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Six Philadelphia artists who crushed it at SXSW 2015

Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese
Sheer Mag | Photo by John Vettese

This time last week, I was traveling home from Austin after a jam-packed three days of nonstop music at SXSW 2015. Many who make the trek to the annual industry rodeo do it with an eye on discovering new artists. That certainly fits in the mix when I’m down there – and the sets I caught by California rapper Boogie and Indiana singer-songwriter Elephant Micah were impressive – but my primary focus is catching up with Philadelphians at the festival to see how they fared. Continue reading →

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Listen to Creepoid’s new “American Smile,” get pumped for their new LP on Collect Records

Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist
Creepoid | Photo by Noel Conrad | courtesy of the artist

Seems that Philadelphia band Creepoid has found a new home with Collect Records. Their third album, Cemetery Highrise Slum, is slated for release on June 23rd and today the band released the album’s first track, “American Smile.”  Falling in that zone between poppy punk headbangers and heavy psychedelic brooders, it hints at an exciting shape and feel for the new album.  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Boot and Saddle, The Tressels at The Trophy Tavern, Lotus at the Electric Factory

Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese
Creepoid plays The Atlantic for FEST 13 | Photo by John Vettese

A combination of the holidays and their “on tour forever” mantra bring psych four-piece Creepoid home to Philly this weekend for a headlining gig at Boot and Saddle. The band released its self-titled second LP on No Idea Records in March, and in late spring moved to its new home of Savannah, Georgia. It’s been in heavy touring mode since then, though, hitting the road with Against Me!, playing FEST in Gainesville and getting set to go out on an extended run with A Place to Bury Strangers in February. The new record took a more aggressive, punked-up turn, which creates an interesting contrast with the band’s drifting, dream-like early material. Tickets and information on the show tonight – which also features Key faves Amanda X – can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Creepoid at Underground Arts, The Stray Birds at World Cafe Live, and Marsha Ambrosius at The TLA

Creepoid
Creepoid | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Heavy psychedelic foursome Creepoid return to their hometown of Philadelphia to headline Underground Arts tonight. The band made a name for itself after producing a unique blend of psych, grunge-induced sound reminiscent, echoing Bardo Pond and Dinosaur Jr. This year has been a productive one for them: they produced their self-titled second LP in March, followed it up with their EP Wet in April, relocated to Savannah and went on tour with Against Me!, Balance and Composure and more. Welcome them back to town for a headlining slot tonight. You can find more information on tonight’s show here. Check out their video for “Yellow Wallpaper” below. Continue reading →

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Balance and Composure and Creepoid make a joint homecoming at the TLA

Balance and Composure | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com
Balance and Composure | Photo by Megan Kelly | keganmellyphotography.tumblr.com

Doylestown’s Balance and Composure wrapped up their headlining tour Saturday night at Theater of Living Arts. They released their second album The Things We Think We’re Missing in fall of 2013 and have been on the road ever since. Saturday night they played all the jams from this album, along with some older stuff including songs off Separation. Ending a great set, B&C closed with “Notice Me,” a collective favorite among fans. Keeping with the heavy emo genre, California’s Seahaven was the opener during the whole tour. Vocalist Kyle Soto opened with an acoustic “Honey Bee” before getting down and heavy with the rest of the band for “Black and White.” Starting out the night were Philadelphia-bred noisemakers Creepoid (now based in Savannah) who joined the tour halfway through after a long run with Against Me!. Plenty of family and friends came out for the celebration of the two hometown bands. Check out the photos from the show in the gallery below. Continue reading →

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Watch Creepoid’s mesmerizing “Yellow Wallpaper” video

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Creepoid | Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Local psych punk band Creepoid just released their latest music video for “Yellow Wallpaper,” a track off of the band’s 2014 self-titled LP. The Philly-bred band recently added Far Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp to their lineup and relocated to Savannah, Georgia – but were only in their new home temporarily as they immediately went out on a run of tour dates with Against Me!. Continue reading →

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Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp announced as newest member of Creepoid

Photo by Adam Wallacavage
Photo by Adam Wallacavage

Local psych-punk crew Creepoid announced yesterday that Far-Out Fangtooth’s Nick Kulp will join as the newest addition to the band. In the process, it seems the band has lost a member. On Creepoid’s Facebook page, guitarist Pete Joe Urban is now listed as a past member, and he doesn’t appear in the trippy new band photo by Adam Wallacavage (above). Catch Creepoid’s new lineup in action tomorrow night with Walter Schreifels at The Barbary. For tickets and more information about the show, check out XPN’s Concert Calender here.

