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Just Announced: Boot & Saddle’s 2018 Peace & Noise benefit shows to feature Cayetana, The Wonder Years, and more

Cayetana | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Last January, Philly’s favorite music venue Boot & Saddle staged a three-part series of benefit shows featuring some of Philly’s favorite music acts. Good news: it appears that this series, called Peace & Noise, is becoming an annual event, and this time will feature an even more ambitious lineup of local bands. Happening over three Wednesdays in January, the upcoming shows will benefit local charities The Attic Youth Center, Project HOME and Rock to the Future. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Wonder Years to play a stripped-down set at TLA

The Wonder Years | photo courtesy of Big Picture Media

It’s been too long, The Wonder Years. The Philadelphia pop-punk band last performed in Philadelphia at the Fillmore for a sold out hometown show in November, and today they have announced the date of their triumphant return. In a nice twist, the six-piece will not be moving up to a larger venue but rather will be playing a stripped-down acoustic set at the Theatre of Living Arts on October 6th as part of a quick run of intimate dates to accompany the acoustic EP Burst and Decay. Continue reading →

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Listen to Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years and Aaron West cover The Weakerthans

Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties at Made In America | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN

For a few years now, The Wonder Years‘ Dan Campbell has been keeping busy with his side project Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties. They released their full length debut We Don’t Hate Each Other back in 2014, and just last year, they dropped the Bittersweet EP. Next week, they’ll embark on a short East Coast tour, and if you’re still bummed that it doesn’t include a Philly date, then I encourage you to accept this cover of The Weakerthans’ “My Favourite Chords” as a consolation prize. Continue reading →

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The Wonder Years came out swinging with a confetti-filled hometown gig

The Wonder Years | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
The Wonder Years | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

The Wonder Years, Philly natives, and proud as f*ck of it, have been playing some of our favorite pop-punk anthems for more than 10 years now. The six-piece has been getting bigger and bigger, which is well deserved, over the course of those 10 years — starting out in basements and bars, to now, ending their biggest tour yet, playing in front of a sold out, hometown crowd at The Fillmore, right here in Philly on Wednesday night. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: The Wonder Years will headline The Fillmore in November

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The Wonder Years | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Wrapping up their jaunt through South America at the end of this month, followed by two appearances at Riot Fest (Denver and Chicago, respectively) and a month of rest, Philly’s The Wonder Years take off on a North American tour in October. The two month trek across the U.S. comes to a close with a hometown show at The Fillmore on November 23rd. They’ll be joined with pop punk up-and-comers like Real Friends, Knuckle Puck, Moose Blood and Seaway throughout the dates. The band’s fifth studio album No Closer To Heaven dropped last fall through Hopeless Records. Continue reading →

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Watch The Wonder Years’ new “Stained Glass Ceiling” video

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The Wonder Years | Photo by Cameron Pollack for WXPN | cameronpollackphotography.com

Lansdale pop punk heroes The Wonder Years came out with a music video for “Stained Glass Ceilings,” the latest single from their 2015 LP “No Closer To Heaven.” Like the band’s best moments, it’s a lot about God and death – and the video depicts this through handheld footage of a bombed-out, tagged-up cityscape not dissimilar from South Philly. Intersecting with this is the band performing in a warehouse, surrounded by walls of televisions carrying their faces. Continue reading →

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Welcome Home: The Wonder Years tear the roof off The Electric Factory

The Wonder Years | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollackphotography.com
The Wonder Years | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollackphotography.com

“Philadelphia, it’s so fucking good to be home.”

The feeling – expressed from the stage by The Wonder Years‘ frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell – came for me in waves, each more forceful than the last. I was returning to shoot at one of my favorite venues, wearied from a long semester, a considerable lack of sleep, and most recently the wonderful, unpredictable mess of Philadelphia pre-Thanksgiving traffic. Continue reading →

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The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack challenge one other on tour split 7″

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The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack | photos courtesy of the artists

The Wonder Years and Motion City Soundtrack just released a limited edition 7″ split to celebrate their upcoming tour together. However, this isn’t your conventional split record. Given only the instrumental arrangement and song title, the vocalists of both bands – Dan Campbell of The Wonder Years and Justin Pierre of Motion City Soundtrack –  were given the challenge of creating their own lyrics and melody to one of the other band’s songs. The reinventions of these two track blend the styles of the each band. Continue reading →

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Happy record release day to The Wonder Years! Listen to “Thanks for the Ride.”

Today, Lansdale sons The Wonder Years release No Closer to Heaven, their latest full-length of cathartic punk rock anthems (get it here), and the album finds the band in top form after ten years in the game. Following a series of pre-release teasers – including “Cardinals” and “Cigarettes and Saints” – the band dropped one more yesterday, the sentimental “Thanks for the Ride.” Frontman Dan “Soupy” Campbell told Spin that the song imagines what life would be like if a deceased friend of his were still living. Continue reading →

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Listen to The Wonder Years’ latest single “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then”

The Wonder Years | Photo by Charlotte Jacobson
The Wonder Years | Photo by Charlotte Jacobson

Local pop-punk heroes The Wonder Years are about to release their fifth full-length, No Closer to Heaven. Set to drop September 4th on Hopeless Records, the record has potential to be their most focused and best yet. “I Don’t Like Who I Was Then,” the latest single off No Closer, reflects on personal growth and making sacrifices with the same powerful instrumentals that are quintessentially pop-punk. Continue reading →