Slomo Sapiens celebrate Halloween in June with “Jeepers Creepers”

Slomo Sapiens | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN |

Jeepers creepers is right! Philly psychedelic rock band Slomo Sapiens is back on the scene with an ominous new single. On June 13th, the band released song “Jeepers Creepers” in anticipation for their upcoming album Cabin Fever Dreams. Despite Cabin Fever Dreams being the band’s debut, they are not so new to the music scene. Since 2017, the band has released two EPs Fishtown Tapes and Hot Milk as well as single “Fangs.”  Continue reading →


Lucy Dacus walks the line between pride and shame in Fourth of July inspired single “Forever Half Mast”

Lucy Dacus | photo by Elizabeth Weinberg | courtesy of the artist

For the third installment of her holiday-themed single series, Lucy Dacus has shared a Fourth of July inspired track. The song follows her cover of “La Vie en rose“, released for Valentine’s Day, and her Mother’s Day/Taurus Season inspired “My Mother & I“. “Forever Half Mast” is a colorful and hopeful contemplation on the dissonance we, as Americans, often experience. The chorus sees Dacus attempting to console a troubled America and reassure her that “yes you’re evil, but you’re not that bad.”  Continue reading →


Just Announced: Angel Olsen will headline Franklin Music Hall on Halloween

Angel Olsen | photo by Cameron McCool | courtesy of the artist

Back at the outset of her career, “haunting” was a word that got used a lot in discussing Chicago singer-songwriter Angel Olsen: the spacious, unsettling minimalism of her songs, the way she locked eyes with the audience. Her music has grown in the years since to incorporate increasingly robust tones and textures, most recently materializing in an impressive collection of retro-chic indie rock hooks on 2016’s My Woman. But that underlying feeling that sent Olsen on her way remains…so it’s undeniably appropriate that her autumn tour brings her to Philadelphia on Halloween. Continue reading →


Joey Sweeney is going on tour without actually leaving Philly

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | courtesy of the artist

The eternal struggle of the Philly musician is getting people to leave their damn neighborhoods. With all their myriad house venues, music lovers in West Philly generally prefer to see shows in West Philly. With a mix of pubs, DIY spots and Boot & Saddle, folks in South Philly are kind of the same. And don’t even get me started on the River Wards, it’s a small miracle if you see your Fishtown friends outside of Fishtown more than once a year.

Joey Sweeney‘s solution? Take the music to the people, where the people live. Continue reading →


Later Fortune is a lush, lucid collab between local indie singer-songwriter vets Chet Del Campo and Heyward Howkins

Later Fortune is Chet Del Campo (left) and Heyward Howkins | photos courtesy of the artists

Heyward Howkins and Chris Madl (who records under the name Chet DelCampo) have been making their individual marks on the Philly music scene over the last few years, but recently the two local songwriters took a quick break from their respective solo material to team up as Later Fortune, with a new release out now via Bandcamp. The musicians have been frequent players in each other’s solo work, but this is the first time they’ve joined together for a truly collaborative effort. Continue reading →


The Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the 7th Annual XPN Halloween Spooktacular!

Myrna Loy conjures spirits at home

In case I haven’t made it clear by my year-round lifestyle, it goes without saying that Halloween is my favorite holiday. Part of why I love it so much is the abundance of weird, wild and wacky music that celebrates the spookiest season of the year. Since 2011, I’ve been digging into my personal music crypt for some of these tricks and treats and, to paraphrase The Nightmare Before Christmas, I believe this year’s was my most horrible yet!

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Joey Sweeney and the Neon Grease release an “emergency Election Day single”

Joey Sweeney & The Neon Grease | courtesy of the artist

As of an hour or so ago, Joey Sweeney and the Neon Grease are winging their way to the midwest, where they have a string of tour dates in Chicago, Detroit and Minneapolis in support of their new LP Catholic School.

This week, with election day just around the corner, Sweeney and the band released a new non-album single inspired by a meme that was circulating the internet in 2017: “This Is The Future That Liberals Want.” Continue reading →


Steve Gunn to release new album The Unseen In Between, playing Union Transfer in February

Steve Gunn | photo by Clay Benskin | courtesy of the artist

Philly-area native Steve Gunn is back with the news that his next album, called The Unseen In Between, will be released January 18. The follow up to 2016’s Eyes on the Lines, the new LP will be Gunn’s second release on Matador Records and his fourth solo album. The Brooklyn-based songwriter, who’s currently playing a hometown residency at the borough’s Union Pool, has also announced a string of US tour dates throughout the winter, with a show at Union Transfer on February 2. Continue reading →


The Menzingers get in the Halloween spirit with new single and video “Freaks”

The Menzingers | still from video

The Menzingers released a new single called “The Freaks,” accompanied by a video that captures the spirit of spooky season. The song is an anthem for anyone who has ever felt like an outlier, ostracized from the norm, summoning together all the oddballs and misfits. The video, directed by Adam Peditto, depicts a freak-exclusive Halloween party, complete with creepy costumes, a smoke machine and spin the bottle. Continue reading →