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Watch the Retinas’ tripped-out montage video for “Yellow Rocket,” listen to their new EP

The Retinas | via facebook.com/theretinas

In anticipation of their new EP Yellow Rocket, Philly punk trio The Retinas have released a music video for the title track. Combining vintage footage seemingly drawn from public access TV and B movies, the video is a sprawling montage of mid-century culture that ebbs and flows with the shifting rhythms of the power pop ballad. You can watch it below and stream Yellow Rocket, which just came out today, via Spotify. Continue reading →

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The Retinas react to an era of fear in the “Wretched Time” video

 

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The Retinas | photo by Ashley Cordoba | courtesy of the artist

Local rockers The Retinas returned this month with the release of their latest EP, Andy. Earlier this year we speculated the future of the band after the group’s Bandcamp page was wiped, but thankfully they were working on new tracks and shooting videos for many of those songs. Adding on to the previously released music videos for “Checked Out,” “Valium,” and “Replace Myself,” the band has now released the music video for “Wretched Time.” Continue reading →

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The Retinas wipe the slate clean ahead of their upcoming EP Andy

The Retinas | via facebook.com/theretinas

After releasing a handful of EP’s since formation in 2011, pure-Philly rock n rollers The Retinas have virtually wiped the slate clean by deleting all previous material from their Bandcamp page. What remains are two mysterious, fuzzy singles: loosie “Necklace Stone” and lead single “Checked Out,” which will appear on the band’s upcoming EP, Andy. With the majority of the band’s upcoming output mixed and produced by Keith Abrams (Pine Barons, The Districts), these first two raucous garage/psych singles are surely indicative of the band’s upcoming direction. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Retinas at PhilaMOCA, Weaves at Boot and Saddle, The Courtneys at Kung Fu Necktie, and more

The Retinas
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly indie scene fixtures and garage rock masters The Retinas headline The Deli Philly’s 9th Anniversary Bash tonight at PhilaMOCA. Fellow locals Them Jones and So Totally also perform. The Deli will donate all proceeds from the gig to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Listen to The Retinas’ most recent EP chaba below, and find more information on tonight’s show here. Continue reading →

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Celebrate The Deli Philly’s 9th anniversary with a stacked PhilaMOCA gig

The Retinas | photo via facebook.com/retinasband

Philadelphia’s edition of The Deli Magazine has been around for nine years now, and as they do each fall, they’ve enlisted some of Philly’s finest bands to help celebrate. On Saturday, Oct. 14, our friends at the magazine will fill the walls of local artspace PhilaMOCA with the sounds of The Retinas, Them Jones, and So Totally for The Deli Philly’s 9th Anniversary Bash. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Retinas at MilkBoy, Trans Am at Boot and Saddle, Suzanne Vega at Levoy Theater

The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

A rock four-piece made up of childhood friends, The Retinas busted onto the Philly scene last year with their debut LP Hello…My Name Is The Retinas. Like a slew of similar-minded Philly up-and-comers, the band has a fuzzy lo-fi garage rock sound a la Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, and this winter released the new single “Take Me By the Hand,” which you can check out below. They play MilkBoy tonight opening for Lee Baines III and The Glory Fires; tickets and more information on the show can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar.
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Talking growth and friendship with Philly four-piece The Retinas

The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist
The Retinas | photo courtesy of the artist

The four early twentysomethings behind The Retinas consider each record they release “stepping stones” to bigger projects, bassist John Brennan said.

Jake Joseph and Tom McHugh were childhood friends in Cheltenham. “We were always in bands together growing up,” said McHugh, vocalist of the Philadelphia-based indie punk band. Tom found John Brennan and Anthony Fulginitti on Craigslist and formed a band with them. In November 2011, the four formed the Retinas.

Hello…My Name is the Retinas is their biggest and latest project they have released. In comparison to their first two EP’s, Life At Work and Ha Ha Nostalgia, the post-punk group said they have changed a lot musically.“Going from recording 5 songs to recording 10 songs is a different context for us,” said Joseph, lead guitar for the Retinas. Continue reading →