Take yourself on a dreamy ride with Geology’s record Healers

Geology | photo via facebook

Philadelphia lo-fi folk outfit Geology quietly released their album Healers this past spring. Fronted by the former bassist of Philly art-punk group mewithoutYou, Greg Jehanian called Healers a work in progress upon its initial release, and promised that more music would soon be added to the LP. On October 18th that promise was fulfilled: three new songs were added to the album — “[Refracted Light],” “The Smallest Fire” and “Who Among You?” — and that this final product is available for free download via Bandcamp. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Camp Candle at Boot & Saddle, Joseph at World Cafe Live, Palm at Johnny Brenda’s and more…

Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist
Camp Candle | Photo by Joe Del Tufo | courtesy of the artist

Local electro-pop duo Camp Candle headline Boot & Saddle tonight. The band released its debut EP ERE this past summer, sharing a collection of atmospheric, synth-driven songs that highlight Hetepsa and Nu Ra’s sonic chemistry. Watch a video for the more recent “One Day, My Friend” below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.

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Balance and Composure debut #LightWeMade at Boot and Saddle

Balance and Composure | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN |

For month now, Balance and Composure have been teasing everyone about their new album, Light We Made, ever since the band made an Instagram post back in April that was captioned, “the record is finished.” To say a new Balance album was highly anticipated is truly an understatement, so naturally, everyone lost their shit. The day finally came yesterday when Light We Made was released for everyone to hear. Front man, Jon Simmons, took to Twitter with directions for everyone listening to the album: “Light we made is out. Turn the lights low, play it loud, get lost.” And that’s exactly what you should do when listening to this album.

With every new album, Balance seems to be changing and evolving their sound and craft, getting better and better each time. The evolution of this band in absolutely astonishing — from their first full-length release, Separation, in 2011, to their 2013 release, The Things We Think We’re Missing, to now, Light We Made. Every album is so different, yet is just so Balance and Composure. Gotta give these guys a hand. Continue reading →


Balance and Composure will celebrate Light We Made with an intimate release party at Boot and Saddle

Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist
Balance and Composure | photo by Andi Elloway | courtesy of the artist

We’re counting down seven days till regional punk scene faves Balance and Composure unleash their latest work, Light We Made, upon the world. It’s a dark and daring album, breaking down the walls of guitars that made The Things We Think We’re Missing and Separation so heavy and incorporating other tones and textures that are just as gripping.

In short: it’s their best album, by far. And even though the lead-off singles generated a bit of comment-section backlash from tough-guy listeners who just want to rage, with no risk comes no reward, and this record is a bold collection poised to do big things. And, as it turns out, local fans will get an early chance to celebrate. Continue reading →


Vita and the Woolf is going on tour and bringing the limited edition Pretty Boys tape with them

Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN |
Vita and the Woolf | Photo by Hope Helmuth for WXPN |

Philly electropop outfit Vita and the Woolf kicks off its North American tour next Thursday. Frontwoman Jennifer Pague has been making dreamy pop music since 2012, matching her haunting vocals and ethereal synthetic beats with live drummer Adam Shumski and, more recently, guitarist Dane Galloway. This month-long run with Rasputina will be their first full U.S. tour, and to celebrate, they’re brining a taste of their long-in-the-making new album Tunnels. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Bilal at Johnny Brenda’s, Lushlife at Boot and Saddle, Lotus at The Mann Center and more

Bilal | Photo by Kawai Matthews

Soul / funk / rock artist and Philadelphia native Bilal headlines a show at Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown tonight. In the past, he has worked with big names like Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Kimbra just to name a few. His last solo release was In Another Life, released last year. Opening up for Bilal will be the fellow Philadelphian Ursula Rucker. She is a poet, activist, and recording artist who has been performing for over seventeen years. This show featuring some of Philly’s finest is not to be missed. Tickets and more information about the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Check out the video for “Money Over Love” below. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Allison Weiss at Boot and Saddle, Lee “Scratch” Perry at World Cafe Live, Matthew Sweet at Sellersville Theater

Allison Weiss
Allison Weiss | photo courtesy of the artist

An awesome lady of L.A. indie rock, Allison Weiss released her terrific third LP New Love last October on SideOneDummy. Coming out when it did, the record was sadly overlooked in the year-end wrapups of blogoland, but Weiss has been making up for it by taking New Love and all its hooky goodness on the road for the better part of 2016. Tonight she headlines Boot and Saddle. Even better: Thin Lips open. Tickets and more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Boot and Saddle, The Bigness and Liz De Lise at Ortlieb’s, Diet Cig at The Chameleon Club

Hardwork Movement
Hardwork Movement | Photo by Zack Garlitos | courtesy of the artist

Philadelphia born alternative hip-hop group Hardwork Movement is sure to draw a crowd tonight at South Philly’s Boot and Saddle. The group promotes the importance of togetherness and striving for uniqueness. Hardwork Movement draws increasingly larger crowds each show they play, from venues like Kung Fu Necktie to Spruce Street Harbor Park. With fellow hip-hop inspired openers Ill Doots and TubaFresh, this is not a gig to miss. Get tickets and more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →


Watch Vita and the Woolf re-invent “Mary” on electric guitar in The Temple News offices

Vita and the Woolf | still from video
Vita and the Woolf in The Temple News offices | still from video

Philly modern rock outfit Vita and the Woolf just had something of a back-to-school moment. The band’s core duo, Jennifer Pague and Adam Shumski, are both alums of Temple University, and they traveled back up North Broad this week for a visit to The Temple News offices.

The editorially independent, student-run news organization produces an occasional Tiny Desk-esque video series called Hear All About It where Philly musicians perform in their offices – in the past, it’s featured Open Wide, Hungry Ghosts and Chelsea Reed and the Fairweather Five.

For the Vita session, the band took a new approach to the song “Mary” — and its songs in general. Continue reading →


Get psyched for Field Mouse’s Episodic with “The Order of Things”

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Field Mouse | photo by Shervin Lainez | courtesy of the artist

We are beyond stoked for Episodic, the latest LP from Philly / Brooklyn rockers Field Mouse. Over the past three years, the band has expanded from a dream-poppy duo to an anthemic indie rock five-piece with a punchy drive and hooks for miles. Easy points of comparison range from 90s faves like The Lemonheads and Belly to aughties luminaries Rilo Kiley and Death Cab. But let’s not over-simplify here: this band has a voice of its own, centered around frontwoman / songwriter Rachel Browne.

The new record, recorded with Joe Reinhart of Hop Along at Headroom Studios, comes out on Topshelf Records on August 5th; we’ve already gotten a preview with “The Mirror” and “Out of Context,” and now the band has rolled out a third teaser from the album called “The Order of Things.” It’s a jaunty pop tune about feeling out of place, and the general ennui that comes with it.  Continue reading →