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Wye Oh Wye: Flock of Dimes, LVL UP and Beach Slang on the Indie Rock Hit Parade!

Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist
Flock of Dimes | Photo by Paley Fairman, courtesy of the artist

Tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade has just the thing for you. That is, if the thing you need happens to be a wide variety of brand new music tunes. Listen in at 11pm ET on WXPN for a full two-hour show that, among other things, will feature TWO spotlights on newly released albums. First up is If You See Me, Say Hello, the debut album from Flock Of Dimes. Flock Of Dimes is the on again-off again solo project of Jann Wasner, better known as one half of Wye Oak. We’ll also hear tracks from the Sub Pop debut of NY’s wooly guitar crushers LVL UP. The band has been making retro-minded and forward-thinking music for several years, and Return To Love is easily their best record yet. Also in the mix, new things from Philly punks Beach Slang, eclectic shoegazers Slothrust and jangle purveyors EZTV. Preview some of those below…

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Beach Slang makes A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings on their sophomore LP

Beach Slang | courtesy of the artist
Beach Slang | courtesy of the artist

On September 23rd, Philly punks Beach Slang will drop their second album in two years, A Loud Bash Of Teenage Feelings. You can stream the album now via NPR and check out the video for new single “Atom Bomb” below. A Loud Bash comes less than a year after their commercial debut, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us.

Fans of the band’s earlier output still have a lot to be excited about this time around, as they continue to deliver one anthemic, fuzzed-out banger after another. Beach Slang has punk energy in spades, and they put all of it on display over the album’s compact thirty minute run time. Where The Things We Do had calmer moments in tracks like “Too Late To Die Young” and “Porno Love”, A Loud Bash gives no such breathing room. Continue reading →

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Beach Slang release new music video, play Project Pabst in October

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

Oh, the liberation of summer — walking around with no discernible destination, the sun shining above melting away all responsibilities. Philadelphia’s Beach Slang aimed to capture this free spirited energy on their latest music video for “Punks In A Disco Bar,” creating a fuzzed, home movie which follows a group of misfits as they take on the town, along with a bout of debauchery. Continue reading →

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Beach Slang announce sophomore album, drop lead single “Punks In A Disco Bar”

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

The debut LP from Philadelphia’s Beach Slang, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, came out just last year, but already the rockers are back with a follow up. Their sophomore album A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings is due out September 23rd via Polyvinyl, and its lead single “Punks In A Disco Bar,” is available now. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Beach Slang at Union Transfer, Ground Up at Bourbon and Branch, Live From The Lot at Electric Factory, and more…

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

There might have been some rumors that punk rockers Beach Slang were going to break up recently, but their response? “If you’re still in, we are.” Well so are we. The band returns to Union Transfer tonight to light the venue on fire with blood, sweat, and rock and roll. Opening the show will be Potty Mouth, Dyke Drama, and Positive No. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Circa Survive, Beach Slang, and more to appear on Nirvana tribute compilation

Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach cover art

Over the past couple years, Robotic Empire has made their way backwards through Nirvana‘s short but dense catalog of music by releasing tribute compilations of their entire albums. Their next undertaking will be the grunge pioneers’ first LP, Bleach, and they’ve enlisted Circa Survive, Beach Slang, and many more to cover songs from the album.

Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach will also feature bands such as Defeater, Basement, Daughters, Young Widows, and many more. Robotic Empire also released the first single from the compilation, Circa Survive’s cover of a cover of “Love Buzz.” Anthony Green and crew remain faithful to the original while at the same time beefing up the instrumentation and adding extra noise to the mix.

The tribute compilation, which also features Beach Slang covering the classic “About A Girl”, will be released for Record Store Day on April 16th. Continue reading →

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Beach Slang announce nationwide tour, concluding May 21st at Union Transfer

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Beach Slang at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin for WXPN

Beach Slang had a 2015 to remember. The Philly four-piece released their stellar second album, The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us, mastered their brand of guitar-laden punk rock, and found themselves receiving heaps of national praise.

It seems the group has every intention of maintaining this momentum, having just announced a new nationwide tour, which will conclude at Union Transfer on May 21st. Continue reading →

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The Menzingers deliver with delicious beer and an earnest set at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company

The Menzingers at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin
The Menzingers at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company | photo by James Breslin

Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company’s taproom was filled with singing punks baring inebriated smiles this past Saturday night.

Local staples The Menzingers teamed up with their friends at Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, PA to brew an Imperial Kolsch style beer. They dubbed the hoppy brew “Menzinger,” and tapped a limited release at five o’clock on Saturday to prepare the large crowd for a night of acoustic punk. Along with the the easy-drinking 8% ABV Menzinger, the crowd was treated to performances from New York’s Broadcaster, Philly’s critically acclaimed Beach Slang, and of course, The Menzingers. Continue reading →

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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 →