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10 concerts you don’t want to miss in December

The Arcs | Photo credit: Richard Swift
The Arcs | Photo by Richard Swift | via facebook.com/TheArcsMusic

December may the busiest month of the year so we apologize ahead of time for adding to the already packed schedule. We suggest you maybe skip that 12th family party or perhaps wait for that blockbuster movie to come on demand and instead make time for these ten shows that you are just not going to want to miss. Tickets and information on all of these shows can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Planet JW: Guest DJ Jon Wurster returns to the Indie Rock Hit Parade

Jon Wurster and Tom Scharpling | Photo by Steven Brahms
Jon Wurster and Tom Scharpling | Photo by Steven Brahms

Tonight at 11pm, the Indie Rock Hit Parade welcomes back its resident guest DJ for another round of music and mayhem. Jon Wurster spends most of his time as the drummer for Superchunk, the Mountain Goats and Bob Mould, but is also one half of the celebrated comedy duo behind The Best Show, Scharpling and Wurster. The last time Jon visited the studio, almost exactly a year ago, he shared memories of growing up in and around Philadelphia and played songs that were formative in his earliest days as a musician and music fan. This time, Jon will share some rare tracks from the golden age of Philly indie and hardcore, and we’ll talk about translating the long-running Best Show into a live comedy experience. You can see Jon with Tom Scharpling (and some surprise guests) as they bring The Best Show to Union Transfer on Sunday, December 13th.

Along with Jon’s picks, we’ll hear a bunch of brand new tracks in the mix, such as…

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Watch A Sunny Day In Glasgow’s unique new video and stream their equally awesome new album

Photo by Zoe Jet Ellis via facebook.com
Photo by Zoe Jet Ellis via facebook.com

Earlier this week we brought you some exciting news about Indie-pop group A Sunny Day In Glasgow’s New Year’s Eve show at Johnny Brenda’s, and as they have been known to do in they first popped onto the scene back in 2006, the group keep the hits coming. This week, ASDIG released a video for their newest single, “Hey, You’re Mine” via our friends at Brooklyn Vegan and let’s just say that I’m fully tapping in for this one. Continue reading →

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A Sunny Day In Glasgow will ring in 2016 at Johnny Brenda’s

A Sunny Day in Glasgow | via Facebook
A Sunny Day in Glasgow | via Facebook

Now that’s more like it. For a while, the New Years’ Eve concert landscape was looking a bit, uh, bleak. Greatful Dead tribute bands at two venues, a Talking Heads tribute band at a third. PhillyBloco’s annual throwdown was moved out to the Main Line. What’s a Philly indie rocker without a car to do?

But Johnny Brenda’s was keeping notably cool and quiet. And today, they had their big reveal: locally born, globally-dispersed dream pop six-piece A Sunny Day in Glasgow will headline the Fishtown venue to ring in 2016. Continue reading →

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What band are you going to be for Halloween? A look at covers parties in Philly this weekend

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Michelle Montgomery | michellemontgomeryphotography.com

Let’s face it, the adult Halloween is only really fun if you get to get boozed up, listen to some music and dance while dressed ridiculously. Or is that just me? Regardless there are some rockin’ shows this weekend where all of the aforementioned are encouraged – and pretty much required. Continue reading →

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Listen to No Death, the new EP by experimental pop outfit A Sunny Day in Glasgow

A Sunny Day in Glasgow | via asunnydayinglasgow.bandcamp.com
A Sunny Day in Glasgow | via asunnydayinglasgow.bandcamp.com

Experimental pop outfit A Sunny Day in Glasgow spreads its members across three different cities in two hemispheres (including Philly). Last year they released their critically acclaimed Sea When Absent, and just followed it up with a new EP called No Death. Opening with a racing synthesizer sound, the EP transforms into fuzz pop mixed with a touch of ambient. Continue reading →

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Get jolly with tonight’s very special Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade!

Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist
Dent May | Photo courtesy of the artist

Break out your favorite kind of nog for a very special edition of the Indie Rock Hit Parade! Tonight at 11pm (remember, that’s our new regular time!), the show becomes the Indie Rock HOLIDAY Parade: a full two-hour showcase of new and classic holiday sounds from some of your favorite indie artists. We’ll hear a few selections that are brand new for this year’s holiday season, and a very special guest will drop by to pick a retro favorite!

Here are a few of the things that might deck your halls tonight:
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A Sunny Day In Glasgow will ring in 2015 at Boot and Saddle; watch their video for “Double Dutch”

Photo via A Sunny Day in Glasgow's Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/asunnydayinglasgow)
Photo via A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/asunnydayinglasgow)

Philadelphia’s experimental dream pop act A Sunny Day In Glasgow just released a new music video for “Double Dutch,” a song from their latest album Sea When Absent. The short, little-over-a-minute video fixates on Ked-laden feet dancing sporadically to the very fun track, almost as if there were jump ropes skipping beneath them. Continue reading →