Vexxed’s new music video “Heaven’s Away Team” will draw you into an unknown dimension

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Philly electronic pop trio Vexxed released a new music video titled “Heaven’s Away Team” that will leave you in a fuzzy yet groovy indica haze, visually and mentally. To me, the song sounds like something the Mile High Club and Mac Demarco would create if they were to go camping together while on shrooms. The content of the actual clip is off-putting and the lyrics are pretty dark; in one part, the trio sings “it’s too late / this is our fate” while showing skeletons in the ground and a kid stuck in quicksand. Continue reading →


The High Key Portrait Series: Lucy Stone

Lucy Stone | photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN

High Key” is a series of profiles conceived with the intent to tell the story of Philly’s diverse musical legacy by spotlighting individual artists in portrait photography, as well as with an interview focusing on the artist’s experience living, creating, and performing in this city. “High Key” will be featured in recurring installments, as the series seeks to spotlight artists both individually and within the context of his or her respective group or artistic collective.

Posing for some portraits at XPN studios, Lucy Stone calls attention to her sunshine-yellow jacket, and volunteers that her mother said it wasn’t her color and warned her against it, before the singer affixes her own punchline to the narrative, unironically: “That’s why I wore it.”

Having played with local indie rock faves DRGN KING and Sad13 before then striking out on her own for awhile, the Philly native has planned some stage time in the coming months with new crew Vexxed, supporting tracks they recently laid down at a Drexel studio with compositions she’d written when she was 16.

And she can rock her yellow jacket if she wants to, along with a uniquely frank wit and deadpan humor, demonstrated by her response to a mention of her stern portrait visage.

“Good,” she confirms. “I want people to be afraid.”  Continue reading →


Local powerhouses Dominic Angelella, Cold Fronts & Lucy Stone will share a single lineup in December

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Three local artists have teamed up for a killer set at Johnny Brenda’s next month. The last we heard of Dominic Angelella was with the release of Road Movie last spring, and when the versatile singer / multi-instrumentalist stopped by for a Studio Session over the summer; he’ll headline alongside Cold Fronts (a band he sometimes plays in) and Lucy Stone (an artist who used to play in his band). Continue reading →


New supergroup Rosie Thorne release debut single “Slick”

Rosie Thorne’s Slick

Local supergroup Rosie Thorne recently released their debut single, a pop track suitable for both nightclubs about town and intimate headphone grooving. Comprised of Marisa Dabice (Mannequin Pussy), Max Steen (Cold Fronts, Vexxed), and Zach Sewall (Grave Goods, Vexxed), Rosie Thorne melds their respective influences and backgrounds to create their debut leftfield dance track, “Slick.” Continue reading →


Finding Philly in Austin: Catching up with nine local artists at SXSW

The Districts | Photo by Noah Silvestry for WXPN |

South by Southwest: the festival to end all festivals. That time of the year when the entire world takes over the city of Austin for a week of networking, tacos, and lanyard tans. But somewhere amidst the corporate clutter, in between the long lines outside sponsored showcases and under the litter of promotional flyers strewn across the main drag of Austin’s 6th street by week’s end, is that which makes SXSW so strange and wonderful: the thousands of independent artists who chose to play more sets in just a few days than certain artists play in a year, compensated by the choice between $250 and a wristband, and the vague promise of discovery.

This year, I decided that I, myself, would participate in the SXSW hustle, running around the streets of Austin to the sound of a hundred bands at once, camera and notebook in hand (which is nothing, really, compared to the gear most musicians were toting) to catch up with nine of Philadelphia’s own artists showcasing at this year’s festival. Below, read excerpts from our conversations, and see photos from their live sets. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kristin Hersh at Tin Angel, Jesse Hale Moore at Johnny Brenda’s, Square Peg Round Hole at Crane Arts and more

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Alternative era favorite Kristin Hersh takes over the Tin Angel in support of her massive 2016 record Wyatt at the Coyote Place, a double LP bringing her left-of-center songwriting into tight focus for an engrossing set. The gig is 21+ and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


PREMIERE: Dominic debuts with “Birthday Song,” hear him interviewed by Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan

Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist
Dominic | photo by C.J. Harvey | courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Dominic Angelella has been in more bands than anybody else I know. Going back a decade to his time in Dice Raw’s Nouveau Riche, his versatile chops have carried through Zoe Kravitz’ first band Elevator Fight, his own long running DRGN King project and Lithuania, his punk duo with Eric Slick of Dr. Dog. Not to mention his stint playing guitar in Philly favorites Hop Along.

This winter, Angelella is releasing music under his own name for the first time, first name only; Dominic‘s Goodnight Doggies drops on Lame-O Records on February 3rd. You can pre-order a vinyl copy here, and get a digital pre-order here. It was recorded with Brendan Mulvihill of Norwegian Arms, who plays in his current live band along with Andy Molholt of Laser Background.

The record has an eclectic and super lively vibe, very much reminiscent of another prolifc and fun artist, Harry Nillson. The first single, “Birthday Song,” is out today, and we’re excited to bring you a first listen to it below. Continue reading →


Help Johnny Brenda’s support Athletes for Cancer on December 15th with Jesse Hale Moore and others

Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN |
Jesse Hale Moore | Photo by Josh Pelta-Heller for WXPN |

Johnny Brenda’s is hosting a benefit on Thursday, December 15th in conjunction with the organization Athletes For Cancer, a program that aims to help cancer survivors rebuild their lives after they overcome the disease.

Johnny Brenda’s is just doing what they do best, hosting killer concerts, but this particular night has the potential to make a huge difference in someone’s life with whatever funds are raised. Continue reading →


Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions return this week

Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |
Oldermost | Photo by Jeremy Zimmerman |

Fans of awesome, live local music rejoice — the Spruce Street Harbor Park Waterfront Sessions Live Music Series is returning this week with a stacked lineup of artists from throughout the area. Every Thursday evening from June to August, Spruce Street Harbor Park will be showcasing a myriad of talent right on the Waterfront, kicking off on June 9th from 7:30-9:30 p.m. with rock ‘n’ rollers Oldermost and singer-songwriter Joey Sweeney. Continue reading →