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The Key Studio Sessions: Alright Junior

A case study in less-is-more, Philly rockers Alright Junior keep things contained to the time-honored rock and roll elements — guitar, bass, drums, voice — and in the process, they sound massive.

Maybe it’s the way the stringed instruments interact, with ample space carved out in arrangement and tone for each to howl. Maybe it’s the way drums are methodically paced, coming in at just the right moment with just the right amount of force to elevate the fray. The band’s emotive, heavy rock hits any number of touchstones, from Queens of the Stone Age and Soundgarden, to less-remembered artists of the modern rock era like Our Lady Peace and Remy Zero. Performed live in WXPN studios recently, it sounds particularly badass.
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Alright Junior surveys the sands of the aurora borealis in animated “Hold On to My Breath Again” vid

Alright Junior | photo courtesy of the artist
Alright Junior | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly rock outfit Alright Junior released the impressive Inhibition EP last fall, a followup to their 2014 debut Amusia. It’s a punchy, thoughtful set of songs from singer-guitarist Jace Miller, drummer Mike Fraclose and bassist Jamie Victor, and they’re still resurfacing into the world in unique ways — like this new stop motion video for “Hold On To My Breath Again.”

Cast in pointillist stop animation and fine-grain, multi-colored sand (the stuff you might recall from bottle art at summer camp and on the boardwalk), the video takes place on what initially looks like a deep space outpost — the jet black pinhole sky playing no small part in this. But as the footage zooms out and moves around, it appears we are somewhere on the polar extremities of Earth, either Arctic or Antarctic, and as we move around the barren snowscape with an army of penguins and other life forms, the aurora borealis shimmers overhead. Continue reading →

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Alright Junior deliver an alt-rock throwback on Inhibition

Alright Junior | photo courtesy of the artist
Alright Junior | photo by John Biddle | courtesy of the artist

If you’re one of the 90s kids on my Facebook feed mourning the death of the golden era of rock music, you’re just not looking in the right places. Red-blooded alt-rock is alive and well, and Philadelphia’s Alright Junior is a prime example of that. Inhibition is the extended play follow-up to long player Amusia, and for fans of the genre, it’s pure, uninhibited ear-candy. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Tygaton at Ortlieb’s, Anderson East at World Cafe Live, David Bowie Tribute at The Fire

Tygaton
Tygaton | Photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia space-rock band Tygaton will be at Ortlieb’s tonight. The band blends classic rock dramatics and new-age instrumentation with hints of krautrock and psychedelia. Also at the show will be Dreambook and Woven In. The show is 21+ and costs $10. More information here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Pick: Alright Junior at The Fire

Philadelphia alt-rock trio, Alright Junior, have been making waves in the Philly music scene for quite some time now. Since their inception in 2006, the band have put out four records and countless singles, the most recent of which is 2014’s Amusia. Catch Alright Junior tonight at the Fire alongside Resilient, Young Fox, and The Loud Company. Get tickets and show information at the XPN Concert Calendar, and listen to Amusia here. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Foo Fighters at Susquehanna Bank Center, Mighty Mighty Bosstones at Union Transfer

Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | http://www.joedeltufo.com/
Foo Fighters | Firefly | Photo by Joe del Tufo | joedeltufo.com

So Dave Grohl’s cast is reportedly off, but its unclear whether tonight’s Foo Fighters headlining show at Susquehanna Bank Center – their second Philly-area gig of the summer – will be played via throne or or in traditional standing stance. Either way it’s cool, since the previous Camden show reportedly ruled. Below, check out two fan videos of the July 6th SBC show: an acoustic rendition of “My Hero” matched with a driving electric take on “Pretender.” Need more convincing? Here’s a then-and-now comparison of Foo Fighters Philly-area concerts. Tickets and more information on tonight’s encore gig can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Rock out with Cheerleader, The Lawsuits, Our Griffins and more at MilkBoy’s free three-day birthday party

Photo courtesy of artist.
Photo courtesy of artist.

Center city venue MilkBoy its third anniversary next month with three days of free shows. The party also marks the 20th anniversary of its parent company, MilkBoy the Studio. From August 14 to 16th, the venue will host phenomenal performances from artists like The Ataris, Cheerleader, and the Lawsuits. To help you map out your show-going, we’ve highlighted an artist (or two) for each day. Continue reading →