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Just Announced: The Spinto Band to headline the Ninth Annual 2nd Street Festival

The Spinto Band | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Sunday, August 6th, Wilmington indie pop outfit The Spinto Band will perform as the headlining act at the 9th annual 2nd Street Festival. The festival takes place between Germantown and Green Streets on 2nd. The all-day event is free and open to families and attendees of all ages, and will feature over 250 vendors that celebrate the community and culture of Northern Liberties.

The Spinto Band’s fun, uptempo tracks sonically realize the perfect summer night, and they are coming in hot off the 10-year anniversary reissue of their record Nice and Nicely Donereleased last month on Bar/None Records and including 12 previously unheard bonus tracks and their mega-hit “Oh Mandy.” The band just headlined Boot and Saddle in South Philly to celebrate the anniversary. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Waxahatchee at Union Transfer, The Ultimate Supa Sistas at the African American Museum, The Spinto Band at Boot and Saddle

Waxahatchee | photo courtesy of the artist
Waxahatchee | photo courtesy of the artist

Alongside a host of other excellent Philly-rooted records out today — Japanese Breakfast, Sheer Mag — sits Waxahatchee‘s Out In The Storm. It’s a masterful work, cathartic and emotionally-driven but also soaring and uplifting. It’s a perfect album for long drives on the highways in the summer, it’s a perfect album for solitary contemplations on hazy late nights. And it’s perfect to boom forth from the Union Transfer PA system, so don’t miss your opportunity to take that in. Waxahatchee headlines UT tonight with Cayetana and Snail Mail, and tickets are still available. More information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar; listen to my fave track from Out In the Storm, “Sparks Fly,” below.
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The Spinto Band announce Nice And Nicely Done re-issue with 12 unreleased tracks

The Spinto Band | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

Wilmington indie popsters The Spinto Band are taking 2017 to celebrate, announcing a 10th anniversary Bar/None Records re-issue of the band’s record Nice And Nicely Done. The 2xLP features the original record and 12 unreleased bonus tracks, set to be released on June 16th.

If you haven’t heard this record yet, you’re missing out on a quintessential summer soundtrack, as the band’s whimsical aesthetic — particularly on mega hit “Oh Mandy” — paved the way for indie pop’s break into the mainstream from bands like Vampire Weekend.

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Photos: A locals-only show with Pattern Is Movement, The Spinto Band, Norwegian Arms and more

Pattern is Movement | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.comAll photos by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

On Thursday night an eclectic all-local bill hit Union Transfer capped by experimental duo Pattern is Movement, celebrating the release of their new 12″ single for “Suckling” and playing a set mostly drawing from the full-length they plan to drop on Hometapes Records in early 2014. Also on the lineup was Wilmington party-poppers The Spinto Band, acoustic indie four-piece Norwegian Arms, electro-dance crew Tygerstrype, and the pizza-themed Wildstyle DJs of Pizza Brain fame. Check out photos from the show in the gallery below.

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Download / watch The Spinto Band’s synthtastic all-Korg remix of “Shake It Off”

Screen shot 2013-09-03 at 10.32.25 AMWilmingtonian indie rock crew The Spinto Band‘s snappy single “Shake It Off” recently got the remix treatment care of a collaboration with Korg Synthesizers. While this might sound a bit promotions-y, it makes total sense since the band’s retro-pop leanings tend to make ample use of their line of equipment anyway – it’s a totally natural, complimentary fit. For the gear nerd types, the main things you’ll see at play in the video below are the MS-20 Mini, Monotron Duo, Monotribe, microKORG, along with a bunch of others, and it gives the single a warm and enveloping low-end, driven by a whip-crack beat. Check it out, and download an mp3 of it below via Soundcloud.

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Multiply and divide with The Spinto Band’s new “Shake It Off” video

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Delaware indie rock favorites The Spinto Band just released a video for “Shake It Off,” the single from its 2013 album Cool Cocoon.  The footage for the video isn’t anything special, but it’s how the footage was used that makes this such a cool video.  The screen is divided into several different sections, which sometimes multiply or divide, creating a constant shifting of images, which at times look like an old film strip help under a light.  The song itself is incredibly catchy, featuring smooth vocals backed by an upbeat piano, sparse guitars and a snappy drumbeat.  Check it out below; the band is currently on tour with mewithoutYou; check out the remaining dates at their website.

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Hit the arcade in The Spinto Band’s new “Amy + Jen” video (playing Firefly Festival)

ThomasAndThomasIt doesn’t seem all that unusual to find Delaware’s The Spinto Band trapped in a world of 80s computer game graphics. With a herky-jerky flair reminiscent of early They Might Be Giants videos, this one for “Amy + Jen” – which premiered on Spin.com last night – sees each of the five Spintos pop on and float around a screen saturated with bright neons and strobing backdrops you might have seen coming out of a Nintendo console or flickering in an arcade 25 years ago. Watch it below; “Amy + Jen” comes from the band’s 2013 release Cool Cocoon, and next Friday it plays Firefly Festival‘s Porch Stage at 2:15; get the details here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: XPN Welcomes The Spinto Band with Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall, Joshua James at The Tin Angel, Acres of Diamonds at Ortlieb’s, St. James & The Apostles at Johnny Brenda’s

SpintoXPN welcomes The Spinto Band and Buried Beds to the Arden Gild Hall tonight.  Taking album-release celebrations back to their home state of Delaware, The Spinto Band will perform new favorites from this year’s Cool Cocoon LP.  The peppy-but-deep five-piece will be joined by Philadelphia favorites Buried Beds, a local five-piece indie pop outfit whose most recent release was a film/EP called Small Stories.  Tickets and information for the all-ages show in Arden, DE can be found here.  Watch The Spinto Band’s video for “What I Love” below.

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Recap: The Spinto Band’s celebratory Cool Cocoon launch (photos, review, setlist)

Returning from an international tour with a new album to launch, The Spinto Band found a homecoming celebration waiting for them at Johnny Brenda’s Saturday night. The Wilmington group, who has been together in some form or another since 1995, packed the venue. It was clear that the show was celebrating more than the new album, Cool Cocoon – particularly when a friend of the band, Pat Finearty, introduced and heckled each band member as they came onstage.

The band’s homecoming aside, its live show reflects the amount of time its members have spent devoted to playing very upbeat music for very happy people. Between their dance moves and their cohesive, explosive presence, the fun that the fellows of The Spinto Band have while playing music is contagious. Continue reading →