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Wander with Mothers in their new video “No Crying in Baseball”

Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist
Mothers | Photo by Kristin Karch | courtesy of the artist

In ancient times, Athens was the pinnacle of Greek society. Athens, Georgia, on the other hand, didn’t have much going on. Fast-forward two-thousand years, and things have change. Having produced a number of influential acts including R.E.M. and Neutral Milk Hotel, Athens has become its own pinnacle of the indie rock world.

Mothers are looking to add their name to the list of excellent bands from Athens, and with their new track and music video, “There’s No Crying in Baseball,” they’re off to a good start. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Native Harrow at Steel City, Mo Lowda and the Humble at The Foundry, Humbree at MilkBoy

Native Harrow | Photo via facebook.com/nativeharrow

Indie folk duo Native Harrow plays Steel City in Phoenixville tonight opening for Joseph Robert Knauss. The duo of Devin Tuel and Stephen Harms released their record Ghost in June, and it recalls Laura Marling and Beth Orton in its gripping minimalism. Watch the video for “Poor Beggar,” shot outside of Philadelphia, and get more information on the show at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Sixties, The Yetis rep Philly on the November Communion Music lineup

The Sixties at Fennario | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
The Sixties at Fennario | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Just last week we reported on the Communion Philadelphia’s October showcase which featured such awesome bands as Secret Someones, Darla and Mr. Sampson. The folks over at Communion Music continue the monthly event with a just-announced November lineup featuring up and coming bands from around the east coast – including some local acts. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Jacob Snider at World Cafe Live, The Lighthouse and the Whaler at Johnny Brenda’s, Communion Philly with Darla at MilkBoy and more

Photo by Doug Seymour via facebook.com
Photo by Doug Seymour via facebook.com

XPN favorite Jacob Snider is a singer-songwriter whose music is both rich and full while remaining uniquely intimate. Tonight Jacob will be at World Café Live in support of Brooklyn-based Jean Rohe beginning at 8 p.m. For more information on the show head over the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Darla

The more musicians there are in a band, the more unwieldy it can get. Such is conventional wisdom, anyway; I’ve often heard the leaders of sextet-and-up acts describe organizing gigs and practice sessions with the “herding cats” trope. That’s not the case with Darla, though – quite the opposite. The seven-piece has its game remarkably together, bucking the trend and making a noticeable impression on the local live music scene over the past year and change with fierce tracks and tireless gigs.

Formed in the music community surrounding Drexel University, Darla is an ultimate party band: an instantly likeable combination of funk, jazz and expansive jams. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Communion Philly feat. Pine Barons at MilkBoy, Telequanta at Kung Fu Necktie, The Last Bison at Haddon Lake Park and more…

Pine Barons
Pine Barons | photo by Caitlin McCann

The Communion residency returns to MilkBoy with a stacked line-up of local and touring bands. Canadian Dan Mangan + Blacksmith and Detroit’s Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas join Philly acts Foxtrot & the Get Down and Pine Barons. The latter premiered a new track called “Clowns” on World Cafe‘s Sense of Place: Philadelphia program last week, a preview of the debut LP the band is working on. Check out the song below and pick up tickets for the show here.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Church Girls at Boot and Saddle, Son Little at MilkBoy, Gang of Four at The TLA and more

Church Girls/ via facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic
Church Girls/ via facebook.com/churchgirlsmusic

A folk-rooted duo with a punk edge, Philly’s Church Girls headlines a show tonight at Boot and Saddle. Primarily the work of singers and songwriters Mariel Beaumont and Evan Anders, the five-piece band celebrated the release of its self-titled debut EP last month at MilkBoy. Tonight they’ll be joined by Sonnder, who are in the midst of their single-a-month project that will culminate in a new LP by December. Tickets and information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert CalendarContinue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Field Report at Underground Arts, Esperanza Spalding at The Keswick Theatre, and Ron Gallo at Bourbon and Branch

Field Report
Field Report | Photo courtesy of the artist

As part of Communion Philly, a monthly series of shows created by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, critically-acclaimed Wisconsin folk band Field Report will be playing Underground Arts tonight. Fronted by Chris Porterfield (who played in DeYarmon Edison with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver), as well as multiple members of psych-folk group Megafaun, the band will be bringing their poetic lyricism and beautiful signature melodic-yet-ambient acoustic sound to Philadelphia to headline a night of diverse music with a lineup ranging from alternative rock to swing-hop to, of course, folk. Other groups playing include Portland, Oregon’s Quiet Life, and Philadelphia groups Birdie Busch and the Greatest Night, Weekender, and Marian Hill. Doors open at 8:00 p.m., tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Watch TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb’s irreverent new video for “Don’t Come Home Pretty Woman”

TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb | Photo by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com
Photo by Caitlin McCann | demdogdays.tumblr.com

A wedding ceremony goes irreverently awry in the latest video from Philly’s TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb. The tragicomic short was filmed at Gloria Dei / Old Swede’s Church in Fishtown by Caitlin McCann – whose work has previously been featured on The Key in a music video by Pine Barons and photos of Katie Frank and the Pheromones – and stars a few names from the Philly theater scene. Continue reading →