraceni and his fellow ghosts rocked out the three-song set just two weekends ago in a Clarksboro recording studio, and it was digitally released a week later – gotta respect that efficiency! I’m liking the whole EP enough that I’ll just post the entire thing for you to listen to below; for more, check out The Only Ghost in Town’s Bandcamp page.

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Review: Wise Up Ghost by Elvis Costello and The Roots

elvis&thetrootsDepending on how you look at this, the paths of Elvis Costello and The Roots represent a much more natural crossing that it seems. The ‘How’ is answered rather simply. We can thank The Jimmy Fallon Show for putting them both in the same room (and on the same stage). But why they took it one step further to produce one of the year’s most intriguing albums really lies within the musical character of both acts. For The Roots, collaboration has always been a constant. And their versatility to play alongside any and all musical ensembles is the reason they’re the one of the most sought after live acts. For Costello, much the same. He’s never been shy of a musical challenge and since the late 70s has tried his hand at just about all styles. So does their collective desire for musical exploration lend itself to a fruitful collaboration on Wise Up Ghost? It sure does.

As cliché as it sounds, the music really speaks for itself on Wise Up Ghost. In terms of Costello, he’s the main voice on the album with The Roots laying down the foundation and coloring in the sonic landscape. ?uestlove and the band lead us into soulful, funky territory on songs like “Refuse to To Saved” and the seductive “Wake Me Up”. Costello sounds reinvigorated on the collection. It’s a definitive and welcomed departure from the country and folk inspired albums (Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, National Ransom) that preceded this. With songs like “Walk Us Uptown” and “Come the Meantimes”, Costello confidently steps right back into a contemporary world (even if The Roots are drawing from classic soul).

Unlike so many collaborative records, Wise Up Ghost is truly as interesting as the headlines read. And not only does the music offer the best of what both parties are capable of, but it’s a direction, for Costello at least, that many have been craving for.

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Watch DRGN King perform “Holy Ghost” for Out of Town Films (playing the XPoNential Music Festival in July)

Screen shot 2013-05-22 at 1.24.25 PMWe’re very excited to have Philadelphia’s DRGN King on the lineup for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. Their Paragraph Nights LP, released on Bar / None Records earlier this year, is stylish and catchy, and they put on one heck of a live show – something nicely captured by the Out of Town Films crew with their most recent video. The filmmakers explain it like so:

Two weeks ago, we invited local Philly band DRGN King to come play at Girard Hall after their show at Kung Fu Necktie. The plan was to have them play acoustically and to have a few people over to watch the performance. Well, things didn’t go exactly as planned and for the better. The acoustic set turned into a full on electric set and the few people turned into many people. So basically it was a mini-show.

The police were lurking outside since it was midnight on a Thursday and DRGN King were playing pretty loudly. They only had time for two songs. One of which was “Holy Ghost”, a song apparently about looking like Jesus.

Check out the video below. For more DRGN King goodness, check out their recent Brighton Sound Session, or download their Key Studio Session from 2011. The XPoNential Music Festival happens from July 26 to July 28 at Wiggins Park in Camden, NJ.

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Tonight around town: The 5th Annual Silver Ages Holiday Spectacular, Pissed Jeans, New Sweden

The Silver Ages

Tonight at the The Philadelphia Ethical Society the Silver Ages perform with Meg Baird, John Wesley Harding, and Mary Lattimore for “The 5th Annual Silver Ages Holiday Spectacular” at 8 p.m; tickets to the show are $13. Under the guidance of Charlie Hall, expect some sonic seasonings of choral group harmonies, classic popular tunes and other musical surprises. For more information about the show go here

Also tonight: Pissed Jeans performs with Blues Control and Veiled at 9:15 p.m. at Johnny Brenda’s; tickets to the 21+ show are $10–$12; Negative Department + The Only Ghost in Town, Pray For Polanski, Sure Juror at The Level Room (8 p.m., 21+, $8); New Sweden + KeN, Lettuce Prey at Milkboy Philly (9:30 p.m., 21+, $8–$10);