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Indie folk duo Hiss Golden Messenger take over Johnny Brenda’s tonight following the recent release of their fifth album Lateness of Dancers. Former members of heavy punk band Ex-Ignota and alternative rock group The Court & Spark, MC Taylor and Scott Hirsh have been performing together for over two decades, and broke off to try their hand at a different genre. Their first album Country Hai East Cotton was released in a limited edition of 500 records produced on Taylor’s personal record label. For tickets and more information check out the XPN Concert Calender. Below, watch their recent performance of title track “Lateness of Dancers.” Continue reading →
Montreal’s Ought will perform at Boot & Saddle tonight in support of their debut More Than Any Other Day LP. A few weeks ago we featured “Habit” as XPN’s Gotta Hear Song of the Week, a song that takes after Talking Heads and Jonathan Richman. Stream and download the song below. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Dub Thompson and The Stammer can be found here.
Togetherness and unity were certainly in the air pre-Independence Day when American Diamond Recordings hosted their first showcase at Boot & Saddle. The new Philly record label comprised of five local bands celebrated their out-coming with performances from each group, including The Levee Drivers, T.J. Kong & The Atomic Bomb, Ron Gallo, The Lawsuits, and a special set by a band who went by the moniker Eight Legged Prawn. The show was also a celebration of Marley McNamara’s birthday, and most figured out that Eight Legged Prawn was actually one of the bands she manages, The Districts.
It was easy to tell that these artists performing don’t just make music together, they are family.
Pop-punk Philly band Modern Baseball will kick off their summer tour this afternoon at The Barbary. Earlier this spring, the guys participated a Key Studio Session where they successfully lit up the room with their charismatic energy. You can listen to a full album stream of their 2012 LP Sports here and watch the video for “Your Graduation” from this year’s awesome You’re Gonna Miss It All below. Get tickets for this afternoon’s show here (while they are still available!)
The Hundred Acre Woods top an all local bill at the Tin Angel with Former Belle and Steady Hands. The West Philly folk-punk band’s frontman, Winthrop Stevens, recently trekked out to the banks of the Schuylkill River to perform a live version of “All I Love” for a new video series. Check it out below and pick up tickets to the 21+ show here.
“Psychedelic rock orchestra” is the simplest way to describe Philadelphia band Impressionist’s debut single, the aptly-titled “Everything.” The band’s sound is very avant garde; from a dreamy intro to intense guitar jam to dissonant saxophone solo, the single has a little bit of everything. As soon as you get used to one melody, it quickly changes to something entirely different. The track is a melting pot for music. It can’t be defined by one style, it exists in multiple realms of music, meaning the band surely lives up to its name. Check out “Everything” below and look out for the band’s self-titled debut album set for release on May 29th, as well as a its headlining show that same night at Boot & Saddle. For more information about the show, go here.
The Apache Relay arrive in Philadelphia tonight for a 9 p.m. show at The North Star Bar with The Weeks. The band, currently on tour for their self-titled new album, took its name from Heavyweights, a 1995 movie starring Ben Stiller, and haven’t looked back since. Their first album, American Nomad, debuted in 2011 and introduced the world to Apache’s acoustic folk sound. Their new album takes their great folksy music to an entirely new level. Listen to a new song entitled “Katie Queen of Tennessee” below, and get tickets for the 21+ show here.
Melbourne, Australia alt-pop duo Big Scary bring their electronic infused, moody yet catchy sounds to Boot and Saddle tonight. With vocals reminiscent of Bon Iver, and an blend of keys, electric guitar and synthesized beats, Big Scary create melodic sounds in a swaying atmosphere that touches on both happy and sad emotions in an intricate way. Get tickets for the Boot and Saddle show here. Watch “Luck Now” below.