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PREMIERE: Young and Heartless are trapped in boredom for the “Misery on Misery” video

Young and Heartless | photo courtesy of the artist
Young and Heartless | photo courtesy of the artist

Central Pennsylvania four-piece Young and Heartless is adept at cathartic rock — digging up those heavy emotions and insecurities and exorcising them through atmospheric guitars, loud drums and dynamic songwriting.

We heard this all over the band’s 2016 LP Stay Away, and today the band provides a compelling visual for the album’s haunting midpoint — the two minutes of pensive piano and expressive vocals heard in “Misery on Misery.” Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Young and Heartless at Millworks, Titus Andronicus at Union Transfer

Young and Heartless | Photo courtesy of the artist
Young and Heartless | Photo courtesy of the artist

Harrisburg, PA outfit Young and Heartless play a free show at Millworks in their hometown tonight. Stay Away, their Homeless Records debut, was released yesterday and features the dark and atmospheric “Noisecreep.” We premiered a video for that track earlier in the week (which you can also watch below) and caught up with frontman Jeremy Henninger to talk about the album – read that interview here. More information for the 21+ free show with Restorations, Creepoid and The Dirty Nil can be found here.

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PREMIERE: Stay up all night with Harrisburg’s Young and Heartless in the “Noisecreep” video

Young and Heartless | Photo courtesy of the artist
Young and Heartless | Photo by Kennon Fleisher | courtesy of the artist

A year ago, Harrisburg alt-punk four-piece Young and Heartless signed to heavy-hitting label Hopeless Records and made a big national splash with The Pull of Gravity, their first full-length release. But the band was hardly “new” – it had been touring for years and operating out of the Central PA universe since the release of its 2012 debut EP, Strange World. This spring, the band is preparing for the release of its latest album, Stay Away, out this week on Hopeless – and based on what we’ve heard, the band is really spreading its wings on this one.

Lead single and album opener “Fevers” forgoes the jagged pop-punk riffs and screamalong refrains of Young and Heartless’ earlier records in the favor of lush layers of atmospheric guitar and warm vocal melodies. Similar in direction to the recent work of their contemporaries Balance and Composure and Title Fight – and reminiscent of the tonal soundscapes of Jimmy Eat World and Smashing Pumpkins – the new record sounds poised to be bigger, more expansive, and prettier for sure, but no less gripping than their bare-knuckled early work.

Today, we got another taste of the new album in a video for “Noisecreep,” which we’re happy to premiere for you. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kississippi at Everybody Hits, EIGHT at PhilaMOCA, Maitland at The Pharmacy, and more

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly fave Kississippi brings dreamy indie-pop to Everybody Hits tonight. Fresh off a tour supporting Young and Heartless, tonight’s show will kick off Kississippi’s headlining tour with Fern Mayo. Don’t miss Zoe Reynolds’ folky vocals layered with shoegazey, bedroom pop vibes before they set out. More info can be found here; watch Kississippi wow the crowd with their performance of “Indigo” at last year’s XPoNential Fest below. Continue reading →

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Listen to Kississippi play a bright and bold new song, “Once Good,” at Daytrotter

Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com
Kississippi | photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | jeremy-zim.com

Philly dreampop outfit Kississippi kicked off a February solo tour with Young and Heartless last night in Lancaster; in March, they’re going out on their own full band headlining run. And based on this recent set of recordings from the Daytrotter vaults, frontwoman Zoë Allaire Reynolds and her four bandmates have a bright and bold setlist in store.

Where the band’s wonderful 2015 EP We Have No Future, We’re All Doomed leaned mellow and melancholic, the new song “Once Good” — which Kississippi debuted in its Daytrotter session — steps into a newly energized realm, placing Reynolds’ contemplative songwriting in a world of racing rhythms and soaring guitars. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Three Man Cannon at Boot and Saddle, Kississippi at Chameleon Club, Cuddle Magic at World Cafe Live and more

Three Man Cannon
Three Man Cannon | photo by Rachel Del Sordo for WXPN

Lame-O Record’s annual residency at Boot and Saddle ends with a bang, leaving with a headlining set by Three Man Cannon. Their relaxed indie rock is quintessential to Lame-O’s roster, and Katie Ellen and The Afterglows as support makes this a stacked local bill not to be missed. The gig is 21+, and all proceeds will be donated to the Philly ACLU; more information and tickets can be found here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: She & Him at The Mann Center, Heartless Bastards at Union Transfer, Rob, Lately at Kung Fu Necktie

Photo by Autumn de Wilde
Photo by Autumn de Wilde

We’ve got some good picks for you today, starting with retro-pop duo She & Him.  Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward just released their fourth LP Volume 3 back in May and it’s just as sweet and sunny as ever.  Just one listen and you’ll be hooked on their upbeat and catchy sound.  Don’t believe me?  Check out their latest single, “Never Wanted Your Love” below and catch them tonight at The Mann Center with Camera Obscura.

