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Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session: Alvvays

Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman
Alvvays | Photo by Eric Schuman

Our latest Indie Rock Hit Parade Live Session takes us out of the studio and into one of South Philly’s new favorite clubhouses, the Boot & Saddle. Joining us for a live session/pre-show soundcheck is the Toronto quintet Alvvays. Get past the hurdle of their slightly perplexing name (it’s pronounced the same as “always”) and you’ll be rewarded with one of this year’s strongest debut albums. Alvvays’ self-titled record was released back in July and quickly became an Indie Rock Hit Parade staple. Jangly, melodic and occasionally noisy, Alvvays is the sound of a young band with both a firm root in the past and a distinct vision for the future. Continue reading →

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Alvvays bring summer vibes to Boot & Saddle

photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com
photo by Jeremy Zimmerman | Jeremy-Zim.com

I finally learned how to pronounce “Alvvays.” It’s, uhh… Actually just the same as how you would say “always.” Ever since first hearing of Alvvays several months ago, I had been awash with confusion over the band’s name—in a similar manner to the CHVRCHES crisis when that band appeared on the scene a few years ago. But Monday night’s Alvvays show at Boot & Saddle was more than phonetically satisfying—the avvant-garde spellers also spelled out in no uncertain letters that they just plain rock. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hiss Golden Messenger at Johnny Brenda’s, Smooth Hound Smith at PhilaMOCA, and York Street Hustle at Boot and Saddle

Hiss Golden Messenger
Photo via www.facebook.com/HissGoldenMessenger

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 →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Ought at Boot & Saddle, You Do You at Bourbon & Branch, Liam Finn at World Cafe Live and more

Ought | Photo courtesy of the artist
Ought | Photo courtesy of the artist

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.

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American Diamond Recordings celebrates their first show at Boot & Saddle

The Lawsuits | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com
The Lawsuits | Photo by Rachel Barrish | rachelbarrish.com

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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Modern Baseball at The Barbary, Ginger Coyle at Boot & Saddle, and Worshyper at The Fire

Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/
Modern Baseball | Photo by Allison Newbold | http://www.allynewbold.com/

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!)

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Hundred Acre Woods at Tin Angel, Impressionist at Boot & Saddle, The Flatmates at Connie’s Ric Rac and more…

Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband
Photo via facebook.com/thehundredacrewoodsband

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.

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Philadelphia psychedelic orchestra Impressionist releases its first single, “Everything”

photo via facebook.com/pages/Impressionist/158958187524300
photo via facebook.com/pages/Impressionist/158958187524300

“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.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Apache Relay at North Star Bar, Wolf Gang at Johnny Brenda’s, Deleted Scenes at Boot & Saddle and more

The Apache Relay | photo via facebook.com/theapacherelay
The Apache Relay | photo via facebook.com/theapacherelay

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.

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