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Philly Gets Alternative brings Oso Oso, Harmony Woods, Weller and more to Everybody Hits for a two-night fest

Harmony Woods | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN | racheldelsordophotography.com

A double header at the batting cages might conjure up some sports-related imagery in any other city, but here in Philly, that’s code for two nights of live music. Philly show bookers Home Outgrown Presents have teamed up with New York-based music blog The Alternative to put together a showcase of acts from both regions over two consecutive nights — a mini festival of sorts, Philly Gets Alternative is happening December 2 and 3 at Everybody Hits. Continue reading →

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Watch Beach Bod’s new video, catch them at Weller’s record release show

Beach Bod | photo via beachbod.bandcamp.com

Local surf pop outfit Beach Bod debuted their first EP Carpal Summer last year, and now they’re back with a video for the short, hazy track “If I Call You Please Don’t Answer I Can’t Handle It.” The Philly-via-Poconos group may come from the mountains and play in the city, but their laid-back sound is full of all the sunny and dreamlike beachy vibes we could ask for. Continue reading →

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Listen to Weller’s self-titled debut ahead of their record release show

Weller | photo by Emily Dubin | via the artist’s Facebook page

Philly basement scene faves Weller seem like they’re having a blast on their tour across the US with Kississippi, and while they’ve been on the road, they also released their first full-length — the self-titled LP is available now via Bandcamp. We’ve been jamming along to the first two singles, “Learning Curves” and “Point of Personal Privilege,” for the last few weeks, but the new release gives us a whole lot more Weller to enjoy. Weller, recorded produced by Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball fame, is the follow-up the band’s 2016 EP Career Fair; they also released a split with Rue last year. Continue reading →

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Weller’s “Point of Personal Privilege” bursts at the seams with contagious optimism

Weller | photo by Emily Dubin | via artist’s Facebook page

With their self-titled album just weeks away from release, Philly scene staples Weller have given us another sneak peek at the upcoming record by ways of their new infectiously optimistic track, “Point of Personal Privilege.”

After Weller warmly welcomes us to the song through a sweet guitar melody introduction, they quickly preview a taste of the track’s upcoming celebration with a jolt of pure, uplifting energy. But just as quickly, the ray of light vanishes — replaced with steady drums; somber, meditative vocals, and some uberly important negative space relief points.

Continuing in this oscillating sonic pattern, a backing choir of literal heavenly angels then submerges the song in a glowing, golden sheen before the track explodes into an exuberant troubadour joyfulness reminiscent of The Oh Hello’s. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Fine Motor at Boot and Saddle, Fhloston Paradigm at Johnny Brenda’s, Dweller at Kung Fu Necktie

Fine Motor | photo courtesy of the artist
Fine Motor | photo courtesy of the artist

Singers and songwriters Dan Morse and Casey Bell met in Philadelphia, moved to Reno and began making music as Fine Motor, a new dreampunk project that explores themes of memory, identity and place in a lovely collection of atmospheric pop songs coming out in a self-titled LP via Exotic Fever Records. You can listen to the album in its entirety below and see the band tonight when it headlines Boot and Saddle on South Broad Street. Tickets and more information on the show can be found in the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Weller to set out on summer tour ending with a homecoming show at Everybody Hits

Weller
Weller | photo by Emily Dubin | courtesy of the artist

Philly basement rockers, Weller, are hittin’ the road this summer. The band just announced a tour along the East Coast starting in June, with support from Zanders for the first few stops, and ManDancing closing out the rest.

And of course, the band has kindly saved the best for last, as they’ll finish up the route with a hooplah of a homecoming show at Everybody Hits on July 1st. Along with ManDancing, the lineup also features the likes of Clique and Tombo Crush, so it’s sure to be a grand time. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Weller

Philly DIY scene dudes Weller are a wealth of knowledge, musical and otherwise. When the band — Alex Held on drums, Evan Clark Moorehead on bass and Harrison Nantz on guitar and vocals — came by to record their Key Studio Session last month, their soundcheck jams gave way to impromptu performances of Boston’s “More Than A Feeling” and Kansas’ “Carry On My Wayward Son.” Very unexpected, very fun.

Similarly, when I caught them live at Everybody Hits back back in the fall, Moorehead rolled out a banter shtick he used on Weller’s election season tour; he proclaimed that he could shit talk any president in U.S. history, and asked if anybody in the crowd could stump him. Someone screamed “TAFT!” — where the obvious slag would be “so large he got stuck in a White House bathtub” — but instead Moorehead didn’t take the low-hanging fruit and dove into a more nuanced dig at the 27th president’s economic policy and other spates of bad luck and irony from early 20th century. Again, not what I was expecting, and kind of hysterical in the context of a rock show.

So in short, Weller are a bunch of characters, and great guys to be around. But they’re also a tight band, the latest in a community of tight bands to rise out of the Philly basement scene.
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