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Philly Progress Report 2016: What’s new, what’s next in the music scene – (page 2)

The Lawsuits

Bucks county five-piece The Lawsuits cut their hair and released Moon Son, a new LP gathering all their disparate influences – pop, rock, country, soul – underneath one umbrella.


Birdie Busch

A veteran singer-songwriter of the Philadelphia folk scene, Birdie Busch returns with the subdued Thunder Bridge, a collection of songs imagined initially as a set of children’s lullabys that grew into something more.


Ben Arnold

Another scene vet, Ben Arnold draws on 20+ years of experience to make Lost Keys one of his finest outings to date.


Littler

One of the biggest success stories from 2014’s inaugural First Time’s The Charm festival was Littler, which released the hooky LP Of Wandering earlier this year and got a fair amount of buzz for their seltzer-enthusing video for “Slippery.”


Curtis Cooper

A punk rock dude with an acoustic guitar, Curtis Cooper‘s Laughing in Line is a solid introduction to this fierce and fun singer-songwriter making the rounds in the scene.


No Headliner

Charismatic rap duo No Headliner emerged in January with Lingerie & Bottles: Chaptre 1.


Them That Do

A visionary collab from Lancaster’s Phat Hentoff and Philly’s Small Professor, Them That Do is rounded out by Chuck Daly and Jasper Brown. Their self-titled debut sounds instantly classic.


Dwellers on the Threshold

Speaking of visionary, check out Dwellers on the Threshold‘s Twin Peaks-themed project Live from the Black Lodge.


Sonnder

After a year-long single-a-month project that we totally loved following, modern rock four-piece Sonnder puts it all out on the table with Entanglement – and a set ranging from Circa Survive-esque anthems to Explosions in the Sky soundscapes.


CLIQUE

Introspective, emo-infused punk four-piece CLIQUE released its sophomore album Burden Piece on Topshelf in late May. It digs deep but chases a beacon of hope on the horizon.


 

Young and Heartless

Lancaster post-emo craftsmen Young and Heartless got postiviely spectral on their new LP for Hopeless Records, mixing pop melodies with heavy guitars – production trademarks of Conshy mastermind Will Yip.


 

Nick Millevoi

Call Nick Millevoi‘s Desertion LP his audition tape for Crazy Horse – or maybe just call it a searing collection of overdriven guitar jams of the highest power. Either way, give it some of your time – dude can shred.


Church Girls

Bucks County bred four-piece Church Girls made their proper LP debut with Thousand Lives – establishing Mariel Beaumont as a singer and songwriter the Philly music community should keep their sights on.


Free Cake for Every Creature

Charming New England transplants Free Cake for Every Creature released their talking quietly of anything with you LP this spring, dialing up the tone from their super lo-fi origins but still keeping the vibe homemade and honest.


Darko the Super

Carve a Happy Face on my Tombstone is the latest set of dark and quirky psychedelic comedy rap from Philadelphia’s Darko the Super.


Harsh Vibes

Tones and textures that thankfully have nothing to do with 90s bombers Candlebox, Harsh Vibes You Left Me Far Behind is the latest installment in an increasingly strong catalog. 


Nothing

Before, they were beautiful-loud. Now, Philly’s Nothing is simply beautiful. Tired of Tomorrow, out on Relapse, is awash in the bright colors and optimistic melodies of the “Vertigo Flowers” video.


Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band

Speaking of increasingly strong catalogs, Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band released their latest set of textured guitar escapades, The Rarity of Experience, on No Quarter this March.


Mary Lattimore

Also of the soundscape universe, longtime Philly harpist Mary Lattimore released her LP At The Dam via Ghostly this spring before leaving Philly for points west.


Rosu Lup

Heartfelt rockers Rosu Lup show their fondness for Springsteen, Dylan and fellow Philadelphians The War on Drugs with their debut LP Is Anything Real.


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Boston’s Animal Flag release new record, EP 2; catch them this Sunday in South Philly

Animal Flag EP 2
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Boston-by-way-of-Upstate-NY folk punk band Animal Flag released their second EP, properly titled EP 2, last week via Broken World Media/1997 Recordings. In true Animal Flag form, the EP is packed with roomy drums, reverberated vocals, bass slides, and guitar leads that will get stuck in your head for days. The songs, which are darker than the band’s previous work, explore religion, reclaiming lost love, and family. Singer Matt Politoski, of whom Animal Flag is the brainchild, beautifully crafts lyrics that reveal his innermost thoughts. Listen to EP 2 from Animal Flag after the jump. Continue reading →