The Quarterly releases Holiday compilation, featuring five songs by Philly locals

The Quarterly Project recently released a five song compilation of holiday songs done by Philadelphia bands. Featuring Clipshow, You Do You, Conversations with Enemies, A Day Without Love, and Aphra covering Christmas classics, this release will certainly help any Philadelphian get in the Christmas spirit.

Definitely check out the true-to-orginal cover of “All I Want for Christmas is You” by You Do You, as well as the fuzzed up version of “Jingle Bell Rock” by Clipshow.  Warm up by the fire, watch the snow fall, and turn up your speakers.

Stream the compilation below, or download it for $3 via Bandcamp. Proceeds from the album go to Rock to the Future, a local non profit dedicated to bringing free music education to kids throughout the city.


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Hospitality at Johnny Brenda’s, Heavy Medical at The First Unitarian Church, Vintage Kicks at Kung Fu Necktie

Brooklyn’s Hospitality perform at Johnny Brenda’s tonight.  Led by Amber Papini, Hospitality are pure indie fun with math-rock subtleties.  Their head-bop-worthy major label debut came out on Merge Records at the start of 2012 and received praise from notable resources ranging from Pitchfork to The Deli NYC. Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Conversations With Enemies and Tinmouth can be found here; below, watch Hospitality’s video for “Friends of Friends.”

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Furthur Festival, Hoots & Hellmouth, June Divided CD release party and Conversations With Enemies

An Evening With Furthur takes place tonight at the Mann Center and features Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir. Lawn seats are $34.50 and terrace seats range from $44.50 to $59.50.  Tickets to the all-ages show can be purchased here. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia folk band Hoots & Hellmouth play a free 21+ show at Morgan’s Pier tonight at 5 p.m. Check out the music video for their song “Why Would You Not Want To Go There?” below.

June Divided is playing a show downstairs at World Cafe Live tonight. The show is the band’s CD Release show and features openers Seamus Browning, Music From Another Room, and Lion in the Mane. Doors for the all-ages event open at 6:30 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Click here for tickets and more information.

Conversations With Enemies headlines Johnny Brenda’s with openers The Makes, Little Black Rainclouds, Captain Scurvy & the S.S. Pancake in between sets. Doors at 8:00 p.m., show at 9:15 p.m.. Tickets to the 21+ show are $10.00.


Josh Craft of Conversations with Enemies to guest DJ the XPN2 Philly Local Show this Thursday

Photo by Jonathan Appelbaum

This weekend, Philly’s action/adventure pop troupe Conversations With Enemies celebrates the release of its latest record, The Good Times, in a show at Johnny Brenda’s. The album references just about every fictional character you might have loved as a kid – werewolves, vampires, cowboys, zombies – and like Enemies’ 2010 debut, Nowhere OK, it comes accompanied by a comic book that mixes them all together. This week, band leader Josh Craft will guest DJ the XPN2 Philly Local Show, previewing tracks from the album, giving us the lowdown the concert, and spinning tunes from some of his favorite Philly peers like Algernon Cadwallader, Dangerous Ponies, Break It Up and more. Listen in this Thursday, July 5, on XPN2, download a song from the album below, and catch the Conversations With Enemies record release show this Saturday July 7 at Johnny Brenda’s.


Download a new song from Conversations With Enemies, “Sailing Through” (playing Johnny Brendas in July)

Conversations With Enemies have a new album out called The Good Times that is available digitally. The band has a record release party on Saturday, July 7th at Johnny Brendas. Go here for more information about the show. Below, download the song “Sailing Through” from the band’s new album.


Listen to Conversations With Enemies’ new, unnamed album (and offer suggestions for a title)

Photo by Bonnie Saporetti

Local indie-pop quintet Conversations With Enemies has just made its upcoming album available via Bandcamp, The Deli reports. For $15, you can pre-order a copy of the album (which comes with a comic book, and will be released in early May) and get an immediate download. As the band states, the album is “the sophomore follow up to the Nowhere, OK comic book conceptual album. On CWE’s new album the gang goes back in time and gives full understanding of how it all started.” Give the album a listen below, or visit the band’s Bandcamp page to pre-order it. The band’s next area performance is Saturday, April 14th, at Kung Fu Necktie.


Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival coming to The Fire in February

Photo of Adrien Reju by Shervin Lainez

XPN Welcomes this year’s Northern Liberties Winter Music Festival, February 14th through the 19th at The Fire in Northern Liberties. The festival begins with an evening of duets from locals including the musical pairings of Adirien Reju with Chris Kasper, Denison Witmer with Lauryn Peacock, and three other musical couplings. Additional bands playing throughout the festival include Arrah And The Ferns, Band Name, Conversations With Enemies, Ron Gallo, The Great Unknown, and more. A complete lineup schedule and ticket information is here. Below, sample some tunes from a few of the performing acts.

Arrah and the Ferns – Wake Up by Arrah and the Ferns


New Philly trio Break It Up releases its debut single, “Excavate”

Just under two weeks before Break It Up‘s performance at Kung Fu Necktie on August 28th, the new Philly trio has released its debut single, “Excavate.” The band—which “has been through several mutations in the last year, but recently cemented as a three-piece”—features Jen Sperling (ex-Conversations With Enemies) and Dan Morse (current Wigwams) on guitar and vocals, and Casey Bell bell on drums. The single was recorded and mastered by Jeff White, and makes for a great showcase of the band’s ’90s-indie-inspired, stripped-down-guitar-driven, post-riot-grrrl aesthetic.

Break It Up performs with Male Bonding and Love Inks at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 28th, at Kung Fu Necktie; tickets to the 21+ show are $10-$12.


This weekend’s Mercer Street Block Party lineup (including Cheers Elephant, Bandname, and Early Ape)

Cheers Elephant

This Sunday, Cloud Entertainment is hosting the free Mercer Street Block Party in Fishtown, according to The Swollen Fox. Starting at 2 p.m., there will be music, food, and a live mural. The line-up includes Cheers Elephant, Bandname, Tin Horses, Conversations With Enemies, Crills Wilson, Eric n Eric, and Early Apes.

2-2:40 – Tin Horses
3-3:40 – Eric N Eric
4-4:40 – Early Ape
5-5:40 – Conversations with Enemies
6-6:40 – Cheers Elephant
7-7:40 – Crills Wilson
7:50-8:30 – Bandname


Penrose and WXPN’s NO EXCUSES summer concert series kicks off June 4th at Danger Danger Gallery

Straight fom the Penrose website:

“The NO EXCUSES Summer Series is your summer party destination. On the first Saturday of every month June through September, Penrose and WXPN will be bringing you a raucous engagement featuring Philly’s best in live music…

To reiterate: on the first Saturday of every month, during the summer of 2011, Penrose+WXPN+DangerDangerGallery will be bringing the fun.”

Penrose performs with Toy Soldiers and Conversations with Enemies! at 9 p.m. at Danger Danger Gallery; tickets for the all-ages show are free before 9 p.m. and $5 after 9 p.m. Later shows in the series will feature local acts including Cheers Elephant, T.J. Kong And The Atomic Bomb, El Fuego, as well as New York’s A Million Years and The Shake.