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Vacationer is intimate, yet incredibly catchy on its new single “Magnetism”

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Vacationer | photo by She Hit Pause | courtesy of the artist

When we last heard from regional electo-pop band Vacationer, they were playing a New Years’ Eve gig in Fishtown, showcasing material from their 2012 LP Gone and its 2014 follow-up Relief. This year, they’re poised to make a much-awaited return with new music, and today we’ve got their latest single for your consideration — a bright and buoyant tune called “Magnetism.”

The track opens on a 50s pop drumbeat before the sampled string section and chiming syncopated synthesizers make an entrance; it’s classic Vacationer from that point on, but more romantic and vulnerable than we’ve heard from the band in the past.

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Just Announced: Vacationer headlines Peace + Noise at Boot & Saddle on 1/24 (the latest in the venue’s month of benefit gigs)

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Vacationer | photo by Matt Schwartz

After ringing in 2018 at Fishtown’s Frankford Hall with local buddies Commonwealth Choir, Philly’s Vacationer — the electronic pop project of bassist and songwriter Kenny Vasoli — just announced that they will headline Boot & Saddle’s Peace and Noise benefit series on Wednesday, January 24th. They’ll join opening acts Palmas and Younger me on a show that will raise money for Project H.O.M.E., an outreach and advocacy nonprofit that helps Philadelphia’s homeless. Tickets for the 21+ show are $15 and on sale now; more information can be found here. Continue reading →

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Like Vacationer? Then open up Thrills’ Memory Envelope

Thrills | photo courtesy of the artist
Thrills | photo by Luke Cloran | courtesy of the artist

Many who are familiar with the Philadelphia music scene, and even those beyond the local community, know Vacationer. Perhaps less known, but just as noteworthy, is Thrills, a project headed up by Michael Mullin that includes the other bandmates of Vacationer (Kenny Vasoli, Greg Altman, and Ryan Zimmaro) as well as Earl Martin. Somewhat of a heavier/less trippy form of its summery counterpart, Thrills began in 2014 with the LP Thrills of Constantly Collapsing. Earlier this month, the band released the Memory Envelope EP, and after hearing it, we thought it would be appropriate to share. Continue reading →

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Vacationer, as chill as ever, conquers lands unknown at Haddon Lake Park

Vacationer | photo by Joseph Bloss
Vacationer at Haddon Lake Park | photo by Joseph Bloss

Although I had never seen Vacationer perform live before Wednesday night, I am no stranger to their ultra chill summer tunes. “The Wild Life” has been my absolute jam for a couple of years now, and I can vibe with just about any song that comes from Philly music mainstay Kenny Vasoli and his friends in Vacationer.

But my familiarity with the headline act at Wednesday’s installment of the Sundown Music Series at Haddon Lake Park actually made me an outlier. Sure, I’m no Vacationer superfan (there were a few in attendance, however), but compared to maybe 60 percent of the audience, you would have thought I was. A decent chunk of the crowd seemed to be on the older side, most likely loyal patrons who attend each installment of the concert series run by Camden County. For example, I overheard the gentleman sitting next to me that he attends public series like this all over the state. Even the event’s host, who said he’s been on the job for 13 or 14 years now, revealed he wasn’t familiar with Vacationer until sound check that evening. These observations are not to fault the audience, but rather commend the performer. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Black Mountain at Union Transfer, Ellen Siberian Tiger at Bourbon and Branch, Vacationer at Haddon Lake Park

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Black Mountain | photo courtesy of the artist

Vancouver rockers Black Mountain bring their latest album IV to Union Transfer tonight. Released in April, IV includes “Mothers Of The Sun,” which you’ll find below. The vocals of both Stephen McBean and Amber Webber seamlessly blend for an eerie combo in a marathon of a song. Stick around for a while though and it becomes much more than their soothing voices — Black Mountain can really jam. Joining them tonight will be Ruby the Hatchet. For tickets and info, head over to the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Vacationer at Haddon Lake Park, Fake Boyfriend at MilkBoy, Bel Heir at Johnny Brenda’s

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Vacationer | photo by Matt Schwartz

XPN welcomes Vacationer to Haddon Lake Park for a Sundown Music Series concert. Philly resident Kenny Vasoli has been on the quiet side recently after reuniting The Starting Line last year (in which he sings and plays bass) so it will be a treat to welcome him back to his summery, electro / pop project tonight. More information for the free concert can be found here; watch “The Wild Life” from 2014’s Relief below.
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Vacationer will vibe out into 2016 at Frankford Hall this New Year’s

Vacationer at SXSW 2013 | Photo by John Vettese
Vacationer at SXSW 2013 | Photo by John Vettese

Few Philadelphians bring the chill party vibes quite like Vacationer, so it’s very cool to hear that they’ll be ringing in the new year at Frankford Hall. The project of singer-songwriter-bassist Kenny Vasoli released its sophomore LP Relief in 2014, and is gearing up for an active run in 2016. The band will perform three sets throughout the night on New Year’s Eve starting at 10 p.m. in Frankford Hall’s outdoor beer garden – which, there’s an upside to the unseasonable warmth we’ve been experiencing: getting to watch a New Year’s concert al fresco. Admission to the 21+ gig are $5, more information can be found hereContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: John the Conqueror at MilkBoy, Selwyn Birchwood at World Cafe Live, Vacationer at Bourbon and Branch

John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand
John the Conqueror | photo via facebook.com/JohntheConquerorBand

Philly blues-rock power trio John the Conqueror is back with a new lineup and a handful of new songs tonight at MilkBoy. The band released a well-received LP, The Good Life, in early 2014, and had a successful European run as well as a stint across the U.S. Late last year, founding drummer Michael Gardner parted ways with the band and new stick-man Mark Eichenberger stepped in; tonight is his debut show with the band. Bonus fun: as JTC gears up for its next record and round of touring, it is refreshing its merch catalog – meaning JTC tees will be given away for free at tonight’s show. Tickets and information can be fond at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Before the Rain: Made In America day two grooves with Grimes, Danny Brown, Vacationer (and two songs from Spoon)

Grimes | Photo by John Vettese
Grimes at Made in America | Photo by John Vettese

Let’s go back for a moment. Before the torrential downpour, before the lightning and thunder, before Spoon got cut off after a rousing “Don’t You Evah” two songs into their first time on the Made In America stage. The second day of Jay Z’s Philly megafestival (now in its third year and first time with a bicoastal setup) offered a lively assortment of groovy summertime pop, roof-raising EDM, badass rap and solid rock and roll. Continue reading →