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Psychedelic rockers Creepoid release dark, dragging track “Truth” from forthcoming Wet EP

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Creepoid | Photo by Alexandra Healey

Heavy psychedelic rock band Creepoid have already announced their forthcoming EP, Wet, set to be released as a 12″ on April 19 – Record Store Day, appropriately – and in anticipation of that release the Philly band has premiered a new track from the EP titled “Truth” over at CMJ.

“Truth” opens up with a punch-in-the-stomach bass line, dragging the track the whole way through under ethereal, dream-like vocals. Anna Troxell’s voice is, in one word, mesmerizing; swaying in a way that evokes feelings of “I want to die and be alive” at the same time. The tempo is a bit slower than the previously released “Wet Bread”, with lugging guitars that creep and linger. I’m completely about it.

Be sure to pick up the 12″ via Graveface April 19. Stream “Truth” below.

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Catching Up With Creepoid: Listen to their all-vinyl guest DJ set on WXPN, see photos of their album release party, hear their new “Wet Bread”

Photo by Pat Troxell
PeteJoe Urban of Creepoid and Key editor John Vettese in the WXPN studio with vinyl selections | Photo by Pat Troxell

Philly dark psychedelic four-piece Creepoid are having a pretty sweet spring. After releasing their new self-titled LP on No Idea Records on March 4th, the band toured to SXSW and back – evidently impressing Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! somewhere along the way – and are gearing up for their latest record, a Record Store Day 10″ via Graveface Records.

Before all this got underway, I had the Creepoid crew on the air on WXPN for a special all-vinyl, mostly-local guest DJ set featuring the likes of Puerto Rico Flowers, Bardo Pond, Asteroid No. 4, Jack Rose and more. Listen to their DJ set below.

The band also played a sold-out, starkly-lit, drumkit-toppling album-release party with Far-Out Fangtooth at Johnny Brenda’s on the 27th of February; check out a gallery of photos from the performance below.

That Record Store Day 10″ we were telling you about? The a-side “Wet Bread” premiered on Impose Magazine today. Check it out below.

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The Week’s Best Free MP3s, incl. Creepoid, Bleeding Rainbow, Abi Reimold

 

Photo by Dominique Montgomery
Photo by Dominique Montgomery

Bleeding Rainbow stopped by for this week’s Key Studio Session in support of their new record Interrupt.  As Key editor John Vettese writes, “[it’s] not their easiest to listen to – at turns it can be raw, biting, forlorn, enraged and rarely poppy – but it’s undoubtedly the truest to where the band is at artistically…” and these live tracks capture all of those emotions and personalities.

Philadelphia musician Abi Reimold released her new EP Forget.  The name-your-own-price effort is reminiscent of both PJ Harvey and Angel Olsen, with Reimold plunging into the depths of heartbreaking lyrics and dream-like vignettes.  Stream and download “Morning” below and get the full EP here.

Boston psych-rock outfit Quilt returned to the XPN studios for the first repeat session in Folkadelphia history.  On the heels of releasing their sophomore record Held in Splendor, the trio. along with a touring bassist, recorded a three-song set of expansive and comforting new songs.  Take a listen and download below.  Revisit the band’s first session here.

Revolution, I Love You, a pop-tinged rock band out of Philadelphia, released their new EP The Atlantic Ocean.  The duo looked to many different genres for inspiration, saying the EP “is influenced as much by The Replacements, Bruce Springsteen, and Big Star as they are by the electronica and hip hop artists whose influence was so prevalent on Revolution, I Love You’s earlier recordings.”  Stream and download it below.

This week on Unlocked, The Key dug into Creepoid‘s new self-titled LP.  We were introduced to the record on Monday with a free download of “Baptism,” described as having “a spiraling riff that drags you through the mire down to the water.”  Stream and download it below and check out the rest of the week-long feature here.