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Listen to Beach Slang’s new “Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas”

Beach Slang | via beachslang.bandcamp.com
Beach Slang | via beachslang.bandcamp.com

Throughout their brief existence, Beach Slang has sat in the realm of pop-punk teen angst but with a rare hint of a vintage 50s undertone, a unique angle to their sound. Partly because the song titles and EP covers have an obscure elegance to them, Beach Slang has carved their way onto the bright side of the Philly alternative scene.

“Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas” is the group’s latest single, and the first song we’ve heard from their debut full-length The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us.  Continue reading →

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Philadelphia Takes over Florida’s The FEST…again

themenzingersIt seems that everyone is catching onto the fact that Philadelphia’s music scene is not something to overlook. Even though it takes place in Gainesville, Florida, The FEST seems to be overrun with artists from our city. Last year, we talked to a bunch of local artists about why that is, then took a trip down to Gainesville to experience it for ourselves. This year’s lineup was recently announced, and Philly once again represented heavily in the lineup of over 330, we rounded up a list of must-see locals making the trip to FEST. Continue reading →

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Listen to Beach Slang’s punked-up cover of “Love My Way”

Beach Slang |  via Facebook.com/beachslang
Beach Slang | via Facebook.com/beachslang

During their recent US tour with Cursive, Philly fuzz rockers Beach Slang made a pit stop at Converse Rubber Tracks studio in Brooklyn to record their punk rock take on the 80s classic “Love My Way.” Originally by British rockers The Psychedelic Furs, singer-guitarist of Beach Slang James Snyder mastered the raspy, British-accented vocals that are a staple of frontman Richard Butler, but replacing the catchy xylophone sounds from the original track with a funky bass and guitar combo. Continue reading →

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Local punk rock trio Beach Slang sign with Polyvinyl Records

Beach Slang |  via Facebook.com/beachslang
Beach Slang | via Facebook.com/beachslang

Philly punk rock group Beach Slang has been awfully busy these past few months, contributing tracks for two charity splits (To Show That You’re Still Here for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and Strength in Weakness for United Cerebral Palsy), not to mention currently touring for five weeks alongside Cursive (with a Union Transfer stop come March 7). Continue reading →

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Philly bands featured on compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

To Show That You're Still Here | Album art by JP Flexner
To Show That You’re Still Here | Album art by JP Flexner

Eighteen bands from the DIY punk scene have come together to create To Show That You’re Still Here, a benefit compilation for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Catch some new and exclusive tracks on the compilation, where a handful of Philly bands are featured, such as Beach Slang, By SurpriseLeaky Soups, Cayetana, free cake for every creature, Secret Plot to Destroy the Entire Universe and No Summer. Continue reading →

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Watch Hurry record a song for a Lame-O Records charity split

Hurry | Photo by Ally Newbold | allynewbold.com
Hurry | Photo by Ally Newbold | allynewbold.com

It’s always great when a handful of Philly bands come together to collaborate. But it’s even greater when this collaboration is fueled for a good cause.

The upcoming Strength in Weakness EP, due out on Lame-O Records, is the product of original tracks from six Philly bands: Spraynard, The Weaks, Modern Baseball, Marietta, Beach Slang and Hurry. Album proceeds will be donated to both the Philadelphia chapter of United Cerebral Palsy as well as the national branch. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Modern Baseball song featured on Lame-O Records charity split

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | allynewbold.com

In less than nine hours, the records of the Lame-O Records charity split, Strength In Weakness, completely sold out. All of the proceeds from the split benefit United Cerebral Palsy. As part of the release, Philly’s Modern Baseball released their latest tongue twister of a song, “Alpha Kappa Fall Of Troy The Movie Part Deux.” Continue reading →

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The Ultimate Basement Show: Why Gainesville’s FEST is so important to the Philly DIY scene

Philly's Restorations is headed to Gainesville's FEST for the fifth time, and timed it's new album release around it | photo via restorations.tumblr.com
Philly’s Restorations is headed to Gainesville’s FEST for the fifth time, and timed it’s new album release around it | photo via restorations.tumblr.com

Some musicians route their tours around it. Others plan major releases to coincide with it. Others still will travel thousands of miles to play a one-off show at it, turn right around and head home.

The annual FEST in Gainesville, Florida, has become something of a DIY scene mecca over its 13-year existence. A series of punk concerts housed in a handful of venues over the course of a weekend where, as legend has it, the University of Florida’s football team is always out on an away game, THE FEST – usually written in all-caps, but not for any particular reason – is a huge draw, especially for artists from the Philadelphia region. Continue reading →