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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Morelings at Bourbon and Branch, Los Lonely Boys at Newtown Theater, Three Man Cannon at Broke Down Palace, plus more

The Morelings | photo by Drew Reynolds

Philly dream poppers The Morelings make ethereal and soothing psych music that also has a bit of edge. These floaty sounds will swirl about Bourbon and Branch when they play the venue tonight. Find info on tickets at the XPN Concert Calendar, and watch their Key Studio Session below. Continue reading →

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Hear Three Man Cannon’s new song “Forsythia” in their Audiotree Live Session

Three Man Cannon | Photo by Jessica Flynn

While on their recent tour of the Midwest and Southeast, indie rockers Three Man Cannon stopped by Audiotree to film a live studio session that will make you wish the tour was just a bit longer. The Scranton-turned-Philly band is set to release a new record in the near future, the third record following 2014’s Pretty Many People and Will I Know You Then in 2015. The two previous records each have a distinctly different sound; it is anyone’s guess what the upcoming release will sound like, but it is sure to be just as jam-packed.

During the half-hour-long session, Three Man Cannon performed five songs: three from Will I Know You Then, one from Pretty Many People, and one preview from the new LP, “Forsythia.” In between tracks you can hear all about the wonders of color therapy glasses, guitarist Dennis Mishko’s time as a basketball referee, and how the four members were childhood friends before they were a band. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Kississippi at Chameleon Club, Cuddle Magic at World Cafe Live and more

Three Man Cannon
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Three Man Cannon

To be honest, I still can’t believe we got all four members of Three Man Cannon in the studio at the same time.

The Philly-based four piece — vets of the regional punk rock community — are busy, busy dudes. Singer-guitarist-keyboardist Matt Schimelfenig is a studio engineer by day (and night), and seems to always be working on someone or other’s records. Pat Brier drums plays in at least two other bands (8 and Queen Jesus) while Spenser Colmbs can sometimes be seen holding down the low end for Cherry, other times performing solo. As for guitarist Dennis Mishko, I’m not certain, but I believe TMC is his only project — so there’s that. But he also lives in Scranton.
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Abi Reimold, Three Man Cannon, Cayetana, Swanning, and more support ACLU with covers compilation

Abi Reimold
Abi Reimold | photo by Haley Richter | haleyrichterphoto.com | courtesy of the artist

Musicians from across the country have coming together for Don’t stop now: a collection of covers. The thirty-eight track set, which benefits the ACLU, is stacked with Philly acts the likes of Abi ReimoldThe Menzingers, Cave People, and more performing lo-fi covers of some of their favorite tracks. The creators of the project elaborated on its timely release and title in a quote on their Bandcamp page. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Moor Mother at ROCKERS, Madalean Gauze and Three Man Cannon at Kung Fu Necktie, Madeleine Peyroux at World Cafe Live and more

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Moor Mother | Photo by Chris Sikich for WXPN | sikichphotography.com

Philly’s Camae Defstar is the longtime organizer of the ROCKERS series, and also creates aggressive spoken-word sound-art under the name Moor Mother, which just signed to Don Giovanni Records. Tonight, the final ROCKERS happens at Community Futures Lab Everybody Hits, and Moor Mother performs along with The Kominas and Ghetto Songbird. More information can be found at Facebook; listen to “Deadbeat Protest” below.

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Watch Three Man Cannon drink the punch in new video for “Coma’d”

Three Man Cannon | photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist
Three Man Cannon | photo by Craig Scheihing | courtesy of the artist

For an indie rock band like Three Man Cannon, taking strange journeys seems to be normalcy at this point. Since making the move from Scranton to Philadelphia, the band released their fantastic Pretty Many People, had their gear stolen, and then put out the EP Will I Know You Then on Lame-O Records. Continue reading →