Funky soul legends Earth, Wind and Fire take up a two night residency at The Borgata hotel and casino in Atlantic City tonight and tomorrow evening. As a band that has been writing, recording and touring since 1971, it’s no surprise their career spans genres, lineups and generations of fans. Bringing all their very best to the stage once more, this is your chance to see one of the greats live. Tickets and more information can be found on the XPN Concert Calendar. Watch the music video for the 1981 hit “Let’s Groove” below. Continue reading →
For some 20 odd minutes, Philadelphia musician Beau Brynes invites us to explore his headspace — unguarded yet brooding — by way of Some Nerve, his band Broken Beak‘s second LP.What began as a quiet, acoustic exploration in storytelling a la 2015’s Old Evil, has grown and expanded (in sound and in members) to be able to deliver this year’s poignant and rock heavy release. Joining Brynes to create this fuller sound is bassist Evan Moorehead, drummer Jeff Malt and Modern Baseball guitarist Brendan Lukens. Continue reading →
Giving fans a taste of what’s to come, the conglomerate of uber-talented Philly musicians Broken Beak are streaming another single off their upcoming debut album Some Nerve being released by Near Mint Records on Friday, July 1st. The brainchild of spirited songwriter Beau Brynes has caught fire in the scene with the help of Brendan Lukens and Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball — playing guitar and producing, respectively —who have been riding a wave of success following their latest release Holy Ghost just last month. Drummer Jeff Malt and bassist Evan Moorehead come in to round out the band’s roster, each appearing in multiple other Philly-based musical projects.
“Humble” has a different sound sonically compared to first single “Saint,” yet both tracks work together to tell different parts of a rich story, thanks in part to Brynes’ knack for relatable and engaging lyricism. This new track encapsulates some of the best components of Modern Baseball’s past and present tourmates — think of the zany and electrifying guitar work of Tiny Moving Parts matched with the wailing urgency of Joyce Manor. Continue reading →
“You don’t have to be sad to make great music.” This is the slogan for Punk Talks, an organization whose mission is to provide free mental health services to musicians and industry workers. This week, Punk Talks released Silver Linings, a 60-track charity compilation to raise funds for its mission. The compilation features music from some of the best young punk bands today, including Philadelphia’s Steady Hands, Hurry, Mumblr, Broken Beak, (and my band, Plainview). You can purchase a custom t-shirt here to support this cause. Listen to the Silver Linings Charity Compilation below! Continue reading →
Acoustic benefit shows seem to be a recent big thing in the Philly D.I.Y. scene, as with last week’s show at the Hazel House featuring Girlpool, Sam Cook-Parrot from Radiator Hospital, and Dean Engle from Quarterbacks. This Friday, the Mantua Yacht Club is hosting its own living room acoustic benefit show, with proceeds going to the McMichael School in West Philly.
To celebrate the release of its new album Old Evil, Broken Beak (aka Beau Brynes) heads to PhilaMOCA tonight for a hometown show. Centered around simple acoustic arrangements, Brynes’ songs are marked by a trail of quiet, unassuming beauty. Listen to “Lucy” below and get details on the show here.