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PREMIERE: Clique share new video for “Wishful Thinking”

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Clique | photo courtesy of the band

Clique is a band that makes itself heard by being the restrained voice in a room full of shouting. On this year’s Burden Piece LP the local four piece built upon the slow-burning-punk foundation that made 2014’s self-titled debut such an instant and recurring favorite, delivering songs that reach out through catchy guitar riffs and pull you in through relatable, introspective lyrics. “Wishful Thinking” is a sub-two minute centerpiece on the Top Shelf Records effort, and today we have the premiere of a video for the track.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hardwork Movement at Johnny Brenda’s, Sorority Noise at First Unitarian Church, Daughter at The Electric Factory and more

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Hardwork Movement | photo by John Vettese for WXPN

Philadelphia hip-hop collective Hardwork Movement is playing a record release show at Johnny Brenda’s tonight. The group’s music boasts intricate jazz-tinged instrumental arrangements and a fierce pride of their deep roots in The City of Brotherly Love. 2016 was a fantastic year for the nine-member group: earlier this year they released their debut LP Good Problems, and a few months later they signed to Chill Moody’s #nicethingsMUSIC imprint. Come help Hardwork Movement celebrate and get a taste of their mixtape Draft Night at their last show of 2016 in Fishtown. Brooklyn-bred Tacuma Bradley’s Unity Band and Philadelphia singer-songwriter Julia Rainer are also on tonight’s bill. Check out the WXPN Concert Calendar for more information on this 21+ show, and check out Hardwork Movement’s performance of “City Bars” during a session with Philadelphia-collective Out of Town Films. Continue reading →

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Cali band Trails and Ways lead a stacked bill at Kung Fu Necktie on 10/27

Trails and Ways | photo by Ginger Fierstein | via facebook.com/trailsandways

 

The Cali-based dream poppers of Trails and Ways come to Kung Fu Necktie on October 27th as a part of their twenty-six date tour. The quartet released their sophomore LP, Own It, on October 7th. Their music bears striking resemblances to that of Passion Pit, but with more groove and guitars.

The group spent time together in Brazil and Spain during college, and their music is sprinkled with influences from both countries. Trails and Ways has a significant following in Brazil, and are signed to Brazilian record label Balaclava Records. Their first album Pathology favored dreamy synth guitars and bright lyrics whereas Own It appeals to a more introspective audience: a nod to the evolution of the band’s style, and their enthusiasm to follow this natural progression. Check out some of the tracks from their new album below. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Clique

Typically speaking, basement scene bands with two-minute-long songs tend to play hard, fast and aggressively. Not so with Philadelphia four-piece Clique. Over two years and just as many LPs, the band has developed its own unique brand of slow punk; songs that present an idea – abandonment, loneliness, empathy and apathy – stew over it gradually for a burning moment, and move onward to the next existential concern.

Clique’s latest, Burden Piece, came out in May on TopShelf Records, and delivers on the promise of its 2014 self titled debut which, as our Julie Miller put it earlier this year, was pretty much an instant hit around town. You’ll hear bits of Pavement and Weezer in the new songs, delivered with an intense sense of introversion and self-reflection by dueling singer-guitarists P.J. Carroll and Brandon Shipp, drummer Tom Anthony and bassist Travis Arterburn.

The tagline, per their label, is “regular music for regular people” – and it’s a fitting one. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Watch Clique record an album in the video for “Top Field”

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Clique | photo by Emily Ivy Scott for WXPN

At the end of 2014, local outfit Clique shared a debut self-titled EP that was a pretty instant hit around town. Now the four-piece is readying a follow-up full-length called Burden Piece, set for release on May 27th via Topshelf Records. Impose Magazine shared a premiere of LP cut “Top Field” earlier this week, which comes with a video you can check out below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: I Want To Know What Love Is at Boot and Saddle, Little Strike at Johnny Brenda’s, Truck North at The Fire, and more…

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Clique | photo by Sabrina Jacot

Love Is In The Air: Boot and Saddle is presenting “I Want To Know What Love Is,” a Valentine’s showcase featuring art from Jacqui Powell, Jordan Stiff, and Lauren McFadden and performances from many bands such as Clique and Woven In. For more info, go here. Continue reading →

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Everybody Hits, and Everyone Everywhere hit it out of the park

Everyone Everywhere | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com
Everyone Everywhere | Photo by Cameron Pollack | cameronpollack.500px.com

Falling in love with bands that fall off the earth is something I do well.

When I first heard of Everyone Everywhere, it was mid-2013, and the band had just released their second self-titled the previous summer. I was in college far away from Philadelphia, so the chances of seeing them were slim to none. And just as I came home, they had pretty much vanished from the earth. It was like in dream in which I was visited by the most beautiful music, only to wake up the next day and remember nothing.

I’ve realized that the band did in fact play a few shows in 2013, but I was just beginning to dive into the Philly scene – and yeah, I missed my chance. Many times. But not this time around. Continue reading →

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Meet Clique: An emo punk band taking over Philadelphia basement shows

Clique | Photo by Emily Scott
Clique | Photo by Emily Scott

The four twenty-something guys of the Philly band Clique wanted to break in their new outdoor chairs that their friend Michael Kuhn (aka experimental percussionist Nah) trash-picked. So we sat on bassist Travis Arterburn’s porch and talked as the four-piece band smoked cigarettes and slung back a few beers and the sun began to set.

Since releasing their self-titled EP, Clique has made a name for themselves within Philadelphia basements and DIY spaces. This isn’t their first take as a band, as members of the band come from different groups formerly existing in Philadelphia.

Singer/guitarist PJ Carroll played in Girl Scouts (which played their last show last June) and The Hundred Acre Woods while Arterburn played in the now defunct Ted Nguyent.

Their sound has changed pretty drastically. Ted Nguyent was a fast-paced punk rock group, in which Arterburn played drums. Girl Scouts was straight-forward math rock and The Hundred Acre Woods had an indie folk punk sound.

And then there’s Clique: an emo rock group with dark guitar riffs and strong basslines. Continue reading →

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Love on the Streets Fest is coming to Paine’s Park in May

Radiator Hospital | via Facebook
Radiator Hospital | via Facebook

Two passions of this city (music and skateboarding) are colliding for a day at the Love on the Streets Festival at Paine’s Park come Saturday, May 9.

The LOTS Fest boasts an awesome local lineup, with Radiator Hospital, Dogs on Acid, Moon Bounce, W.C. Lindsay, Jack DeezlClique and Mr. Sampson all taking the stage, not to mention performances by the the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts as well as skaters from Powerfulnailya and the Philadelphia Skateboard Academy. Continue reading →