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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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Listen to Philly’s basement dwellers cover their favorites on ACLU-charity compilation We Won’t Stop

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We Won’t Stop cover | via poorlydrawn.bandcamp.com

Poorly Drawn Records, the newly formed label from the infamous Twitter account “Poorly Drawn Bands,” adds on to the resistance with the new compilation album We Won’t Stop, featuring a smattering of Philadelphia’s up-and-coming covering some of their favorite artists in support of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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Basement hounds Weller team up with Steel City’s Rue for vulnerable split EP

Weller | from wellerpa.bandcamp.com
Weller | from wellerpa.bandcamp.com

Philly’s residential basement rockers Weller recently released a split EP with Pittsburgh’s equally emotional Rue, bringing together some of the keystone state’s best underground indie rock outfits. Each band takes half of the 6 song track list, collectively flowing through 18 minutes of relaxing vibes and self-reflective lyricism.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Dweller at Kung Fu Necktie, RUNA at Pastorius Park

Dweller | photo courtesy of the artist
Dweller | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly’s Dweller is the project of indie rock dudes Luke Harsel and Cody Bluett, formerly of the band Family Vacation. The guys recorded This Is What Happens When You Wait Too Long over the winter, and released it earlier this month — read their interview with our Tyler Asay for more. Tonight, the band plays Kung Fu Necktie; tickets and more information on the show can be found here. Listen to the album below. Continue reading →

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Dweller bridges the gap between abstract and concrete on debut album, This Is What Happens When You Wait Too Long

Dweller | photo courtesy of the artist
Dweller | photo courtesy of the artist

Luke Harsel and Cody Bluett have been making music together for many years, and at this point they are two sides of the same coin. They met early on in college at Temple University and spent most of their time at school with Family Vacation, the breezy beach-pop band who recently called it quits when the several band members decided to go in different musical directions.

“We just wanted an outlet for other musical ideas than we were getting at the time through Family Vacation, and once that band broke up we put all our focus on just writing and recording new songs,” said Harsel about Dweller, the duo’s new project that just recently released their first album, This Is What Happens When You Wait Too Long. Continue reading →